Best Tick Removal Tool For Dogs & Humans

Dog Health

Between the first frost and last frost of the year, ticks are a problem for humans, dogs, and cats. Removing them is usually a gross process involving tweezers, vaseline, or some other “home remedy” to get them to let go painlessly.

But, no more! No touching them, no yanking, no jerking, and no pain when you use the Tick Tango.

Leaving a tick on your dog is dangerous!

Across the United States, there are a minimum of 7 different tick-borne diseases that can cause your dog to become severely ill and some cases, kill them before you even realize they’re infected.

With most, you can prevent the infection by removing the tick within a day or so of it attaching.

In addition to lyme disease, your dog can also become a victim of:

  • Babesia – Fatal if untreated
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever – Fatal if untreated
  • Ehrlichiosis – Fatal if it becomes chronic
  • Anaplasmosis – Fatal if untreated
  • Bartonella (Cat scratch fever) – Similar to flu, can last weeks or months
  • Tick paralysis – Fatal if tick is not removed
  • Hepatozoonosis – Potentially fatal
  • Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness (STARI) – Rarely fatal

Spring, summer, and fall mean countless hours of playing outside with your dog, with the both of you becoming closer. However, those outside times also means ticks and no dog owner likes to have to pick ticks out of their dog’s fur. It is a tedious process that is, frankly, gross.

However, thanks to the Tick Tango, you can take a more hands-off approach. Simply locate the tick on your dog’s body, scoop it onto the Tick Tango and give it a twist. It’s quick, simple to use, and will leave your precious pooch tick free!

With the Tick Tango you can alleviate your worries for your dog because you can get rid of their ticks while keeping yourself tick free in the process.

This product can be disinfected with normal household disinfectant products.

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How to Give a Dog a Bath Without a Water Hose

How to Give a Dog a Bath Without a Water Hose


There’s hardly anything better than owning a dog. Whether it’s a big Labrador or a small Pomeranian, our pets can be the light of our lives. They become a bigger part of our families than we expect. There’s nothing we want more than to make our pets happy with treats, playtime, and love. However, there are things that can be less than fun like taking them to the vet, or worse… bathing them!

Giving your dog a bath is impossible to get around. They’re not cats—even though cats need baths as well. Dogs can be a bit more rambunctious, however. Not many of our canine companions enjoy being scrubbed down, but it’s something they have to endure. In that sense, the fewer things you have to worry about, the better!

Sometimes, our furry kids are too big to be bathed comfortably in the house. They might like to play more than bathe and this can be very difficult with a water hose if you take them outside. Their length can pose a problem with use and can even endanger our pets by getting wrapped up in them. Tangling and weight are tremendous problems when it comes to these long cords of frustration. It’s no wonder that people are looking for alternatives.

Ivation’s portable outdoor shower is the perfect solution for your pets.

What are the features?

This battery-charged portable shower completely removes the need for a long, coiled hose. It’s almost 75% lighter than the average hose and is easily stored when not in use. Not only can it be used outside in buckets, but it can remove the mess that a normal shower can use. The portable shower turns a bucket or bath into an easy-to-use stream with a wide spread.

The length of the entire unit is about 6.5 feet with a hose that extends about 5.9 feet between the head and siphon mechanism. It has a hanging hook that allows for hands-free washing and a suction cup to hang the contraption on. This way, you can focus on keeping your pet calm whenever they’re enjoying their bath.

There is only one setting, so you don’t have to worry about puppies or seniors getting hurt by the stream. It is a comforting, constant stream that will be suitable for pets of any size. The portable shower is suitable to get soap out of a dog’s fur, getting deep into the coat and massaging the flesh beneath. It will comfort your pup more than anything.

The portable shower is completely rechargeable and can be plugged via USB cable. This means that you can plug it into a laptop, cigarette lighter, or the wall if you have a wall connector. It charges in about 2-5 hours for 60 minutes of use. It goes through about 2.5 gallons of water in a matter of 7-8 minutes, giving you ample amount of time to wash out all soap and rinse off.

