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Check & Remove Ticks

Even with a reliable tick medication such as Nexgard Spectra, it is always a good idea to check your dog for ticks after spending time outdoors, particularly in summer, as ticks can easily transfer to humans and other pets.

Where to look

Starting at your dog’s head, run your hands down the body, using your fingers like a comb. This may be more difficult on dogs with long hair. You are feeling for any lumps, something larger than a flea, but smaller than a pea. Pay particular attention to dark or hard to reach areas, as this is where ticks like to feed. This includes: under the collar, under the tail and around the anus, between the toes and inside the ears.

Removing the tick

If you do come across a tick, removal should be done quickly but carefully.

  • Take a pair of tweezers or a special tick removal tool. You may wish to wear rubber gloves or use paper towel.
  • Grip the tick by the head, as close to the dog’s skin as possible.
  • Without squeezing or twisting, slowly pull the tick out until it is entirely removed.
  • Soak the tick in tubbing alcohol to ensure it is dead before disposing of it.
  • Add some disinfectant to the tick bite on your dog’s skin to ensure there is no secondary infection.