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Tick Removal 101

To prevent Lyme or other tick-borne diseases from harming your dog, it is important to remove any ticks you find on your dog within 48 hours, said veterinarian Ted Diamond of the Valley Veterinary Hospital. That’s how long it takes for the harmful organisms to pass from the tick’s stomach into the dog’s blood, he said.

Diamond said he has heard some scary theories from dog owners about “the right way” to get a tick off a dog. Here’s what to do, and what not to do, to remove a tick without inadvertently harming your pooch.

DON’T:

∎ Try to burn it with a match or lighter

∎ Try to stick it with a hot pin

∎ Use a poisonous substance, like nail polish remover

∎ Worry about “getting the head.” If any part of the tick is left, the dog’s body will dissolve it, Diamond said.

DO:

∎ Use your fingers, tweezers or a tick removing tool to grip the tick as close to the dog’s skin as possible, then twist it as you pull it out

∎ Clean the wound with peroxide and apply a little antibiotic ointment

∎ Call your veterinarian if it doesn’t scab over within a few days or it looks infected

— REBECCA EVERETT

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