How to Wash a Dog with Ticks

30 - 50 Minutes
1 Week


Like most dog owners, you’re probably aware of the threat of fleas on your furry friend and do what you can to prevent them. However, there is something much more dangerous than fleas that poses a threat to your dog. Ticks often lay in wait in tall grass or thick, wooded areas and these parasites are capable of carrying any number of diseases as they burrow into your dog’s skin. Preventing illness and infection by either preventing ticks from being able to climb onto your dog or knowing how to remove them is knowledge that every owner should have.

Dog's Perspective

Ticks can be irritating and unpleasant to dogs, causing itches and scratching. If the bite area gets infected, it can also cause illness and disease. All of these can make your dog miserable, but he may not be very fond of the removal process either. Be ready to offer him some treats or something equally interesting to distract him from his bath or tick removal or prevention routine.

Caution & Considerations

  • If your dog has too many ticks to be removed all at once at home, take him to a veterinarian or professional groomer who may be able to recommend a better option.
  • There are any number of flea and tick products on the market, all of which may vary in reliability for your dog in particular. You may want to do some research and figure out which will best suit your needs.
  • Never try to pull a tick with your fingers, burn it off, try to kill it with chemical substances while it’s still on your dog, or throw the remains of a tick away in a trash can where it can get back out. Using appropriate treatment and disposal methods will help prevent further infestation or infection.
  • If you’re concerned about infection or your dog displays signs of illness, always take him immediately to the vet. Tick-borne diseases can be serious and sometimes fatal.
  • Always wash your hands after removing a tick to prevent illness in yourself. Ticks can easily transmit disease to humans, so it’s important to take precautions. 


Removing and preventing ticks on your dog is incredibly important to prevent him (and you!) from getting sick or infected with a disease. While prevention and removal may be a bit of a hassle, it will ensure that he lives a life that is free of parasites and illness caused by them.

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Mutt - Possibly Beagle mixed with German Shephe
8 Months
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Mutt - Possibly Beagle mixed with German Shephe
8 Months

He has super long hair and gets all kinds of things in it that I know hurts him. You could almost feel any part of his body at random and their would be ticks there. People say not to take him to a groomer because he’s strictly a outside dog, but I have no clue how to get his super matted hair behind his ears and ticks and over his whole body. Please help I want to treat my dog better I know it hurts him.

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