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How to Get Rid of Ticks on your Dog


Get Rid of Ticks on Dogs

Ticks are nasty little blood suckers that latch on pets like dogs and just like any parasite, it is challenging to remove them. In addition to causing harm on dogs, it may even infest itself on fabric like carpets and may cause harm to your skin as well. They are known to cause diseases in humans as well.


1.  Repellant collars

These dog collars contain a chemical repellant usually comprising of carbamates, pyrethroids and Amitraz. Such insecticides help in keeping the ticks away and at times even killing them. Make sure your dog is not allergic to such chemicals before using the Tick collar.

2.  Spray and dab

There are sprays available for dogs that contain chemicals like Pyrethrin and Permerthrin that can be applied when going out in areas where ticks are commonly found. Make sure to mist the fur in open air circulated space. While spraying make sure you avoid the dog’s ear and eyes. Spray the chemical on a cotton ball and dab these sensitive areas. This will guard the dog from ticks. The spray will leave on a protective layer protecting the dog from ticks.   This will also kill any that are already on the pet.

3.  Tweeze the ticks out

If the ticks have burrowed into the dog’s skin use a pair of tweezers to hold the skin and pull the tick out from its head. Wear surgical gloves to remove the ticks from the dog’s fur. Twist the tweezers in clockwise direction and avoid crushing it. Once the tick has been taken out rub it with alcohol and dispose it off in the flush. Clean up the area using disinfectant on the fur and wash your hands.  

4.  Bathe the dogs

Shampoo the dogs with chemical based ingredients that eliminate the ticks. Lather and the dog’s fur and leave it on for around ten minutes. Chemicals like Pyrethrin are damaging for the dog eyes, protect the eyes while shampooing the dog and put cotton balls inside the dog’s ear. On contact with the chemicals the ticks will be killed off. Repeat the process every two weeks to ensure complete eradication of ticks.

5. Tick dips on dogs

Before use read the directions carefully and dilute the concentrated chemical solution. Apply the diluted chemical dip on the cotton ball and gently apply on the affected areas. Pour the mixture directly on the dog, or you can submerge them in the dip.  Avoid the eye and ears from coming in contact with the dip. Don’t use the chemical dip on nursing and pregnant dogs and puppies. 

6. Medical treatments

Apply the bottled medical solution for treatment of ticks. The solution contains chemicals like; imidacloprid, Fipronil, Pyrethrin and permethrin. Hence; read the labels and directions carefully and apply on the back of the dog. Few will kill the fleas and insects and some will work as repellants.


7. Combing the dog’s fur

Brush wide toothed comb on the dog’s fur. Remove the ticks from the fur that have not latched into the skin of the dog. Wear protective clothing while combing the dog for fleas and ticks.  

8. Tick proofing the yard

Mow the lawn and trim the grass branches and bushes short. It will make it difficult for ticks to stay in such places. Spread insecticides all over the yard to eradicate the ticks from infesting your lawn and dog. If the place is less hospitable for ticks to hide out or if they are completely exterminated, it automatically prevents the dogs from getting ticks. By containing the breeding grounds for ticks, it will decrease chances for dog to become hosts for ticks. Spray insecticides under and around trees and bushes. Around decks and patios IGR can be applied. Apply to the about knee height with the insecticide all around fence lines of the property, as this is where ticks will be located in hiding waiting for the next warm blooded animal to brush by.  Spray the lawn and grass, you can also apply a granule.

9.  Regular follow-ups for ticks

Check the dog’s fur for ticks after taking it out for a walk-in tick infested areas. Wear hats, full length pants and socks to stay protected from the ticks while taking the dog on a walk. If any ticks are found on the dog’s fur the bedding area and sheets of the dog can be treated with insecticides.

10. Pills to kill the ticks

Pills can be given to the dogs for tick elimination. Give them the pill once a month. It disrupts the growth stage s of the ticks and eliminates them effectively. It is much safer for children and other pets.

11. Indoor ticks

When dogs have ticks it might be possible for the parasites to infest your house. Make sure all the holes and cracks are sealed. All furniture and other areas like carpets vacuumed and steam cleaned and treated with insecticides. The sheets should be cleaned in hot water. Dogs will not be preyed by ticks if it is not present in the house. Insect growth regulator IGR insecticides are useful for eradicating the ticks. Pets that feed of such organisms like ticks can be kept to minimize its infestation.   Novacide can be applied to the floor and carpet, pet bedding, etc. for fleas and ticks.


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