Dog lovers know how annoying the ticks can be to their dogs. These tiny parasites, resembling spiders, attach themselves to the fur of the pets and suck on blood. If left too long or not removed entirely, ticks can cause some serious diseases like hypersensitivity, anemia or tick fever.
How do dogs get ticks?
Dogs may get infected by ticks which cling on to their fur during their walks in or around tick infested yards, tall grasses and dense vegetation. Even indoors, there are few tick breeds which may make their home on rugs and furniture. While you must sanitize corner areas in your house with due care to thwart ticks and fleas, it is also advisable to wash blankets, linen, and cushion covers regularly.
How to get rids of ticks on your dog?
1. Manual tick removal Although often hard to dislodge, you may remove ticks with the help of tweezers. Also, do remember to comb your dog upon return from walks as it helps sweep off ticks and prevent irritation.
2. Medicated Shampoos and powders like Himalaya Erina EP controls and prevent ticks and fleas. In case of flea bite allergies, fungal skin infections and pyoderma, you may administer a course of Furglow, a blend of Omega fatty acids.
In case your dog is sick or if you are unable to shampoo your dog regularly, you may try FreshCoat, a quick water free spray. This would provide a quick hassle free bath to keep your dog’s hygiene in check.
3. Natural remedies also work great against ticks and fleas. However you need to ensure avoiding the sensitive area around the dog’s eyes.
4. Herbal tick collars –Mix 2 tablespoons almond oil with Rose Geranium Oil. Dab a few drops on your dog’s collar or neck area before heading out.
5. Lemon juice – Prepare a home-made citrus solution by putting lemons in boiled water overnight. Spray the solution all over the dog, especially behind the ears, around the head, at the base of the tail and in the armpits. You may similarly prepare Orange oil, also a tick repellent.
6. Neem oil – Pour a few drops of neem oil on your palm and gently rub it on the affected region. With its anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties, neem oil helps fight off ticks and fleas. Alternatively, you may try Himalaya’s Erina Coat cleanser, which also has Neem, and helps in eliminating germs and improves overall skin hygiene.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar – Add 2 tablespoons of the apple cider vinegar (without honey) to your dog’s food or water bowl as a preventative measure against ticks and fleas.
8. Eucalyptus Oil – Boil 15-20 Eucalyptus leaves in a liter of water for approximately 10 minutes. Use it after 3-4 hours… once it cools down by spraying on your dog’s fur to ward off ticks.
9. Tea Tree Oil and Cinnamon Oil with their medicinal properties also help in getting rid of ticks.
Here’s wishing your pooch the very best of summer and spring cleaning, tick the above preventive and prescription measures and help your puppy say NO to ticks!