If I do need to remove the tick myself how do I do it safely…

If I do need to remove the tick myself how do I do it safely without the risk of infection?

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bevi lovell
5 years ago

dowse the tick with rubbing alcohol it will pull out its head then pull with tweezers it may be alittle painful but it worked for me

Jana Rade
5 years ago

The rule is to actually not apply anything to the tick in the attempt to get it to come off but to actually remove it manually, then apply some rubbing alcohol to the bite site.

The best way to remove a tick is with a TickTwister, which I assume you don’t have on hand (great thing to acquire, though). If you have pointy tweezers, you can use those
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wotB38WrRY 

If you don’t have tweezers, I’ve seen this demonstrated by a vet too
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bYsyRy4888  

Jana Rade
5 years ago

A note: anything that will stress the tick will cause it to regurgitate into the wound; releasing it’s content, which includes infection as well.

julie brader
5 years ago

Hi I didn’t know Bob Martin made a flea and tick cream…..anyway yes I would take the tick off. Do this by getting a pair of tweezers. Find the head of the tick.  Grasp it with the tweezers as close to the skin as possible.  Pull off with slow steady pressure….don’t pull it off quickly or you can leave the mouthparts in the dog. This can cause infection. If the tick is still alive make sure you kill it. When the ticks off, bathe the area thoroughly with antiseptic and give your hands a good wash too.  I would use… Read more »