Introduction: How to Remove a Tick From a Dog

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In this instructable I will demonstrate how to easily remove a tick from your dog without pulling it out. The tick will crawl out on it's own and you won't have to deal with 'did I get it all out?'. This sounds like a magic trick and you might even think it is, I did. My sister inlaw had been telling me how to do it for quite a while and I just never tried it, because I didn't think it would work. One day when I was at the vet getting my dogs their yearly shots, my vet found a tick and removed it using this method and I was sold.

I easily remove about 20 ticks a year from my two dogs. When I used the old way, which was get your tweezers as close to the head of the tick and pull straight out, it would often leave parts of the tick behind. Ticks seem to like areas near the eyes and ears, which would leave marks and scars that wouldn't ever go away.

So how do you do it?
Rub the tick in a circular motion and pretend you're trying to make the tick dizzy. I generally stick with one direction, clockwise. It usually takes less than a minute, so if it's not working, make sure the body of the tick is moving around. Remember you can't get dizzy unless you're actually moving in a circle, quickly. I doubt the tick actually gets dizzy, but they sure don't like something about the movement and they crawl out on their own.

This was too difficult to document with photos, so here's the video.

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The only troubles I have had with this technique, is when you catch the tick early in it's attaching process. It makes it harder to actually get the body of the tick to move around and you feel like you're just rubbing the tick. If it won't come off, I will usually wait another day instead of risking leaving part of the tick behind in my dog.

This method should work on people as well, but I haven't had the chance to try it out. I don't think it will work as well, because you generally catch the tick early on and there's no body to move around. It's also easier to get parts of the tick out as you can use tweezers and then just like removing a splinter, get the rest out.

Once you have the tick out, wrap the tick in a piece of tape to kill it. If you're taking it off yourself or another person, you probably want to put it in a jar of rubbing alcohol and get it tested for Lyme disease.


MyTurnToTalkNow (author)2013-02-22

So, over 500 comments, (I read them. so you don't have to) if you take away the ones that say it didn't work (less than 10%), take away the "experts" that say "NOOOOO, don't do this, go spend lots of money on a vet and by the way support our/my organization because I know so much", take away the ones that start flaming at each other and get off topic about diseases, etc. (and no, I am not interested in starting anything like that, I actually have a life) we are left with more than 400 comments that say it works, no problems with their pets after, no one coming back on and saying they or their pet got sick after using this method, we can conclude it works fine. Remember to wear gloves when you try it, and if it doesn't work, go spend money at your vet, or buy the special tweezers.
This method works. End of story. If you don't agree with this method, post your own instructable with your method that works for you.
The video, however, doesn't work. Do you have to be a premium member to see it?

djharts (author)MyTurnToTalkNow2017-07-06

My wife thought you remove ticks by putting turpentine on them. I had one at the top of the male equivalent of what my granddaughter used to call her "area". My wife spilled some of the turps. All I can say is DON'T use turps. Your method sounds much more interesting.

We live in a day where too many people have been brainwashed into thinking only an expert can do something correctly.

chrisd27 (author)MyTurnToTalkNow2017-01-05

The video works fine now. Thanks for posting - I'm just about to try it on my dog, trying to remove a tick that the vet didn't spot!

chrisd27 (author)chrisd272017-01-05

And it worked perfectly. Thank you so much.

dang! i forgot the gloves! i'm dying...


So basically you're saying, if you discount all the people that don't agree with this, then everyone agrees? LOL.

very good deduction and well said

Marissa2 (author)icre8arch2015-06-27

I completely concur!

NormaH14 (author)2017-12-09

this is exciting. REMOVING TICK WORKED! WOW THANK YOU now what i don’t know is if my comment worked!

MichelleH294 (author)2017-12-03

It worked!!!

Jsoa (author)2017-09-02

It's coming that time of year where I'm located and Im torn on what I
should use on Jace my Bulgarian shepherd puppy. He's 16 weeks now 41
pounds. In the past with different dogs and on my cats I've used
Revolution and advantage/advantix. Im not really interested in using any
kind of frontline. I've heard of to many complaints and when I was
young my parents were using frontline and our house got completely
infested one year. It was a nightmare but anyways I'm not sure what I
should use. I'd like to avoid chemicals but I know that's just not
really possible with natural options not being equally effective. I'm
just wanting to know if anyone's used the Seresto collars before? Also
does everyone always use a heartworm preventive monthly? I haven't
really used them in the past except for when Ive used Revolution because
it's a combo. But if it's really needed I don't want to use a flea
product and have to use something like heart guard on top of that. I'd
rather just use the combo like Revolution. Does anyone have any feed
back on Trifexis? It seems kind of expensive and I heard the pills arnt
as effective for flea control? Just needing some opinions here

I check few products here and dpn't know what to take.

lebowski (author)Jsoa2017-09-04

We started using BRAVECTO a couple years ago and have been really happy with it. I always hated anything topical, and so never used anything for ticks. This medicine works for both ticks and fleas. I haven't had to use this method for a while now :)

glynnrcbaker (author)2017-08-29

Wrapped my mini lop rabbit in a towel to keep him still, rotated the tick blood sack as you have shown, 90 seconds and it let go of his nose. Thank you!

