How to fight ticks in Singapore

Hello everyone! It’s hot hot hot as usual in Singapore. The constant humidity in Singapore creates the perfect conditions for tick season, unlike in other countries, where there are four seasons. Tick season typically occurs in Spring or Summer in other places, but for us in Singapore, it’s a year-round event. When we first got Polar, we were ecstatic when we found that we could let him run leash-free in dog runs. Watching Polar stretch his legs out and bolting across the dog run is an amazing sight. However, all that fun came with a very big problem. A very big tick problem.

Polar is a Japanese Spitz, which also means he is double coated, full of furry goodness and very hug-gable. I often hug him to sleep, and the thought of ticks hidden beneath his fur gives me the shudders. We had been diligently applying tick prevention measures such as Frontline Plus on our dog, so we didn’t understand how ticks could still be a problem. We later discovered that the dosage we were giving him was too little; for small dogs up to 10kg, but Polar had since ballooned to a medium-sized 12kg .

First, a cute photo of Polar to make us all feel better before we explore who our arch-nemesis is, The Tick.


What is a tick?

Ticks are extremely disgusting little parasites that feed on the blood of various warm-blooded hosts, usually dogs & cats but there have been occurrences where they bite humans too (we experienced this during our infestation). Like mites and spiders, ticks are arachnids. The most commonly found tick in Singapore are the Brown Dog Ticks. Ticks have eight legs, and mouthparts that attach and suck blood to feed. The blood meal allows the female tick to produce eggs and continue the life cycle. Ticks find their hosts by climbing onto blades of grass or tall weeds, or if indoors, walls and furniture to drop onto their hosts as they pass by. They then grab onto the host to feed on for several hours if not days. They are very small and enjoy hiding in hard-to-reach places (like the nooks and crannies of our homes), and on our dogs.


The worse part of all this is that they can actually transmit some rather deadly diseases to your pet. Some of the diseases are:

  • Canine Babesiosis 
    Blood borne parasites (Babesiosis canis or Babesiosis gibsoni) are being injected into the dog’s blood stream as the tick sucks for its blood meal. This will cause anemia, lethargy, appetite loss and weight loss. Some dogs may also have vomiting and diarrhea, with severe abdominal pain. The spleen of the dog can also be swollen. Some may have high fever (sometimes called tick fever).
  • Canine Ehrlichiosis 
    Also transmitted via blood borne parasites. Affected dogs will suffer from nose bleeds, anemia, and high fever
  • Lyme Disease 
    Not common as the carrier tick is usually the deer tick. This will cause lameness, joint swellings and pain. The dog may also have fever, loss of appetite and weakness.
  • Tick paralysis 
    Mainly transmitted by the American dog tick, lone star tick or the black legged tick. It is very rare in Singapore as we mainly have the common brown dog tick. Tick paralysis can be fatal. Affected dogs will have gradual ascending paralysis. Both hind legs will be wobbly and as the disease progresses, it can lead to front leg paralysis and eventual respiratory failure.

(Source: http://www.tjv.com.sg/petCare_archive/jan2010.html)

So within a couple of months, we found ourselves combating a tick infestation in the house. We had a lot of carpets, curtains and lots of places for these little buggers to hide. Initially we found some big ones on Polar or hanging off walls, then they got smaller and harder to detect. It came to a point where I was pulling out 30 ticks a day off Polar. It was emotionally trying for me, and poor Polar must have been feeling so uncomfortable.

When you find ticks on your dog, how do you remove them? Essentially, you only need three things:

  • Tweezer (preferably one that you won’t be using on your face anytime soon)
  • Tissue paper
  • Alcohol swab

 
Just three things!

Step 1: Spot the tick

Polar’s double coat makes it is incredibly hard to find ticks on his skin. We use a hair dryer to blow under his fur so that we can spot ticks. It’s also a good practice to scan for ticks on your dog when he’s in the shower as his fur can be parted more easily.

Step 2: Drown the tick

After spotting the tick, I use the alcohol swab to press on the tick and drown him in the alcohol. Ticks hate alcohol. This gets the tick to loosen its grip on your dog.

