Remedies for Ticks on Dogs

Ticks on Dog
There are several products on the market for repelling and killing ticks on your dogs. Some pet owners also attempt to remove them manually, care needs to be taken to remove the head. Clean and disinfect the area after removal. This is a page about remedies for ticks on dogs.


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May 21, 2013

I found this tick repellent which someone posted on Facebook. I am going to try the pet repellent formula which is as follows, and I might make a few changes. I am wondering how easy this will spray.

1 cup water to 2 cups distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle. Then add 2 spoonfuls (I will put teaspoonfuls) of olive oil into that mix. Then I will add two teaspoonfuls of lemon juice. Shake all up.

All the ingredients are edible and not dangerous. I will buy a small bottle of olive oil, since I haven't bought a new bottle for a while.

When outdoors for an extended time, spray two or three times a day.
My dogs will probably get sprayed maybe 2 times a day. I am thinking they will lick the olive oil off their coats and get benefits from it as well. I won't get this near their senstive areas such as their nose and mouth or backsides.

I also use a topical I get from Usually Advantage.


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December 3, 2019

They are burrowed in my dog's skin, and they don't move when touched. I live in Southern California.

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December 3, 20190 found this helpful
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The vet needs to look at this and if they are burrowed, remove them, whatever they are.

I say this because we had 2 tick experiences a few years ago--the first one, we sent the photo to the vet, she said yes, it was a tick, gave instruction on how to remove it, and the process was so stressful for both my hubby and the dog that the next time the pup had one, we just took him in and they removed it quickly with NO pain, NO yelping, and NO fuss.


Be aware if they decide it is a tick, they will test for Lyme disease and if your pup has it (ours did) it will be a long regime of antibiotics. That was a stressful time in our house

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December 4, 20190 found this helpful
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These look like ticks to me. Hopefully they are not carrying any disease your dog can catch. You need to see your Vet right away to test for and treat disease, and to get on a program to prevent more ticks on your dog. It can be serious so dont put off seeing your Vet right away.

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April 9, 2011

I live in an area where there are a lot of ticks and I am looking for the best product to repel or kill ticks on my dog. There is a wide range of products selling for less than 20 dollars per 6 doses to over 50 dollars per 6 doses. I am looking for the type of product you put on the skin, not a flea/tick collar.

Also, I have several cats, and a number of the products say not to use them on cats. My dog spends a lot of time playing with the cats and sleeping with them, so I am not sure if these products would be safe. I am looking for the product with good effectiveness and low cost. Fleas are not a problem. I am looking for something to provide tick control only. Thanks.


By dupperdog from Superior, WI


April 9, 20110 found this helpful
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I use Revolution once a month for both my dogs. It is an all around parasite application you put above there shoulder blade, and it protects your pet from heartworm. It's the all in one protector.

April 11, 20110 found this helpful
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Diatomaceous earth, garden grade, not pool grade. Safe for all pets and people, it punctures the skin of fleas and ticks, completely safe.

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August 16, 2010

Does vinegar and baking soda, which when mixed causes a foaming agent, kill ticks on a dog, or hurt the dog in any way?

By Suzanne from Harrison, AR


March 27, 20110 found this helpful

I work at a vet hospital, and we have Comfortis come in every once in a while to do a presentation. Unfortunately, Comfortis does not prevent against ticks.


It's a flea only preventative. Thankfully they are working on something to use for ticks as well. goodluck!

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May 1, 2012

Can anybody give me a home remedy for getting rid of ticks on a dog?

By gladys hernandez from Chelsea, MA

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August 16, 2010

How do I get rid of ticks? My 2 dogs have ticks, mostly on the neck and underarms. In Malaysia is hot so ticks hide everywhere.

By Mash potato from Shah Alam, Malaysia


July 16, 2010

What would work good for ticks on dogs?

By Randy B. from nw AR


Remedies for Ticks on Dogs

My dog just turned 9. She is a German Shorthair. She gets Frontline for her size. I apply every 6 weeks rather than monthly. Never have we had a tick on her. The vet says that is very unusual. She loves a diet of raw veggies from the garden as well. Maybe that is the secret? Besides her Science Diet, she is a push over for anything munchy and crunchy. She is not allowed near the gardens unleashed or I would have nothing for the freezers! (06/12/2010)

By Grandma J

Remedies for Ticks on Dogs

I use Comfortis on my dogs for fleas and ticks. Even with that they bring a tick in the house once in a while, but not often.



By Clynn Altemus

Remedies for Ticks on Dogs

Frontline applied monthly keeps ticks and fleas away. If a tick does get on the dog, it dies before it can transmit any diseases. I buy mine online from 1-800-petmeds, they have the best prices and free shipping. (06/15/2010)

By Marcie

Remedies for Ticks on Dogs

I use Frontline plus on my two Boxer/Bullmastiff mixes we get it from Petco. If you want to get a tick off a dog you take a cotton ball and put some hand soap on it hold it on the tick for about 2-3 minutes and the tick will come right off. If your worried about diseases, dab just a teeny bit of rubbing alcohol on the spot. Hope I helped. (06/22/2010)

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June 12, 2010

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


Remedies for Ticks on Dogs

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)


By R. Noyes

Remedies for Ticks on Dogs

If this is an outdoor dog, using cedar chips as its bedding will help keep the fleas and ticks away.



By Marla Ball

Remedies for Ticks on Dogs

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)

By Jennifer Nelson

Remedies for Ticks on Dogs

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)

By Val

Remedies for Ticks on Dogs

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)

By Kelly

Remedies for Ticks on Dogs

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

Remedies for Ticks on Dogs

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.


By Sway

Remedies for Ticks on Dogs

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)

By Rachel

Remedies for Ticks on Dogs

The best thing that worked for my Lab is Frontline plus. Within couple of days it was getting better. I got it online from: See if it works for you. (01/07/2009)

By redman

Remedies for Ticks and fleas on Dogs

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)

By Deirdre Clark

Remedies for Ticks/fleas on Dogs

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)

By liz

Remedies for Ticks on Dogs

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)

By Ashleigh

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