Finding ticks on your dog shouldn't be cause for immediate panic, but you do need to remove them as soon as possible. With the use of a simple tick removal tool, you can pop those suckers right off your dog, barbed mouth-parts and all.
Removing ticks from a dog is not difficult. Getting a good grip on the tick, from the tip of its head - as close to your dog's skin as possible - is the most important step. Special tick removal tools like Nancy Kerns' favorite, the Pro Tick Remedy, are designed to wedge the tick securely and lever it by the mouth out of its victim's skin, keeping the tick's drill-like hypostome intact.