Introduction: How to Remove an Oversized Tick From a Dog
My family forgot to apply our dog's tick medication. The dog kept rolling around on the ground, which he never really does. We checked him, but he is furry, so ticks are hard to find. Then I was petting my dog and came across a weird lump that turned out to be a tick.
This task is not for the squeamish. I was gagging the entire time. Thankfully, I have a well-behaved adult dog and a mom who is experienced at removing ticks. They were able to get the job done. And now, hopefully, you can too.
Step 1: Make a Tool
Since oversized ticks are so big, a normal tick removal tool or a pair of tweezers would not work. Our improvised tool was made out of a sheet of clear plastic, like the kinds used for packaging. Any similar material will work, like plastic gift cards.
Cut a strip out of the plastic and then cut a large V into it.
Step 2: Removal
Make sure to give your dog treats and hold it still. Soothe it, as this is pretty scary.
While someone else holds a bowl underneath your and, slide the tool underneath the tick. Make sure you are starting at the head and going back to the body. Try to get it as close to the skin as possible. Slide the tool forwards, pushing the tick off and into a bowl.
Step 3: Clean
There will most likely be some gunk left over where the tick was. Wipe it off with a wet washcloth. Then, using a cotton swab, sterilize the area with rubbing alcohol. Give your dog more treats. This is a horrible thing to go through.
Step 4: Put on Medicine
So that this never happens again, apply tick preventive medication to your dog. For this, you should follow the instructions depending on what you use.
Step 5: Identify Tick Type
You will want to find out what type of tick your dog has. Ours, thankfully, was a dog tick, which rarely carries Lyme Disease. Check with your vet for anything else you need to do.
Step 6: Reward Your Poor Doggo
Take your dog on a walk. After all the trouble they've had, it is well deserved.