Q. I just took off 4 imbedded ticks. Looks like 2 of the spot are redistribution and might have a piece of the tick still attached ,what should I do
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.
A. If you can gently remove the portion of the tick you can see with tweezers you can try that. Usually leaving the head behind doesn't cause additional problems, and the body will gradually expel it. If you see excessive swelling, or if your dog is bothered by these, I would recommend taking him in for care to see if your vet can get the parts left behind out. And depending on where you live (i.e. If tick-borne diseases like Lyme are a concern) watch your dog carefully for signs of illness following this infestation. And consider using a veterinary product to prevent tick bites.