Ticks on dogs

Ticks on dogs

Ticks are still a big problem. The summer is well along; in a few weeks, kids will be back to school. But that doesn’t mean the risk for ticks on dogs has lessened at all.

While ticks aren’t active in the deep winter, (unless they’ve invaded your home!) they do find places to hide when frost strikes, and then on a warm day, are active again.

Ticks are dreadful, ghastly little creatures

They latch onto a victim, bury their reverse-barb head, pop out a special siphon tube and start drinking blood.

If it weren’t true, you’d think it was a science fiction movie.

When they start taking in blood they swell up. A tick can go from the size of a poppy seed to a nasty blob-ish grape!!

A tick, before latching on to its victim (left) and after its blood fest (right).

It’s more than Lyme Disease – other things ticks can pass on

While the female is feeding, she’s also dumping a myriad of germs and potential diseases into the bloodstream of the victim. Besides the highly dangerous and frustrating Lyme Disease, ticks can infect you and/or your dog with:


  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever – occurs everywhere not just the Rockies; muscle pain, headache, fever, nausea. CAN be fatal.
  • Tularaemia – fever, ulcers at the bite site, attacks the lymph nodes
  • Ehrlichiosis – infects and kills white blood cells, toxic shock type symptoms
  • Relapsing fever – sudden fever, chills, headaches, muscle or joint aches, and nausea. Will return 3 or 4 times before subsiding
  • Colorado tick fever – fever and illness which can continue for three days, diminish, and then return for another episode of one to three days. Lasts about 4 months.
  • Babesiosis – like malaria, headaches, muscle pain, vomiting, sore throat, point eye, mood swings, enlarged liver. 

Pet Deaths From Tick Fighting Treatments

Back in 2010, the EPA warned the public about an alarming increase in pets' adverse reactions to spot-on products.



And the hardest hit? Dogs under 20 pounds**


6 toy dogs susceptible to tick bites AND tick treatments

Morkies are at REALLY big risk because reactions in mixed breed dogs were most common; plus, the Chihuahua, Shih Tzu, Miniature Poodle, Pomeranian, Dachshund, Maltese, Yorkshire terrier, and Bichon Frise seem particularly at risk.


**March 2010, the EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency) year-long study of spot-on flea and tick products.

Spot-on tick treatments are killers for small dogs like Morkies

Here’s an all-natural, safe alternative for fighting ticks on dogs

“Magic Tick-Fighting Dust”shaker jar

(with thanks to www.PrimallyInspired.com)

  • 1 cup FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous Earth or DE
  • 1/2 cup Neem Powder
  • 1/2 cup Yarrow Powder
  • 20 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Mix everything together and put in a shaker jar. To use it dry, simply sprinkle lightly on your dog; in your yard, on the carpet, your outdoor clothes – whatever you want to protect from ticks. Reapply daily if your dog is outside for long periods each day. The ingredients for “Magic Tick-Fighting Dust” are available online from Amazon and other online retailers, or in health food stores and many drugstores.

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth or DE. This is made from sedimentary mineral rock and contains the important trace metal called silica. It’s very important that you pick FOOD GRADE, not the DE that’s for pool filters.

Neem Powder is ground from the bark, seeds, leaves, and flowers of the Neem Tree. It’s been used for centuries as a general cure-all in Indian medicine. Drugs.com notes that around the world, neem leaves are used to treat worm infections, leprosy and ulcers, and for heart disease.

Yarrow Powder is made from the common weed yarrow, native to most of the Northern Hemisphere. It is used as a herbal treatment for fever, cough, the common cold, diarrhea, skin allergies and more. It’s often an ingredient in natural and organic shampoos.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil is offered at most health food stores. It’s thought to be stimulating, healing and regenerating, and it repels pests. This is the same Eucalyptus Oil used in aromatherapy. (Look for pure or organic versions.

download your free printable copy 

There ARE more solutions to ticks on dogs – check this book.

You can find a sensible, three-part solution to fight back against ticks and their diseases, in my new book on Amazon: Ticks on Dogs: Small Dog Nightmare.

Click this link to go to Amazon for your country and read more.

You’ll learn more about what’s safe and what’s not for your Morkie; how to make your own, natural tick fighters for your yard, home, yourself and your Morkie; and more.

Highlights include:

  • death by flea collar
  • why Lyme vaccinations are worse than useless
  • the reason commercial products are approved for sale for dogs – even though they’ve been pulled from the market for people
  • how to spot and safely remove a tick if you find one

The war on ticks!

The war on ticks!

   Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on products designed to kill fleas and ticks on pets!

eeek a tick   Are we winning the war? Probably not; fleas can be a real nuisance for dogs, but ticks seem almost impossible to conquer.

They are super resistant to insecticides and can live for long periods without food. Like a science fiction nightmare, ticks latch on to their host and bury their heads in the flesh, drinking the victim’s blood. Blood is their only meal, in fact.

Ticks are terrible for small dogs; tick control can be even worse

Ticks are extremely difficult to control and prevent, even with the most effective products.

But what’s better? Heavy chemicals to keep ticks away, or the risk of tick bites and disease? These chemical treatments can really tax your small dog’s liver and other organs. Some products are safer than others, but let’s face it – these are powerful insecticides, formulated to poison life.

The battle is on.sad-morkie

There are four main commercial options for fighting ticks and fleas:

  1. Spot-on products
  2. Flea and tick collars
  3. Powders and sprays
  4. Oral medications

And there’s the option to vaccinate your Morkie against Lyme Disease, one of the main infections that female ticks can carry.

Not one of these options is good for a dog like a Morkie.  Why?

Morkies (and other small dogs) have the documented, WORST adverse reaction to spot-on products in particular. No surprise – these are basically killer insecticides.

The EPA’s findings

In 2010, after extensive study, the Environmental Protection Agency published its findings:


↓ the most commonly affected organ systems were skin, gastrointestinal (digestive), and nervous.

↓ small breed dogs were affected more than larger breeds for some products – one reason why – all dogs are given the same dosage of some of the treatments!

↓ most flea and tick products contain chemicals that are, in their words, “likely to be carcinogenic to humans.”  So what about small dogs?

The worst offender – spot-on products

These have been identified as the worst treatments for small dogs. We may think that the liquid dose we apply between the dog’s shoulders once a month is safe. The idea is that when he shakes, that dose of pesticide gets distributed throughout this coat. The problem is, it also makes its way throughout the dog’s entire system. And it’s poison.

So what can you do?

Read all you can about tick treatment. If you decide to go ahead, then:

  • be sure your dog gets the lowest possible dose
  • think twice before treating every year: you can get your dog tested for signs of tick infection instead. There is some research that shows treating annually is over-kill.
  • consider the non-toxic way to go: keep your dog away from environments where ticks thrive; clear your home and yard of dangers; inspect your dog daily and spot & remove any ticks; and test annually.

   To learn more about the potentially-deadly effects of flea and tick treatment on small dogs, you can check out my new book at Amazon.  It’s on for a limited time for 99 cents and you can read it on your Kindle, ipad, computer, laptop or smartphone.


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