We have removed a number of pet ticks with this lasso and every one has come out complete and without effort, even a tiny tick. Because the lasso varies in size, it fits every tick perfectly. Last year we had big tick problems, and we did in fact try out a tick hook, which is basically a mini-crowbar. If your patient is not completely still, I’ve found the hook impossible! In the end, we started taking our pets to the vet, but this got expensive. As an engineer, I liked the look of the lasso idea and bought one. Some real thought has gone into the design and how to get into small, awkward places, like ears. As with all removers, you do need to use them as instructed to avoid tick damage.