Flea and Tick Treatment For Puppies and Kittens

As soon as your puppy or kitten reaches an appropriate age, he or she should begin on a flea and tick prevention program. Your veterinarian will suggest an effective topical or oral medication plan tailored specifically for their needs.

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Experts generally agree that daily tick checks for dogs and tick craters (scabby skin lesions where ticks have been) is necessary, using fine-point tweezers rather than flat ones is key for effective removal.



Many pet owners resort to using petroleum jelly (Vaseline) and nail polish remover to try to drown or smother ticks while they remain attached, but these methods only serve to distress the tick and cause it to release its toxic particles into your dog’s bloodstream.

Ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever; your puppy could show symptoms like fever, swollen lymph nodes, stiffness and decreased appetite if infected with one or more of these illnesses.

Tick removal requires either fine-tipped tweezers or a special tick removal tool, with latex gloves worn as some tick-borne pathogens may make humans ill too. Grab the tick’s body as close to your pet’s skin as possible without pinching – pinching could push toxins directly into their bite wound and worsen its infectivity – and pull firmly, not twisting, without twisting it away from him/her; if any part remains embedded within his/her wound consult your vet or another source for removal assistance


When checking for ticks, use gloves or tweezers dipped in rubbing alcohol when checking. Old wives’ tales such as burning or suffocating won’t work, and may actually cause the tick to release infectious organisms that enter through microscopic cuts in your pet’s skin.

Rubbing alcohol can also kill ticks while maintaining their identifiable heads for later identification purposes. Either flush or put the tick in a container of rubbing alcohol and mark its container accordingly with its date.

Check your pet regularly – especially ears, armspits, groin and facial folds — for any signs of ticks or fleas, such as excessive head shaking. Similarly, unexplained scabs could indicate that an organism has been removed by your canine friend from its skin surface. Medications to eliminate fleas and ticks from oral medication will last approximately one month or longer from your vet.


Ticks wait patiently in tall grasses and shrubs for their ideal host to come by, then latch onto them using their claw-like mouthparts. Although more likely to latch onto dogs during warmer weather months, ticks can still be found year-round in wooded and suburban environments.

After every walk or play session in the yard, it is essential to inspect your dog regularly afterward as ticks may get past chemical flea collars and cause serious tick infestation. Feel between their toes, ears, armpits, groin folds and facial folds regularly and feel for ticks between his/her toes, ears armpits groin folds.

When dealing with ticks, it is best to use tweezers or another tick removal tool rather than your fingers as this will avoid tears in the tick which could inject infectious material into your dog’s skin. Always wear gloves when using tweezers and wash your hands and the bite area afterward in order to prevent infection. Eucalyptus oil makes an effective tick repellent and killer; simply combine four ounces of distilled water and 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil in a small spray bottle and spray all over.

Tick Remover

As a general rule, eliminating ticks as soon as they’re detected is the best way to protect your dog from their detrimental health impacts. This is particularly important with puppies whose skin and fur are still developing.

Tick removal hooks, tweezers and twisters are among the many tools you can use to safely and successfully remove ticks; however, fine-point tweezers are the ideal tool because they allow for less forceful grasp of tick heads. Denise Fleck of Pet First-Aid & CPR instructor radio show host suggests using cotton balls soaked with either rubbing alcohol or liquid dish soap to distract the tick so fine-point tweezers can capture it. After removal is complete pour some hydrogen peroxide onto the area to disinfect.

Consumer Reports recommends against tick-killing topical treatments like medicated dusts, collars, sprays and shampoos which contain controversial ingredient difenyl urethane (DDVP), which can be found in some flea collars and no-pest strips.