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How to search for and remove Ticks

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How to Searce for and Remove Ticks

•Check your pet for ticks daily if they spend a lot of time outdoors, especially if
you live in an area known for ticks e.g. near bushlands, areas of extreme climate

•When performing a tick search it is best to wear latex gloves to avoid direct
contact with the tick and contaminated skin as ticks can transmit diseases to

•Feel your pet all over, especially around the neck, head and ears. If you
encounter a lump like a small pea, part the fur on your pet to check if a tick is

•Look to see if a tick is protruding from the skin. Ticks are small black, brown,
reddish or blue-like colouring arachnids. They come in various sizes depending
on their life stage and whether they have become attached to your pet.

•Put your pet in a comfortable position. Ask for help restraining your pet if

•Using tweezers or a tick removal instrument, grasp the tick as close to your pet’s
skin as possible; make sure not to pinch your pet’s skin.

•Pull the tick out using a straight, steady pulling motion. Be gentle; pulling too
hard on the tick can cause it’s head to remain lodged in your pet’s skin, which
can lead to inflammation and secondary infection. Contrary to popular belief,
leaving the head of the tick lodged in the skin does not allow more poison to be
administered from the tick to your pet.

•Dispose of the tick but squashing it with the tweezers and placing it in the
garbage. Ensure that the tick has been killed.

•You may apply an antiseptic solution, such as dilute betadine/iodine, to the tick
site if you are concerned about infection.

•Keep a close eye on your pet for any symptoms of tick paralysis. Re-evaluate
your pets tick prevention and immediately apply. Tick preventions include
Advantix, Kiltix tick collars, Preventix, Proban and Frontline spray for cats.

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