I have a half Mastiff, half Great Ddane and I can't keep the ticks off her. Any home remedies out there any where?
Mellomom from TN
I suggest using liquid handsoap. Rub it in good around his neck and ears.
A cotton ball soaked with liquid hand soap is used to remove ticks. According to reports, it only takes a minute or two of holding the ball on a tick before the tick will release and can be removed on the cotton ball. (06/25/2006)
If this is an outdoor dog, using cedar chips as its bedding will help keep the fleas and ticks away.
I would use Frontline, which is not "homemade", but it will keep the ticks from getting on her in the first place.
Jennifer from northern VA (06/27/2006)
I have been searching for a home remedy for my large dogs. I keep running into the same thing, put a bit of garlic power in their food. (06/28/2006)
Garlic and brewers yeast in their diet: Diamond Low fat dog food (found in feed stores/Wilco) has the brewer's yeast in it, and my dog has never had one on him, even after running off into the woods for numerous hours! You can also get the brewer's yeast in bulk food sections or in "Natural Food" sections at major supermarkets, and sprinkle it on. My sister says it tastes good on popcorn, but I save it for Charlie!
Also, you may want to consider just keeping them out of your wooded areas. After a problem with ear mites, my dog has been leashed to stay out of thick flora, especially woods and dense shrubs. In our neighborhood, we have a small "hay field" filled with chiggers and fleas. I have not seen one on Charlie or in my house since we've contained him to areas by the road and changed his food. (06/28/2006)
The tick thing about handsoap does not work. I tried it on my dog. I poured directly onto tick. It was thick and remained where I put it. I waited about three minutes and the two ticks there weren't even bothered. (07/09/2006)
By Paula in GA
Garlic is poisonous to dogs. It's very toxic and it causes serious cases of anemia. Onions as well. Ask a veterinarian.
I actually do this remedy on my dogs. I have eight dogs and I'm seriously into organics. I even grow my own herbs.
Peace, love, and good luck.
I have been putting about a half cup of apple vinegar into my 3 large dogs water bowl and have not seen a tick since. Before I was pulling off 4-5 ticks a day off of each one of them. It takes a while for them to adjust to the taste, but once they do then it's worth it. (05/05/2008)
The best thing that worked for my Lab is Frontline plus. Within couple of days it was getting better. I got it online from: http://www.petcarechoice.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/product.display/product_id/2557.htm. See if it works for you. (01/07/2009)
To prevent them, I use Jason's Tea Tree Oil shampoo and/or body wash on my German Shepherd and Lab mix. She's an outdoor dog and gets one or two every now and then, once a week she gets bathed in it! We live in a flea and tick infested type area of Arkansas. (07/25/2009)
Garlic is not poisonous to dogs. Go to wiki-answers. Yes, we all know onions are, but garlic is not. Do your homework. Thanks. (10/08/2009)
I don't actually have a remedy (currently looking for one), but I do have something to say about Frontline Plus. I used it on my dogs, but the thing about it is it takes up to 2 days to kill ticks. It does not repel them only kills them once they attach to your pet. So if you have ticks in your home or yard it's really not going to help unless you get rid of the ticks in your yard and your home. Even then it still isn't 100% effective.
I actually recommend K9 Advantix, it not only kills the ticks that are on your pet, but actually repels them along with a multitude of other pests. It keeps the ticks from attaching which reduces the chance of your pet getting tick borne diseases. But don't forget, you can't only treat your pet for fleas/ticks; your home and yard must be treated too to effectively eliminate the problem. (05/16/2010)
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