Tick Removers That Really Work
Honestly, pulling a tick out of my dog’s skin using tweezers makes a mess. It always ends up leaving the tick head imbedded in my doxie’s skin – which can lead to an infection.
Tick Removal Tools are so much easier to use than tweezers.
Don’t get me wrong, sometimes those nasty tick’s get into a location that is just too hard to reach with a tick remover tool. That’s when tweezers may be the only option for proper removal. In between your dog’s toes or deep in his ear would require some tweezers.
1. The Tick Key
My #1 Choice is the Tick Key (from Amazon). It can attach to your key ring so you never have to 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.
Dachshund Parents – This tool pulls the entire body and head of the tick out of my dog’s skin!
Here is a demo video for the Tick Key on YouTube.
2. Tick Twister
With the Tick Twister (from Amazon), 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 removes ticks in a few seconds without pain.
Here is the demo video for the Tick Twister on YouTube.
Alternative Ways To Remove A Tick
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. It is a helpful solution for removing ticks that are in those hard to reach spots where tweezers just won’t work.
First, apply some liquid dish soap to a cotton ball. Then, cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and move it around in circles for about 40 seconds.
The tick should come out 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:
Wet a Q-Tip with clove essential oil. Clove oil is a tick repellent. Rub your oiled up Q-tip in a circle around and around the tick.
This motion will agitate the little critter until it backs out of your dog’s skin. Then, put that little sucker into some isopropyl alcohol to kill it.
If The Tick’s Head Gets Stuck…
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 to get left behind. Continue to keep the wound area clean and inspect it periodically for any inflammation or infection.
Do not try to dig out the rest of the tick from your Dachshund’s skin, you could make the wound much worse than it already is. Generally, your dog’s body will get rid of the tick head naturally, but if it doesn’t, you can contact your vet for help.
How Do You Kill Ticks?
Drop any nasty tick that you find 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, yuck!
Directions: 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.
If your dog shows any symptoms of illness over the next couple of weeks, take your pup and 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 Keep Ticks Off Of Your Dachshund