Be tick aware

Ticks are most active from spring through fall and live in tall brush or grass, where they may attach to dogs playing on their turf. These parasites prefer to stay close to the head, neck, and leg area. However, they can be found anywhere on a dog’s body. I highly recommend tick prevention measures are taken.

Chemical way: Scalibor Protector Band. It shall offer protection for up to 6 months against sand flies, mosquitoes and ticks (available at your vet or online).

Natural alternative: Nigella sativa oil (available at pharmacies, drug- or health food stores, and of course online. Opt for the organic one. German name: Schwarzkümmelöl). Add 1 teaspoon per 10 kg –22 lbs. body weight to the food. Additionally, put some drops on your dog’s fur by rubbing it on the head, tummy and legs.

This oil produced from the seeds of Nigella sativa, aka black cumin, black onion seed, or just nigella, was used by German students for a science experiment of “Jugend forscht” in 2014. 

They soaked a shirt, and put it in a box with ticks who fled the shirt 

In the following movie you can see that the ticks don’t want to step onto the soaked paper:

It’s a good idea to check your dog regularly for these parasites, as these nasty blood-suckers are notoriously difficult to dislodge, and can cause some serious diseases. If you do spot a tick, it is important to take care when removing it. Any contact with the tick’s blood can potentially transmit infection to your dog or even to you! Pluck the parasite with tweezers, making sure you’ve gotten the biting head and other body parts. After removing the tick treat the area with disinfecting alcohol.