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How to Kill Ticks on Dogs

By Lori Lapierre
 

Overview

Ticks are small parasites that suck the blood of a host -- such as deer, dogs, cats or people -- and can transmit serious diseases, such as Lyme disease, through contact. A tick be picked up by a dog running through tall grass or under trees, and it attaches itself to a host by burying its head in the dog's skin. While killing the tick is not difficult, removing it properly from the dog first is important to the health of the dog.

Step 1

Prepare a glass jar in which you will kill and store the tick once it is removed from your dog. Select a jar with a screw-top lid. Remove the lid and pour in approximately 1/2 inch of rubbing alcohol.

Step 2

Put on latex or rubber gloves before attempting to remove the tick. Avoid coming into contact with the tick, as tick-borne disease can be passed to humans, as well.

Step 3

Separate the dog's fur with your fingers to get a clear view of the tick. Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol over the bite area, covering the tick. A cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol can also be applied.

Step 4

Grasp the tick with the tweezers, which should have a fine tip for best results. The mouth of the tick will be buried in the dog's skin, with the body protruding above the mouth. Grab the tick as close to the mouth as possible.

Step 5

Pull the tick straight up with a steady motion. Do not twist or squeeze as you are removing the tick; this could leave part of the tick in the dog's body or push fluid from the tick's body back into the dog's bloodstream, causing infection.

Step 6

Drop the tick into the jar holding the rubbing alcohol. Screw the lid on tightly and set the jar aside. The tick will die within a few minutes.

Step 7

Wash the bite area on the dog with warm water and soap. Apply antiseptic or additional rubbing alcohol to the wound. Wash the tweezers and your hands with soap and water, and sterilize the tweezers with rubbing alcohol before using them again.
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