We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

How Do I Choose the Best Tick Shampoo?

By Christina Edwards
Updated Jun 04, 2024
Our promise to you
All Things Nature is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At All Things Nature, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Choosing a tick shampoo specially formulated for your dog is important, and there are several factors that you should consider. If your dog has long hair, you may want to choose a shampoo that has a conditioner in it. Also, you should keep your dog's skin type in mind, and look for a dog shampoo that is age specific. Natural tick shampoos are usually a safe bet for young dogs and dogs with sensitive skin. Finally, you may also want to consider a tick shampoo that will help prevent ticks from attaching to your dog.

A dog's skin is typically very different than human skin, and shampoo made for humans can often irritate a dog's skin. Therefore, it is important to choose a flea and tick shampoo that is specially formulated for dogs. A lice shampoo made for humans, for instance, should never be used on the family pet.

Long-haired dogs may benefit from a tick shampoo that also contains a conditioner. This can make it much easier to brush through your dog's coat, which can also make it easier to find and remove ticks. These types of shampoos can also make a dog's coat shinier.

Like humans, dogs can also have a variety of skin problems. Dogs with dry skin may benefit from a protein-based tick shampoo. If your dog is frequently scratching, he may benefit from a shampoo that contains oatmeal or coal tar.

A regular tick shampoo may be the right choice for adult dogs. If you have a puppy, on the other hand, veterinarians usually recommend using a tick shampoo specially formulated for young dogs. These are usually mild and hypoallergenic. Generally, dogs that are younger than six months old should be washed with special shampoos specifically designed for puppies.

A natural tick shampoo can often be a good choice for just about any dog. These are generally mild, and they contain natural ingredients instead of harsh chemicals. Some active ingredients in natural tick shampoos can include tea tree oil and pyrethrin. The latter is a natural insecticide extracted from the chrysanthemum flower, and it is commonly used in flea and tick shampoos.

Some tick shampoos will only kill the ticks that are currently on your dog. These often do nothing to prevent a future tick infestation. You can also choose a tick shampoo that will also act as a tick repellent. This type of shampoo can help keep ticks off your dog for a week or two.

All Things Nature is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
By Feryll — On Jun 05, 2014

Flea and tick shampoos containing neem seed oil are safe for pets and good at controlling fleas and ticks, too. Neem seed oil naturally fights bacteria and parasites, and this oil has been used in some countries for a long time as a way of treating humans for different ailments and infections.

By Sporkasia — On Jun 05, 2014

I think tick shampoos for cats and dogs are generally safe when you follow the directions. I agree with the article that you need to be extra careful when using tick shampoo on animals under 6 months old. Puppies and kittens can be very sensitive.

When you read the ingredients of the average pet shampoo the names of the additives are not as scary as some of the ones you find on the labels of some powders and flee collars. Still, if you are concerned then you should definitely look for a product with natural ingredients.

One of the best shampoos I have found contains citronella oil, the same thing we use to repel mosquitoes. The citronella oil's effectiveness in warding off ticks is believed to be mainly due to its smell. The odor makes it difficult for ticks to find your pet. And the great thing about citronella is that it is safe for your pet, your family and the environment.

By Laotionne — On Jun 04, 2014

Who knew there were as many types of shampoo for dogs as the ones mentioned in the article? They have as many choices as we have. When we were kids we would bath our grandmother's dog with whatever shampoo was in the bathroom. Mostly we were going for a clean smell and less of a dog smell.

The article mentions that human shampoo should not be used on dogs because of the difference in human skin and dog skin. I have read that it is actually the higher pH levels in human shampoo that causes the problems for dogs, and of course human shampoos are not designed for tick control.

All Things Nature, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

All Things Nature, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.