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.


Step 1: More information

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.
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 &quot;experts&quot; that say &quot;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&quot;, 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. <br>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. <br>The video, however, doesn't work. Do you have to be a premium member to see it?
<p>dang! i forgot the gloves! i'm dying...</p>
<p>very good deduction and well said</p>
I completely concur!
Hi my family has always done this and has always worked find your sewing niddle get the end red hot pull all dogs hair away from the tick stick the niddle in the rear end of the tick and it will back its head and out works everytime .
Hi guys, just had to comment on this....this is exactly what NOT TO DO!!! by doing this you are stressing the tick, their defence mechanisim is the regurgitate it's gut contents bacterias and all into the host, and then back out..which is when you can also become infected with diseases the tick carries...the rough number in the UK is that 1 in 3 ticks are infected with Lyme Disease....<br><br>I volunteer for a self funded charity that raises awareness about Tick and Tick borne diseases....for example Lyme. The safest was to remove a tick with with an O'tom tick twister...it doesn't leave any mouth parts behind. Also you shouldn't touch ticks as they can pass on diseases through breaks in your skin or if you touch your mucas membranes after. <br><br>I have attached a link showing how you should remove a tick....and the link to our normal website too. As a charity we have worked very hard for our good name, and will only ever give our best practise advice, and will only recommend things that have been proven to work. If you have any questions feel free to ask of contact us through our website. Thanks for your time<br><br>http://www.tickbitepreventionweek.org/tick-removal.html<br><br>http://www.bada-uk.org/
<p>1 in 3 infected in the UK. Eek.</p>
<p>dude, i got out two ticks out this way, and i'm<strong> ten.</strong></p>
<p>does this work on humans? This dizzy thing for ticks?</p>
<p>This works great! Our cat Flash had two ticks and it worked both times!(both ticks are now in the sewer) ;)</p>
This worked great!<br>The tick was big so it was easy to move. Not sure how well it would work on a small, earlier tick, but I will definitely try it out!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!! This worked wonderfully!!!
<p>totally works! Thank you SOOOOO much.</p>
<p>He looks like my dog</p>
Ty so much. This is much better the forcing the tick out. My dogs send thier love
Omg!!! Took about 30 seconds and it worked perfectly!!!! Head and whole body came out with no problems!! Thank u so much!!
<p>Worked awesome! Thank you!</p>
<p>Thankyou. I fell back on tweezers for the lift as I had latex gloves on ( couldnt bring myself to touch the thing with my bare fingers) but it came out easily , painlessly and intact. WIsh I'd known this years ago.</p>
Thank you just done this came fully out after about 20 seconds
<p>Thank you! That was awesome. Less than 10 seconds and that icky tick backed out of our dogs neck! It was so easy and much less stressful on our pup. She just thought I was rubbing her neck! Thanks again!!</p>
<p>If you're in the Southern Hemisphere you have to rub them counter-clockwise, right?</p><p>Yes, kidding - good post - I'll try it.</p>
<p>No fuss, simple, whole tick removed, first time I've done this </p>
<p>Tick must unscrewed in anticlockwise direction (just 1.5 turn) with a reverse/self closing tweezer...it's the fastest and safest way.</p>
Thanks so much for the tip!! Our dog almost died 6 years ago from a blue mountain River tick, because I wasn't able to get the whole head out and she got a blood infection. Fast forward to today and your tip helped tremendously with her 2nd tick ever. We followed your instructions and it came right out!!<br>Thanks so much?<br>The Dunham's
Woow. So helpfull thank you very much.. 100% works.
<p>This is what the tick look like after I tried your method. Thanks SOO much!</p>
Just removed 2 ticks from my dog this way. Took some time working them in order for them to move out enough for me to grab them. Both removed in their entirety.
<p><br></p><p>Okay so my dogs tick is halfway in and halfway out, cannot even see were the head is . I have tried everything. Then came across this. No it hasn&rsquo;t worked . Now what ? Vet ?</p>
Be persistent, it will work. Make sure the body is moving around, and you're not just rubbing the tick.<br /><br />You can ask use tweezers. Get them as close as you can to the skin, and pull slowly.
<p>does this work on humans? </p>
Put fingernail polish on it all around so u make aure u get its butt. they breathe out theor butts and will back out and fall off.
<p>I put on some surgical gloves, and followed your instructions - it worked perfectly. The tick came right off and was easy to capture between my fingers. Thanks for taking the time to post this pearl of knowledge, will pass it on!</p>
