How To Take A Tick Off Your Dog – Professional Dog Training Tips
In this video,
you’re going to learn how to take a tick
off of your dog with a recent increase
in the tick population and the increased
danger of tick borne illnesses.
It’s really important that if
you find a tick on your dog,
you know how to remove it and there are
all kinds of misconceptions out there
about how to remove them.
So instructor Shannon recently found
a tick on her Nova Scotia duck tolling
retriever named Ned. And rather
than quickly removing it,
she grabbed her camera and wanted to
turn it into a learning opportunity.
So if you are really creeped
out, grossed out by little tiny,
creepy crawly bugs, and this
maybe isn’t the video for you,
but in today’s video you’re going to see
a realtime removal of a tech as well as
some important aftercare.
You need to keep in mind.
I’m Ken steep and welcome
back to McCann Dogs.
The Nerd has it tick.
So there we go.
We were having a little head pat
despite all of our tick checks.
We came across a tick a couple
of days after an outing,
so it’s still alive. I can see legs.
It’s slightly and gorged it’s probably
been on there 12 to 24 hours or so.
So I’ve got a tool here. It’s
actually four tick removal.
It’s called a tick ease. It’s
like a big elaborate tweezer.
So when I’m going to do here is get as
close to the skin as possible with this
critter and without twisting,
just put steady pressure and
I’m not pulling really hard.
We don’t like the methods of a dish,
soap and peroxide on
cotton swabs, et cetera.
Simply because good boy netty,
they actually cause the tick to
regurgitate toxins back into the host.
That’s why they let go is
because they have to vomit.
So we definitely do not
recommend that method.
Just steady pressure and weight.
You don’t want to put too much pressure
on the abdomen of the tick because then
of course it is likely to rupture and
those toxins will go back into the dogs.
I am fairly amateur at removing ticks. Um,
I’m sure vets can probably, yeah,
these out much quicker. But I do
worry about detaching the head.
Um, it’s generally not recommended
to twist the tick. I’m going,
as I’m seeing here,
I can see that there’s a little bit
more of this critter showing up.
We’ve got a little bit of
hair caught in there too,
so that can sometimes cause things to
stop happening because you’re pulling on
the hair rather than the
tick. Good boy ned. Good.
Well and there we go.
It’s not super lively but still alive,
which means the, whoops, I’m sorry,
I didn’t realize it was out of frame,
which means the head is still intact.
It’s not been left in the dog.
So you can, um, you can see
that took a little while.
I’m kind of creeped out here holding this,
but it’s a good educational opportunity
and I want everybody to see that the
tick is still alive. It’s sort
of a fat and happy tick there.
There was a leg movement there, sort of
a fat and happy tick. So there’s not a,
not a ton of movement in
there. However it is alive.
It is intact. And you
saw, how long was that?
Just slight steady pressure it took before
I was able to actually get that tick
to detach, you know, little
aftercare from the tick site.
I’ve got a little cotton pad and I’ve
got some hydrogen peroxide and I’m just
going to clean up that area just to
make sure that there’s no toxins still
sitting on the skin.
I’m just going to, um,
sanitize the site itself so that hopefully
there’s not going to be any issues of
infection. I will check that site
frequently for the next week or so,
and then maybe once a week,
once every couple of weeks after that
and hopefully it’ll just fade out into
being nothing. Um, hopefully
we have that luxury.
I know from ticks in the past on my dogs,
there generally have been just a little
bump left behind and there is the tech
wandering around still very much alive.
So that puts my mind at ease that I
haven’t left the head in my dog. Um,
what I’ve found out about that though is
that it doesn’t mean hoard infections.
It doesn’t mean you need to panic.
It simply leaves a bump with
your dog. I actually, um,
had one in Reggie that I accidentally
pulled the head off and left it in the dog
and I went searching for answers
and called my bed and what do I do?
And they basically said, you know what,
just wait and see. Keep an eye on it.
Likely your bought the body will
expel it on its own, but if not,
it’s okay. It usually
doesn’t cause a huge problem,
but the toxins may be part of the issue
with pulling off the head, et Cetera,
et cetera. So there can be
some extra dangers with that.
But if the head remains in your dog,
it’s not like that is going to cause or
necessarily cause some horrid issue to
Check with your vet if you see it being
red or really raw or starting to get
bigger or anything of that
nature. Of course, pay attention.
You may need to go into your vet and have
them lance it and take that out or do
something ridiculous to help
you out. But it’s not, um,
it’s not a death sentence.
It’s not as terrifying as I
initially thought it might be.
If you want to learn a systematic
approach for checking your dog for ticks,
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up here to have a well behaved four
legged family member. On that
note, I’m Ken. I be training.