Every dog owner has one time experienced tick infestation; an infestation of ticks can lead to havoc in your home.
Ticks multiply quickly once these tiny insects take hold, go on a blood hunt that causes intense itching and related problems, and can spread rapidly throughout your home.
Although a dog can have hundreds of ticks, you can’t always see them, so even diagnosing this may seem difficult. If you believe that your Shih Tzu has ticks or you are sure of it, this article will cover just what you need to get rid of ticks.
Topical treating method
Such products are popularly used, and they are handy. To your dog’s back, add a small bottle of solution. A direction varies, as does the dose based on the weight of the dog. They last roughly a month. Besides, some of them do not kill ticks.
The active ingredients include permethrin, pyrethrin, imidacloprid, or fipronil. Many dogs experience severe side effects with these treatment methods, and many dog owners believe these drugs will be harmful to their dogs as well.
If you have these concerns, explore options with your vet that have fewer side effects.
This method is advisable only when you are not dealing with infestations, but one or two ticks. Use fine-tipped tweezers to hold the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible. Steadily pull upward with even pressure.
Do not force it out; it can cause the tick’s mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. However, if it happens, gently remove the mouth-parts with tweezers.
Tick homemade spray
As a benefit, after using this tick spray, your pup will get a clean, gleaming shine to their coat. You will need
- 1 cup of white distilled vinegar OR 1 cup of apple cider vinegar OR a 50/50 mix of both
- One-quarter of freshwater
- 2-3 drops of lavender or cedar oil
- A spray bottle of decent size
If you’re using an essential oil, add 2-3 drops, the oil gives the spray a pleasant smell. Then you add 1 cup of white distilled vinegar/apple cider vinegar / both to 1 quarter of water.
Fill the spray bottle and mist your Shih Tzu, take care not to spray it in the eyes, nose, or ears. Dampen a microfiber towel with the mixture and wipe it on the neck area, behind the ears or the chin area. Spray bedding of your pets and gently spray this solution around it.
Another benefit of using this method is, the spray can also get rid of fleas.
Get rid of ticks from your home
Never say that your house is clear of insects only because you’re not seeing them.
Hundreds of tiny ticks and eggs fall onto bedding, furniture, your dog, carpeting, and other parts of the home, with any moderate to severe tick problem on your dog.
Here is the fastest and safest method to get rid of them all:
- Vacuum any place you can, after each sweep through the room, throw away the vacuum bag.
- Wash as many washable items. Wash any all shoes, toys, linens, etc. that is washable as well.
- Spray any surface, crevice, and the household item you can spray with a non-chemical tick spray.
If your Shih Tzu has a bed, be sure to treat the mattress too because it can hold ticks deep inside. If the bed is not entirely washable, throw it away and get a new one.
Repeating this thorough cleaning of your home for three days in a row is advised. The next day, ticks and eggs will be captured what you might miss on Day 1, and the sweep of the 3rd day will be a protective measure.
And don’t forget to clean your car too. If you’ve been walking around with your Shih Tzu, there’s a high possibility that ticks or tick eggs are also in your vehicle. Vacuum and then handle your car for three days, just like the house.
When you think there are ticks in the yard, which may well be because they can live fine in cool shady areas off a host for up to 4 days, use a non-chemical spray intended for yards.
Also, call your local pest control company to inspect and get rid of ticks and ticks from your property to prevent reinfestation. However, you can get a non-chemical spray for your yard if you can handle this job all by yourself.