Alternatively, you can use a pair of tweezers to pull the tick out. The goal is to remove the tick fully intact and not leave its head in your dog’s skin. Squeeze the tweezers on the tick as close to the skin as you can and remove by applying gentle pressure straight up. Do not turn the tweezers as this may cause the head to remain in the dog. This can cause irritation or infection. Be aware of any method that may cause the tick to regurgitate before releasing – things like rubbing it with cotton or applying soap work, but these methods will often result in the tick regurgitating before letting go and emptying toxins back into the dog.
If you don’t initially get all of the tick out, don’t try to dig it out. This can actually increase the likelihood of infection. Instead, watch the area closely for signs of infection (rash or irritation) and let your dog’s body naturally expel the foreign object. If you see signs of rash, irritation or your dog develops a fever, see your vet immediately.
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