Other Usesivation dog shower

While pet baths are one of the bigger pros of this product, there are many other applications! You can use it, too! If you’re out camping or vacationing outdoors, this is the perfect item to enjoy a nice rinse when finishing up the day. You can get a thorough shower with the use of this portable item—it’s easily storable into a bag or backpack.

If you’ve got a green thumb, there’s hardly anything better than getting an easy watering for your plants. With the special hook attached to the head, you can water your plants with ease. Even if you’re carrying your bucket of water around, the light portable shower will be enough to water all your plants in a matter of minutes.

Even moms and dads can use it with a new baby! The stream is not only gentle enough to wash puppies, but human babies as well. They’ll enjoy the gentle trickle as much as our four-legged family members and find shower time to be an exciting and fun experience.

Don’t take our word for it!

Thousands of people have purchased the portable shower already and there are more than a thousand reviews on the item. Almost everyone has enjoyed the product with very few negative reviews. It is a top-of-the-line product and will keep you and your family satisfied whether you’re bathing your pup or yourself!

The Negatives

While it may be a great product, there are some concerns that you have to take into consideration when using it. The portable shower can pick up rust if not dried off properly.  Regular maintenance is needed since moisture can cause mold to grow and you don’t want that on your pup’s body or in its fur! Drying it off is mandatory, so be sure to get all the water out for rust and mold denial.

While the main purpose is good for pups, if you want to use it, be sure to get all your rinsing into 7-8 minutes. It runs at .66 gallons a minute, so it won’t do much more than rinse the soap off your body. Some people enjoy longer showers, but you won’t get it out of this product!


We are dog people, so we use this product on our furry family members. It’s a great way to rinse off your pup after a good soaping and lathering with minimal amounts of water. The 2.5 gallons you’d need for a pet cleaning will last about 7-8 minutes, which is more than enough time to get all the soap off your puppy. It’s a great investment and will turn your bath time into a less stressful event!

Why Are Ticks So Dangerous To Dogs?

Why Are Ticks So Dangerous To Dogs?


Ticks are gross.

You know it, I know it, everybody knows it.

But, did you know they’re so much more than that?

They can also be pretty dangerous to you, your kids, and most commonly, your pets. The truth is that they carry disease and toxins that can lead to some serious health symptoms and even death… in as little as hours, before you even realize your pet has one.

What Are Ticks?

You may think of ticks as insects, but you’d be wrong.

Ticks actually aren’t insects at all. They’re ectoparasitic arthropods; arthropods are invertebrates that have external skeletons and legs with joints and they are considered ectoparasites because they are parasites that live on the outside of the host. They’re not spiders, either, even though some species have 8 legs.

Ticks are a type of mite and while all ticks are mites, not all mites are ticks. It’s an odd thing, but even the word “tick” is a bit odd because it comes from Dutch and means “pat” or “touch”. This has been applied in other instances, as well, such as plants that have seeds that stick to the fur of animals and clothing.


They eat only blood, but some species can be particular about the types of hosts that they will bite. Some have adapted to prefer deer, others have adapted to prefer birds. Others don’t particularly care what host they’re on and will pick anything, from a deer to your dog to you.

Hard vs Soft Ticks

Some tick species have a hard plate on their backs that keep them from being able to eat very quickly; these can generally require many days of being attached before they can complete a meal. They just can’t eat as fast as soft ticks.

Soft ticks don’t have a plate at all on their backs and can become very large in a short period of time. When a soft tick is gorging, they can become as big or bigger than a green pea.

What Types Are Most Common?

American Dog Tick

This is one of the most common ticks in the United States and covers from the central US to the east coast and all of the California coastline.

Diseases: Tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever


Blacklegged Tick

This tick prowls around any time temperatures are above the freezing point, so it being technically winter might not save you from being bitten.

Diseases: Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Powassan disease


Brown Dog Tick

This tick mostly bites dogs, but can be found on other animals and humans, as well. It’s sighted all across the United States.

Diseases: Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Gulf Coast Tick

The gulf coast tick feeds on birds and small rodents when young and adults feed on deer and other animals.

Diseases: Rickettsiosis

Lone Star Tick

The lone star tick is common in the eastern United States and is one of the easiest to identify, as the females have a white dot on their backs.

