Why Use Natural Flea and Tick Prevention For Your Dog?
Prescription flea and tick prevention can be toxic for your dog or young puppy and can cause side effects. Some of the side effects include allergic reactions, itching, hives and more serious reactions like respiratory distress, seizures and even death. Vomiting, diarrhea and agitation have also been reported.
This is from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ” In spring 2009, we noticed an increase in pet incidents being reported involving spot-on pesticide products for pets. EPA received a large amount of information on individual reported adverse pet incidents from the companies that hold registrations for these products.”
By keeping your dog healthy your dog will attract less fleas. Feed your dog grain free food. Learn more about grain free foods .
Good News: Besides using prescription flea and tick prevention there is natural flea and tick prevention for dogs that you can use without the harmful side effects.
You can use essential oils that are safe for dogs like citronella, lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, peppermint and rosemary. There are more but these are my favorite.
30 drops essential oils
1 cup water
Take 30 drops of essential oils and mix with one cup of water into a spray bottle. Shake the bottle well before each application. Then spray on your dog’s fur. For smaller dogs, reduce the amount of essential oils.
If you want more holistic recipes using essential oils, check out Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals: A Comprehensive Guide to the Use of Essential Oils and Hydrosols with Animals.
Another great holistic approach for your dog is using fresh garlic. Fresh garlic has been widely and safely used by hundreds of thousands of pet parents for over 30 years, with no reported serious negative side effects. Studies found that garlic also has the potential to promote immune function and prevent cardiovascular diseases.
Give your dog garlic (chart below) in their food once daily, 3 to 4 times a week. Example: My dog is 50 pounds, I give her 2 cloves of garlic 4 days a week = 8 garlic cloves total for the week.
10 – 15 pounds – half a clove
20 – 40 pounds – 1 clove
45 – 70 pounds – 2 cloves
75 – 90 pounds – 2 and a half cloves
100 pounds and over – 3 cloves
There are other wonderful products that you can buy that are all natural and do not have any chemicals that cause harmful side effects. Here are 3 natural products products that I recommend.
Wondercide All Natural Flea and Tick and Mosquito Control Spray kills the flea and tick lifecycle. No Clove, pyrethrins or toxic ingredients. Kills and repels fleas, ticks & mosquitoes. It is non staining and can be used on pets, bedding, flooring, carpet, furniture and fabric. 100% naturally derived. Human-grade ingredients. Safe around children. Made in USA.
Vet’s Best Flea & Tick Pet & Home Spray kills fleas, flea eggs, and ticks by contact using certified natural essential oils and plant-based ingredients like Peppermint Oil and Eugenol (from Clove plants). Formula repels mosquitoes too. Non-staining formula can be used indoor or outdoor on home surfaces such as pet bedding, pillows, blankets, upholstery, carpets and in your yard. Can also be used directly on dogs and puppies 12 weeks or older. Can also be used on the whole family. Made in USA.
Seresto flea and tick collar for large dogs, 8 month flea and tick prevention. Works through contact, killing and repelling fleas and ticks, so they don’t have to bite your dog to die
Active ingredients imidacloprid and flumethrin are slowly and continuously released in low concentrations, spreading from head to toes, even the tail, over your dog’s coat and skin.
Seresto flea and tick dog collar also aids in the treatment and control of sarcoptic mange and kills lice.
Vet-recommended flea and tick protection for dogs in a convenient, odorless, non-greasy collar; no need for messy monthly treatments.