Is there anything more creepy and disgusting than a little bug that bites and feeds on blood, transmitting diseases to its host while doing this? Some might think so, but others agree that ticks are right up there with the dog from Cujo on the list of things a dog owner does not want to deal with. Locating ticks on your dog may be difficult, but it is important to regularly check your dog for surprising tick hiding areas.

When you have a dog, it is important to be aware of safe and effective tick removal methods and how to use the tick removal tools that are available on the market. It is also vital to know the best way to kill ticks, which is to drop the ticks in disinfectants like isopropyl alcohol. So that you can be better prepared as a dog owner, keep these tips for locating ticks and removing them from your dogs handy, and remember to check them over regularly!

1. Tweezers are possibly the most commonly used tick removal tools on the market. They are cheap, easy to clean, and many people have them in their bathroom or first aid kit already.

2. Many pet stores sell small plastic instruments designed specifically to remove ticks. To use these, the tick is place within the opening and the tool is pulled straight away from the animal, much like the method used with tweezers.

3. In the same manner that tweezers and tick removers can be used, you can actually use your fingers to remove ticks. Many people prefer not to touch the ticks, however, you can grasp the tick at the base where it is attached to the dog and pull it off. It is recommended that you wear gloves.

4. If the pet will allow it, soak the attached tick in isopropyl alcohol. This may sting the pet, however.

5. Do not use a lit match! This will not cause the tick to retreat, but it can put the dog at risk.

6. Applying products like KY or petroleum jelly are often recommended, but they should be avoided so as to not cause the pet to be irritated or the tick to release disease in larger quantities.

7. There are some shampoos available that can kill ticks at all life stages when the dog is bathed with them.

8. The two tick collars that are effective and safe are the Seresto collar and the Scalibor collar, both of which will cause ticks on the dog to die or leave the host.

9. The best way to remove ticks from your dog is to prevent them from being there in the first place by using a high-quality preventative product, such as the topical product Revolution or the oral product Nexgard.

10. Caution should be used when buying products over the counter at grocery stores or Walmart, as many have been known to cause toxicity.