Many clients bring their pets in after unsuccessfully trying to remove embedded ticks. A typical appearance is a red circle
with an inner white area containing part of the tick, which appears as a black component. Using forceps to remove it is difficult.
We have found that numbing the area with a topical anesthetic and then gently scraping it with a No. 15 surgical blade is
a quick and painless method that removes all the embedded components. Apply a little antibiotic ointment, and the area heals
well. Follow-up advice regarding proper tick control and tick disease prevention completes the office visit.
Dr. Harvey Yenkinson