How to Remove a Tick from your Pet — The Healthy Pet Club

How to Remove a Tick from your Pet

There are some good products on the market designed specifically for safe tick removal. Ask your vet for further details on which one would be best for you and your pet.

Step 1
Once a tick is removed, it needs to be placed in a safe container, so do have one to hand. Throwing it in the bin or outside doesn’t necessarily get rid of it permanently, so it’s a good idea to keep hold of it for a while in case your pet becomes ill from the bite. If this happens, take the tick to the vet, who may be able to test for diseases.

Step 2
You should never have direct contact with the tick or your pet’s bitten area so do use rubber gloves when removing the tick and treating the skin. Ticks can carry bacteria that enter your bloodstream through breaks in your skin or by touching your eyes, nostrils or mouth.

Step 3
Just as it’s not pleasant for you to remove the tick, it’s not a nice procedure for your pet either. If possible, have someone else help keep the pet still and calm until you’re finished.

Step 4
Using a tick removal device, grasp the tick firmly as close to the animal’s skin as possible. Pull straight upwards with even pressure, removing the whole tick from the skin, quickly placing the tick in your container.

Do not twist or squeeze the tick, as this may leave parts embedded in your pet, or cause the tick to bring up infective fluids.

If any part of the tick remains in your pet’s skin, it’s best to disinfect it and allow the body to eject it naturally. If the area appears red or inflamed, a warm compress might quicken this process, but do not attempt to remove it with tweezers.

Step 5
Thoroughly disinfect the bite and surrounding areas of the skin, washing your hands with soap and water (even though you were wearing gloves). You also need to sterilise your tick removal device.

Step 6
Over the next few weeks, look out for any signs of infection. If the redness doesn’t go away, or gets worse, please take your pet – and the tick – to your vet for testing.

Tick Removal Advice — Liquid Soap Technique

Circulating social media message advises that the best way to remove a tick is to cover it with liquid soap and wait for it to detach itself.

Brief Analysis:
While some commentators suggest that the tick removal method described is effective, it is not recommended by health authorities. Experts consider the application of substances such as soap or petroleum jelly as slower and less effective than manual methods such as using tweezers.

If you don’t know, this is good info whether you live in the city or the country! It is about time for the little stinkers to latch on. Please forward to anyone with children… or hunters or dogs, or anyone who even steps outside in summer!!

A School Nurse has written the info below — good enough to share — And it really works!!

I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best way to remove a tick. This is great, because it works in those places where it’s some times difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc.

Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball.. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. This technique has worked every time I’ve used it (and that was frequently), and it’s much less traumatic for the patient and easier for me. Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can’t see that this would be damaging in any way. I even had my doctor’s wife call me for advice because she had one stuck to her back and she couldn’t reach it with tweezers. She used this method and immediately called me back to say, “It worked!”

Please pass on. Everyone needs this helpful hint.

Detailed Analysis:
According to this widely circulated message, the best way to remove a tick is to cover it with liquid soap. The message claims that the liquid soap will cause the tick to “come out on its own” after 15 or 20 seconds. Alternative versions of the message have advised users to apply various other substances to the tick, including petroleum jelly, nail polish or kerosene. Some versions suggest applying heat to the tick via a hot match.

However, none of these methods is recommended or condoned by health authorities. Most experts recommend that ticks be removed as quickly as possible using tweezers rather than by applying a substance such as liquid soap or nail polish or by applying heat via a match or other hot object.

An article about tick removal on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes:

Avoid folklore remedies such as “painting” the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly, or using heat to make the tick detach from the skin. Your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible–not waiting for it to detach.

In an article about ticks and flea control on animals the US Food and Drug Administration warns:

Never use a burned match, petroleum jelly, or nail polish to try to remove ticks. These methods are ineffective.

And a MedlinePlus article about tick removal concurs, noting:

Do NOT try to burn the tick with a match or other hot object.
Do NOT twist the tick when pulling it out.
Do NOT try to kill, smother, or lubricate the tick with oil, alcohol, vaseline, or similar material.

