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How To Remove A Tick - Dispelling Myths

posted Jul 5, 2010, 5:42 PM by Angela G
[cross-posted from Dr. Jon's Dog Crazy Newsletter]

Yesterday a friend of mine forwarded one of those viral emails on to me. This one was about "how to remove ticks". My friend wrote to me, "This sounds so easy - why didn't you tell us about it?"

Seriously, at times these viral emails (emails that go from person to person to person by forwarding can be fun to read and very cute - but many are just totally wrong and inaccurate, like the email my friend sent me about removing ticks.

Today I'd like to spend a couple of minutes talking about ticks and how to remove them. I've seen several theories on how to remove ticks. Many are old wives tales.

On its website, the CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - even writes: "Folklore remedies such as petroleum jelly or hot matches do little to encourage a tick to detach from skin. In fact, they may make matters worse by irritating the tick and stimulating it to release additional saliva, increasing the chances of transmitting the pathogen. These methods of tick removal should be avoided. In addition, a number of tick removal devices have been marketed, but none are better than a plain set of fine tipped tweezers."

So how do you remove a tick?  Here's the real answer. Go to: There is a short step-by-step description on how to do it. The procedure is simple and easy - and trust me, it does not involve matches or lighter fluid.

Until next time,

Dr. Jon

P.S.  Did you know that ticks are responsible for spreading many serious diseases to dogs? It's true. Find out more here. link to :