How To Remove Engorged Ticks And Prevent Ticks On Dogs?

Dogs enjoy spending time outside, and as a dog parent, you will love seeing your dog all jolly after you let him/her out. However, it comes with an associated risk –ticks. Finding an engorged tick on your pet’s skin is something that no pet owner wants.

How to remove engorged tick from dog

Ticks suck out blood from your pet’s body and left untreated, they can cause anemia. This is why you need to step in and remove the tick before it’s too late.

Don’t worry, we have got you covered. Here’s a detailed insight into the symptoms of tick bites, followed by steps on how to remove an engorged tick from dogs.

Symptoms Of Tick Bites On Dogs:

Here are some symptoms to keep an eye out for.


They may appear on the skin of your dog and will either be brown or black.

The appearance of a wound or scabs

Your pet may scratch the affected area which results in wounds or scabs.


Shivering, loss of appetite or red-looking eyes indicate fever.


Your pet may show a lack of energy and become less active.

Weakness Or Clumsiness

Physical weakness such as trouble walking.

Joint swelling

Swelling in joints is common with tick bites, and it puts your pet in severe discomfort.


Since ticks suck the blood from your pet, it results in anemia.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, you should know that the tick has aged and requires immediate action.

5 Simple Steps To Remove An Engorged Tick From A Dog:

Finding an engorged tick on your pet’s skin can be extremely difficult. Remember, if you have spotted one, make sure to look for more since there can be multiple ticks on your dog! Once you’re done examining your pet’s skin, here’s what you should do.

Avoid Panicking – Try To Calm Your Pet Down:

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The last thing that you want, is to panic. If you’re not in a relaxed state of mind, you will not be able to help your dog! Relax, and try keeping your pet calm while you prepare to remove the tick.

Start by getting your dog into a comfortable position, and make sure you do not rush into things. Rushing will increase the risk of the tick excreting harmful elements from their gut to your pet’s body.

Wear Safety Gloves And Start From The Tick’s Head:

The trick to removing an engorged tick is to know how it is attached to your pet, which is via its head. It has a hook-like appearance and is dug deep into your pet’s skin. Now, to unhook it, you need to loosen its grip. Here’s how you can do it.

  • Grab a tweezer, or get a tick remover tool and slide it under the head part of the tick.
  • Start by twisting the tick slowly to loosen its grip –it might take multiple attempts so, make sure you don’t panic.
  • Once you feel like the tick is unhooked, observe the tick and figure out the direction it went in. When you figure it out, remove the tick the same way it went in. Avoid pushing or pulling the tick with force or you will hurt your dog.
  • After the tick is removed, examine the wound and make sure it is removed entirely and no tick part is left attached. If you see any punctured skin, you will have to treat it appropriately. Steps on how to do this are mentioned in the next section.

Prepare For The Disinfection Process:

After successful removal, you need to disinfect the affected area using rubbing alcohol. Make sure to clean the punctured skin as well. This will eliminate the chances of the infection creating more problems for your pet.

Get Rid Of The Tick:

The only way to get rid of the tick is to kill it. Throwing it away will not do the job and you need to kill it effectively. Here’s what you should do.

  • Get a jar and add a little alcohol in it –just enough to cover the tick.
  • Add the tick to the jar and seal it.
  • Let it sit in there for some time and it will die eventually.
  • After the tick is killed, you can either dispose of it or store it in a safe place in case your pet gets sick and needs a visit to the vet.

Observe Your Pet For A Few Days:

Unfortunately, ticks can take a toll on your pet’s health and make them sick. Due to this, you need to observe your pet for a few days and see if there are any adverse reactions caused by the tick. The most common associated problem with ticks is Lyme disease and tick fever.

Don’t worry Lyme can be treated with certain antibiotics that you need to feed your pet for over a month. Similarly, when it comes to tick fever treatment in dogs it requires certain antibiotics and your pet will be recovered well, with lifelong immunity.

Tips To Prevent Ticks On Dogs:

How To Remove And Prevent Ticks On Dogs

Ticks may be hard to avoid but there are still ways to lower the chances of your dog getting ticks. Here are some tips to prevent ticks:

Spot-on Treatments

To prevent ticks on dogs, there are spot-on treatments that you can apply to your pet’s body.

Oral Medications

Oral medications taken once a month can also help reduces the chances of getting ticks on dogs.


Bathing your pet using a medicated shampoo every time you let your dog out can also eliminate the presence of ticks.

Chemical Infused Products

Tick dips, tick collars, powders, and tick sprays are certain products that you can use to repel ticks. They are infused with chemicals that are safe for your pet but effective at repelling ticks.  

Treat the House and Lawn

If you’re not in the favor of using products on your dogs, you can also treat the house or lawn.

Natural Repellents

Are you wondering about how to prevent ticks on dogs naturally? Get some apple cider vinegar, and add a tablespoon/quart. Spray this on your dog and you’ll have a natural repellent.

Keep Your Pet Indoors

Not many pet owners would like this, but if you’re sure of the presence of ticks in your surroundings, it is wise to keep your pet indoors.


Hi, I’m Jacob. I’ve been a professional blogger for over six years, and in that time, I’ve written countless blogs that have helped millions of people worldwide. A DVM by profession, I have treated and cured thousands of dogs, if not millions.

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