Blk 1002, Toa Payoh Lor 8, 01-1477, Singapore 319074 Tel: 6254-3326, 9668-6469, 9668-6468.
18 July, 2015
Focus: Small animals - dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, turtles &
Research - Dog Tick Infestation
DE-TICKING SERVICES FOR DOG OWNERS IN SINGAPORE
Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS
The most common complaint in Singapore is heavy infestation of
ticks in a dog. Sometimes, the spot-on insecticide, Frontline,
is not effective for various reasons. There may be a need to
use another brand.
Ticks do cause fatal diseases
like tick fever in dogs. Therefore, it is best to ensure that
your dogs don't get tick bites.
owners with tick problems can contact Toa Payoh Vets by phone
at 6254 3326, 9668-6468 to make an
appointment to de-tick their dogs.
We need time to get the dogs clipped, bathed with tick wash,
pluck out the ticks and advise on tick control at home. Bring
the dog to the Surgery at 10 a.m. and take back the dog the
next day in the afternoon. It takes
around 2-4 hours to clip, bath and
pluck out the thousands of ticks stuck into the dog's body.
In 2015, the estimated cost of
de-ticking a medium to large breed is $350
- $400. For small breeds, the estimated cost is $$250
An additional $80-$100 is payable if
the dog needs sedation for hair clipping. A
heavily infested dog suffers from painful and inflamed
tick bites will not stay still for clipping, esp. around the
facial areas. Sedation makes it safer for
the dog and groomer during de-tickingj.
The cost of antibiotics and spot-on or
insecticides like Bravecto are
additional optional costs.
a heavily infested Siberian Husky
at Toa Payoh Vets
I read your very informative article here: Ectoparasite
control lecture. I have a question. I have 9
Papillons which were heavily infested with adult ticks
and "baby" ticks. (At least that's what my vet said
they were although they look like mites to me.)
After weeks of bathing
and grooming, I finally applied FrontLine Plus Spray,
which has worked very well at killing all the ticks
which I could not remove by picking off. Now, a week
later, I am seeing a slight re-infestation of small
I would like to use a
Bayticol 6% rinse on them (10ml/15L water dilution =
40ppm). Is this safe? My Papillons are all 3-4
kilograms. And I have a 10 week old puppy. FrontLine
Plus Spray was applied one week ago.
Thanks in advance for
Name of owner
E-MAIL REPLY FROM DR SING DATED AUG 28, 2010
am Dr Sing Kong Yuen from Toa Payoh Vets,
Environmental control of ticks is very important. Most
likely you have not been able to do it. Once you have
just applied Frontline spot on, it is risky to apply
another insecticide so soon. You need to find the
source of your ticks as it appears to originate from
the environment e.g. wall and floor cracks. Spray an
anti-insecticide wash into the cracks.
Generally, I would advise clipping off the coat of all
dogs with heavy tick infestations, apply de-ticking
wash thoroughly over the body, pick off the dead ticks
and check for live ones. Then house them away from
their usual area but this may not be practical advice
in your situation. Best wishes.