Ticks are not just ugly little blood sucking parasites. They can spread diseases that can make dogs (and people) quite ill.
Some ticks produce a toxin that will paralyze your dog, and may even kill him. If you live in an area where ticks are prevalent, it’s important that you know how to safely remove these little creatures from your dog.
The first thing to understand is that ticks don’t actually have a head; they have a body and mouthparts. This means that there is no need to worry about just removing the tick’s body and leaving the head in your dog’s skin.
It can be tricky to get the mouthparts out because they are so small but if they are left behind, they’re not likely to cause him any problems. His body will treat them like a splinter and will slowly push them out.
There may be a small lump where the tick was attached but that should disappear within a week or two.
What Not to Use to Remove a Tick
There are many old wives’ tales about what to put on a tick to make it back out of your dog’s skin but they just don’t work.
Vaseline was once thought to smother the tick and kill it, but ticks breathe so slowly that it has no effect at all.
Some people have tried soaking a cotton ball in alcohol and dousing the tick with it, but this is also ineffective.
Using kerosene or a hot match tip can burn or irritate your dog’s skin.<