If you and your dog are out and about it’s worth checking your pet regularly for ticks by running your fingers through their coat feeling for a little lump, look inside their ears and between their toes. They are usually easy to see and feel.
If you find a tick on your pet, it’s best to remove it as soon as possible as it can spread disease. The best tool to use is a specially designed tick remover. This hooks under the body of the tick, and will remove the tick whole with a gentle twist. It’s very quick and easy to do without crushing the tick and reducing the risk of infection.
Occasionally, your pet may get a small, localised swelling where the tick was removed. As long as the tick has been completely removed and your pet isn’t bothered by it, the swelling should disappear within a couple of months.
Here’s a handy video on how to remove ticks (note they always twist the tick anti-clockwise): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j36Cw7utM7E