Another holistic recommendation is to spray your dog with an apple cider vinegar and water solution. Fans of this treatment suggest the ticks don’t like the acidic skin and leave the dog for something better. Again, this treatment doesn’t work for me, but it does work for others. Personally, I don’t like the way it makes my pooch smell.
- Tick Shampoo- If you bathe your own dog, this is the most convenient method of treating ticks. Purchase a shampoo specifically designed to treat ticks and you’ll give your pet a bath and tick treatment at the same time! It lasts for about two weeks so you’ll need to bath FiFi twice a month if you choose this method of tick control.
- Topical Tick Repellant– Apply the small amount of pre-packaged liquid between your dog’s shoulder blades once a month. This product continues to repel ticks from settling on your dog for one month. I’ve personally been using this solution on my dogs for the past 16 years. I find it effective and easy. I live in the northern United States so we only need to protect our dogs from ticks six months out of the year. For those who need to apply tick repellent year round, topical solutions may be a bit pricey.
- Tick Dip – Mix with water and sponge all over your dog to repel ticks. The benefit of the dip is that it soothes a dog’s skin because it includes aloe amongst its ingredients. The concern with this product is for the person applying the dip. The dip is harmful to humans if absorbed through the skin. It isn’t very long-lasting either. This solution only lasts about a week so it’s a lot of work for a short window of protection.
- Treated Towelettes – Much like baby wipes, you can now buy towelletes treated with a cedar oil tick repellent that you wipe over your pet before she goes outdoors. While I can see using this product as extra precaution when walking in heavily wooded areas with high tick infestation, I cannot imagine wiping my pooch from head to toe every time she goes out in the yard.