For people living in many areas of the United States, ticks are a part of everyday life. Checking for ticks after every outdoor adventure becomes second nature. The occasional removal of a tick from your skin might even be something that you’re used to.

Ticks and tick bites can be harmful to dogs in the same way they can be harmful to people. The difference is that dogs cannot check themselves for ticks, and they cannot remove ticks themselves, either. That’s why it’s important to add frequent tick checks and tick prevention to your dog’s care routine.

Keep reading for tips on how to safely remove ticks and prevent tick bites from harming your fluffy friend.