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How to kill ticks that are embedded in dogs

Updated April 17, 2017

Dogs, especially outside pets, are prone to pests such as ticks. There are shampoos and fur coatings that can be applied to prevent infestations, but once the tick has been embedded into the dog, these products becomes ineffective. The tick buries itself deep into the dog's skin and quickly grows in size. To remove an embedded tick in your dog, the tick needs to be removed in whole.

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  1. Put on the rubber gloves. Removing the embedded tick creates a small, open wound that bleeds slightly.

  2. Fill three-fourths of the plastic cup with rubbing alcohol. This will immediately kill the tick.

  3. Locate the tick. Place the open tweezers as close to the area where the tick is embedded. Removing the tick from its entry location avoids leaving the head behind or rupturing the tick's body.

  4. Close the tweezers firmly around the ticks head. Slowly pull the tick out of the embedded location without twisting or turning it. Once removed, drop it into the cup of rubbing alcohol.

  5. Pour a small amount of peroxide onto a cotton ball. Apply it directly to the wound. Allow it to sit for 30 seconds and wipe the area clean with a dry cotton ball.

  6. Apply a small amount of triple antibiotic ointment to the wound and surrounding area. Repeat Steps 1-6 on any other embedded ticks.

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Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Ethyl rubbing alcohol
  • Plastic cup
  • Tweezers
  • Cotton balls
  • Peroxide
  • Triple antibiotic ointment

About the Author

Melissa Lowery

Melissa Lowery began her writing career in 1999 as a field reporter for the "Six Mile Post." Since 2000 Lowery has contributed to many different websites and print publications. She holds both a mastery makeup artistry and a cosmetology diploma, with more than six years experience in these fields.

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