Wednesday, September 30, 2015

2318. Ticks in Singapore dogs - email queries from one owner.

Sept 30, 2015

I've a mid sized dog (Singapore special 15kg)
Noticed she had black sesame seeds falling off her which had blood when burst on Sunday. Suspected ticks.
Searched online and apple cider vinegar wash was recommended.

Did it for 2 days. Seemed to repel the bugs. More fell off. Pet store recommended me carrington dog wash (which I diluted with more water - the instructions said 2 cap full to 1L water, I used 5 caps to 3L). I tried that, combed off some. Not all dead. Some articles mentioned dogs would salivate but she didn't.

I was told to put frontline plus 48 hours after carrington. Or should I take her in to see the vet? And is it necessary to test for tick disease?
All along she's eating well, active and alert without scratching much, only shakes body occasionally, so we didn't realize she has ticks.What do you advise?
Hope to hear from you soon.

Best Regards,



Thank you for email. I am Dr Sing K Y from Toa Payoh Vets.

My advice is to get your dog examined by your vet, get a blood test done to screen the health of your dog. Another test to check whether your dog has tick-borne diseases.

Tick infestation is the most common ectoparasitic disease in Singapore dogs.

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