Step 3: Pluck him out

Take the tweezer, grab the tick by the head and pull it straight out. You’ll find that sometimes you may been to twist the tweezers in an upward motion a little to dislodge the bugger.

Step 4: Disinfect

Use another alcohol swab to clean and disinfect the bite wound on your dog.

Step 5: Destroy

There are several methods to this. Some choose to drown them in alcohol. We chose to drown them in alcohol before squashing them and complete it with the grand send off – in the toilet bowl.


Different sizes of ticks

So now you know how to remove a tick. In normal circumstances, the tick ordeal would be over, but for us, we realised that the ticks had infiltrated our home – we had found an engorged mother tick, and over time, the ticks on Polar were small little baby ones rather than the medium sized ones, which usually means that the ticks were reproducing within the household, and hiding in the little nooks and crannies of the furniture. So how do you know you have a tick infestation?

  1. You find more than 5 ticks on your dog daily  (Poor Polar, yes we did)
  2. You see ticks chilling out on your walls or ceilings (Check – we did, oh the horror)
  3. You feel or find ticks crawling on you (Check – we did)

If you are saying yes to our mini check list, I can imagine that you’ll be panicking right about now. We’ve been there, done that, and SURVIVED. We’re tick infestation survivors and you will be too!


Survivor Face

Fret not, we’re going to share our personal experience of dealing with this problem. We considered getting a pest exterminator but depending on the size of your house, this can be very expensive. The quotes that we got were at least S$1,000 and involved getting everybody out of the house for a day, covering everything with cloth etc, and a major clean up after – which was almost impossible for our household as we lived with our parents.

So we decided to DIY our way through.

Step 1: Get Supplies

We tried a large variety of products because at that point I was panicking and just getting everything I could get my hands on. From using topical drip-on, to natural drip-ons, to dog tag, to sprays, to amber necklaces – we tried everything. I was desperate to get Polar tick-free again. Essentially, you need to stock up on certain supplies. What we are currently using now is Vet’s Best Flea & Tick spray, for two reasons really. One, it smells really nice and doesn’t make me feel like I’m going to poison us all. Two, it is all natural, made of peppermint oil and clove extract. We now always have 4 bottles of this at home in case of any relapse of tick problems.

 

64 oz bottle costs about S$45 (image from amazon.com)

 

Also, you’ll need a vacuum cleaner, ideally a steam iron and lots of determination to see this through. Oh, and also a ladder!

Step 2: Send Dog To The Groomer

Before we started our whole clean up, we also sent Polar to the groomers – Suds & Scissors to get his fur cut short, and to get treated for the ticks. Cutting your dog’s fur short will aid you in your daily search for ticks. The groomer will help you remove all the ticks that they find, and soak him in a treatment to kill any remnants of the ticks. Polar wasn’t too pleased.


Step 3: Clean The House

While your dog is away at the groomer’s, this is when we start the grand clean up. We understand that some of us stay with parents and other family members (which is our case), it can be hard to get everyone cooperating in your little clean up operation.

We had a lot of carpets and curtains in the house and it was almost impossible to send them all for dry cleaning. We started off with vacuuming every corner we could. We moved furniture around, lifted carpets and just vacuumed everything. After that we started wiping everything, we used the ladder to help us reach the top hidden areas like the top of curtain frames, top of doors etc (and it was gross).

After which, we steamed everything that was fabric, curtains, sofas, carpets, exposed clothes, everything that we could see. High heat kills the little buggers. We also soaked Polar’s bed in hot water. Finally, we sprayed everything with Vet’s Best Spray. Things felt a little sticky for awhile but eventually your house will smell really nice! =P

Step 4: Consistency

You’ll probably need to repeat this at least two to three times until you see the tick problem subsiding.

Step 5: Prevention Methods On Dog

All this is on top of us putting Frontline Plus on Polar and checking him daily for ticks. For Polar, we changed it to medium dosage on top of two other things;


1. Catan Dog Tag

It’s an antiparasitic tag charged with special, electromagnetic scalar waves,which repels the fleas and ticks (or so they say). To be honest, it’s very hard for us to determine if this product really works but at that point, I took whatever option there was, but only after receiving good reviews about it. As it is slightly pricey – $125, you may want to ask around if it works for other people. I think it works but it might also be a combination of factors for our case.

