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Natural Anti-Flea & Tick Solution

 

Meet Timmy, my happy-go-lucky samoyed fluff ball! I have so much love for this furbabe (I mean look at him!). I'm always researching the best ways to take care of all his doggy needs. So if you're ever in need of some advice, I'm your gal!

There's one dog subject I'm particularly passionate about- Flea and Tick Management. You see, I do not believe in those medicated flea & tick solutions. They're very strong, and cause a lot of discomfort to our pets. Ever since Timmy was a babe, I've experimented with several natural alternatives. There are 3 recipes that have worked wonders for us, and I'm very excited to share them with you! 

I've used the following recipes all summer long, and I'm happy to say Timmy has been 100% flea & tick free. It's so incredibly empowering to have the tools to keep my pup healthy! I hope these recipes inspire you to take care of your pups in a natural way as well. 

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1. Flea & Tick Shampoo

The first step to controlling a flea & tick issue - get rid of any living pests! This shampoo will kill all existing fleas on your pup immediately! Last summer, I wasn't on top of prevention, and Timmy ended up getting an outbreak of fleas. I used this shampoo, and within minutes I was rinsing off hundreds of dead fleas (gross, I know). I followed up by cleaning my entire home, and applying flea prevention spray on Timmy. We successfully got rid of the entire problem! It's quite amazing how quickly this method worked. 

I would also recommend using this shampoo during flea & tick season as an added prevention! 

Recipe: (mix the following in a bowl)

  1. 1 cup Natural Dish Soap (I used this one here)

  2. 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

  3. 3 drops Eucalyptus

  4. 3 drops Lavender

  5. 3 drops Cedarwood

  6. 1 drop Lemongrass

I like to pour the mixture into a squeeze bottle (like the one, here) for easy application. 
Pour shampoo onto your dog's wet coat, and lather him/her up very well. Let sit for 5 minutes to make sure any existing pests drown in the mixture. Then rise out well. 
The essential oils will remain on his/her clean coat and prevent any future pests. 

**Do not keep mixture in the plastic squeeze bottle after one use. Only put in the amount you will use for this application, and keep the rest in a glass container for future use. Essential oils will break down plastic over time, releasing chemicals into the mixture. 

 

 
 
 
 
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2. Flea & Tick Repellent Collar 

This is my second step to flea & tick prevention. It's super easy to make, and lasts about 2 weeks! I left on a 15 day trip to Europe this summer, and this collar held up the entire time! Timmy stayed at a cage-free kennel for a week, and with a friend for the other half. Even after living with other dogs, I came home to a flea-free Timmy! Pretty impressive, right? 

Recipe: (mix the following in a bowl)

  1. 1 cup of water

  2. 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol

  3. 1/2 teaspoon of garlic oil (or manually crush 1 garlic clove)

  4. 1 drop Thyme

  5. 1 drop Lemongrass

  6. 1 drop Cedarwood

  7. 1 drop Lavender

Soak a fabric collar in the solution for 30 minutes. Remove and lay flat to dry. Once completely dry, put collar on your pup and use as normal! Repeat every 2 weeks. 

3. Every Day Prevention Spray

Last but not least, we have our Flea & Tick spray! I like to spray Timmy down before going on a hike, or if I know we're going somewhere he'll be interacting with a lot of other dogs. If you live in a flea infested area, I would suggest spraying your pup down before every walk (although I find the collar to work well on its own). 

Recipe: (fill a 4oz spray bottle) 

  1. Fill 1/4 of the bottle with Witch Hazel

  2. 3 drops Cedarwood

  3. 3 drops Lemongrass

  4. 3 drops Thyme

  5. 3 drops Lavender

  6. Fill rest of bottle with distilled water


Shake well and spray! Pay attention to target areas (base of tale, ankles, neck). I also like to spray a light layer all over his coat. 

** Remember, do not use a plastic container! I find that a stainless steel spray bottle (like this one here) works best for this recipe because it's less likely to break, and easy to throw in your bag on hikes.

You may have noticed that certain oils overlapped in these recipes. There's no proven mixture that works best. These are simply the recipes that have worked for Timmy and I! Here's a list of essential oils that are great for flea & tick management. You can test your own combinations with the oils you already have, and see what works for you! 

Anti Flea & Tick Oils: Lemon, Cedarwood, Thyme, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Rosemary.

I hope these recipes have inspired you to take natural action when it comes to your pet's health! We live in a time where we're blessed with alternatives, and I believe we should fully take advantages of these tools. 

Comment below on recipes that have worked for you! Timmy and I would love to hear from you :) 

Until next time! xo, Mikaella & Timmy 

 

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