Last Modified on May 09, 2014
Have you or your pet been bitten by a tick? Ticks are a common problem for pet owners. Dogs, cats, and other pets can easily pick up ticks from the yard or the woods and carry them into the home, exposing the whole family and possibly creating an enormous expense--not to mention a real nuisance. Commercial flea and tick collars, sprays, and medicines are an option, but they often contain harsh or even toxic chemicals. Natural tick remedies exist to prevent tick infestations, relieve the pain of tick bites, and prevent ticks from ever taking up residence on your dog or cat. Likewise, a few natural home remedies can help you in removing ticks without causing a further infection or pain.
CAUTION: With any dog tick bite or with ticks on cats or other pets, you need to be cautious that the tick was not infected with Lyme Disease. Watch for the characteristic bullseye appearance of the wound site to develop if bitten by a lyme tick. If it does, seek immediate treatment.
Natural Cures for Ticks and Tick Bites: Since the tick breathes out of its backside, coating it in oil may encourage it to back itself out of the skin on its own. Otherwise, use a pair of tweezers to remove the tick, careful not to leave the head in the skin, where it could transmit infection. A number of other home remedies are described below for removing ticks on dogs and other pets. Good luck!
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] I just got my June/July issue of Mother Earth News and in their reader-reported tips section, someone wrote in about an old-time remedy for ticks. Apparently if you drink a quart of buttermilk every day the ticks will leave you alone. The change in smell of perspiration repels them. Not sure how anyone would manage a quart of buttermilk a day, but perhaps a lesser amount would work. Maybe this is an effective remedy for the doggies in our lives too. Thought I would mention it for the folks in the Lyme disease areas.