• Ticks need to be removed carefully. Wear disposable gloves and grasp the tick with a pair of fine tweezers as close to the skin as possible, with the tweezers held at a right angle to the tick’s body. Gently but firmly, pull the tick up and away from the host’s skin. Avoid twisting or turning the tick during removal. To kill a tick, you can freeze it, or submerge it in rubbing alcohol. Afterwards, throw out the gloves and wash your hands and the tweezers thoroughly. When appropriate, disinfect the site where the tick was feeding.
If you suspect Lyme disease and wish to send the tick for laboratory testing, contact your local provincial public health authority to find out where it should be sent.
Advice on how to handle, package, and ship ticks is available from the Public Health Agency of Canada at: www.phac-aspc.gc.ca, under Infectious Diseases.
To protect against fleas and ticks, many pet owners use products that are designed for skin contact with pets, such as spot treatments, shampoos, sprays or collars.
These products have been proven effective, however it is extremely important to read and follow all of the label directions for the safety of your pet and family.
More information, including a video on how to properly apply pet protection products, is available at www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/video/flea-tick-antipuces-antitiques-eng.php. You can also contact Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency at 1-800-267-6315 or email@example.com.