Ticks. No matter where or what environment you live in, they are almost always inevitable to stumble upon at one time or another. What do you do when one of these pesky bugs winds up on your pet? Regardless of the type of tick, there are a number of steps to be taken in order to ensure proper removal and discard of the pest:
- Protect: Protect both your pet and yourself from the diseases transmitted from a tick by wearing gloves and using an antiseptic.
- Remove: Use tweezers to remove the tick’s body. Grasp the tick as close to your pet’s body as possible without pinching skin. Pull straight and outward, ensuring no piece of the tick is left behind. Never jerk, twist, or squeeze the tick’s body.
- Dispose: Always make sure to properly dispose of the bug after removal. If you are worried about the tick possibly carrying Lyme disease, store the body in alcohol and allow your vet to inspect prior to administering any vaccinations.
- Clean: Clean the area of your pet with an antiseptic to prevent infection. Make sure the tweezers used are disinfected with alcohol or a hot flame to kill anything left behind.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests checking pets for ticks daily, especially if they have spent an extended amount of time outdoors. Tick preventatives are also available and can help repel the pests when applied monthly. To help protect your loved ones, always remove a tick the moment it is discovered!