How To Properly Remove Ticks From Your Dog

Brown Dog Tick
This tick loves to feed on dogs, hence the name. However, it will still feed on humans and other animals.
Area: Worldwide
Disease: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Rocky Mountain Wood Tick
These ticks are found along trails and in lightly wooded areas.
Area: Rocky Mountain States and southwestern Canada
Disease: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Photos: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Photos: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Now that you can properly identify what type of tick it is, let’s work on removing it. There is a right and wrong way of doing it. Here are a few tips on how to properly remove the tick.

How To Properly Remove A Tick

Step 1: Start be grabbing a pair of tweezers or a tick removing tool. Spread the fur so that you can see the skin around the tick.
Step 2: Place the tweezers around the tick and as close to the skin as possible, without grabbing the skin.
Step 3: Squeeze the tweezers and pull straight up to remove the tick. Don’t twist.
Step 4: Dispose of the tick by flushing down the toilet or place in alcohol, if you are concerned your dog was infected.
Step 5: Clean the area where the tick was with soap and water, as well as your hands.

Veterinarian doctor removing a tick from the Cocker Spaniel dog - animal and pet veterinary care concept

Veterinarian doctor removing a tick from the Cocker Spaniel dog – animal and pet veterinary care concept

Don’t remove the tick with your hands. Tweezers are able to get the whole tick and you do not get any tick saliva on your hands.

Don’t burn or put a substance on the tick to try and remove it. This can cause the tick to vomit and infect your dog.

Be sure to dispose of the tick properly. Ticks are not easily killed, so it is best to just flush them down the toilet.

Keep Your Dog Protected


Before you start your hike, be sure to apply some form of tick repellent. There are tons of options, so find what works best for you. There are natural options like diatomaceous earth, a powder that can be sprinkled on your dogs coat. Herb spray repellents are another natural way to deter biting pests. Essential oils like lavender, lemon, citronella, and bergamot are excellent tick repellers. Ticks and other biting insects do not like the smell or acidity of vinegar, so that is a good base for a spray.

Whatever you choose, be sure to apply it regularly and check your dog over after each hike.

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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