Question: I've done what you and my veterinarian have advised to protect my dog from ticks. I have a mixed breed. I check the dog regularly for ticks, and sometimes find them. What's the best way to remove ticks? — B.D., Marietta, Ga.
Answer: "There are new little devices which are marketing specifically to remove ticks," says William Nicholson, of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Disease at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. "Don't buy them. I feel they're a waste of your money.
"Instead, go to a drugstore and buy a pair of fine-tip forceps or narrow-tip tweezers. Grab the tick and pull straight out; don't twist. You'll have to pull hard to get it out. It may look like a hunk of skin is coming out with the tick, but it's actually a glue-like substance the tick uses to adhere. Now, disinfect the wound."