You want your dog to remain healthy and happy for a long time to come. As a pet owner, you need to know the best natural cure for tick fever in dogs because dog tick bites are inevitable no matter how fastidious you may be in administering the best anti-tick products on your pet. Let us study the best natural dog tick fever treatment so your little one is healthy and happy again.
My dog has tick fever!
‘My dog has tick fever-will he die?’ This is a common question asked by pet owners. Tick fever in dogs progresses in three stages:
- In acute stage, there may be extreme weight loss. The dog will display one or all of the following symptoms: lack of appetite, lethargy, respiratory difficulties, and swollen lymph nodes. Often, dog owners fail to recognize these symptoms and the disease advances.
- In many cases though, the dog has a strong immune system which enables it to fight the infection. However, if the immune system fails to overcome it, the disease could progress to the chronic stage.
- In the chronic stage, your pet could display signs of uncontrolled bleeding, anemia, extreme weight loss and breathing trouble. This stage, if ignored, can be deadly. Life expectancy of dog with Lyme disease that progresses to the kidneys is only a few days to a couple of weeks.
The conventional treatment for tick fever is antibiotic (doxycycline) taken for 3-4 weeks. Most dog Lyme disease treatment shows results in this time period.
What does Lyme disease look like on a dog?
The incubation period of the organism that causes Lyme disease is up to 1-2 weeks –which means that your dog might start showing Lyme disease signs and symptoms a couple of weeks after s/he has been bitten by the organism-carrying tick.
Typically, dog Lyme disease manifests in the form of following symptoms:
- Shaking and chills
- Change in bark
- Appetite changes
- Extreme weight loss
- Difficulty in walking, limping
- Swollen joints.
Natural cure for tick fever in dogs
In homeopathy, Ledum in 1M potency is one of the best natural dog Lyme disease treatments. Seek help of a homeopath to procure this medicine. You can use Ledum on dogs,cats and horses. Also, the disease need not even be recent occurrence; Ledum can be used to treat dogs having had Lyme disease for over a year or more. Many holistic vets have run blood tests and seen that Ledum shows constant decrease in Lyme antibodies.
- Give one pellet of Ledum 1 M three times a day for three days.
To prevent Lyme disease, give Borrelia Burgdorferi 60X nosode one dose daily for a week and then once a week for a month then one dose every 6 months. Borrelia Burgdorferi is the organism responsible for Lyme disease-so this homeopathic preparation strengthens your pet’s immunity to the disease.
Natural preventive measures for tick bite fever
- Apple cider vinegar
Use apple cider vinegar (ACV) both internally as well as topically to prevent ticks and fleas. By adding organic ACV to your dog’s food or water, you can give her/him a shinier coat, strengthen immunity and also repel deadly parasites like ticks.
Garlic is a controversial food for dogs. Some people believe that it is toxic to pets. However, small amount of garlic in the dog’s food can boost immunity and repel ticks and fleas. Talk to your vet about adding fresh garlic to your pet’s food.
- Essential oils
Many essential oils can be used for repelling fleas and ticks to prevent tick bites. Wash your pet’s bedding in eucalyptus oil added to the washing water. This remedy kills off eggs and larvae of fleas and ticks. Essential oils like lavender, rosemary, lemongrass, neem, peppermint, geranium etc can be filled into spray bottles or added to dog collars to repel fleas and ticks.
- Food grade Diatomaceous Earth powder
Diatomaceous Earth or DE powder can be added to the pet food to help repel fleas and ticks. Also sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth all over the carpets and pet’s bedding. The sharp crystalline molecules of the powder kill fleas and ticks upon contact.
- Baltic amber collars
Baltic amber is made from tree resin. It has a strong insecticidal scent which deters ticks and fleas. Baltic amber tick collars also give an electrostatic charge creating a barrier between the coat and the parasites that the ticks and fleas cannot penetrate.
- Homeopathic nosodes
Homeopathic nosodes act as a vaccine and prevent tick bites on dogs. Talk to an holistic vet to prescribe the right nosodes.
Natural sunlight kills tick larvae. So make sure your dog gets adequate sunlight. Also place the pet’s bedding outside in the sun from time to time.
No treatment is 100% effective and when it comes to tick bites on dogs, prevention is the best approach. If you plan to use chemicals, use them as advised and make sure you check your pet for ticks in between its paws, under the ears and other hard-to-reach areas. If you suspect your dog has Lyme disease and is limping, lethargic or weak, see a vet immediately.