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"Lighting a match behind an embedded tick and covering it with Vaseline or alcohol are old wives' tales," says Dr. Julie Clark-Blount, owner of Laurel Oaks Animal Hospital in Kingsland, Georgia. "Actually these actions can aggravate ticks and make them throw up, essentially shooting Lyme disease right into the pet."
Download a client handout that explains the correct way to remove a tick and busts more common tick myths (like Lyme disease is the only illness that ticks can transmit to dogs and humans and more).