How to Safely remove a Tick from a Dog or Cat - Pet Care Tips
If you find a tick attached to your dog’s or cat’s skin, or your own, there’s no need to panic. Let me show you how to safely remove a tick from a dog, cat, or YOU!
Ticks are small parasites that are not only a nuisance, but can transfer diseases to your cat that can make him very sick. If you see a tick on your cat, it is very important to know how to safely remove the tick from your cat’s skin; proper removal of the tick will help prevent disease in your cat as well as you. Tick removal can be a tricky process, especially if your cat is squirmy, so take your time and make sure that you do it right the first time.
If you live in an area with ticks, keeping your cat indoors is the best way of preventing ticks. Ticks can cause anemia as well as carrying many diseases. Your veterinarian may prescribe medication that helps prevent ticks from attaching to your pet and kills any that do, and will show you the safe way to remove ticks without breaking off the head and leaving some of the tick attached to your pet.Now is the time of year when certain species of ticks are most active and looking for hosts to feed from. These parasites can carry potentially fatal diseases that are transmitted when the tick bites your cat. To prevent the transmission of diseases, it's important to check your cat periodically for any unwanted hitchhikers. This is especially important if you have an outdoor or indoor/outdoor cat. If you do find a tick, it's also important to know how to get rid of it. Here's a guide to help you through the process of tick inspection and removal.I'll go back during the week-end and try to remove the tick if possible, but I'd like advice from the "cat people" on this board. First off I don't wish to scare the cat, but I also don't wish for it to go mad and scratch me. After all, no matter how very friendly with me, it is a cat that avoids people, so I don't know what to expect when attempting to remove the tick. After your pet spends time outdoors, check him carefully for ticks, especially in hard-to-reach places (ticks like to hide in warm areas, so be sure to check folds of skin, under the arms, in the ears, between the toes, etc.). Keep in mind that ticks are very tiny — some are as small as the head of a pin. If you find a tick on your or cat, first of all, don’t panic. Try to as soon as possible. Cats can remove ticks during grooming, but not if the tick is in an inaccessible place, like behind the ear. For safe removal, avoid touching the tick with bare fingers. Use tweezers to take hold of the tick, and pull slowly and steadily. If you can't remove the tick’s mouthparts fromyour pet’s skin, don't worry. Once the body has been removed, the tick can no longer transmit pathogens, and the area should heal on its own. Just tossing the tick down the sink or toilet may allow it to survive and crawl out, so first put the tick in rubbing alcohol to kill it. If you have a hard time removing the tick, or are unsure how to do it properly, contact your veterinarian.