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Natural Flea & Tick Repellent for Dogs

Updated November 21, 2016

Natural flea and tick repellents are an ideal alternative to chemical solutions because they pose minimal to no risk if accidentally ingested by your dog. Because chemical formulas are typically applied to the dog’s skin, it also creates a greater chance the owner or another individual will come in contact with the harmful repellent. Using a natural ingestible or topical repellent is just as effective as over-the-counter treatments and maintains a safe environment for you and your family.

Ingestible Repellent

Garlic is the most common, natural flea and tick repellent. Adding it to your dog’s diet produces an odour that is emitted from your dog’s skin. Owners will not typically notice a change in their dog’s smell, but it creates an odour strong enough to prevent fleas and ticks from considering your dog to be an optimal host. Use fresh garlic and combine 2 grams for every 18.1 Kilogram with one of his daily meals. An average-sized clove of garlic is approximately 2 grams and can be chopped up to be disguised into your pet’s meal. If your dog seems to ignore the addition to his plate, use garlic supplements in a pill form. Read the directions on the garlic supplements package to determine dosage.

Topical Repellents

Natural, topical formulas are an excellent choice in flea and tick repellent. Mix 2 tbsp of almond oil with 15 drops of Rose Geranium essential oil. Put a few drops of this solution on your dog’s collar each time you venture outdoors. This mixture will last up to six months if it’s stored in an airtight container.

You can also use a recipe of one part lemon juice and one part water as a repellent spray. After you combine the two ingredients, put the compound into a spray bottle and spray your dog’s coat before going outside. Use this repellent every time you take your dog outdoors. Avoid spraying near the dog’s eyes or nose.

Many natural essential oils that have sharp, spicy or sour tastes can help prevent flea and tick infestations. Oils such as spearmint, peppermint, melaleuca, lavender and lemon grass are all prime examples. Put a couple to a few drops on your dog’s collar before leaving the house or mix one with equal or more parts of water into a spray bottle. Mist your pet’s entire coat while making sure you also apply it to any crevices--those spots are the most favourable hosting locations for fleas and ticks.

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