2. Washbar’s Natural Flea Repellent

We use this before we bring Polar on walks. It’s 100% natural, made in New Zealand, and can be used together with Frontline Plus without any additional harm. It is made out of Neem Oil and Essential Oils of Cedarwood, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Peppermint & Thyme; in a Sunflower Oil base. Although it only says flea repellant but these ingredients are known to repel fleas and ticks. This costs $19.


We have also stopped going into dog runs or grass areas unless we are going to shower him that day. Looking back, those were dark times. We are very happy that the entire de-ticking process took us about 2 – 3 months, and there were a lot of frustrating moments but it’s finally over. Polar and our home are now tick-free! We’ve learnt to be more careful about where he goes, and to do daily checks accompanied with massages.

Ideally, we’ll like to use Frontline Plus less frequently because that’s essentially putting insecticide on your pet, so if our progress keeps up, we’ll stop Frontline Plus completely and depend solely on the dog tag and the washbar repellent. We hope what we posted was helpful and if you have any additional tips, please feel free to share with us!

P.S, if you would like to get some of the above items from Nekojam, be sure to put in “polarthecurious” under promo code and get $5 off your purchase!

If you’ll like to read more on where I got my information from: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/ticks-and-lyme-disease http://blog.theanimalrescuesite.com/tick-tips-for-your-dog/?utm_source=faceaff&utm_medium=lk&utm_campaign=tick-tips-for-your-dog&utm_term=20150518 http://www.petmd.com/dog/parasites/evr_multi_common_ticks_dogs_cats http://www.rd.com/home/12-ways-to-use-rubbing-alcohol/

Until next time, stay curious!

Comments(55)

  • May 25, 2015, 7:06 am  Reply

    Glad you got over the infestation! Mine takes raw garlic. Said to repel fleas and ticks. I hope it works lol.

    • September 17, 2015, 9:08 pm

      A lot of misinformation on the internet. Please do your own research from medical studies that have been peer reviewed and preferably cite source material. The rest is just non scientific observational anecdotal evidence.
      “All close members of the onion family (shallots, onions, garlic, scallions, etc.) contain compounds that can damage dogs’ red blood cells if ingested in sufficient quantities. A rule of thumb is “the stronger it is, the more toxic it is.” Garlic tends to be more toxic than onions, on an ounce-for-ounce basis.”

  • May 25, 2015, 7:20 am  Reply

    I’ve heard about raw garlic. A few of my friends feed their dogs that too. Polar doesn’t really like the smell so I only feed it to him when I make him chicken, so I cook it together, least it be tasty! We are so glad it’s over too! ^^ Hope it never happens to you! =(

    • vic
      July 3, 2015, 10:20 am

      Garlic works only if you don’t bathe your dog regularly. Not bathing your dog regularly (like weekly or at most fortnightly) is a bad idea in Singapore because of our weather.

      This is how garlic works: garlic “scent” gets into the sebum layer on the skin after feeding garlic regularly for a while. That repels ticks. When you bathe, you wash off the surface oils (the one with the garlic scent?), no more repellent. You feed more garlic, and by the time you get the garlic oil coat, you bathe your dog again. Can see how it doesn’t work in Singapore when we bathe our dogs weekly/fortnightly? =)

      • September 12, 2016, 11:35 am

        That’s a good point! Most dogs will need to have showers regularly. For us it’s slightly different as Polar is a Japanese Spitz, it isn’t recommended to shower him too regularly as their fur has a natural coating that helps repel dirt, etc. We brush him regularly and check for ticks though. Sorry I missed out on your comment for so long!

    • September 17, 2015, 9:10 pm

      See above, please be careful with garlic.

      • September 21, 2015, 10:55 pm

        Thanks for the comment! We’ll definitely be careful with garlic. =)

  • May 25, 2015, 8:46 am  Reply

    We had this problem last year, and we live in landed property so the ticks were inside AND outside… Put Angel on frontline plus, and bought chemicals to treat both indoors and outdoors (works really well and fast). Angel now still has frontline on every month (can’t stop ticks from coming in if there are some outside at grassy areas) and diatomaceous earth applied to her coat every few days 🙂

    – Angel.doge

    • May 25, 2015, 10:35 am

      We live in landed as well so we totally feel your pain! One lucky part for us is that we don’t have much grass so outside wasn’t as big a problem as inside. We had three floors to sort out so it was a lot of pain!