A further article discussing tick removal published on states:

There is very limited experimental evidence to support most suggested tick removal strategies, and only a few reviews. While both mechanical removal and chemical incapacitation have their advocates, experimental evidence suggests that chemical irritants are ineffective at persuading ticks to detach, and risk triggering injection of salivary fluids and possible transmission of disease-causing microbes. In addition, suffocating ticks by smothering them with petroleum jelly is an ineffective method of killing them because they have such a low respiratory rate (only requiring 3-15 breaths per hour) that by the time they die, there may have been sufficient time for pathogens to be transmitted.

As with petroleum jelly, liquid soap is likely to be ineffective because of the tick’s low respiration rate.

And a detailed scientific study by Glen R. Needham, PhD that evaluated five popular methods for removing ticks found that “the application of petroleum jelly, fingernail polish, 70% isopropyl alcohol, or a hot kitchen match failed to induce detachment of adult American dog ticks”.

Experts agree that it is important to remove a tick as soon as possible after it is discovered. Thus, even if applying a substance such as soap does eventually cause the tick to detach, the unnecessary delay in removal could significantly increase the risk of disease transmission. Health authorities note that the preferred method for removing a tick is to use fine-tipped tweezers. The CDC tick removal article notes:

1. Use fine-tipped tweezers and protect your fingers with a tissue, paper towel, or latex gloves. Avoid removing ticks with your bare hands.

2. Grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible and pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.

3. After removing the tick, thoroughly disinfect the bite and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.

How to insert a tick or a cross symbol in Microsoft Word and Excel

By Miles Bulloch 11 June 2019

There are several ways to insert a tick symbol into Microsoft Word — here are some of the various options.

There are several ways to insert a tick symbol (otherwise known as a check mark or checkmark) into Microsoft Word, the methods we outline below are relevant for Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Word 2016, Microsoft Word 2013, Microsoft Word 2011, Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft Word 2007, Microsoft Word 2008 and Microsoft Word 2004

Method 1 — Copy and Paste — ✓ ✔ ☑ ✅ ✕ ✖ ✗ ✘

To copy and paste a tick or cross, highlight one of the ticks or crosses below, then copy and paste it to your destination

Highlight your preferred symbol below:

To Copy — once the symbol is highlighted press Ctrl + C

To Paste select where you want the symbol and press Ctrl + V

Method 2 — Font Shortcuts

The most common method is to use either the «Wingdings 2» font or the «Webdings» font. This can easily be found from the drop-down menu and you will be able to choose from a few different styles of tick marks. Alternatively, use the following shortcuts after having selected Wingdings 2 or Webdings as your font of choice.

Method 3 — Symbol Command

You can also use the symbol command. Note that you will need to have Excel installed to do this. After accessing the «Insert» menu, find the «Symbol» tab. From this section, choose the «Font» option and select «Wingdings». The tick mark will be found at the bottom of the list.

This can also be accessed from the «Start» menu under the «Character Map» section (within System Tools). Choose the font option and once again, select Wingdings. When you hover the mouse over the correct symbol, it will appear larger and you will have the ability to select different versions of the check mark. Finally, copy and paste the icon to the relevant location within the text.

Method 4 — Tick Symbol Character Code

Another quick way is to use the character code of the tick symbol. Remember that you will need the numerical keypad as rather than the keyboard. There are a series of codes that will enable you to insert four different tick marks.

1. Change font to «Wingdings»

2. Using the numerical keypad (not the horizontal line of numbers), hold down Alt and enter any one of the following combination of numbers:



Remember, you will have to change the font to Wingdings before the character code is entered. Thereafter, you can switch the font back to the desired appearance.

These are the most efficient ways to insert a tick mark into a standard Word document. Note that these methods will vary depending upon the version of Microsoft Word that you have installed.

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