Having pets means being aware of the threats that ticks impose to animals. Ticks are parasites that latch onto your pet, feeding off it in order to survive. Ticks are responsible for the transmission numerous illness and are just plain annoying to animals. When you discover a tick on your pet, you need to take immediate action to rid it of the uninvited guest. One method of doing so is to use a tick shampoo specially formulated for pets.
Things You'll Need
- Flea and tick shampoo
- Pet comb or brush
Place your pet in a bathtub or washtub filled with warm, not hot, water. Use a plastic cup to pour the water gently over your pet until its coat is saturated, starting at its head, avoiding its eyes and working your way to the tip of the tail.
Apply shampoo to your pet's head and lather well, spreading the lather over its head and ears. Avoid getting shampoo in your pet's eyes. Work your way over its entire body, legs, chest and belly to the tip of the tail. Spread the lather into the foot pads as well.
Leave the lather on your pet as directed by the instructions on the bottle. The recommended time is usually around five minutes.
Rinse your pet thoroughly with clean, warm water.
Dry your pet thoroughly and use a pet comb or brush to thoroughly groom the coat and remove all dead parasites.
Tips & Warnings
- While your pet may not have fleas, shampoos for the treatment of ticks are usually sold in a flea and tick combination.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after using any flea and tick shampoo.
- Never use flea and tick shampoo on pets younger than 12 weeks of age.
- Photo Credit dog image by Ramona smiers from Fotolia.com
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