  • Melissa
    May 25, 2015, 2:11 pm  Reply

    We are facing this exact problem right now and yes you’re right, it’s a nightmare! 🙁 is the vet’s best spray available in like pet lovers centre or anywhere in sg? (Coz your image was from amazon so just wondering if we have to get it from amazon..)

  • Amanda
    June 10, 2015, 12:58 am  Reply

    Hi! I was wondering where did you get the washbar from? Is it a kind of shampoo?
    I’m facing a ticks infestion too and also found large engorged females on my floor after my dog shake his body . So we had no choice but to call in pest control. :/

    • June 10, 2015, 8:14 am

      Hi Amanda,
      I’m so sorry to hear that you’re going through this. I know exactly how you feel!
      Did you send your dog for deticking?

      The washbar product I use isn’t a shampoo, it’s a drip on that can be used in conjunction with topical drip ons like frontline plus.

      I got mine online at http://www.myfurfriends.com/collections/washbar-100-natural-for-pets/products/washbar-100-natural-flea-repellent

      This brand also carries shampoo but I didn’t try it. I tried a different brand of shampoo that contained neem oil because ticks don’t like it so acts as a repellant as well.

      Do let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with.

      Meanwhile, stay strong. Kill those ticks!

      • Amanda
        June 10, 2015, 10:44 am

        Thank you!
        Yes I have sent him for deticking but he came back w 20plus ticks on his head and ears. So I sent him again.. not sure why he came back w so much ticks again.

        How do I apply for the drip on?

        • June 10, 2015, 12:10 pm

          When he came back, were the ticks already on him or did they attach themselves onto him after? The drip works by applying 1-2 drops on his neck and then take a couple of drops to run around his body.
          Are you using any other form of anti-tick products?

          Would you like to take this offline? I can email you my contact number.

  • Xueling
    June 23, 2015, 1:05 am  Reply

    Try to apply anti tick powder everytime after you bath him:D.
    Effects lasted up to 9 days if my memory serve me right.

    Reapply as often ( once a week for me) as needed as Japanese spitz doesnt require weekly bath:D.

    I

    • July 18, 2015, 11:04 am

      Thanks for the comment! Some people would prefer not to use tick powder because it can be toxic to both the dog and human for example, when your dog licks himself, he consumes the powder. Or when we touch our dogs/ hug our dogs, and don’t wash our hands immediately, it can get to us as well. Just FYI!

  • Pamela
    July 3, 2015, 7:23 am  Reply

    Hi! One thing that I found really worked for my dog when she had gotten tick infestation while at the vets was spraying her with one to one part vinegar and water. Of course my dog hated it and my dog smelled off, but it did the trick and the buggers dropped off easily. I’m staying in a hdb and I detected the issue early on so it was quite easy to handle. Probably a cheap and easy method to use without the need of using frontline. I still do spray the areas that she’s sleeping in occasionally with the solution just in case.

    • July 3, 2015, 10:26 am

      Hello! Thanks for sharing! I actually did try spraying Polar with apple cider vinegar and water everyday but it didn’t work for us unfortunately. Would have been a much cheaper option for us! Glad it worked for you. Ideally natural remedies be best as it’s less toxic for our dogs. Thanks again!

  • vic
    July 3, 2015, 10:15 am  Reply

    Please do not use alcohol (or anything else) to make the tick release its hold on the dog. When you put stuff on the tick to make it release, it spits more of the toxic saliva (which carries the virus and stuff for the infections) into the dog. Simply grab the tick. Doesn’t even matter if the head is torn off. The dog’s body is an amazing thing, it will either push the tick head out eventually or reabsorb it. You can disinfect and clean the bite wound after that.

