Treating ticks in dogs


Treating ticks in dogs

Drug treatment for ticks in dogs

Do ticks cause serious diseases? Ticks are parasitic organisms that feed on the blood of the host organism, causing some serious diseases, the most dangerous of which is Lyme disease. Here are the most important ways to treat ticks in dogs:[١]

topical medications

Do topical medicines for ticks contain insecticides? Topical medications used to treat dog ticks contain insecticides and a range of active ingredients that vary from brand to brand. Among the most important of these active ingredients are:[٢]

  • deltamethrin;
  • fipronil;
  • permethrin;
  • selamectin;

These medicines come in the form of a small tube, the product is placed directly on the skin, and it is recommended to follow the instructions for each product and according to the area on which it is applied, and it is worth noting that most of these treatments are given once a month, With regard to the necessary precautions during treatment, it is recommended to follow the following::[٢]

  • It is advised not to wash the dog immediately before or after treatment, as this reduces the effectiveness of the treatment.
  • It is recommended to keep children and other pets away from the affected animal until the treatment has dried completely.
  • Be sure to use the appropriate dosage depending on the pet’s weight.
  • It is recommended to avoid giving the product intended for dogs to cats, as some products may contain substances that are toxic to cats.

Topical medications are an effective way to control ticks and fleas and prevent parasites for up to a month, and it is advised to be very careful about the medication that is used.[٣]

oral medications

Can oral medications cause vomiting in dogs? Oral medications for dog ticks contain components that are toxic to the nerves of insects, including avoxolanir, floralaner, nitipiram, and spinosad. to once every 12 weeks, and one of the most important advantages of using oral medications is that the infected animal does not need to be isolated from other animals or children after receiving the dose, Despite its advantages, it has a number of side effects, and the following are the most important ones:[٤]

  • vomiting;
  • idleness.
  • itching;
  • Excessive salivation.

Oral tick medications are easy to administer and eliminate immature fleas and ticks.[٣]

Home treatment for ticks in dogs

Is it possible to get rid of large ticks by home remedies only? When the tick attaches to the dog’s body, it begins to feed on its blood, which leads to an increase in its size. As for home remedies, they are effective for small ticksAs they increase in size, their removal becomes more complicated and requires drug treatment.[٥]

wash the dog

Can shampoo be used to wash a dog? Using a pet flea shampoo that contains pyrethrin or permethrin, depending on the brand used, may help repel ticks and fleas. It is worth noting that washing your dog with shampoo provides quick killing of parasites on pets. The following are the most important precautions for use::[٦]

  • It is recommended to leave the shampoo on the pet for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • It is advised to use caution against contact of the shampoo with the eyes and mucous membranes.
  • It is recommended to rinse the shampoo well with water.
  • A weekly shampoo is recommended for maximum effectiveness.

Washing your dog with a flea-killing shampoo is a quick fix to kill ticks, but it’s recommended in combination with other treatments.

Use of essential oils

Are essential oils a natural alternative to insecticides in repelling ticks? Essential oils are one of the natural alternatives used to repel ticks.[٧] In a study conducted by a group of scientists at the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Slovakia, in 2017, on the effect of essential oils in repelling ticks, The merits of the study were as follows:[٨]

  • In this study, 11 types of essential oils were included, including the following:
  • These oils were used at a concentration of 1% and 3%.
  • The study demonstrated the effectiveness of clove bud, creeping thyme, and red thyme in repelling ticks with percentages of 83, 82, and 62%, respectively, when used at a concentration of 3%.
  • The results also showed that using a mixture of citronella and creeping thyme was 91% effective in repelling ticks compared to the rest of the oils.

The study concluded that Essential oils have an effective role in repelling ticks, but in varying proportions“.

Essential oils are a natural alternative that can be used to repel ticks, in place of chemicals and pesticides.

Use apple cider vinegar

Is the acidic taste of apple cider vinegar a tick repellent? A homemade solution of apple cider vinegar diluted with water helps keep ticks and fleas away from pets, as the acidic taste of vinegar is unpleasant for them. Acetic acid which ticks cannot tolerate, This mixture is prepared as follows:[٥]

  • Add an equal amount of water and apple cider vinegar.
  • Mix the mixture well in a bowl.
  • Apple cider vinegar can be applied by dipping a piece of cloth in a diluted apple cider vinegar solution.
  • Gently apply the mixture to the dog’s skin.
  • The places should be kept away from the eyes and mouth.

Apple cider vinegar is a good way to combat ticks if your pet is allergic to chemicals in some medications.

Is ticks transmitted from dogs to humans?

Can ticks cause diseases to humans? Ticks are parasites that can pose a threat to both wild and domestic animals, and they can sometimes attack humans. House ticks differ from forest-dwelling ticks in the way they feed and in the various stages of their life.[٩]

It is worth noting that dogs do not transmit ticks to humans, but ticks may be transmitted to humans when exposed to open air and ticks come into contact with it, as the skin can become red and irritated, and it can cause humans to infect the same diseases that dogs cause, including Lyme disease. and others.[١٠]


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