If you find a tick on your pet, you should remove it as soon as possible. The longer a tick is attached and feeding from your pet, the more likely it is to spread a vareity of diseases including: Lyme disease, ehrlichia, anaplasmosis, etc.
We are happy to help remove ticks at the clinic. If you are trying to remove a tick yourself- remember to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull slowly and steadily out. If you try to jerk the tick out, it is more likely to leave the mouthparts behind / imbedded in the skin. Do NOT attempt to puncture, burn, or smother a tick off your pet- damaging the tick in this way actually INCREASES the risk of tick disease.