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Grace

Before I read 37 internet opinions my friend told me to put clear nail polish on the half-engorged tick that was attached to my 6 lb Min-Chi's neck. Which only glued the tick in place and probably made it mad...and a slightly darker grey.
After I read 37 internet opinions I poured half capfulls of nail polish remover on it- a couple times; mostly to loosen the nail polish. Which probably made the tick more unhappy (and turned it an even darker grey, almost charcoal) but I needed to loosen it from the fur to get it off my ESA: and I had a plan.
After I had loosened it from the fur as much as I felt comfortable, the fur dried completely and the dog calmed down I took a good length of upholstery thread, looped it as if to tie it, pulled it to a lasso the size of a dime, layed it around the tick and pulled the ends of the thread in opposite directions.
It effectively slid down the tick's body as I'd hoped, and tightened around it's head.
I just held it steady for as long as the dog held still, hoping the tick would pull out and watching the dog to make sure I didn't have any actual pet skin in the loop.
I guess the bug pulled out because my doggie began to pull away just add she was turning her head routinely, but then realized she was caught (in affect) and panicked and jerked away, with protest.
She lost a few hairs that were stuck close to the tick still, and got in the lasso however, I was left holding the thread tightly at both ends, the tick, in tact no less, lasso-ed by it's head. (It wasn't moving at all so maybe the polish or remover had killed it or something close to...)
I put string, tick and all in a plastic bag, slid the air out and zipped it up: just in case I need to show it to a vet later on.
I didn't want to squeeze it with my fingers trying to pull it out- squishing bacteria into the animal, I'd recently cut my nails off, I didn't have tweezers because we are traveling and you must draw the line somewhere or bring EVERYTHING you own on your trips, I'd already used enough chemicals, I was unwilling to use fire or sharp instruments on her jugular, I don't smoke, I'd read too many conflicting opinions on the 'smothering' techniques but I had some heavy duty thread so- necessity being the mother of invention and because I wanted to go to bed and didn't want the critter coming off and losing it in the bed with us...so-there you go.
By the time I typed this, my little Mousie wasn't sad anymore. I'll be carrying thread from now on in a travel sewing kit in my purse.
You do as you like: I'm not a veterinarian so I have no definitive answer to this dilemma but this string lasso method worked best and safest for me and mine.

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vi

you have a lot of patience but you don't need to go through all that work. all you need to do is carry a pair of tweezers. you reach way down on the tick so that you are as close to the head as you can get and then starts slowly tipping it backwards so that the legs are sticking up in the air and the tip will come right off only takes about 2 or 3 minutes and you don't need to go through all that with a thread, are tick is hard to smother because they sometimes only breathe 3 times in one minute

Vinny

you have a lot of patience but you don't need to go through all that work. all you need to do is carry a pair of tweezers. you reach way down on the tick so that you are as close to the head as you can get and then starts slowly tipping it backwards so that the legs are sticking up in the air and the tick will come right off only takes about 2 or 3 minutes and you don't need to go through all that with a thread, are tick is hard to smother because they sometimes only breathe 3 times in one minute

dickface

Wow, that's terrible advice. Why would you put paint onto a tick? Lol. Use common sense peope... What's the easiest way to remove a tick? Obvious make it remove ITSELF! That way there's no worry about the head being broken off beneath your skin. Simply have the tick remove ITSELF. How would you do that? It's very easy and takes maybe an hour. Source an air tight goop (non dryng or hardening goop of course). Such as toothpaste, grease, peanut butter, Vasoline, antibiotic cream... You get the idea. Cover/smother the tick entirely. Let sit... The tick will suffocate and remove ITSELF. Very very easy. Don't pull, tug, poke, or dig at a tick ever. That's just plain stupid.

Anonymous

Nail polish remover and nail polish is dangerous to animals

Free_Twiggs

Vaseline works to make a newly attached tick back out but an engorged tick is best to remove tipping upwards so you can get your tweezers as close to the flesh as possible to remove everything. Heat or vaseline when the tick is engorged can make it angry and it can salivate more into the host and give Lyme disease easier. Flea and tick medication from your vet is the best options for your pets even house cats!

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