CPUDOCTHE1. (author)2017-07-08

I will have to try that on humans the next time I have a tick on me. I have only had one so far this year. Last year I had 47 embed in my skin. Got tested for lyme disease last fall, did not have it.

BrianJewett (author)2017-07-06

I'm surprised a vet recommended this. From what I've heard, this method can actually pump the ticks digestive fluids out into it's host. This is precisely what you're trying to avoid be removing the tick. The little plastic tick twisters you can get in any drug store for a dollar or two are the best and easiest method. They're like a tiny plastic cats paw nail puller. The little V shaped notch slides under the tick right next to your skin where it won't squeeze the thorax. you then rotate it to disengage the barbed mouth parts and the entire tick comes out without forcing any bodily fluids into your dog or yourself.

Here's an example: There are other brands too.

Used these tick twisters for years, they are definitely the best method bar none for removing ticks

RobertD155 (author)2017-07-06

A method that was commonly used 60 or 70 years ago was to take a lit cigarette and just hold it close but not touching. The tick will back out and is easily picked off and delt with.

lbrewer42 (author)2017-07-06

We have a lot of ticks here so I just keep a zip lock bag with a small amount of white vinegar in it. Immediately upon removal, the (multiple) ticks go directly for a (very acrobatic looking) "swim."

No, I have no sympathy for them. I have been treated for Lyme's twice. Even though we use tick repellent on the dog - these parasites are very prominent here and I frequently find them indoors.

kruth1 (author)2017-07-06

I always used this method on my dogs. Works great and doesn't take long, either.

One thing I would add, though--use latex or vinyl gloves! ticks carry germs and by using a glove you can just remove the glove while holding the tick and tir it up in the glove.

halciber (author)2017-07-06

Thank you for posting this. This is absolutely perfect, and much better than anything I've tried.

DavidM1425 (author)2017-05-29

thanks just did it worked brilliant have a good day

MarieF48 (author)2017-05-26

Many thanks for your post- it worked!! ?

SuzanneP38 (author)2017-03-14

Holy Smokes this worked! Only thing we did extra was put a dollup of Dawn dish liquid on the tick! It came right out!

SandraS180 (author)2016-12-18

I tried this today on our dog and it worked like a charm. Thank you.

vmdswimmer made it! (author)2016-11-18

I've never done this before, so i was grossed out and skeptical. But this was the only method i saw that didn't potentially leave the tick's head in my dog. So i tried it, just like this video showed me. I wore gloves, started the circular motion, and in less than a minute, it fell right out! The dog wasn't the least bit bothered, even relaxed, and i swabbed the site (kind of a pinpoint hole) with alcohol. I'll keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't become red or swollen, but i'm confident i got the whole darned thing out. Here's some super-disgusting tic pics. Eww, and thank you so much. Bottom line: THIS WORKS LIKE A CHARM!

wireandchains (author)2016-11-15

Thank you it worked for me :-) Our dog gets ticks all the time, tweezing was a stressful endevor lol this was quick and easy. The tick really did just detach itself. It was complete head and all when I flushed it. I have already shared this article with my fb, instagram and messenger lol.Thanks again for sharing :-)

hackermom (author)2016-10-05

well, i am very glad we read this post and watched the video. it's working great for us and our dogs!! easiest method EVER, thank you so very VERY much!!

PhilK27 (author)2016-07-30

Just followed your instruction and removed a little demon from.our dog..Thank you

HannahJ25 (author)2016-07-16

My boyfriend didn't believe this would work, but the tick came out easily on it's own. I have a happy cat! Thanks for the video.

