Our vet practice has changed to Advocate because it protects against lungworm, which apparently is becoming more of a threat these days, but, unlike Frontline, it doesn't stop ticks.
However the nurse sold us this handy little gadget. I wondered what it reminded me of and then read that in French it's called a 'crochet a tiques'. Ah, yes, a crochet hook.
You have to wedge the prongs in between the tick and the dog's skin, twist it a couple of times to make the tick release its hold and then lift away. If you don't remove ticks carefully, the head will stay in and can cause infection so it's important to get it all out. Horrid little blood-suckers.
But I'm prepared now. Or at least Husband is. I can't see me gripping a tick full of blood.
I also notice that, according to the packet, the tick twister can be used on cats, horses and humans. Uuurrrgggghhhhhh!