Natural Home Remedies for Fleas and Ticks on Dogs
Blog Introduction: Fleas and ticks can be a real nuisance, especially if they make their way onto your four-legged friends. Not only are fleas and ticks uncomfortable for your dog, but they can also spread diseases like Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Fortunately, there are several home remedies you can use to rid your pet of these annoying parasites.
Diatomaceous earth is a natural powder made from the fossilized remains of ancient aquatic organisms. It works by drying out fleas and ticks on contact, killing them in the process. When applying diatomaceous earth to your pet, be sure to use food grade diatomaceous earth as this will be safe for them if ingested. Sprinkle it lightly over their fur and brush it through with a comb. You should also sprinkle some around your home to discourage fleas from returning.
Apple Cider Vinegar Baths
Apple cider vinegar baths can help rid your dog’s coat of fleas and ticks naturally without using harsh chemicals or pesticides. Add one cup of apple cider vinegar per gallon of water into a bathtub or large bowl and let your dog soak for about 15 minutes. The acidity of the vinegar will kill any existing fleas and deter any new ones from making their way onto your pup’s fur. Afterward, thoroughly rinse off the solution with warm water and dry with a towel.
The use of essential oils such as lavender oil, peppermint oil, tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, citronella oil or rosemary oil can help keep away fleas and ticks naturally without causing harm to your pet or yourself. Simply add 10 drops of one or more of these oils to eight ounces of water in a spray bottle then spritz it over your pet’s coat while avoiding their face area. Depending on how long it lasts on their fur you may have to reapply every day or every other day until the problem has been solved.
Fleas and ticks can be extremely irritating for dogs (and owners!) alike but thankfully there are natural solutions that don’t involve hazardous chemicals that could potentially do more harm than good in the long run. Diatomaceous earth is an effective method for drying out these parasites upon contact while apple cider vinegar baths provide relief from existing infestations while deterring new ones from coming back too soon! Additionally, using herbal oils such as lavender oil, peppermint oil, tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, citronella oil or rosemary oil can provide natural protection against future infestations while keeping both you and your pup safe! Taking advantage of these simple home remedies could help keep both you and your furry friend happy all season long