How To Stop Ticks Being A Menace To Your Dog

How To Help Your Dog From Being Affected By Ticks

How often do you check your dog's skin to see if there are any lumps, bumps or creepy crawlies present? It's always worth doing. Especially if you happen to find a tick.

Ticks will crawl onto your dog, and search through the hair until they reach the skin. They'll then bite and latch onto your dog to feed. Although they may drop off after a week or two, during this time of biting/feeding they can transmit disease. There are several illnesses ticks can cause, including Lymes Disease. These illnesses can very serious, and cause long-lasting health conditions.

If a tick doesn't cause a disease, they can create severe skin irritation. This can be so bad your dog's hair falls out, and a skin infection can develop.

Although ticks are often thought to be worse in woodlands, they can be almost anywhere. In a field or even in some gardens.

And at any time of year. They are not just a spring-time problem, as used to be considered the case.

Remember too that ticks don't only crawl onto dogs, they'll also go onto humans too! And other animals of course.

You may hear of various 'ideas' for removing ticks. If you find a tick. Then use a special designed tick removing tool. These allow you to hook under the tick and twist/pull. It's essential not to leave any of the ticks body. Or illness can develop or persist.

Where To Buy A Tick Removing Tool?

Your veterinary surgeon will normally sell these, at a low cost.

Do not use tweezers! A tick removing tool is specially designed so as not to lose the tick's body parts in your pet.

Are Tick Repellents Worthwhile?

It is possible to buy a variety of artificial chemical 'repellents'. Although it's worth noting that if you read the small print, they often don't stop the tick attaching. Instead the tick still gets into the skin and then may drop off after a few days.

How To Care For Your Dog's Skin

And in my experience, these chemical 'repellents' don't work 100% of the time. Plus they can themselves cause irritation. After all your dog's skin is a living breathing organ. Applying any kind of artificial solution or chemical onto the skin should be a last resort. Far better to use natural, chemical free solutions. That are gentle and kind to the skin.

Remember a product can be natural but also can be very effective. If we are careful about what we eat, why not think twice about what we put on the skin?

How To Help Your Dog From Ticks Naturally

Essential oils are a good choice for natural tick control. Lavender, Geranium, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Oil are all thought to help. There has been research conducted showing
i. how geranium can work - see here.
ii. how eucalyptus can help - see here

If your dog has inflamed skin from a tick irritation. My recommendation is aloe vera from the Forever range that I sell (as a Forever independent business owner), please email me for details.

Where To Buy Essential Oils For Your Dog?

You can get essential oils that are specially formulated. Including from my doTERRA essential oils online shop here. Or please email me at info at for information on the amazing doTerra range of essential oils.

How Else You Can Help Your Dog From Ticks?

  1. Veterinary Homeopathy is also a possible remedy. Ledum Palustre is reputed to be beneficial. Read more about homeopathy for animals here
  2. Helping your dog to have as healthy immune system as possible is good idea. It'll reduce the chance of serious illness developing. You can find out more about how to do this, with my Immune Health For Pets advice page here If you want more tips, then please email me at info at

How To Help Your Dog If Gets Ill From A Tick Bite?

If you're at all concerned your dog is unwell. Seems off-colour. Off food, or just not himself, or being sick, etc. Then speak to your Veterinary Surgeon urgently. And remember to mention the tick - this is crucial.

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Please remember that if your horse, dog or other animal is unwell. Or on any kind of medication or other supplement. Then always speak to your Veterinary Surgeon first before using any supplement or therapy. Even natural ones. To avoid any possible issues.

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About the Author

Suzanne Harris is founder of this Taranet website at, and also provides business coaching to horse and dog care and veterinary professionals.