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Tick?

Hi. We took our dog camping this weekend and he came back with five black, raised and seemingly embedded in his skin "spots" on his underside. You can see one close-up in the attached photo. We believe them to be dead ticks, or part of ticks (head?), as he is on Frontline Plus. No inflammation. We need help with the following questions: (1) are they indeed ticks? (2) if so, do we have to remove them or will his body expel them naturally? (3) any other concern based on photo?

Thank you in advance for any help.
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I see the black spot in your photo, but I can't tell anything from it due to fur being in the way.  A tick that has attached itself and then died will have a smallish raisin-like body hanging outside the skin, unless the dog has scratched it off.  Dead ticks (and live ones, too) can be removed with tweezers (be careful not to pinch the dog, but get as much of the tick as possible (once you grab the tick as close as you can, pull it out FAST, to cause the least amount of pain to your dog.)  Any part of the head you can't get will die and be harmlessly absorbed by your dog's skin.  Don't over-worry yourself on this as long as your dog is vaccinated, he should not contract any tick-borne diseases.  To make tick removal easier, you can clip the fur away from the area VERY CAREFULLY (hold scissors so they 'lay' over the dog's skin) do not close the scissors on skin!  Watch to be sure you cut ONLY hair, and be ready to pull back if your dog moves.  Blessings - Blu
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Thanks so much for your time and advice, here. We'll try removing them tonight.

-Ryan
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Hi, Blu. I have an update on the situation, but want to post new photos. Can't figure out how to do that, so I'm posting a whole new question. FYI.

Hopefully, you can find it.

Thanks.

-Ryan
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