Many people find walking their dog a pleasurable experience, particularly during the spring and summer months when the sunshine and the outdoors beckon. If you’re one of those nature lovers, finding a tick on your dog after a day on the trail can be a bit unnerving, especially when the tick is attached to a sensitive spot such as your pet’s eyelid. Learning how to remove the tick entirely, without injuring your dog, means educating yourself on using the proper instruments and technique.
Hold your dog’s body between your legs to keep it quiet and still while grasping its muzzle in your hand to steady his head.
Put on a pair of disposable gloves or use a pair of blunt tweezers to seize the tick as close to the eyelid as possible. Your dog will automatically close the eyelid as you get closer with your hand.
Pull the tick out using a straight, steady, even pressure. Try not to twist or jerk the tick, as this can cause the head and mouth to stay attached to your dog’s eyelid.
Place the tick in a jar with a small amount of rubbing alcohol to kill it. Label the jar with the date and the place where the bite occurred to give to your veterinarian in case your dog develops any disease symptoms associated with tick bites.
Disinfect the bite site with soap and water, and an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment if desired.
Wash your hands in soap and water or an antibacterial cleanser.