Natural Flea & Tick Repellent
Yay!!! Spring is here!!! Uh oh… that means flea season is here too. To learn more about flea season and what conditions are needed in order for fleas to survive read the article from Flea Science.
During the flea season I go through their hair with a flea comb on a daily basis. There is no need to go through every inch of your dog’s body. Just inspect your dog’s butt (without the flea comb) because fleas love dirty areas. Then you can comb through a couple of areas with the flea comb and see if anything shows up.
It is time to protect against ticks and fleas. I personally HATE the thought of putting those tick & flea treatments onto my dogs. The last time I used a spot-on treatment, one of my dogs began to tremble, salivate, vomited, and lost her physical coordination within only minutes of application. I bathed her to remove the product. This helped quite a bit and she calmed down. I have avoided these products ever since. People have no idea what these chemicals do to their dogs. Most vets dispense them like candy without providing any information to pet owners. Time is money and commissions are money. These vets know very well about how dangerous these pesticides are. They will sooner tell you how toxic they are for humans than explain the dangers they present to our pets. There is research that proves that these chemicals are hazardous. In fact, there are several reports submitted that document bad reactions to these spot-on treatments which prove their toxicity. Why have I used the term “pesticides” anyway? Isn’t that a harsh term? The EPA categorizes spot-on products as “pesticides.” The active ingredients in these products include amitraz, cyphenothrin, dinotefuron, etofenprox, fipronil, imidicloprid, metaflumizone, permethrin, pyriproxyfen and S-methoprene. Those pesticides are highly toxic. Furthermore, the inert or inactive ingredients are questionable as they sometimes can contribute to the toxicity of these products. Fleas and ticks are becoming resistant to some of the chemicals in spot-on treatments so whether or not they work cannot be guaranteed. If there is a caution printed on the box stating or implying that it is toxic to humans (ex. avoid human contact with the liquid), then you should think twice about using it on your dog. To find out about the dangerous substances in varous brands of tick & flea treatments a great resource is Green Paws Flea and Tick Products Directory.
The EPA has reports of the following reaction to spot-on tick & flea products:
skin redness, sores, and ulcers
ataxia (lack of control of body movement and coordination)
How can you tell if your dog has fleas?
-Scratching is a huge clue! If you notice your dog is scratching excessively he might have fleas.
-Sometimes you can even see those tiny fleas scurrying around on your dog’s skin.
-Fleas leave behind “dirt” which is a different way of saying “doodie.” It looks very similar to finely ground coffee.
-Many dogs are allergic to flea saliva. You can find redness from irritations due to the flea bites.
Here is a video that shows you what fleas and flea dirt look like:
What are the Options? This is what I have done:
First and most important is diet. Dogs whose bodies thrive on biologically appropriate food are able to function optimally. Pests are more attracted to dogs who are on commercial diets that are mostly synthetic and/or over-processed. An appropriate diet allows the body to protect itself. I recommend Barfworld and Raw Paws. To learn more, please check out my article Why a Raw Diet is Vital.
0Bug!Zone is a non-chemical tick and flea tag which also repels mosquitoes. It takes 1 – 3 days of wear for them to be effective. I have tried a similar tag, but I found no success with it. On the other hand, two friends of mine have been using them for their dogs for years with success. They work by way of bioenergetic frequencies and they must be worn at all times.
Another tag that works in the same manner is called the Easy Defense Flea & Tick Tag. It take 3 – 4 weeks to become effective.
There are also tags that work through sound frequencies to repel ticks and fleas. Supposedly dogs don’t hear the sounds, but I believe they actually do. I am not sure if it gives off any “electorsmog,” but the are safe (definitely safer than using pesticides). think that it is very possible that excessive electrosmog is unsafe. I’m not sure what levels are considered safe for dogs.
I bathe my dogs once a week with a gentle doggie shampoo. Parasites prefer dirty dogs. Do not use anything strong. It’s simply bathing to keep your dog clean.
If you discover fleas you MUST get rid of them. Fleas can jump like crazy and they have a protective shell over their bodies that repels water and ordinary shampoo. Only flea shampoo can penetrate enough to kill fleas. When a dog has fleas you MUST get rid of them. It kills fleas, ticks, and other pests.
My favorite flea shampoo is Pop’s Insect Away Pet Shampoo. It contains natural ingredients including coconut, olive and jojoba oils, natural essential oil blend including naturally extracted lemongrass, neem and catnip, aloe vera, and naturally extracted rosemary as a natural preservative.
