I was petting Fletch and noticed a little bump on his shoulder. Unfortunately, it was exactly what I feared it would be. When I parted the fur there was a brown bug about half the size of my pinky fingernail (I have very short nails, keep in mind). It wasn't a light creamy color like some of the pictures I've seen online, so I'm hoping that means that it wasn't attached for very long? I've read that it's best not to harass the tick too much because you risk it throwing back up into the dog, so I just asked Fletch to lay down and sterilized some tweezers, putting them as close to the skin as possible and pulling straight up. It was definitely in there good because it took me three tries to get it out (partly due to Fletch trying to thrash around when I started to pull). When I did get it out I threw it into a little box and tossed it into a plastic bag (can you tell bugs make me squeamish?) just in case Fletcher got an infection and I'd have to take him to the vet. I figured it might be good to take the tick with me just to identify what type it is, although it looked too big to be a deer tick. However, it still looks like there's a little left in his skin. It's just a small black dot. Since this happened at midnight, I cleaned the area with rubbing alcohol for a few minutes and decided to see what it looked like in the morning. Looking at it now, there's no puffiness or inflammation, just a small pinprick of red where the bite was and a smaller dot of black inside it, which I'm figuring is the part of the tick that got left behind. I cleaned the area with rubbing alcohol again, just in case. Am I in the clear? I've been researching it online and some sites say that it's fine if a little gets left behind, it'll just scab over and fall out on it's own, while other's say that if the head is left then there's a chance of infection and the vet needs to be contacted. If it's any help, he's on Revolution. From what I understand, it only protects against the dog tick and can take up to five days to kill it. It seems like I should look into getting something extra for ticks. I've been taking him on walks in foresty areas more lately, which is probably where he picked it up. I've seen recommendations for the Seresto collar and the Preventic collar, as well as home remedies such as apple cider vinegar mixed with water or a few drops of lemon grass, geranium, and lavender (also diluted with water). I'm just thankful that I've managed have Fletcher for over two years and never come into contact with a tick before. I can't imagine having to deal with several a week!