How to Get Seed Ticks Off My Dog

Remove seed ticks with a few simple techniques.
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Ticks are parasites closely related to spiders and scorpions. Female ticks can lay thousands of eggs on your dog that can hatch as larval seed ticks. If your dog is covered in seed ticks, there are many ways you can get rid of them and keep them from coming back.

Step 1

Bathe your dog to remove seed ticks. Use a medicated flea and tick shampoo to kill the unwanted parasites. Rinse your dog’s coat well to remove any remaining shampoo residue and towel dry. Run a flea comb through your dog’s coat to remove any dead seed ticks from her coat.

Step 2

Spray some topical tick repellant on your dog’s skin to kill seed ticks. Topical sprays will quickly kill seed ticks and their eggs as well provide residual protection against future infestations. You can also apply the repellant to your dog’s bedding and blankets to eliminate seed ticks.

Step 3

Cover your dog in a tick and flea dust to treat and prevent seed ticks. Rub the dust onto your dog’s coat gently, being careful not to get any into her nose, eyes or mouth. The dust will kill seed ticks and their eggs. Apply the dust outside where there is plenty of air, so you and your dog do not inhale the dust.

Step 4

Treat your home and yard with some insecticide spray to control seed ticks. Apply the spray to cracks and crevices, baseboards, or anywhere ticks may be hiding in your home. Spray the insecticide on your grass, patio and around the perimeter of your yard to keep seed ticks and other bugs out. Keep your dog off of the sprayed areas until completely dry.

Step 5

Give your dog some monthly flea and tick preventative medication. Apply the medicine between the shoulder blades of your dog to kill seed ticks and keep them from coming back. You can purchase many flea and tick preventative medications over the counter, or you can visit your veterinarian for prescription strength medications.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.

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