Ticks are tiny insects that thrive in warm and highly vegetated areas, and often take up residence on pets like dogs and cats. Pets easily pick up ticks while romping around in infested yards or hiking in the woods with their owners.
Ticks may also carry diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis and others.
Use these natural remedies to get rid of ticks on dogs.
The acidic taste of apple cider vinegar is an effective repellent to mites and it helps keep the ticks from latching onto your pet.
-Put equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Add 2 or 3 drops of lavender oil. Put the cap on the bottle and give it a few shakes to mix the ingredients. Spray the solution on your pet’s body, taking care not to get it in the eyes, ears and nose. Run a comb through the wet fur, then give your pet a bath. Repeat once daily but you don’t need to bathe your pet daily.
Dietary grade diatomaceous earth can help to kill ticks and prevent future infestation. Sharp particles of diatomaceous earth can penetrate the tick skin to kill them.
-Sprinkle some food-grade diatomaceous earth on your pet’s body and rub it around the skin gently to control ticks. Wait 24 hours, then bathe your pet. Repeat again if needed.
-To control a tick infestation, put some food-grade diatomaceous earth powder in the areas where you pet spends the most time. Allow it to sit for about 12 hours, then vacuum the area thoroughly. Repeat the process once a week for 2 or 3 weeks.
The medicinal properties of tea tree oil can help get rid of ticks from your pet’s body. Tea tree oil also has antiseptic properties to help prevent infection from developing in affected areas.
Add 5 or 6 drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle filled with lukewarm water. Spray it directly on your pet’s body. Comb thoroughly, then bathe your dog. Do it 2 or 3 times a week.
Neem oil can control mite infection and also small insects. The strong smell of neem oil helps repel unnecessary pests. Neem oil also has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties that help disinfect the bite area and help prevent infection.
- Pour a few drops of neem oil on your palm and gently rub it on the affected region. For dogs that are sensitive to neem oil, dilute it with almond oil in a ratio of 1:10 and use accordingly, twice daily.
Vegetable oil also acts as a natural repellent for ticks. Oil will suffocate the ticks and eventually kill them.
-Combine 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil, 10 drops of peppermint oil and 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid.
-Apply it on your pet’s body using a cotton ball. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes.
-Comb the fur thoroughly before giving your pet a bath. For best results, repeat 2 or 3 times a week.