<p>This worked *perfectly* when I did it on a friends dog that lives in redwood forest country. My hat's off to Lebowski who posted it. And this is the first time I can clearly recall removing a tick from any dog. And for those people who think it might make the tick regurgitate, I'd bet dollars to donuts that pulling them out with a pair of tweezers would actually make the regurgitation problem worse. </p>
<p>I tried this and it didn't work right away, it was backing out but still holding on so I put a little rubbing alcohol on it and tried again and it backed out immediately. Thank you!</p>
<p>OMG Thankyou Thankyou i just did this and it came right out no more vaseline and trying to pull it out </p>
I just did this and it worked! Thank you so much!
<p>Aloha,</p><p> I just moved to Tamarindo Costa Rica. The house I am renting has three dogs protecting the property. My problem is they are loaded with ticks. I mean in the hundreds. I have gown attached to one of the dogs but am not sure how it will like me removing its ticks. Would this dizzy method work with something that vibrates? Or if I rubbed all the areas vigurously with my hand would I get the same effect?...ok the thought of that is horrifying. But I am hoping to remove more then one at a time. </p><p> Please help. I am staying awake at night trying to figure out what to do!</p>
<p>It worked, thank you for taking the time to post, you are a saint. I'm not sure if, like you said, would have worked as well if there was not a sac. I rubbed vigorously as you did for about 30 sec than reversed for about 15 sec and it dropped right off. I believe I'm going to send it in to be tested, again, thank you! Shad Atkinson Palisade, co.</p>
<p>i tried it. the tick was off in less than 60 seconds.</p>
<p>Worked on my dog the tick just got up and tried to walk away. Obviously still in one piece</p>
<p>After doing extensive research I wanted to share something with you. Irritating a tick (rubbing it, putting soap on it, squeezing it, etc) will almost always prompt the tick to release infectious fluid/saliva/matter into the animal or person. </p>
<p>Good to know. So many people think that putting tea tree oil or finger nail polish will take care of the problem, but b/c the tick also has a survival mode, it will regurgitate everything in its gut into the host. So, don't put anything on the tick. Once removed, treat the area with tea tree essential oil or lavender essential oil, not both. I have a dog that shies away from tea tree oil, but when I removed a tick, had no problem with the lavender oil. Treat area a couple of times for several days, and then forget about it. The oils will deal with anything left from the tick, or so I've been told. Never had a problem myself.</p>
Amazing!! The last time my other dog got a tick I took it to the vet who removed it with special tick tweezers left the head in and then had to have an expensive operation (the dog not the vet .... although the thought is tempting) 1 min gentle circular rubbing 1 tick trundling off across the floor (I caught it don't worry) 1 relieved dog and 1 ecstatic owner. <br>Healthy dog no issues, I was so impressed I did some more research and incidentally the thought is apparently this is a survival tactic for a tick who accidentally attaches in a dangerous place on a host which could cause it to be injured or killed so after sufficient movement it's self preservation clicks in and it lets go. It is very impressive quick and painless thank you so much!!
I don't know why but this above all other things with my dogs creeps me out. Every time one gets a tick I have to find <a href="http://auroracatclinic.com" rel="nofollow">low cost veterinarians in Aurora IL</a> who are willing to take the thing off for me so that I don't have to. Kudos to you for being so brave.
I can attest to the fact that if you rub the tick around and around not yourself but the tick in a circular motion for a few minutes IT DOES WORK!!!!!. My weamador had a tick on his front leg that I just discovered, come on line here, saw this suggestion and was done in less than 5 minutes. No need for tweezers where you risk leaving behind mouth parts or leg parts. HE SIMPLY FELL OFF. I cleaned the area with alcohol and disposed of the tick in the same. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Super helpful! Thank you! Wonderful job!
That it worked to get the tick out doesn't mean it went well.<br>When you agitate a tick that way it'll empty its stomach into the wound. The dog might not get sick, but it sure doesn't help.<br><br>And no you don't need an expensive vet. Get a tick key or something like that. (google it)
This has worked three times in a row for me. Incredible to see the tick just detach and lay there. Still completely creeps me out, but way prefer this to yanking half a tick off my dog. <br> <br>NOTE that VIDEO does not work anymore. ?
just happened to run across this site. Have a question. I have a german shepherd that had a tick on her ear and when I attempted to remove it the entire tick did not come off. A small portion that hardened but now appears to be growing. Is it like a keloid scar? Has anyone seen thsi before? Is there a way to get it off? Any infor wo8uld be great/ Not really a comment but would love advice

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