  • vic
    July 3, 2015, 10:23 am  Reply

    A dog that is on a fresh food diet typically picks up fewer ticks as they are not as attractive to ticks. Consider feeding your dog a raw diet (best). Also, dogs that tend to pick up ticks usually have a suppressed immune system. Do look into boosting your dog’s immunity, that can be very helpful to prevent ticks. =) This is speaking from my experience (my animals haven’t had to get a spot on in years and we haven’t seen ticks even though my dog is such a sickly animal that she gets hospital stays every half a year or so) and discussions with our holistic vet.

  • lisapeipei87
    December 8, 2015, 11:15 pm  Reply

    SOS!!! I discovered ticks on my 3month old puppy when blow drying him after shower. The vet administered EffiPro but 2 days after we still find our puppy scratching himself and we still found ticks on him and even ticks in our apartment. We were horrified! Subsequently we bought neem oil in our bid to exterminate the ticks on our dog. Today is day 3 after the Effipro and we found a live tick crawling on the corridor near our puppy’s living quarters.

    We are totally freaked out and very worried whether ticks are infesting in our household. Can we please get some advice from you? Looking forward to hearing from you, feel free to touch base via email.

  • lisapeipei87
    December 8, 2015, 11:18 pm  Reply

    SOS! Found ticks on my 3mth old puppy. Vet administered Effipro but 2 days after we will see him scratching and also found live ticks on him and also 1 bugger on our wall.

    Today is day 3, found a dead bugger on our puppy and a live one on our corridor floor. We are totally freaking out and would like to seek your kind advice. Feel free to touch base via email!!

    • December 10, 2015, 12:27 am

      Hello Lisa, so sorry to hear about your problem! We understand your pain having gone through the painful ordeal ourselves. If your vet has administered Effipro, the ticks will eventually die on its own. What you need to do now is clean up the house everyday. Vacuum every corner. Spray every corner with anti-tick spray. If you have cloth/curtains/carpets around, steam it or pour hot water on it! Wash your exposed clothes in hot water too! Hope this helps.

      • lisapeipei87
        December 15, 2015, 5:42 pm

        Hi Polar, fortunately we have not found any more ticks on my puppy Astro’s coat in his recent bath. In our house however, we are still keeping our fingers crossed and following your recommendation, I bought a bottle of Vet’s Best Flea & Tick spray to “fumigate” my house.

        Though we stay in a small 4rm HDB, I believe it is already a fantasy island for ticks to grow and prosper so I really cannot imagine how you bravely defeated the ticks in your landed property.

        That aside I am somewhat becoming a kia-see pawrent. Every morning and evening before bringing Astro down for his walk I will furiously coat him in homemade citrus + neem oil spray in hopes of deterring any potential ticks/fleas again. I also purchased Washbar’s Natural Flea Repellent following your recommendation lol. Yes, I am quite the gancheong pawrent. Just wanted to get your advice if I need to spray these protective solutions so frequently (1 day 2 times)?

        • December 15, 2015, 5:45 pm

          Hi Lisa,
          I’m so glad those pesky things are gone! I totally understand how you feel. There were days I just hugged Polar and cried because I was so heart broken for him!

          Did you dilute the home made spray? I think it’s great you made a spray but make sure you dilute it and don’t over do the spritz as dogs are very sensitive to these essential oils.

          I’m also very Gan cheong so fret not.
          I apply the washbar before we go on walks and then wipe him down after every walk and check.

          I’m also avoiding dog runs unless I’m going to shower him.

          Hope this helps.

          • lisapeipei87
            December 15, 2015, 5:49 pm

            Of course your advice has been most helpful! The citrus spray is very diluted, I just boil one whole cut orange and add neem oil.

            WashBar is pretty expensive and rather high maintenance if we were to apply 2x daily. So I am weighing my options and trying to work out something or a combi between homemade sprays vs commercial sprays (Vet’s Best Flea & Tick spray and the Washbar repellant).

            Such a delight to come across your blog 🙂

          • December 15, 2015, 5:51 pm

            I only apply 2 – 3 drops. One way you can do it is apply on a wet tissue and wipe it all over Astro. That’s what I do for Polar.

