Vet Minute: How to Remove a Tick From a DogLast updated: May 06, 2020
In this Vet Minute, Dr. Marty Greer, Revival's Director of Veterinary Services, shows how to take a tick off a dog.
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Video TranscriptHow do I remove a tick from a dog? Hi, I'm Doctor Marty Greer, Director of Veterinary Services at Revival Animal Health. Ticks are parasites that can spread infection and diseases such as Lyme disease. Removing them can be tricky. If you do find a tick on your dog, to remove it you will need the following: a pair of exam gloves to protect you from exposure to the tick saliva, good lighting and a tick remover. First put the gloves on and spread the hair to get a good look at the tick. Make sure you are removing a tick and not part of your dog. Then using the tick remover, carefully remove the tick, careful not to squeeze the tick. If you squeeze the tick during removal it will infuse your dog with more tick contents increasing their risk of developing one or more diseases. Of course, using a preventive such as Frontline Plus for Dogs® or K9 Advantix® or Bravecto help protect your dog to kill most ticks including those that may transmit Lyme disease.
Marty Greer, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, has 35+ years' experience in veterinary medicine, with special interests in canine reproduction and pediatrics. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 1981. She's served as Revival's Director of Veterinary Services since 2019.
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