Last Updated on June 14, 2017
Summer time means extra time with your pooch outside running, fetching, walking or just relaxing. However, it also means that your dog is more exposed to ticks and fleas.
Sure, there are multiple commercial products that kill ticks and fleas but some pups may have negative reactions, such as seizures, diarrhea, vomiting, and skin irritation, to these chemicals.
Small dog breeds tend to be the most sensitive to chemicals. Moreover, no pesticide is absolutely safe, not even the ones labeled natural.
So choosing truly natural alternatives can help you prevent ticks and fleas as well as limit exposing your dog to chemical pesticides.
CHECK OUT THESE 5 NATURAL REMEDIES TO KEEP YOUR DOG PEST FREE AND HEALTHY:
1. Natural Oils
Essential oils are great for your four-legged friend and can be used either as sprays or in dog shampoo to help keep pests away. Cedar, lemongrass, peppermint, and lavender oils work well but they need to be diluted in water or a carrier oil, like sweet almond oil or olive oil, before your apply them on your pup.
For shampoo, you have to add only a few drops of essential oil. You can also make a cool collar for your pooch by applying a small amount of diluted oil to a bandana. Just ensure that the scent is not too strong. Neem oil and rose geranium oil are also great insect repellents.
Coconut oil is amazing as well, as it kills and pushes away fleas. You can rub this oil through your dog’s coat or mix it with their food (1 tbsp per 20 pounds). Moreover, coconut oil helps kill yeast and will keep your pet’s skin moisturized.
However, be very careful not to over use any essential oil because your pooch’s sense of smell is way stronger than yours. You should never spray around their face and apply in a ventilated spot.
2. Fresh Crushed Garlic
Garlic just doesn’t stop being amazing. You can even add it to your pup’s diet for flea prevention.
Half a clove to 2 cloves of garlic per day is regarded as a safe amount, depending on the size and body weight of your dog.
It is recommended to use just half a clove for every 20 pounds every day, for any dog size.
If your pooch had already experienced hemolytic anemia, you should avoid using garlic altogether.
This is another ingredient that can be found in almost every kitchen and can be effective in protecting your dog.
You can add vinegar to your pup’s drinking water, with 1 teaspoon of vinegar per ¼ cup of water.
Vinegar can also be diluted in water so you can make a spray to use on your pup’s fur.
4. Outdoor Supplements
Your yard may already contain beneficial nematodes, which you can use to kill and get rid of flea larvae.
You can sprinkle food grade diatomaceous earth in the surroundings or on your dog.
Just be careful when using it on your pup since you don’t want them to inhale the dust.
5. Flea Combs
This is an old fashioned and great solution against tick and flea. Such combs have teeth which are too close to each other and can effectively filter fleas, and even flea eggs, to help protect your dog.
You should comb your pooch on a daily basis to monitor any sign of flea activity. The use of these natural solutions can be added to your dog’s health care routines. When trying them out, remember to pay attention to which one is working best for your pup in order to boost chances of success.