Many dog owners do their absolute best to keep ticks away from their dogs, but it’s not always as easy as it sounds. In fact, it’s very easy for dogs to get ticks and, if not approached properly, very difficult to get rid of.
Fleas are ridiculously fast little buggers that can jump super far and high – we have all heard about them jumping 100 times their own length and height, and it’s true.
Add to that the fact that they don’t mind switching hosts when the need arises, and you’ve got a recipe for a difficult infestation.
If you’ve noticed these pests on your pet, you’re going to want to get rid of them as soon as possible because they can transmit a number of diseases to your poor dog, including Lyme disease. They can also transmit these diseases to humans.
Solutions on How to Get Rid of Dog Ticks Fast
With that said, let’s get straight into the ways to get rid of these pests, starting with a home remedy.
Vinegar has long been hailed as a very quick and very effective way to get rid of nasty ticks. It should be noted that the vinegar does not kill the ticks; it simply helps to get them off your dog once it’s burrowed its head into the skin.
You can spray a solution of 1-part vinegar to 2-parts water on your pet. Spray it directly onto the dog, but keep it away from their eyes. You could also take a cotton ball or bud and apply the distilled solution onto the back end of the tick. Or, you could pour the solution directly onto the site.
It is also believed that if you add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a quart of your dog’s drinking water, it will change his or her scent and help prevent future infections. Keep in mind, that dosage is for a 40-pound pooch, so adjust the amount accordingly.
Here are the traditionally followed methods of getting rid of ticks:
This is one of the most common ways of treating ticks, and for one main reason – it works. By scrubbing your dog with a good shampoo, you will be able to kill off the ticks you manage to reach. It is a cheap but somewhat tricky way to get ticks out of your life.
You can give your dog a pill every once a month. This kind of treatment can be found at your veterinary and is effective for both ticks and fleas. It will help by disrupting the pests’ life cycles and aren’t a difficult medication to get your dog to take.
You won’t have to worry about exposing your dog’s skin to chemicals with this treatment.
These treatments can easily be purchased from your local pet store or even online and is one the most effective ways to kill ticks. Just make sure you are 100% in the know about what is in the treatment before applying to your pet’s skin.
You can buy a concentrated chemical that you dilute with water and apply to your dog’s fur with a sponge or cloth. You can also pour it over the infected areas, and it is not supposed to be rinsed off afterward.
The chemicals that are used in dips can be super strong, so be sure you buy a product that is trusted by other dog lovers. And do not ever use dips for young dogs – anything younger than four months is too young – or nursing or pregnant pooches.
Collars are a nice idea, but mostly only work in keeping ticks away from your dog’s head and neck area. Some dogs can be allergic to collars, making them one of the least popular choices.
The collar needs to make contact with your furry friend’s skin in order to work, so it’s not really considered an effective option, but it does work great for some dogs – you can try this if you want to see what works and what doesn’t.
Ticks are a worrisome pest that carries diseases affecting dogs and humans, and if you’ve seen ticks on your dogs, you should immediately get rid of them.
You can either try to use diluted vinegar directly on the site of the tick or invest in other treatments such as shampoos, dips, and oral or spot-on medications.
The vinegar option will work quickest but does not kill ticks; it only makes it easier to remove the ticks from your infected pet’s skin.