Tick combs are especially designed to remove ticks and fleas from fine coats of pets. Tick combs can be used safely on cats, dogs and rabbits. Nicely rounded with no sharp teeth, the combs capture most parasites without causing injuries to pets. You can remove dozens of fleas and ticks with regular use!
How to Remove Ticks from Dogs - The Spruce
However, if executed properly, the tweezer method can be a simple, safe, and effective process when removing a tick from a dog. It is recommended that you use a pair of “Fine Tipped” tweezers, which will allow you to get closer to the dog’s skin than with a pair of standard bathroom tweezers.
Removing Ticks From Pets and Humans - The Spruce
While many people talk of “tick season”, we need to remember that Lyme disease is a year round health threat, even in Maine. When the temperatures are sub freezing, it is generally safe for your pet to roam. Ticks, however are a menace at temperatures just above freezing, even when the ground is still covered with snow. Keeping pets away from tall grass and wooded areas decreases exposure to ticks. Beaches are safe areas for dogs to romp although the tall grass in the dunes at the edge of the beach is a prime tick habitat. Use voice control to call your dog back to you if you see them headed towards the dune grass. Walking your dogs on a leash and keeping them away from higher risk areas is another form of protection. Remember to check your animals for ticks when they come inside. One pet can have several ticks attach in a short period of time. Ticks brought inside increase human exposure to Lyme disease. If you find a tick, follow the same instructions recommended by the CDC for safe tick removal. Incomplete or complicated tick removal can result in infection.
Safe and Easy Tick Removal, No Tweezers and No Pain. - YouTube
Removing embedded ticks is a delicate operation because it’s easy for a piece of the tick to break off and remain in your dog’s skin if done improperly. Follow the removal steps below or consider bringing your dog to a veterinarian who can safely perform the task and, possibly, show you how it’s done. Infection can occur after 24 hours, so if you find a tick on your dog, remove it right away. Always wear rubber gloves to protect yourself from possible injury or infection. MYTH #1: You should wiggle a tick to remove it. When removing a tick, you want to pull upward with steady, even pressure. Moving a tick’s body from side to side or twisting it can cause its mouthparts to break off and remain in the skin. Never wiggle a tick when removing it from your pet. MYTH #2: You can suffocate a tick by smothering it with petroleum jelly or nail polish. Nail polish and petroleum jelly are not effective for killing ticks. These parasites breathe slowly, needing only 3-15 breaths per hour, so by the time a tick dies from suffocation, it may have passed disease-causing pathogens into your dog’s system. TEXT: MYTH #3-Your fingers are the most effective method for removing ticks. While you may think grabbing onto a tick with your fingers is the easiest way pull ticks off of your pets, touching a tick without protection is unsafe. Studies worldwide have found that people who use tweezers to remove ticks are far less likely to experience complications including secondary skin irritation, rashes and bacterial infections. MYTH #4-You can burn off a tick with a match. You want to remove the tick as quickly as possible, not wait for it to detach. Using heat to make a tick detach from your pet’s skin is ineffective and can easily burn your pet’s skin or your own. Practice safety and never use an open flame near your pet’s skin or fur.