Diseases: Ehrlichia chaffeensis and Ehrlichia ewingii, tularemia, STARI

Rocky Mountain Wood Tick

This tick is common only in the Rocky Mountains of the United States. Adult ticks are known for transmitting Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Diseases: Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Colorado tick fever, and tularemia

Western Blacklegged Tick

These ticks are often found on lizards and other small wildlife. Because of this, infection rates in humans are around 1%.

Diseases: Anaplasmosis, lyme disease

How Do They Get On My Dog?

Ticks wait in the grass and on other foliage for your pet to pass by and when they do, they hitch a ride. Even if your dog spends most of their time inside, though, they can still get ticks.

What Is Their Life Cycle?

Hard Ticks

Most ticks have 4 stages of life that they go through: egg,  six-legged larva, eight-legged nymph, and their final adult form. They have to eat blood at each stage to live, but will usually only feed one time during each stage.

Blacklegged tick life cycle. Source:

Soft Ticks

Soft ticks don’t really have distinguishable stages like hard ticks do. They will often feed multiple times during a stage of growth and the females will lay batches of eggs between meals. Their full life cycle is longer and can last several years and can even live for years without eating. They will also infest your pet’s bedding and reproduce there, waiting for your pet to come back so they can feed again.

What Diseases Do They Carry?


Babesia is caused by a parasite called Babesia and is often a tick-borne infection. When babesia is discovered, it’s common for the dog to have other tick-borne illnesses, as well, and those illnesses can interact with each other. Severely infected dogs should be hospitalized.

To avoid the likelihood of a babesia infection, remove ticks from your dog as soon as you discover them, because they take 2 to 3 days to infect them with the parasite.


  • Anemia
  • Jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin)
  • Blood clotting
  • Neurological symptoms
  • Liver disease
  • Lack of energy
  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Pale gums

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

This is caused by a parasite that lives in ticks called Rickettsia rickettsii and is transmitted through tick saliva onto the host.

This is another disease that can be transmitted from your dog to you or vice versa. If you don’t treat this early enough, it can kill you or your pet.


  • Stiffness when walking that resembles arthritis
  • Neurological symptoms
  • Humans develop a rash, dogs do not
  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Joint pain
  • Bleeding around eyes & mouth
  • Loss of coordination
  • Blood in urine
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Depression
  • Lethargy

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is one of the most well known tick-borne diseases in the world. It is transmitted by blacklegged ticks (deer ticks) and the western black-legged tick. The disease is transmittable to dogs and humans alike from either and it can mimic other diseases. It can lead to kidney failure and death in severe cases.

Symptoms in dogs can be more difficult to detect and may not show up for months after the initial infection.

Symptoms include:

  • Spontaneous leg lameness lasting 3 to 4 days
  • Not wanting to move
  • Fatigue/tired


Ehrlichiosis comes in different forms in different regions of the US and all are zoonotic; that is, they can be transmitted from pets to humans. They are not safe for children, the elderly, or those with compromised immune systems to be around.

Symptoms of Ehrlichia canis:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Runny eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Nose bleeds
  • Joint pain/lameness
  • Depression
  • Bruising on belly or gums

Symptoms of Ehrlichia ewingii:

  • Lethargy
  • Shifting leg lameness
  • Lack of appetite


Anaplasmosis is found in a couple of different forms in dogs and can be transmitted to humans.

Symptoms of Anaplasma phagocytophilum:

  • Leg lameness
  • Not wanting to move
  • Neurological pain or neck pain
  • Lack of appetite

Symptoms of Anaplasma platys:

  • Bruising on the belly or gums
  • Spontaneous nosebleeds


Bartonellosis is caused by the bacteria Bartonella, which can affect both cats and humans as well as dogs. When humans are infected with it, it’s called cat scratch fever, even though you can get it from dogs.

