Be prepared to learn how to take a tick off your dog with a recent increase in the tick population and the increased danger of tick-borne illnesses. It’s really important that if you find a tick on your dog you know how to remove it and there are all kinds of misconceptions out there about how to remove them.
Instructor Shannon found a tick on her Nova Scotia Retriever named Ned and rather than quickly removing it, She grabbed her camera and show us a learning opportunity. This video could be gross for those who are creeped out or grossed out by bugs.
In this video, we can see a real-time removal of tech as well as some important aftercare.
The nerd has a tick
At first, we can see little head pat, the tick is alive and sucking blood at the moment Shannon founds it, the tick was there about 12 o 24 hours. She is using a tool specialized for tick removal. This product is called tick ease and it’s technically a big elaborated tweezer.
What you need to is get as close to the skin as possible with this critter, and without twisting, just put steady pressure and not pull really hard. Shannon doesn’t recommend soap and peroxide on cotton swabs, etc because they actually cause the tick to regurgitate toxins back into the host.
Just steady pressure and weight, You don’t want to put too much pressure on the abdomen of the tick because then it is likely the rupture of those toxins will go back into the dogs.
Taking off the tick and aftercare
When you are steady pressuring you can see a little bit more the critter showing up. When you finish taking off the tick you need to make sure that the tick is alive to check if the head still intact and it’s not been left in the dog.
This is important because besides leaving the head is not such a big deal with it, it helps to improve the sanitization of the tick site.
To aftercare the tick site you can use a little cotton pad and get some hydrogen peroxide to clean up that area just to make sure that there are no toxins still sitting on the skin. Sanitize the site itself to prevent any kind of issues of infection, you should check that site frequently for a week or so maybe once a week and it probably will fade out into being nothing. Ticks generally just leave a bump behind.
Despite leaving the tick’s head on the area doesn’t exactly mean hoard infections, It doesn’t mean you need to panic or get too much worried about it. That just simply leaves a bump with your dog. Check and keep it an eye on the tick the toxins may be part of the issue with pulling off the head. By the way, you should check with your vet if the area gets really red or really raw or starting to get bigger or another abnormal thing of that nature.