Clean the skin around the bite with rubbing alcohol to reduce the risk of infection. Keep it clean and keep a close eye on it. If the bite becomes inflamed or appears to be infected you should immediately consult your vet .
A struck match will work also. Strike a match and blow it out be quick before it cools completely. Touch it to the head of the tick. This will cause it to let go and you should be able to grab it with tweezers
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You can get a magnifying glass, really visualize the base and use those same tweezers to grab to head and pull it out. If you are using Frontline on your dog, you do not need to remove ticks at all, the ticks will back out and die from the medication and you will not traumatize your dog.
The head must come out, or it will get the site infected. The easiest way is to put a drop or two to Front Line or similar tick treatment oil on a Q-tip & hold it on the tick head for about 15-20 secs. The tick head should detach & you may be lucky enough to get it on the Q-tip, if not you should be able to see it and remove w tweezers. Then apply a small dab of antibiotic cream on the area to prevent infection and apply the rest of the tick treatment as instructed. This is the least amount of shock toward your dog and will help prevent future bites or infection. Good luck, and don't fret; It's just part of the cycle of life.