Myth vs. Fact About How to Remove Ticks

TicksApril through November brings the kind of weather that gets you outdoors with your pet, but those are also the months when the threat of ticks is at its highest. Ticks aren’t just present in tall grasses and heavily wooded areas, either. They are found throughout your yard and neighborhood, and can attach themselves at any time during your outdoor fun time with your pet.

There are a lot of suggestions online and in the media about how to remove ticks once they are embedded in your pet’s skin or coat. The majority of these are myths and using them for tick removal could actually make the situation worse.

Myth 1: Use Petroleum Jelly

Some sources on tick removal suggest that covering the embedded tick with petroleum jelly will suffocate the tick and force it to back out. The fact is, petroleum jelly does not force the tick to back out and may actually cause the tick to release additional toxins into your pet’s body. Continue…