Tick Removers for Dogs, Cats & Other Animals
When removing ticks from the skin of pets such as dogs and cats it is important to use an appropriate tick removal tool, whether a tick twister, tick card, tick keys, tick hooks or fine point tweezers.
The choice of tick tool depends on personal preferences, however tick pincers and tick tweezers with a fine point, made of plastic or stainless steel, are particularly popular. The tick-removing tool of your choice should be suitable for the removal of ticks and ensure a comfortable as well as complete removal of the whole tick.
Ticks are a parasite that belongs to the order of mites and that feed on the blood of their host. Most ticks prefer to have a different host animal at each stage of their life. They are vectors of multiple pathogens due to their potential interactions with several different hosts during their life cycle. The common wood tick (ixodes ricinus) is the most well-known species of ixodidae. The hosts of the ectoparasite include humans and various wild animals and pets - especially dogs and cats.
Since the tick is a carrier of dangerous vector-borne diseases, a single tick bite can have dire consequences for both humans and animals. Lyme borreliosis, a bacterial infection, and tick-borne encephalitis (TBE), a viral infection, are among the diseases transmitted by the common wood tick. Babesiosis, which is commonly diagnosed in dogs (also known as canine malaria), is also transmitted by ticks.
Correct Tick Removal with a Suitable Removal Tool
Before biting into its host, the tick first seeks out an area on the body that is difficult to scratch. This factor makes it possible to remove the tick with a tick remover before it can bite, if discovered in time. The Tick Hook in our shop is made of 100 % recycled material and is designed with two different head sizes at each end to enable painless and safe removal of ticks of any size.
If the parasite has already latched onto the skin, it is important to carefully remove it as quickly as possible. The odds of contracting Lyme disease or other tick-borne disease are minimised if a tick is removed soon after it has attached. Following tick removal, the bite area should be inspected carefully for any retained mouth parts, which should be excised. The area is then cleaned with antiseptic solution, and the pet owner should monitor for signs of local or systemic illness. Our Tick Tweezers with Wire Hooks made of metal offer a particularly good grip when removing ticks from a pet. Pressing the button on the head of the tick remover tool causes four fine wire hooks to emerge from the body of the pen, with which the tick can be easily, gently and safely enclosed in order to facilitate painless tick removal.
Do not try to kill a tick with oil, glue or other liquids. In stressful situations, a tick is likely to salivate and regurgitate its stomach contents with the pathogens contained therein (for example, Lyme disease bacteria) into the bite wound. This greatly increases the risk of an infectious transmission.
Tweezers for Effective Tick Removal
There are many different tools designed to ease tick removal. The Tick Tweezers that we stock have proved an extremely effective tool. This tick remover is equipped with a special gripper head that grasps and secures the tick for removal from e.g. dogs and cats. In addition, the stainless steel tweezers can be sterilised and disinfected, making them ideal for use in vet practices.
To remove a tick, tick tweezers should be placed directly under the tick's head and as close to the skin as possible. By gently twisting, the tick is carefully pulled out of the skin with the help of the tweezers. The special shape of the Tick Tweezers Extra Fine in our shop makes it possible to remove both very small and very large, engorged ticks from pets, e.g. cats or dogs.
A particularly user-friendly tool in this category is the Tick Mouse. It not only ensures complete and effortless removal of the bloodsucker, but also enables safe storage of the dangerous tick with the help of an integrated chamber. This means that it can be transported safely to a vet or laboratory for examination for pathogens.
Do you have questions about our tick removers or are you looking for a specific product for your cat or dog, e.g. tick spray, insect repellent or first aid kit? Our friendly customer service will be happy to help. You can reach us via email, phone or practical live chat.
Editors: Elisa May, Susanne Birk