BenE19 made it! (author)2016-07-11

worked like a charm! I thought it was too good to be true! Check out that nasty bugger!

manisha.caleechurn (author)2016-07-09

Not wearing gloves is a very bad habit! It's so nasty to touch the ticks with bared hand. Better the tweezers option

vanessaceramics (author)2016-07-05

Worked within 15 seconds I reckon and I was extremely pleased as I am a new dogmother and a bit neurotic with that responsibility. He has a small pea sized lump from where the tick was which I'll keep an eye on. Only thing I was a little concerned about now is that I didn't use gloves and as we did this op in bed while he was relaxing I didn't rush straight to wash as I was cuddling him. I did touch the tick to pick it up. Is there a risk to humans from handling a tick? I am obviously aware of lymes disease, but I'm assuming that is from being bitten and blood passing. And do animals get Lymmes?

Yuck! You've touched the ticks with bared hands? Some hygiene please!!!

Inkypinkyponky33 (author)2016-06-25

This was our first time removing a tick from a dog. This method worked well with no distress to our dog - although I did run away quickly (I was holding our dog) once the tick jumped out. Tick is now in a jar with all body parts in tact. My husband wore disposable gloves and we cleaned the area where the tick had held on with an antiseptic wipe. Thanks for the advice - it really worked

JayM121 (author)2016-06-10

It does work ive just got two ticks of my jack russel who is a little figit heres proof

ChrisK222 (author)2016-05-31

Worked great for squirmy puppy!

TaraS59 (author)2016-05-31

This worked so well! Thank you!!!? ? ? Here is a toast to you!? My dog and your black dog look like siblings!!

TaraS59 (author)2016-05-31

This worked so well! Thank you!!!? ? ? Here is a toast to you!? My dog and your black dog look like siblings!!

TinaJ28 (author)2016-05-29

Could not believe it! !!!! THIS TRICK IS THE BEST TRICK I'VE EVER SEEN!!!! My dog didn't even know i was taking a tick of her. .... Thank you for sharing. ..

If you have any quick tips like this for keeping ticks and fleas off... lol

RussellM31 (author)2016-05-27

Well i must thank you for you advice. I just found a big tick on my dog. It freaked me out when i finally figured out what it was!!! Tried another technic but my dog wouldn't let me. Came across your advice and tried it. It only too about 15 or twenty seconds tick fell on the garage floor totally in tack head and all. I now have it in a bottle incase my dog starts to act strange or showing symptoms of infection, so i can take it to the Vet if need too. Again Thanks!!!

KellyP34 (author)2016-05-21

I dont know about small ticks but i tried with this large one. I had no faith but this huge thing did fall out within 45 seconds with its head attached.

marilynd15 (author)2016-05-21

I saw a fleshy lump just above the pup's eye and was not sure if it was a tick or not. We do walk through lots of fields where sheep graze so decided to give your removal process a go. You hear so many horror stories where bits of ticks get left in and cause endless complications. Marigolds on I did the circular rubbing thing and in seconds the tick was out - thought I had lost it but it had crawled to the other side of the dogs face. I plunged it into boiling salted water and then stamped on it outside. Thank you so much for this information. I have 3 dogs and live in rural Derbyshire so I am sure this information will be very useful.

EveLynW12 (author)2016-05-17

I just tried this with our squirming puppy (which made it quite a challenge!). Although it took a while since the puppy was resisting, the tick came right out fully intact! In fact, it still seems to be moving a little bit in the 50% alcohol solution I dropped it into 15 minutes ago. I was quite nervous about using tweezers with my active puppy and taking the risk that I wouldn't be able to get the whole tick. I am thrilled with this option and will use again. Thanks so much!!

MelanieF20 (author)2016-05-13

Thank you so much. Just found a tick on my dog and googled how to remove it as cant find the tick remover tool I have!! And used your technique and it worked!!!???xx

AmandaK35 (author)2016-05-12

Hi, just tried your method and it worked in less than 60 seconds!!!! brilliant thank you so much! from me (Mandy) and Wooster xxx

StaroneCan. (author)2016-05-07

It works!!! Must admit I was a bit skeptical at first, but nevertheless decided to give it a try. It was a tick attached to my dog's ear (most likely) yesterday, so it was still small and flat. It took me about a minute and a half, and it really detached itself!! (btw, I didn't have gloves on) I couldn't believe it! Many, many thanks!!

JeannieH10 (author)2016-05-04

Worked like a charm in probably twenty seconds. The tick my dog had was kind of flat but I just kept moving the body around and back and forth. They just don't like being messed with so they back out. My dog never flinched.

KeithL49 (author)2016-05-03

+1 from Seattle! Worked in under 20 seconds on a large tick dug in firmly on inside of our dog's ear. First doused in tea tree oil, saw no response. Second, tried tweezers but it was so dug in we didn't want to attempt ripping it out. After 10-20 seconds of gentle back and forth rubbing on either side of the tick (ear folded), the bugger unclamped and started walking away, at which point we grabbed with a tissue.

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