Symptoms of Canine Bartonellosis:

  • Fever
  • Enlargement of spleen and liver
  • Lameness
  • Inflammation of the eye
  • Swelling of lymph nodes
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Coughing
  • Seizures
  • Arthritis
  • Nasal discharge
  • Pain

Tick paralysis

Tick paralysis is a tad bit scary, to be honest. It is a result of a toxin that is released by females of certain species of ticks (up to 40 different species, including the deer tick) and it is the only tick-borne disease that is not the result of a parasite or bacteria and is the only one that can be cured by removal of the tick.

It takes 2 to 7 days for a host to show symptoms, but t he symptoms are as you would expect by the name: paralysis. It begins with weakness in the legs and progresses to the chest, arms, head, often within hours, and can lead to respiratory failure and even death.


  • Weakness of the legs
  • Respiratory distress
  • Weak reflexes
  • Weakness of eye muscles (opthalmoparesis)

If you or your dog present with any of these symptoms, check for ticks immediately and remove them if they’re found. Suffocation is a traumatic way to die.


Dogs can get canine hepatozoonosis by eating infected ticks. This is why you should never let your dog get ticks off of themselves!

Symptoms of hepatozoon canis:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Lethargy

Symptoms of hepatozoon americanum:

  • Fever/depression
  • Loss of muscle mass with weight loss
  • Eye discharge
  • Pain in general


Tularemia is most commonly transmitted to dogs through them eating rabbits or other rodents that were infected through ticks on them carrying the disease. It’s uncommon for dogs to get it directly from ticks, even though they may carry ticks that have the infection.

Transmittable to humans: Yes

Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness (STARI)

Tularemia is most commonly transmitted to dogs through them eating rabbits or other rodents that were infected through ticks on them carrying the disease. It’s uncommon for dogs to get it directly from ticks, even though they may carry ticks that have the infection.

Transmittable to humans: Yes

How To Prevent Them

Preventing ticks from getting on you or your pets is fairly simple if you follow a few rules. You can’t absolutely prevent everything, but the list below will greatly reduce the likelihood that your pet gets them.

Know Where They Live

Ticks live in moist, humid environments, often in grassy or wooded areas. When on trails, walk in the center of the trail to reduce the likelihood of picking them up. This doesn’t mean you have to avoid the woods or grass entirely, but know that you should be checking yourself and your dog when you leave.


DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) can protect you from ticks and other bugs, including fleas, for several hours.

If you want to go a more natural route, geranium oil has been found to work nearly as well as DEET. The EPA lists the following that can be used to repel ticks:

  • Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
  • Citronella (Cymbopogon winterianus)
  • Lemon eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriodora)

Keep Wildlife Out Of Your Yard

Raccoons, rabbits, and other rodents carry ticks into your yard from wooded areas, so discouraging them from coming around is helpful.

Don’t leave foods outside to attract them, including nuts, seeds, and pet food.

Keep The Grass Cut

Tall grass gives ticks and fleas easier access to you and your pets. Keep it down!

Remove Leaf Litter

Decomposing leaves make good bedding for ticks; remove it from around your home. You should also remove wood piles from close to your home, as well.

Flea & Tick Yard Pesticide Treatment

I’m generally not someone who promotes using chemical poisons, but in this case, the benefits outweigh the dangers.

Sevin granules work well for us at our home, but a natural product called Wondercide is also available.

Flea & Tick Medication

You can get a monthly medication for fleas and ticks from your local veterinarian. It won’t stop them from biting, but it will kill them when they do.

Products include:

How To Remove Them

The CDC advises that you should not wait for a tick to detach on its own or use home “remedies” such as painting the tick with nail polish or other things to get it to let go on its own.

What you should do is remove it with the Tick Tango. It’s a tick removal tool that’s superior to tweezers in every way and it’s the best tick removal tool for dogs.

Simply slide the device around the tick, twist, and pull up and away with even pressure. The tick will be removed cleanly.

Afterwards, you should clean the area around the bite with rubbing alcohol or an antibacterial soap.

Get rid of the tick by flushing it down the toilet or dropping it into alcohol. Do not crush the tick with your fingers; as we covered above, they carry diseases that can be fatal.

Continue to watch for signs of illness for a couple of weeks after the removal of the tick. If you experience adverse symptoms, see your doctor. It could be serious.