How to get rid of ticks on my dog?

by Anas
(Karachi,Sindh,Pakistan)

My dog is 2 years old. He's fit and healthy. The only problem that I'm facing here is about his ticks problem. Can you recommend me something good and useful for him so that I can get rid of those ticks on my dog. And let me tell you those ticks are everywhere on his body and in a very large numbers -on his ears, back, underarms everywhere.

I live in Pakistan, Karachi so please keep in mind that you tell me a product that is available here.
thanks in advance

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Sep 04, 2011
Tick Removal
by: Trigger's Mom

I thought Trigger was doomed to tell the truth. He was covered in ticks, and I'm still getting them off of him. I learned quickly that flea & tick collars didn't work, the shampoos didn't work, powders didn't work. And picking them one at a time would last a life time. I bought a flea comb and am combing the little buggers off of him. So far by my estimate, there are over 500 in a bucket of vinegar I've on a shelf outside. He's feeling better and is more active. Begs to be combed everyday now. And all those ticks have paid the price. I comb him, spray him down with peroxide and let him run. We still have a few to tackle, but not the masses he once had.

Jul 14, 2011
Steeler
by: Iris Miller

Dear Steeler's parent, P.S. yes, check all over and a visit to the Vet. is always a good idea, and yes, frontline plus works best for my 9-lb.Coton for fleas and ticks, but once in a while a tick will latch on and it will die from the preventive application but it might take 24 hours or more. So if you find one see the previous advice, pull it out by the head ,not the body, next to the dogs skin with the tweezers straight up.Good luck! P/P/S!!! stay out of high grass, woods, and weeds, that is where there highest concentration of ticks are.
hugs and love,
Tuffy and mom

Jul 14, 2011
Don't spray!
by: Iris Miller

Please don't use bug spray on or around your dog, it will not kill the ticks only make you and your dog sick.It is poison. Please read the advice given here below. You need to get tweezers and grab the tick on it's head near the dogs skin, do not grab the body, it will come off without the head and the head will keep sucking blood and injecting poison into the dog. Grab the tick head firmly with the tweezers and pull straight up. Then dab the area with antiseptic, peroxide does not burn(alcohol burns).
good luck! It is creepy and freaky, but we have to take care of our dogs.Us a preventive application that is appropriate for your dogs weight and breed.
hugs and love,
Tuffy and mom

Jul 14, 2011
Anas, we hope your dog is well!
by: Iris Miller

I hope you got the dog to a Veterinarian and took care of the tick infestation. Waiting to se a happier picture of your sweet dog.
blessings and love,
Tuffy and Mom

Jul 14, 2011
HELP!!!!!
by: Anonymous

My dog, Steeler i was petting him and felt something weird so i looked and it was a tick so i got fly spray/ bug spray and sprayed it and it was still sucking so i grabbed the tweezers and pulled it out but i don't know if there is more then one so what should i do! Give him a bath, full body check him, buy the collar, buy the front-line or advantics, or take him to the vet, what works best?!?!?!

Jun 28, 2011
Anas, how is your dog?
by: Iris Miller

I hope your sweet Coton is well and now free of ticks, such a sweet dog.
Tuffy's mom Iris

Jun 28, 2011
ticks be gone!
by: Iris Miller

I noticed a reference to the product Revolution. My Veterinarian's office told me that Revolution does not work on ticks (it is for worms and fleas) and that you will have to add a tick collar (which is not very effective and many people don't like the idea of the collar).
A tick arrived yesterday after Tuffy and I came back in from the back yard. He is back on the flea and tick preventive Frontline Plus,(after a severe reaction to k9 Advantix) coming near the end of the month, and will need a new application. The tick apparently fed, and dropped off onto the wood floor and I don't know if it was from me or Tuffy! At first I thought it was a beetle, it was crawling very slowly. I yelled for my son to get it, he could not crush it, he had to flush it! I took Tuffy to the bathroom and combed brushed and did a full body inspection. I had nightmares about those horrible creatures all night and woke up itching. I am hyper sensitive to this issue because as you know, Tuffy had Lyme disease and was seriously ill and in terrible pain, the disease attacked his spine,he was on antibiotics for a month. all from a tick bite. Take care!
love, Iris and Tuffy

Jun 28, 2011
with out a vet
by: renee


If you do not plan on going to the vet I have been told that if you put some bug spray or a special oil on the tick it wll fall of in a day ro two.
but I do not know if it really works.

Nov 20, 2010
Anas, a p.s. about tick preventive
by: Iris Miller

Very important to order the flea and tick preventive by the weight of your dog.

Nov 20, 2010
ticks
by: Iris Miller

I also agree with the other advice here, take the dog to a vet with that tick infestation.and regularly use a preventive flea and tick application. I also follow the advice of Gale use tweezers to pull a tick straight out by gripping the head nearest the skin, do not twist or pull the body because the head will stay in and continue sucking blood and infecting your dog. My dog had a terrible painful case of Lyme disease from a deer tick bite. The vet had to prescribe pain medications and antibiotics for my dog.The disease can stay in their bloodstream and re-infect them. I faithfully use the monthly flea and tick preventive application Frontline Plus (you can order from a Veterinarian or order online from a reputable pet supply website.I used PetMeds.com) I started out using the Advantix flea/ tick preventive, but it made Tuffy sick and itchy for days. The "Frontline Plus" works best for us, does keep fleas and ticks off and if one gets on it will poison it in a day or so, but by then the creature has spread it's disease. Frontline Plus is easier on his system.It is applied to one spot between his shoulder blades where he cannot reach to scratch of lick it (poison !) and spreads throughout the skin. it is also true, if you read the literature on line about these products, you still need to be diligent checking your dog every time they come in from outdoors and get the tick off before they bite. This year so far in the early spring season Tuffy came to me and bowed his head, he had a tick attached to the top of his head already swollen with blood. I usually do the Frontline Plus application every 30 days but that time he brought me the tick on his head, I let it go four days over a month, and no joking, that tick was ready and waiting to latch on! So be advised when it is advised as a monthly application, it is an accurate prescription.
More advice, (it's free) if you aren't in the habit of grooming your Coton, start now brushing and combing him daily, and check for ticks at that time. We are rewarded with love from our dogs.
good luck and love,
Tuffy and mom

Nov 20, 2010
ticks
by: vickie

I have always gone to the vet and got a dropper of flea, tick and worm medication to put on him. I take him into the woods everyday and he has never gotten any of them. You may have to take your Coton to the vet so they can be removed properly, as to not leave the heads in. Then get the dropper (the vet will know which one) and put it on him. My Coton was vomiting and had the runs the next day. But it was the 1st time we had used it. So the vet is going to try a different one next time. But we have not had any problems at all. hope this helps you a little. good luck on the tick removal. they can be a bit difficult to remove properly.

Nov 15, 2010
Coton with Ticks
by: Gale

Anas

I don't know of any product to put on your dog that eliminates ticks. Most of the products I know for ticks is for preventing them; not getting rid of them once they have manifested.

If your dog had just a few ticks I could recommend a way to remove them, but since you say he's got ticks all over his body I would suggest you get him to a Vet. If untreated, many types of ticks can lead to more serious health issues.

Once the doctor has treated and removed the ticks, he or she can recommend some products that will prevent future occurrences such as Advantix, Revolution or Frontline (which also kills fleas). You can check to see if these products are available where you live. Maybe other visitors will have products to recommend in your country.

The only way I know really gets rid of ticks is to use tweezers to grab the tick by the head and pull it firmly out without grabbing the body. Then clean the bite with antiseptic.

Good Luck


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