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How to Get Rid of Ticks on A Dog


Having bugs at home is a nuisance in itself but what if there are bugs actually living on your pets? You can tell if there are bed bugs or mosquitoes biting you but your dog can’t unless you see the signs it’s giving out. It’s not fun having a tick infested pooch running around your house, all agitated and scratching away at itself. Usually you can’t tell if it has any ticks until the condition has worsened and you can see your dog scratching itself away aggressively.

What are ticks?

Ticks belong to the small arachnid family of parasites that feed off the blood of other living creatures such as cats and dogs. Consider them the stronger and more aggressive version of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes might just bite and leave but they tend to live and breed on other warm bodied, furry creatures and dogs are their favourite kind because it’s easier to hide in them. The worst thing is that they tend to multiply and breed really quickly and all it takes is one or two ticks to create a whole colony on your dog’s body in a matter of days.

Signs your dog has ticks

If you don’t know how to identify a tick infestation then here are the 5 sure-fire signs that will alert you of those pesky bloodsuckers:

  1. A tick inside your home

The most obvious sign of a tick infestation is finding one. We know this couldn’t be more obvious but many people brush it off as some random bug that found its way in and ignore it. If you see a tick anywhere in the house such as bedsheets, dog’s bed, carpet, flooring or even on your dog, then that is the biggest sign right there for you.

  1. Scabs on your dog

Your dog won’t come up to you and give you any hints that it has ticks but it will just pick on the bitten areas of its body until they form scabs. Therefore, you have got to watch out for those marks and give a thorough inspection. The ticks that are deeply embedded in the fur of the dog are hard to remove and so your dog might continuously pick at the area and scratch it until the scabs form.

  1. Dog having fever

After being bitten from ticks, your dog is highly likely to have a fever. You will start noticing a behavioral change and it might seem very down. Your dog’s reflexes and responses will become slower and weaker and it is a sure sign that the fever could be due to ticks infesting its body. The fever can last anywhere from 24 hours to a couple of days or even weeks. Your dog may also lose its appetite, energy and start to shiver a lot. Whenever your dog has a fever your first thought should be to find out if it has any ticks or not.

  1. Shaking the head

If you notice your dog shaking and bobbing its head a lot, chances are that a tick has gone inside its ear canal and irritating it. Ticks love to hide in warm and dark places and so a dog’s ear is perfect for them. You need to get your dog’s ear canal checked by a vet to see if there is any tick infestation.

  1. Bumps

One of the telltale signs of a tick infestation on your dog is when you are petting it and you feel a bump.  Check what this bump is about and it will most likely be due to ticks.

How to get rid of ticks

Here are some ways that you can safely get rid of ticks from your dog’s body:

  • Manual tick removal

Get a pair of gloves and tweezers and bring your dog to a well lit area so that you can see ticks easily. Then carefully start picking the ticks wherever you find them. Don’t twist the tweezers and just firmly pull the ticks up from the coat of the dog.

Clean up the areas with a disinfectant and later give your dog a shower using a tick repellent shampoo such as this from Solutionstores.com

  • Tick repellant sprays

Prevention is key in removing all ticks from your home. Tick aerosol sprays such as this one from Solutionstores.com is the perfect way to get rid of those hard to budge bloodsucking ticks.

Don’t spray directly onto your dogs and just treat all the carpet and other surfaces where these bug can be seen crawling about.

  • Spot on treatments

Your dog’s vet will give any spot on medicine to treat your dog from ticks. Use it generously on all the areas where you see any scabs and bite marks.

  • Tick repelling shampoos

Bathing your dog in a tick repelling shampoo every week is a must for you to ensure that there aren’t any ticks thriving on its body. The anti-bacterial ingredients will always ward off any ticks and keep your canine buddy clean and happy. Get your from solutionstores.com .

How to prevent ticks from your dog

Hygiene and good sanitary conditions is the key to preventing any ticks from invading your dog’s body and your home. You have to make sure your dog is clean most of the time and give a thorough inspection of it every 2-3 days. If you notice constant itching and scratching form your dog start investigating the tick problem right away.

Bath your dog regularly and once a month; when you are in heavy vegetation make sure to apply a repellent to your pet and check for any ticks before you return home.

Keep brush cut and think about applying this tick control kit, that can be find at Solutions Pest and Lawn, if you seem to have an ongoing tick issue every year.

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