I add organic raw apple cider vinegar to their food
I have my dogs on a raw diet which keeps their immune systems strong. I add a half a teaspoon to my dogs’ food twice a day of organic unfiltered raw apple cider vinegar. It must be organic raw apple cider vinegar. Another option is adding the organic apple cider vinegar to their water. The apple cider vinegar maintains a dog’s proper acid/alkaline balance. As a result, the chemistry of the dog’s system will repel ticks and fleas. You may read my article Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs to learn more about its many uses .
Internal Tick & Flea Supplements:
I have used both Earth Animal Internal Flea & Tick Powder and The Pet Health & Nutrition Center Internal Powder. They are very similar. They both have natural ingredients and are given orally – just can mix it into some food. It takes some time to build up in their system it will be effective, but it certainly does work. What they do is create an internal environment that pests can sense. They repel pests. The best example, when you eat a lot of garlic your body reacts. You will find that your body smells like garlic from the inside out. Garlic is unsafe if used in excess (it would take 75 cloves for a 70 pound dog for it to be toxic). The difference with these products is that humans cannot sense the effects of the powder – only the pests.
TripleSure not only repels fleas, but it retards and kills them as well. It works on ticks, mites, and bedbugs as well. Many products on the market use toxic pesticides that people apply to their pets. TripleSure does the hard work without the use of pesticides. It contains cedar oil and peppermint. You only need to apply it every two weeks because the hair follicles absorb it. It can also be applied to furniture, but it is best to do a spot check beforehand. You can also find my favorite dental product, Dentasure at the same website. Please don’t let your dog lick it. The product is not meant to be digested.
I have been using this product for the past two years. Herbal Defense is a natural topical spray. It contains a blend of herbals an essential oils that naturally repels ticks, fleas and mosquitoes.
The herbal essential oil ingredients include The essential oil and herb blend contains rose lemongrass, geranium, peppermint, and raw apple cider vinegar that naturally repel ticks, fleas and mosquitoes. This product has NO Toxic Ingredients. I use many products from the Pet Health and Nutrition Center – manufacturer of this fabulous product.
Bug Defense is another great product. It is a spray made with natural ingredients including soybean oil, citronella oil, peppermint oil, cedar oil, lemongrass oil, and geranium oil. It is a water resistant formula that is highly effective. It needs to be applied often, but it is an excellent product that I highly recommend. Please don’t let your dog lick it. The product is not meant to be digested. I have purchased other products from this website which I have been using with success – PetCalm.
I recently saw the TV show Shark Tank and took a liking to another product. Wondercide mades several natural products including tick, flea, and mosquito repellent. The active ingredient is cedar which naturally repels pests.
Flea Bite Healing Products:
It is common for dogs to have allergic reactions to fleas bites. Flea saliva can be very irritating to the skin. Coconut oil can be very soothing when it is applied sparingly to irritated skin. You can read more about coconut oil in my article, Coconut – A Natural Miracle.
FidoDerm, OmniCare, and MetaCare are natural herbal products that can be applied to irritated skin. The essential oils and other natural ingredients heal irritations from bug bites, hot spots, and other skin issues. These products also repel pests. The MetaCare product also protects against sunburn. Easy Defense Hot Spot Skin Relief Oil from Only Natural Pet contains essential oils and herbs that are healing to hot spots and tick and flea bites (and other bug bite irritations).
Newton Homeopathics Flea & Bug Bites uses a different approach to healing. It is an excellent product that contains a healing homeopathic blend of ingredients combined with calendula and arnica.
The Pet Health & Nutrition Center’s Diatomaceous Earth and the Lumino Diatomaceous Earth are both made from 100% diatomaceous earth and can be ingested as well as applied externally. With all products ingested, if your dog is a puppy, pregnant, lactating, or has a disease, it is not recommended. Consult your holistic vet for more information. The Buck Mountain Animal Health brand contains diatomaceous earth PLUS neem and yarrow which repel pests. The others Just sprinkle it onto dog bedding and other furniture that your dog hangs out on. You can even sprinkle it onto carpets or rub directly into your pet’s coat. This powder is very fine so it can be messy. Sprinkle it gently. Personally, I have only used this on my dogs on rare occasions when I take the girls out into the woods to give them extra protection. These products is safe for people and for pets. It contain no toxic ingredients.
Flea combs and tick removers are very useful tools to have. Removing ticks could be tricky until you get the hang of it. Flea combs are used to separate the hair and find fleas. I prefer to use a flea comb that has metal teeth; the plastic could scratch and are not as sturdy.
During tick and flea season, keep your dogs safe from the pests!