How to Remove a Tick

(Does anyone else get the “heeby geebies” just from looking at this?)

How to Remove a Tick From Your Pet

Tis the season for ticks!  Ugh!!  I can handle fleas, scabs, poop, litter, throw up…anything else that comes with having pets, but not a tick!  For some reason they make me queasy just thinking about them!  LOL!

Anyway, I have quite adept at removing ticks so I thought I would share a few tips in case you run into one:

FIRST!  Petroleum jelly, lighting a match, nor alcohol will make the tick “back out” of your pet’s skin!!!

1.  Always use tweezers or a tool made specifically for removing ticks!  Never use your fingers!

2.  Grab the tick as close to the skin as possible.  Be careful not to pinch your pet.

3.  Slowly, but firmly, pull the tick straight out of your pet’s skin.  Never twist or jerk.

4.  After removal, place the tick in a jar of alcohol until it dies!!  Ticks are NOT killed by flushing them and are hard to kill by stomping on them, too!  Believe me, I’ve tried.

5.  Finally clean the area that the tick was attached.  If it left a mark you may want to apply an antibiotic ointment, too.

Whew!  Go get those ticks!!





2 thoughts on “How to Remove a Tick

  1. You can scrape a rock or piece of wood or anything hard across them to kill them too. Kind of gross but saves time and you don’t have to hold onto it while you are getting an alcohol bath ready for it!

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