Ticks in big breeds in Singapore's houses and factories are
still present. To de-tick them, use an effective anti-tick
wash regularly (e.g. 3-weekly depending on how severe is your
dog infested). But be very careful when bathing the dog's body
with this wash as it is poisonous to the dog and people.
effective spot-on every 2-3 weekly till the tick population is
reduced. Cut the grass short.
In heavily infested dogs, I advise clipping off the whole coat
to reduce the large numbers of blood sucking ticks which may
number in the thousands and multiplying. Then the dog is
bathed with an effective anti-tick bath. Ticks are removed the
next day. It is a tedious job but it needs to be done. The
owner should then apply spot-on anti-tick insecticide every
For smaller breeds being taken out daily for walks, the
spot-on insecticide is usually effective if applied regularly.
Change brands if you find that your present one is not
working. Consult your vet.
generation of Singaporeans are kinder towards sick and
disadvantaged dogs and cats and will help them to get rid of
ticks in dogs and fleas in cats. Young children may be
distressed at seeing the pet scratching daily and big fat
mother ticks crawling on the floor of the patio. They spend
more time with their pets than do the working or busy adults.
They will not have the financial means and it is up to the
parents to help their pets seek professional de-ticking.
In heavily infested dogs and cats, groomers or veterinarians
may be contacted for advices. Some groomers do not want
tick-infested dogs in their premises and some don't like to
clip the heavily infested coat.
who want their dogs de-ticked at Toa Payoh Vets, please phone
6254-3326 or 9668-6469, e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.