I have found a tick on my pet. What do I do?
It is always better to remove the tick – no matter the type – immediately from your animal. Ticks prefer hot, moist areas so if you’re on the hunt, move your fingertips through the fur at skin level. Any lump or bump you can feel needs to be looked at in case a tick is attached. Start at the head (including inside the mouth and ears), down the legs (including in between the toes/paw pads), and finish at the tail (including around the anus and genital folds).
If a tick is identified, remove it by pinching the skin around the tick with your non-dominant hand. With your dominant hand, use your thumb and index fingers to grab the tick as close to the head as possible. Firmly pull the tick out of the skin. Tick twisters can assist with this if needed, and can be purchased at our clinic or any major pet store. Place the tick into a vessel for the Veterinarian to identify. (Don’t be worried if the head isn’t fully removed as well – this poses no harm to the pet if left in, and can be removed later)