            I’m glad my experience was able to help someone! I was in total distraught when it was happening. =)

  • Jane Ong
    March 31, 2016, 9:20 am  Reply

    My dog recently have so many ticks on the body and I brought her to the groomers to shave the fur off. They actually charged me $100 for the grooming fee due to them saying there was a lot of ticks on her. They put her thru a bath and I think that was a chemical bathe. My boyfriend brought her back home when I came back I saw a few big ones on her body. It’s quite sad to see so many ticks on her body even after grooming. I don’t even know how to tell is my room infested with ticks. Are you able to give me some advise? Because I’m really troubled with this small pesticide. To add on my dog sleeps with me and I’ve been wondered if the ticks will climb on my hair and suck the blood? I’m afraid, can you give me some advise? Thanks you.

    • March 31, 2016, 3:32 pm

      Hi Jane, just would like to say I’m sorry that you have to go through this horrid experience and I understand how you feel.

      Basically, when you send you dog for deticking, they tend to remove all the ticks manually, before soaking your dog in a treatment bath, that kills off any remnants of ticks. When your dog comes back from the groomer, he is tick free but most likely the ticks are already in your house and they attached themselves onto him again. When we sent Polar for deticking, we went into a full clean-up operation, and I suggest you do so too.

      Make sure you check every possible area – walls, ceilings, on top of curtain railings, curtains, under the sofa, etc. We moved all of furniture to get into any possible unreachable areas. It was a major clean up on our part. Vacuum everything, followed by mop everything with hot water. Hot water kills them. I used the Vet’s Best tick spray to spray every surface area and mopped again with hot water after. Polar is also on Frontline Plus every 1 and 1/2 months but he used to be on it every month. I also created my own tick deterrent spritz to spray him before he goes for walks, and he always has his Catan dog tag on him. These are all my little precautions I’ve taken since our experience.

      As for whether the ticks would bite you or not, for our case, the tick bit our mother that’s why the family finally cooperated on the full clean up operation.

      I hope my advise above is helpful, let me know if you have any other questions?

  • April 5, 2016, 12:30 am  Reply

    Thanx for the tips. It come just in time. I have a shih tzu at home and this few days i had been catching a few bugs that look like ticks at home especially some look like the female ticks after sucking the blood full. Time to follow your steps before having the need to engage pest control.

  • April 5, 2016, 1:22 am  Reply

    Thank for the information. Recently I keep finding and catching bugs that look like the pictures on polar. I have a shih tzu at home and seems like better send him for grooming and also cleaning up the house before the issue need to escalate to pest control. Thank you

  • Yvonne
    July 16, 2016, 5:04 pm  Reply

    Hello! Glad that I found your blog. My poodle also having the same problem polar had.

    My house is infested with ticks too.

    U mentioned that you brought polar to full clean-up operation. Is it done at the groomer?

    Do you apply frontier plus on polar before bathing or after bathing? During polar is infested with ticks, what is the frequency you apply on polar?

    Hoping that ticks problem at my home will solved soon!
    Hope to hear from you soon!

    • July 17, 2016, 11:17 pm

      Hello Yvonne!
      Glad our experience can be of help to someone.

      Yes, we brought polar to the groomer’s for deticking while we cleaned up the house. Frontline plus was applied after bathing. We kept to the dosage, once a month.

      • Yvonne
        July 18, 2016, 8:09 pm

        Hey! Thanks for replying! Just wondering, do you still apply frontier monthly to polar even if he is free from ticks now?

        • July 18, 2016, 8:11 pm

          Yes I do! But I apply it every 1.5-2 months as a safety precaution.

    • September 12, 2016, 11:36 am

      Glad we could be of help! We hope your problem has been resolved?

      • Yvonne
        September 17, 2016, 10:01 pm

        Yes! It’s all solved! I followed your instructions. Thanks so much for sharing your experience! 🙂

  • THERESA CHENG
    October 31, 2016, 8:04 pm  Reply

    I have this problem right now, and I pour some bleach in a small container to drown the ticks everytime I caught them. They don’t die immediately, it took 30 minutes or more. Some ticks are strong enough to try to escape from the bleach.

    All the clothes, blanket, bed sheet I use some bleach togethe in washing machine but bleach for colorful clothes doesn’t work well to kill ticks.

