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How to Get Rid of a Tick on a Dog


During the summer and spring, your dog may suffer from ticks. These are tiny little bugs that suck your dog’s blood and are nasty to look at. Your pet scratches a lot and is uncomfortable most of the time. If these are not dealt with on time, the number of ticks may increase, so much so, that you can see some crawling on your carpet.

It may look easier to simply pull them out -- you can if you see just one. But if your dog has a lot of ticks, then you will need to take some extra measures to save your dog’s sanity and your own. Here are a few methods that will help you get rid of ticks on your dog easily.

Spot-On Medication

You can get over-the-counter medication that usually comes in sprays. These are very convenient to use and your dog will be tick and fleas free for up to a month. When you buy this medication, make sure you read the label carefully and ask your veterinarian just to be absolutely sure. Do not use anything if you have doubts. Be sure that kids don’t come in contact with your dog right after you spray it with medication.  At Solutions, we highly recommend using Petcor Flea Spray, which also can kill ticks.

Oral Medication

Pills – that are  readily available – are given to dogs once a month. These pills will get rid of both ticks and immature fleas. Their entire life cycle is disrupted and it is very effective. This method of getting rid of ticks is better than spot-on medication as you don’t have to worry about your kids coming into contact with your dog.

Use Medicated Shampoos

Bathe your dog with medicated shampoo during the peak tick season, i.e. spring and summer. This can be labor intensive but will prevent ticks from infesting your dog. You will have to repeat the process every 2 to 3 days a week. This method is however, a cheaper solution to your dog’s tick problem.

Tick Dips

A tick dip is a concentrated solution that needs to be diluted in water before application. You have to dilute the solution and pour over your dog’s back. The solution should be applied to the rest of the fur with a sponge and not to be rinsed after that. This solution is made with very strong chemicals and should not be applied to puppies younger than 4 months. Tick dip can be used on pregnant or nursing dogs as well.  Martin's Flea, Tick And Mange Dip is a great product we offer in our stores and online.

Tick Collars

You can find collars which repel ticks in dogs easily in stores. The collar is worn by the dog on the neck and prevents ticks from nesting on to your dog’s head and neck. If the collar makes contact with the dog’s skin, the chemicals can be transferred to the rest of the body. If worn properly, the collar can repel ticks in the dog’s body with ease.

When you put the collar on the dog, make sure that you can fit about 2 fingers under it to prevent tightening the collar too much. Cut off excess collar to prevent your dog from chewing on it. Read the labels carefully before you make your purchase.

Powder Medication

Just like sprays, powders can also be applied to the dog’s fur. This is another topical medication used to repel ticks on dogs. Before you buy one, make sure to read the instructions carefully and purchase one that is appropriate for your dog’s age.

The powder is a strong chemical which can cause lung irritation if inhaled. Be sure to apply the powder keeping your dog’s face away from the source. You must also cover your own mouth and nose to be safe. Powder medication will be needed to apply often since it can blow away easily. Apply it once every week during the peak season.

Keep Your Backyard Clean

If you try and keep your backyard and lawn clean, it will prevent fleas and ticks from multiplying. If they are rarely there, they will not find a place to breed in your dog’s fur. The less in contact your dog has with the grass there, the better.

If you feel that your backyard has a flea infestation, consider using flea sprays. Be careful when handling these chemicals around the house. The sprays are strong and can harm your dog as well. Try to get one that is safe for your dog and yourself. Trim your trees and bushes and keep your backyard dry. Allow more sunlight to fall in your lawn, which will discourage fleas and ticks from breeding.

Inspect your Dog

After you have tried methods for getting rid of ticks, examine your dog carefully. Check your dog between the toes, inside the ears, and between the legs and under armpits. On the neck, be sure to inspect deep under the fur for possible ticks.

If you find any ticks there, remove them by hand and carefully. Make sure that the tick’s entire parts come out and nothing is left on the dog’s skin. If you take a tick out at an early age, it doesn’t get time to infest and become engorged. This will prevent your dog from any serious illnesses.


A tick can make your pet not feel like themselves. Using our tips and product recommendations above you can have your pet return back to normal and be free of ticks. For more helpful DIY pest control advice, call (800-479-6583) or email us (askapro@solutionsstores.com). Also check out our website for more about tick control.

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