O'Tom Tick Twister chemical free dog tick removal tool is simply the best way of removing ticks from dogs (and other animals and humans too) completely and safely without leaving the mouthparts of the tick planted in the skin. No use of chemicals. Quick and painless tick removal without squeezing the tick, thus reducing the risk of infection and spread of diseases. This unique and ingenious tick removal tool prevents the increased risk of infection.
It uses a 'slit and rotation' technique to extract the tick in less than five seconds with no compression of the tick's body or risk of leaving it's mouthparts still attached, both of which may lead to the transfer of disease such as Babesia and Lyme disease.
Sold in packs of two, each a different size, capable of removing a tick as small as one tenth of a millimetre. This tick hook can be used in hard-to-get-at places and on sensitive areas.
Tick Twister takes the tick away quickly and painlessly. It does not squeeze the tick, thus reducing the risk of infection. Designed by a veterinarian.
Two sizes are supplied in each pack - ultra thin for small ticks and a larger tool for large ticks. The hooks are made from recyclable injected plastic. They are hardwearing, indefinitely reusable and virtually unbreakable. They can be disinfected with usual disinfectants, or even put in the dishwasher. Colours vary.
The Tick Twister works with the two following principles:
1) The tick is gripped without compressing the tick's body.
2) The tick is extracted by rotation and a slight upward motion, not by pulling.
If the tick is grabbed with tweezers or similar unsuitable instruments, you may exert pressure on the tick's body. However, when the tick is grasped with the Tick Twister there is no pressure on the tick's body, thus, reducing the risk of the injection. With Tick Twister you do not pull on the tick. Instead you rotate the tick and use a slight upward motion until the tick detaches after 2-3 rotations.
This is a safe, chemical free way of removing ticks from dogs. More and more studies have proved that if you use chemical products to kill the tick, it is an attack for the tick and it reacts by a saliva back flow, which increases inflammatory phenomena.
Things you should know if you get bitten by a tick
The tick must be removed correctly. Do not squeeze the tick, do not burn it, do not try to kill the tick or put it to sleep with chemical products before removing it.
You should never pull the tick. Instead, remove it with a twisting motion, without compressing it.
If you get bitten, it is essential to remove the tick properly and quickly. Ticks can carry very dangerous diseases and ticks only need a couple of hours to infect their host.
BADA-UK recommends Tick Twister
There are a number of tick removal tools on the market all over the world. All claim to be safe and efficient but this may not always be the case. The most important aspects of tick removal are:
- The mouth parts of the tick should be cleanly removed along with the rest of its body.
- The body of the tick must not be compressed.
- The tick should not be stressed or injured, because this can cause it to regurgitate its blood meal along with any infective organisms.
- The tick should be removed without causing the host any discomfort.
As an independent organisation, BADA-UK is not affiliated with the manufacturers of any tick-removal products. BADA-UK has reviewed a number of devices that are available in the UK and through studies, and our own experience, one product has proved its efficiency.
The O'Tom Tick Twister is favoured by professionals (veterinary, medical, forestry and field workers etc), as well as by members of the general public.
In a comparison study of four different tick-removal devices, published in the Veterinary Record (2006, 159, 526-529), the O'Tom Tick Twister was compared with surgical forceps, a pen-tweezer device, and a tempered steel tool (slit and traction action). The O'Tom Tick Twister proved to be significantly better than the other devices for the time required to remove the tick, the ease with which the tick was grabbed, the force needed to extract the tick, the reaction of the animal and the condition of the tick's mouth parts.