Ticks from the family Ixodidae are ectoparasites, which attack animals to suck blood. They breed and live freely in nature, have a wide habitat, so we can find them in the most urban environments. They are most active in the spring and autumn, however, along with climate change, the number of these parasites is increasing, and we have more frequent infestations in dogs and throughout the year.
Experts warn that the number of ticks increases from year to year. These parasites are active throughout the year, and most of all when the weather is nice, between March and November. They live in grass and feed on the blood of their hosts. This is why dogs that often play on green surfaces are the most vulnerable. A big problem is the ticks that are infected. The bite of this tick can be fatal to a pet. To avoid this, preventative action should be taken, which means protecting the animal from the possibility of a tick being attacked.
By itself, ticks do not have to be a big problem, except for massive infestations. The tick was on the dog for food, and those few drops of blood he would eat for the dog meant nothing. But, ticks are carriers of various dangerous diseases, which is a big problem. Most pathogens live in the salivary glands of ticks, which is why you do not need to use aggressive manuals to remove ticks, as this only helps the pathogens to get into the dog more easily.
Whether your dog will get ticks depends on where he was moving.
But, it is easier for owners of short-haired dogs to find ticks, if any. This is more difficult in dogs with long hair. The recommendation of veterinarians is to avoid tall grass and shrubs, as there are usually ticks. There are a lot of ticks lately. The climate suits them because the winters are mild. Thus, their number does not decrease during the winter.
In addition to regularly inspecting the dog after each walk, and avoiding weedy and unhealthy areas, some protective equipment should be used. First, we are referring to repellents, substances that repel ticks by their smell.
Below, inform about natural dog ticks remedies, and how you can use them.
Apple cider vinegar and water
Pour 100 ml of apple cider vinegar in 200 ml of cold water, combine the ingredients and start rubbing the preparation. When preparing this simple liquid, make sure that your ratio is always two to one, two-thirds of water and one-third of apple cider vinegar.
Be careful in the area of the head, neck and between the legs as the skin is less covered with hair. Great care must be taken in the areas between the eyes, as contact with such preparation could produce milder or more lasting effects and damage to the eyes. This preparation works by making apple cider vinegar lower the pH of the pet’s skin, making it unbearable for ticks.
You can also make an enhanced version of this product with a few other ingredients. You can add baking soda and some salt to this solution. Pour into a sprayer and shake. Spray the product on the pet from the tail to the front, and rub the sensitive parts of the body, especially the eyes, with your hands. Before spraying your pet, it is advisable to brush the dog.
It is important to know that this product should not be used often because it can corrode the skin, so it is a better variant with a milder solution, with more water.
Lavender, lemon and rosemary
Dog owners also consider lavender oil a good way to eliminate parasites. It is used by applying oil to the neck and the pet tail. The ticks will run away and your dog will smell.
There is another interesting method to solve this problem. Place the rendered lemon peel in a pot of boiling water, then add sprigs of fresh rosemary. Allow the prepared mixture overnight to cool, process and pour into bottles with a filling. Spray your dog at intervals of several days until it is free from ticks.
Natural remedy based on Neem wood oil
Neem oil is obtained by pressing the fruit and purifying the resulting mixture. This oil has a strong, heavy odor of sulfur and garlic. Despite the not very pleasant smell in India, this oil has been used for thousands of years because of its remarkable efficiency. Neem oil is very complex in composition and contains over 140 active ingredients.
Neem has several basic modes of action, which prevents the development of parasite resistance. Synthetic production of this preparation is not possible. The active substances from the oil affect the hormonal system, feeding, reproduction, metamorphosis, and ability to move ticks.
Neem oil-based lotion is applied from the tail to the neck, directly to the skin. First, you need to spread hair with your fingers to ensure contact between the preparation and the skin. Initial treatment involves shock therapy, that is, applying lotion at shorter intervals. Thereafter, treatment is based on repeated application every 7 – 15 days. For the treatment of the dog’s living space, we recommend a spray for natural protection of the surrounding area based on Neem oil, with essential elements of mint and lemon.
Their interaction creates a protective barrier in the places where dogs most often reside: their rugs, beds, furniture, carpets, car seats, as well as on all other surfaces with which pets are in contact. This lotion contains natural ingredients, safe and non-toxic to humans and the environment. The preparation is simply applied by spraying surfaces from a distance of 15 cm.
It’s important to know that no form of protection and dog ticks remedies has a 100% effect. Daily preventative skin and hair examinations are very important as they allow early detection of ticks, which reduces the likelihood of transmission of tick-borne diseases to the dog. Some ticks may go unnoticed during daily preventative checkups. That is why it is important to carry out preventative check-ups every day, especially after walking in the woods or areas with higher vegetation.