1. Grab the tweezers and gloves
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You may have heard of alternative ways to remove ticks, such as burning them with matches or applying nail polish or Vaseline, but tweezers are the only way to go when it comes to safely and quickly removing these parasites.
To remove the tick with the most accuracy and control, use fine-tip tweezers, instead of ones with a slanted tip. Hold the tweezers horizontally across the tick, grasping it as close to the skin of your pet’s body as possible without pinching your pup. Herold recommends wearing gloves during this process “to prevent the tick from coming into contact with your skin.”
2. Pull the entire tick straight out
With steady hands, pull gently upward, and try to remove the entirety of the parasite in one motion. Twisting or jerking the tick may cause parts of its head to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, don’t sweat! Simply remove anything left behind with clean tweezers. “If you’re using a tick remover, press it against your pet’s skin near the tick and slide the notch of the remover under the tick until it’s caught,” Herold says.
Do not squeeze the tick or crush it in the removal process, as any traumatic force may cause the tick to transmit even more bacteria. Instead, apply even pressure with the tweezers as you lift.
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