If your pet roams outside in the woods or grassy fields, you should always be sure to check for ticks before bringing them back in the house.
When checking for a tick, you should wear a latex glove to avoid touching the tick directly and have tweezers ready for the removal process.
Once you are prepared, follow these steps:
- Rub your hands all over your pets coat so that you will notice any bumps. If you feel a bump, push the hair around it away from it so you can see it completely.
- Now that you can see the tick, place the tweezers on the tick as close to your pets skin as possible (be careful not to pinch your pet).
- Once you have the tick in the tweezers, pull it out in a slow, steady motion. Be careful because you could rip the body from the head leaving the head inside of your pet’s skin.
- Do not put the tick back outside, either flush it down the toilet or put it into a flame.
- To avoid infection, put some antiseptic lotion on your pet where the tick attached itself.
If a rash shows up on your pet after a few days after the removal, you may need to bring your pet to an emergency vet to make sure he or she does not have Lyme disease.