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Dogs love nothing more than to stretch their legs in fields and woody areas. If you regularly walk your dog in such areas or allow them to roam around your yard, the chances are from time to time they may bring home some nasty pests in their fur. Ticks are a particular problem, and once they attach themselves to your pet they can be hard to remove. They can also cause serious problems for dogs and carry the harmful Lyme disease. A conventional and effective way to kill these ticks is by scrubbing your animal in a homemade tick bath.
Draw a bath. There is no need to fill the bath tub up to the top; simply make it deep enough so that it touches your dogs knees. Make sure there is enough water for your pet to stand in. The temperature of the water should not be too hot or cold. Make it a nice warm, comfortable temperature.
Pour some eucalyptus oil into the bath. Follow the instructions label on the bottle for amounts to use. Eucalyptus oil is an effective tick repellent and killer.
Place the dog in the bath and wet it all over. Dogs will not like water going over its head or in its ears, so steer clear of pouring directly on or around these areas. Wash the dog all over with the eucalyptus oil and water.
Remove the dog from the bath and dry rigorously with a towel. The eucalyptus oil will act as an ongoing repellent to ticks as well as kill any that are already attached.
Specifically designed tick shampoos are available. Home-made natural shampoos do not contain any harmful chemicals or ingredients.
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