How To Get Rid Of Ticks, How To Kill Ticks / Tics On Dogs & Cats, And In The Home

Dog Tic Infestation

Dog and cat ticks can cause memory loss, facial paralysis, vision problems, and sleep disorders in humans as well as in pets.

Ticks are blood sucking parasites which carry a hoard of potentially dangerous diseases including Lyme disease, Q fever, babesiosis, and bovine anaplasmosis amongst others. These parasites are very common, especially in warmer climates.

Getting rid of individual ticks from dogs is relatively easy, but the rapid breeding cycle of the tick population ensures that for every tick you remove from your pet, there are at least another 20 to 30 hidden in the hair.

Up to 3000 eggs are produced by an adult tick per year, that equates to an average of 8 eggs laid per day. An average tick infestation will consist of approximately 100 adult ticks, that is another eighty ticks a day being born in your home.

How To Remove Ticks From Dogs

Removing individual ticks from dogs is relatively simple. A pair of tweezers and a good grip will pull even the stubbornest of ticks from the dogs skin.

Ensure the tweezers are placed over the tick and as close to the dogs skin as possible. The head should come out as you pull off the tick, and not left behind in the dogs body.


This method of removing ticks, although instant, never solves the problem. Because the next day at least ten adults can be found on a large dog, with many smaller young ticks beginning to feed.

This does not include the eggs or crawling ticks which are behind skirting boards, under floorboards, in the carpets, or under furniture.

Cheap K9 Advantix offers 4 months of protection for the dogs from biting ticks. The drops are easily applied and begin to kill the adult ticks within hours. Once the drops have been applied for several days, your pet should be virtually tick free.

Those ticks which do attach themselves to the dog will soon fall off and die. The added bonus is that this also kills fleas, flea eggs, and larvae.



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The range of Frontine Tick Control Treatments is phenomenal. There is an injection, drops, and tick collars for all ages of dog or cat. Frontline laboratories are world famous for producing medicines and treatments for all pet ailments.

If using tick collars, younger puppies or kittens may suffer from hair loss or skin irritations around the neck. If this begins to occur, take the collar off and seek advice from a vet.


Tick Shampoo

Tick and flea dog shampoos generally help reduce the population of fleas on a dog and assist is keeping them off the dog for a short period of time.

Eco dog tick shampoo kills the fleas and ticks which are already on the dog, and leaves a non chemical residue which acts like a deterrent for ticks.

Although shampoos help keep the dogs coat shiny, they are not a long term tick killer, unless you are proposing to wash the dog at least once or twice a week for months.

Tick Spray


Tick sprays are ideal for use around the home. Most can be sprayed on pets but do not penetrate the hair deep enough to dislodge the already feasting ticks.

Spraying around the home where ticks lurk, such as under furniture and around skirting boards will begin to kill off eggs, larvae, and adult ticks almost immediately.

Spraying around external doors and windows will help keep ticks from entering the home from the garden. Young ticks will crawl or climb to the highest level available to them, it may be prudent to spray external walls to the home approximately up to one foot off the ground to deter ticks from climbing.

Dog Ticks Information


Ticks have been on the Earth for approximately 65 million years. Once full of blood, the adult tick will drop off the dog to digest its meal and lay eggs.

Ants find blood filled ticks a delicacy and will immediately gather round and take them live into their nests. The lifespan of an average tick is one year. The male tick sees the host animal as a dating agency.

The male tick feeds little, but will crawl over the dog seeking females to mate with. The male tick will stay on the dog for a long time compared to females who drink blood for feeding her eggs.


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Comments 4 comments

DoItForHer 4 years ago

I don't do OTC tick and flea remedies; they just don't work well enough for my taste.

I bought a tool for removing ticks called the "Tick Twister". It's easy to carry and easier to use than tweezers, matches, or other methods. (I call it the Ticky Twister. lol)

Man, that dog does have an infestation! Never have I seen something that bad. I wonder what kind of damage the ear sustained after it healed.


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Cat R 5 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

WOW! I don't think I've ever seen that many ticks on a dog. And I live in the bushes with a pond and pine trees around!


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lundmusik 5 years ago from Tucson AZ

thanks for another hub on pet care


femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

billericky - very good information here. I'm wondering if we have either few ticks, or no ticks in our yard due to the ant population that comes through on occasion.

Most of our neighborhood treats the lawns with organic insect prevention including everything from sprinkling red pepper flakes to scattering dry molasses. So far, it works well, and this past summer the only issues we seemed to have were with mosquitoes.

However, that being said, Jack (my dad's border collie) still gets bathed and treated with Advantage to keep the fleas and ticks away ... just in case. :)

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