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If your pet goes in fields, woods, the park, or even in your garden, they may be at risk of being bitten by a tick.

Tick bites can be a very serious threat to the health of your pet. Tick bites can cause uncomfortable skin reactions, septic abscesses, and the transmission of diseases which in certain cases may prove fatal.

Preventing ticks, and safely removing any that attach, is key to keeping your pet healthy. That's where Tick Twister® comes in.


Benefits of Tick Twister® tick removers

• One of the safest methods of complete tick removal

• Won't squeeze the tick or leave mouthparts behind

• Quick, painless, and easy to use

• Easily disinfected or sterilised - use it anytime you need it!

• Made of recyclable plastic

• 2 or 3 hooks included for different sized ticks

How to use Tick Twister® to remove a tick

Instructions for tick removal

Although not every tick carries disease, immediate removal of an attached tick is recommended.

DO NOT use petroleum jelly, any liquid solutions, or freeze / burn the tick, as this is likely to stimulate it to regurgitate (vomit) saliva and stomach contents, increasing the chance of infection.

1. Ideally, wear rubber / plastic gloves. Choose the most suitable Tick Twister® tool, according to the size of the tick.

2. Engage the tool by approaching the tick from the side (the body of the tick is flat when unfed) until it is held securely.

3. Lift the tool very lightly and TURN IT (clockwise or counter-clockwise). The tick detaches itself after 2-3 rotations. Do not pull the tick, lever it (like a crowbar), or twist in one direction then the other.

4. After removing the tick, disinfect the bite site and wash hands with soap and water.

You may want to save the tick for identification in case the person or animal the tick was attached to becomes ill. You can store it in a sealed plastic grip seal bag in your freezer.

If you don’t want to keep the tick, the best way to dispose of it is to place it in a tissue and squash it. Then flush the tissue down the toilet or dispose of it in a dustbin.


Is it safe to twist a tick?

You may have heard that you should pull a tick, not twist it. This is true if you are removing a tick with tweezers, when twisting would exert pressure on the tick. This could cause the mouthparts to break off, or the tick to regurgitate into the bloodstream. This is why we don't recommend tweezers for tick removal.

Tick Twister® tools have been specifically designed to safely remove ticks using a twisting motion. They cradle the body of the tick and don’t exert pressure to either its mouth parts or its abdomen. The twisting motion gently releases the tick's mouthparts from the skin. They're vet tested and approved!

It's crucial to always read and follow instructions for any tick removal device, and check in with your vet or doctor to ensure complete removal and in the case of any symptoms.


Tick Removal Bundle

This 3-step pet care bundle has been put together to help make it easier to protect your pet from ticks.

It contains a handy clip-on Tick Twister® set, a bottle of sting-free antiseptic, and the unique NanoSanitas pet shampoo, which contains silver nanoparticles that help to repel ticks and fleas.


Tick Twister® Clipbox

It usually takes a tick around 36-48 hours after attaching to transmit Lyme disease. The quicker you can remove a tick, the less chance it has to infect its host.

A Tick Twister® Clipbox set means you can be prepared to deal with a tick whenever you find one. You can clip it on your bag, belt loop, or keyring so you'll always have a tick remover when you're out and about.


How to recognise a tick

Ticks are small parasites that are closely related to spiders and mites.

Ticks do not have wings to fly. They also cannot jump. They travel by walking on the ground and up plants. They then latch onto a passing or resting host by using special hooks on their legs.

Ticks vary in colour (ranging from reddish to dark brown or black), and differ in size, depending on the species, age and sex of the tick, and whether it has fed.

Tick Size

Unfed adult: Aprroximately 2.5mm-3mm
Unfed nymph: Approximately 1.5mm
Larvae: Approximately 0.5mm

A tick that has been fed will be much larger and resemble a pink or blue-black balloon. They will often protrude from the pet's fur. They may have been attached and feeding for several days at this point.

Did you know that around 3,000 people in the UK contract Lyme disease from tick bites every year?*

Humans are at risk from tick bites too. Ticks in the United Kingdom can carry a number of infections which cause disease in both humans and animals. If left untreated, many of these infections can result in severe and debilitating symptoms.

You don't have to visit a high-risk area to contract a tick-borne disease. Infected ticks can be present in town parks and gardens. In fact, many people diagnosed with tick-borne infections do not recall a tick bite. Currently, there are no human vaccines to defend against tick-borne infections present in the UK and Ireland.

All Tick Twister® tools can be used on both humans and animals, and are easily sterilised for infinite reuse.

*Estimating Lyme disease risk using pet dogs as sentinels. Comp Immunol Microbiol Infect Dis. 2012 Jan 16.