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How to Get Rid of Ticks on a Dog

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If your furry friend suddenly seems very agitated, continues to scratch himself like crazy, and is overall just behaving like he normally wouldn’t – it’s quite likely that he has contracted ticks and is now suffering. But what are ticks? Why are they such bad news for our beloved furry friends and how can we get rid of them permanently – continue reading to find all of this relevant information and more below.

About Ticks

Quite like mites, ticks are small arachnids or small parasites that live and thrive off of the blood of mammals, birds and in some cases even amphibians. You cannot exactly classify ticks as insects, though. There are hundreds or even thousands of different types of ticks that exist on the planet but only a few specific species are of relevance to us humans and the furry members of our family.

Ticks feed off of the blood of the host animal they reside on. However, they themselves cannot completely burrow or penetrate into the skin. Their mouthparts pierce the skin but the rest of the body remains on the outside.

The reason why these parasites are of real concern to us humans and our pets is because they can actually transmit a number of diseases by becoming vectors. They can transfer from person to person and animal to animal and can carry different diseases causing severe illnesses to spread wherever they go.

Some of the various tick borne diseases include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Ehrilichiosis. These diseases can result in a number of uncomfortable and some even downright painful signs and symptoms. Some of the common ones include:

  • Painfully swollen lymph nodes

  • Fever

  • Joint pain

  • Swollen joints

  • Tick paralysis

  • Anemia

  • Skin infections

Ticks usually hatch in the spring and are commonly found in various marshlands, grasses, and other vegetation. This means that casual summertime playtime in your pet’s favorite park or garden can become a huge problem if even a single tick happens to climb on and hitch a ride. The good news, though? You can a permanently get rid of the tick problem, and in fact, you can also successfully prevent a tick infestation from occurring in the first place by being careful.

How to Permanently Remove Ticks From a Dog

There are a number of ways to remove the ticks from your furry best friend. They include:

Spot Wise Treatments

Though ticks are generally so small that they are barely visible to the naked eye, once they bite a human or their dog and feed on their blood, they become engorged and are readily visible. One of the ways to get rid of ticks completely is to search for them with a fine tooth comb and use an over-the-counter spot medication to kill them. Just take a small cotton pellet, dab it into the medicine and apply to each individual tick as you see it.

Tick Shampoos

There are shampoos readily available in the market which contain medications which kill ticks directly on contact. Inexpensive, affordable and long-lasting – this method is actually quite easy. Definitely not as labor intensive as removing ticks by spot treatment. Just give your dog a bath using the tick shampoo. Be sure to properly brush his fur out when dried.

Diatomaceous Earth

Non-toxic and completely harmless to humans and animals, diatomaceous earth is fatal for the ticks at single contact. Available in powder form, just generously sprinkle on your dog's fur and allow it to settle in. Properly comb the fur out to remove the ticks after a day or so.

Topical Tick Sprays

Tick medication is also available in a spray form that can quickly kill the ticks on contact. This is specially recommended for use on animals that are especially furry. The aerosol spray penetrates deeper into the fur and kills all the ticks.

How to Prevent a Tick Infestation on Your Furry Friend

If you are successfully able to remove all the ticks from your dog once they’ve been infected, you’re obviously wondering how you can prevent them from contracting a tick infestation in the first place.

There are a number of different things that you can do to ensure that your dog has his fun at the local park without having to worry about the possibility of any ticks or tick borne diseases.

Oral Medications

Like de-worming medications, oral medications are available for dogs that are administered once a month to keep the ticks away. These medications function not only to kill the ticks that are already in place, but they also disrupt the complete lifecycle of the fleas. They’re very easy to administer and are not harmful to the dogs either. What’s more, you don’t even have to be concerned about humans, especially small children coming in contact with the dogs directly after the administration of the medications.  

Tick Collars

Tick collars are regular dog collars that come in contact with the dog’s skin to administer tick repelling chemicals onto the dogs fur and the skin. There are a number of different types of collars available within the market with different medications – be careful when choosing the specific collar for your friend.

 

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