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
And the hardest hit? Dogs under 20 pounds**
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”
(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.
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.
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- 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