When browsing through past copies of AGW, I came across your article about ticks. Having owned dogs over many years, we faced the problem on numerous occasions. My solution was to anaesthetise the tick by holding the neck of a bottle of surgical spirit over it at the earliest opportunity, for about five minutes, then to pull gently with a pair of tweezers until it released, without leaving any residue to cause infection. It worked well for me. JOHN TRENDELL
John – the advice we’ve been given so far promotes the removal of ticks with a tool designed for the job, so I’m unable to advise on the suitability of your method of dealing with ticks, but if it’s worked safely for you over the years, that’s what matters. – Ed
The standard advice on removing ticks is with a special tool like this.