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Using a Tick Removal Tool when trying to remove a nasty tick from you or your dog is Much Easier than using Tweezers.  The TickKey and the Tick Twister Tools are two of my favorites.

1. The Original Tick Key

The TickKey can attach to your key ring or your pet’s collar so you never leave home without it. Simply put the tick’s body through the largest part of the opening in the key, slide it down so the smallest part of the opening is around the tick, and give it a pull. The TickKey Safely removes the tick body and embedded head easily.  See the TickKey Youtube Video.

2. Tick Twister

You simply put the prongs on either side of the tick and twist upward.It removes the tick without squeezing it, reducing the risk of infection, and doesn’t leave tick head in the skin. 

The Tick Twister Remove ticks in a few seconds without pain It removes small and large tick. See the Tick Twister Youtube Video.

More Tick Removal Tips

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1. Soap Soaked Cotton Ball:

The Soap Soaked Cotton Ball method can be used for dogs or humans. This method is more of a “home remedy” that some pet owners swear by.  The great thing about this method is there is no squeezing or twisting, the risk of leaving a head behind or having the tick regergitate its toxins is reduced.

It is a helpful solution for removing ticks that are in those hard to reach spots where tweezers just won’t work, like between the toes, or in the middle of a full head of dark colored hair.

First, apply a dollop of liquid soap to a cotton ball.  Then, Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and move it around in circles for about 40 secounds.  The tick should come on it’s own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.  If you are afraid you dog is sensitive to some soaps, try using dog shampoo instead.

2. Wet Q-tip Method:

Moisten a Q-Tip with clove essential oil.  Clove oil is a tick repellant.  Rub your oiled up Q-tip in a circle around and around the tick.  This motion will agitating the little critter and making it rotate with the Q-tip until it backs out.  Then, put that little sucker into some isopropyl alcohol to kill it.

Check out this video at on YouTube for a great demo of this technique with just a Q-tip and water.

What to Do if a Tick Head Gets Stuck in Your Dog’s Skin

Even if you try your best to be careful when removing a tick from your dog’s skin, it is common for the tick’s head get left behind when a tick is removed.

Don’t worry about it too much.  Continue to keep the area clean and inspect it periodically for any inflammation or infection.


Do not try to dig out the rest of the tick from your dog’s skin, you could make the wound much worse than it already is.  Generally, your dog’s body will get rid of the tick naturally, but if it doesn’t, you can contact your vet for help.

How Do You Kill Ticks?

Drop the tick into isopropyl alcohol to kill it!  Flushing the tick down the toilet won’t kill it.  Do not squish the tick between your fingers. The tick-borne diseases can be transmitted to you if you touch it with your fingers, yuck!

Put the tick in a glass jar or plastic bag.  Then, add a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol. The alcohol will kill the tick.

Next, write down the date you found the tick. Keep an eye on the area where the tick was to see if an infection surfaces.

Save the container for a few weeks. If your dog shows any symptoms of illness, take the tick to your vet for an examination.

TICK FACT #7:  Adult Ticks have the ability to survive without a host for up to a year and a half.

How to Prevent Future Tick Bites

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  • Tick Inspection: Always do a thorough tick inspection on yourself and your dog after spending some time outdoors.
  • Comb the Fur: Use a Flea combs regularly on your dog to help remove ticks before they become attached.  This can prevent the transmission of disease.
  • Vacuum: Vaccum your carpets frequently.
  • Cut the Grass: Keep your lawn short.
  • Treat your yard: Look for a lawn care service that uses essential oil-based sprays that are safe for children, pets, and foliage. If you would rather not use pesticides on your grass, consider using chickens. Chickens naturally eat ticks and other annoying pests.
  • Flea and Tick Shampoo: Wash your dog with a pesticide-free pet shampoo.
  • Wash Beds and Blankets: Wash your dog’s bedding weekly.
  • Tick Treatments: Products like Vectra 3D, Frontline Plus, and Advantix will kill ticks.  Check your local pet store or ask your vet for Tick prevention treatments.

The Companion Animal Parasite Council says the most important thing to do to prevent ticks is to use a combination flea and tick control agent All YEAR Round.

TICK FACT #8: It takes about 24-48 hours for a tick to absorb a fatal dose of pesticide. After death, some ticks remain attached because their barbed mouth parts don’t detach. 2

Helpful Resources:


  1. Humane Society
  2. 1800 Pet Meds
  3. Animal
  4. Schweitzer, Karen. 2010. Our Best Friends: The Dachshund. Pittsburg, PA: Eldorado Ink.
  5. Pinney, Chris C. 2010, 2000. Hauppauge, NY 11788.