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Hi doc,

I recently discovered that my two dogs are infested whth ticks. I have tried all I know of (including tick soaps and powders) to no avail? Is there any immediate cure for ticks ? 

Thank you.

From a very concerned dog owner

A picture of a dog's ear heavily infested by ticks

A tick-infested dog

Hello Concerned Dog Owner,

Ticks are such annoying and irritating creatures! To answer your question, there’s no immediate cure. Eradicating ticks is a tedious process. It takes time and the proper techniques.

First, I would advise that you have your dog examined by a competent and experienced vet as your dog can get infected by a number of diseases from ticks including Tick Fever.

Second, this is Tick Season in Nigeria {December- early February}. Ticks multiply sporadically in hot weather such as we are experiencing now in Nigeria.

Third, AntiTick soaps and powders are not very effective against ticks.

Fourth, get a good tick spray; amitraz (chemical) please ask your vet on how to use the amitraz as an overdose can kill your dog; fumigation of compound and kennel should be a possible consideration depending on severity of tick infestation. By all means get a fumigation expert who knows his/her onions.

Application of these methods should help drastically reduce if not eradticate the ticks.
I hope this helps.


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  • Kelvin
    January 4, 2018

    Yes I agree with you doc please be careful amitraz almost kill my dog please be careful

  • Kelvin
    January 5, 2018

    So true please be careful with amitraz because it almost kill my dog when I missed use it…

    • DrGbaks
      January 12, 2018

      Hi Kelvin,

      I’m glad your dog didn’t succumb to the cruel effects of amitraz and that you learnt from the experience.


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