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Removing a Tick From a Pet

The best way to remove a tick, use tweezers or a tick removal device and pull the tick off. Grab the tick as close to the head as possible. With steady, gentle pressure, pull the tick out of the skin. It's not a bad idea to wear gloves when doing this. Do not touch the tick. If the head of the tick remains in the skin, try to grab it and remove as much as you can. If some parts remain, your vet can remove them.


Touching a tick with a hot match or applying fingernail polish may kill the tick, but will not cause it to detach. Then you are likely in for a trip to the vet. Be sure to NEVER use flea and tick products on a cat that are meant for a dog. It can easily be fatal if you do so.

By Lizzyanny from Pacific Northwest

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May 10, 20110 found this helpful

Using tweezers to remove a tick is very bad advice, more often than not this will only lead to tearing the tick apart and leaving some of it imbedded in your dog. Use only tools that are specifically meant for this task.

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