Here's How To Remove A Tick From Your Dog

Here's How To Remove A Tick From Your Dog

Ticks are parasites that many dog owners worry about. If you find a tick on your dog, here’s how to remove it.


You will need:

  • Latex gloves
  • Tweezers or similar tick removal devices
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Antiseptic wipes or sprays
  • Reusable airtight container or bag


  • Put on your gloves to prevent risk of any disease transmission.
  • Pull your dog’s skin tight around the tick. Get the tweezers or tool and grab the tick, doing so as close to the skin as you can.
  • Close the tweezers with gentle pressure and pull outwards and upwards, straight and quick. Do not twist the tick while pulling it and do not grab too hard.
  • Put the tick in the bag or container. Avoid touching it with your skin.
  • Clean the bite area with antiseptic wipes or spray.
  • Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto the tick to kill it. Keep the tick for at least a month so it is available for testing if needed.

After Removal

After removing the tick, monitor the spot of the bite for around a month. Initial redness is normal, but should slowly fade in a few days. Scabbing is also normal and not a cause for concern.

Symptoms you should worry about are:

  • Rashes
  • Swelling
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Lack of activity
  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Odd behavior of any kind

If you notice these symptoms, take your dog and the tick to a vet ASAP!

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