  • THERESA CHENG
    October 31, 2016, 8:12 pm  Reply

    As for the spray, I use Baygon for all insects and it doesn’t work well. Only some drop dead after the spray but many manage to escape and hide themselves somewhere else. I was shocked because Baygon is very strong and toxic with bad smell. Anyway, I will get other products and see how. I live in landed property, I’m gonna change to condo because a condo usually has regularly fogging.

  • John Koh
    April 23, 2017, 5:47 pm  Reply

    Hi,

    May I know which groomer did you send to and what is the treatment performed?

    Thanks.

    • polarthecurious
      June 29, 2017, 9:21 am

      Hi John, we sent them to Suds & Scissors, you can find them here; http://www.sudsandscissors.com.sg/
      Just tell them your problem and they will recommend what’s the best treatment accordingly!

  • Rena
    July 13, 2017, 2:58 am  Reply

    Hi. I’m looking for an alternative to using Revolution (Selamectin) on my Jap spitz on a monthly basis as well. Are you still using the Washbar’s Natural Flea Repellent? How often do you apply this and where do you apply it?

    • polarthecurious
      July 13, 2017, 6:34 am

      Hello! Yes, I am! I use it once to twice a month, applying the same way as I do with frontline. Sometimes I also apply a few drops on their collars so that the smell is everywhere to keep them at bay.

      You can get them from Nekojam – https://nekojam.com/shop/washbar-100-natural-flea-repellent/ or any other online pet stores.

      P.S: you can get $5 off if you use the promo code “polarthecurious” at Nekojam.com

  • Christy
    July 14, 2017, 7:37 pm  Reply

    Hello there!

    May I check what shampoo you are using on polar with neem oil as part of the ingredient? 🙂 my dog recently got infested too and I hope by Doing the precautions you mentioned and adding a new shampoo for her helps!

    • polarthecurious
      July 17, 2017, 2:25 am

      Hi Christy!
      I can’t seem the find the one I bought 2 years ago but you may want to try Washbar. Their stuff is quite good! https://nekojam.com/shop/washbar-neem-fresh-100-natural-shampoo/

      If you’ll like $5 off your purchase, put in “polarthecurious” at the promo code when you check out from nekojam! =)

    • Christy
      July 17, 2017, 6:39 am

      Thank you for your reply 🙂 does polar has any signs of redness on its body too from the tick bites ? My dog seems to be very tired all the time with redness on her skin and bitten spots from the ticks

    • Christy
      July 17, 2017, 3:39 pm

      I see.. Thank you for the advices! Greatly appreciated

  • polarthecurious
    July 17, 2017, 2:16 pm  Reply

    Hi Christy,
    I think this is really dependent on your dog’s immunity system at the time. 2 years back when we had the tick infestation and when we found ticks on Polar every day, he also seemed tired all the time, sometimes even shuddering. The bite marks do leave red spots but they generally go away after a few days. Keep monitoring and send to a vet if needed!

  • Julie
    July 18, 2017, 10:22 am  Reply

    HI! Your blog came as a life saver! I found 1 tick on my wall yesterday and about 4 this morning on the wall. There are several found in my toilet as well. I am so freaking out! And the best part is, my husband does not seems to be bothered about it! He does not even think that this is a big issue. And by asking him to help in dealing with the ticks issue, he thinks that I am being too paranoid

  • polarthecurious
    July 20, 2017, 3:44 am  Reply

    Hey Julie,
    I absolutely understand your pain! When we first had the tick infestation, my husband and I were very bothered but his family simply shrugged our concerns off. Only when one tick bit his mother, that was when the whole family finally realised how serious it was. It is a real problem!

  • Carol
    August 24, 2018, 12:50 am  Reply

    Thank god for this article. I have been pondering if shaving my Japanese spitz might help. We never spotted any mother tick, and suddenly baby ticks started appearing fast and furious. The fur isn’t helping especially when he doesn’t stay still for me to check on him.

    • polarthecurious
      August 24, 2018, 5:16 am

      Shaving does make it easier to check but actually it’s not good for them.

      The easiest way to check is use a hair dryer to slowly blow the fur away section by section to see.

      If baby ticks are appearing, means that the mother has probably detached itself. Check around the house, especially corners and ceilings!

      But the worst place we ever found a tick was in Polar’s ear so please check too!

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