How to remove a tick from a dog, even a Morkie 🙂
Be vigilant – check carefully
Run your hands over your Morkie’s body, feeling carefully for any small bumps. Gently part his coat to check visually.
Don’t forget, you’ll know it’s a tick because they have 8 legs. Only ticks and spiders have 8 legs.
You can remove the tick yourself, if it hasn’t attached itself to an inner ear, an eyelid or some other delicate location. Some people prefer to go straight to the Vet to have the tick safely and cleanly removed.
Bingo, your dog has a tick!
What you’ll need
- rubbing alcohol or iodine to clean up the bite area after you’ve removed the tick
- water and mild soap
- a small container with rubbing alcohol, to kill the tick and store it in case the Vet wants to see it later
Be very careful – any contact with the tick’s blood can transmit infection to your dog or even to you! Wear rubber gloves.
Tools to remove ticks can be very handy – if you have one in advance of your need. Some go on your keychain.
Gently but steadily pull the tick straight up
To start, pull your dog’s hair back and splash some of the rubbing alcohol around the area. It will help keep the area clean, and might temporarily stun the tick. Then use your tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible.
Start steadily pulling straight up. DO NOT TWIST OR TURN THE TICK. DO NOT SQUISH THE TICK.
Remember, the tick’s head is firmly embedded under your dog’s skin at this point. This head is barbed with backward-curving spines so it takes some pressure to pull it out.
Once the tick is removed, thoroughly wash your dog’s wound with water and mild soap and apply rubbing alcohol or iodine.
DANGER: Commercial tick and flea treatments
The EPA has issued warnings that these treatments are dangerous for dogs under 20 pounds, who have the most adverse reactions to them. Read about an all-natural, safe alternative: “Magic Tick Fighting Dust.”
It’s harmless to you and your pet and you can use it on your dog, the lawn, and in your home. Sprinkle some on your socks when you’re out hiking in the woods.
This is NOT how to remove a tick from a dog.
Don't use this
No bare hands
You put yourself at risk of infection, and diseases like Lyme’s. Wash thoroughly after.
The tick’s head is still in my dog!
Take a good look – if there’s still ‘something’ where you pulled out the tick, it could be the pest’s head. If so you have two options:
- Visit the Vet right away to have it cut out – your Morkie could end up with a couple of stitches.
- Wash the spot, keep it clean and watch ‘n wait.
The body has a natural way of removing foreign debris like this – you’ll feel a hard lump forming around your Morkie’s bite mark. That’s normal.
Eventually that skin will regenerate and the old skin will die. The lump will fall off, in several weeks to a couple of months.
Of course if the wounded area looks red or inflamed at any time, or starts to swell up, you need to see the Vet right away.