Summer is here in full swing; even though some of us have been desperately awaiting the season and heading to the beach. However, it’s a little different for pet owners. Summer is the ideal season to go on long walks or hikes with our four-legged family members, but summer is also the season when our pets get fleas and ticks. We compiled a list of all-natural remedies to rid your pets of fleas and ticks this summer!
Shampooing your pet is one of the cheapest ways to rid them of fleas and ticks this summer. Shampoos that have medicine to kill fleas and ticks are easily available and affordable. Though an inexpensive option, bathing your pet is hard work and you’ll have to do it every two weeks for it to be effective. You can also make your own shampoo by combining just a few easy ingredients. Take a look at these DIY recipes we sourced from the AKC.
Natural Flea Collars
If you have free time and are into DIY projects, you can always make a natural flea collar using cotton or nylon. Add some unflavored vodka and essential oils (lavender, peppermint, lemongrass and cedar oils work well to repel fleas and ticks) and you’re ready to go! This option should not produce any side effects.
Treat the House and Lawn
Keeping your lawn and trees trimmed back will help to reduce the population of fleas, ticks and mosquitos in your backyard. The less area there is for these parasites to live and breed, the less you will be concerned with them. If you still have problems, consult with your local lawn spraying service that uses 100% non-toxic, organic products to insure the safety of your family and pets while keeping your environment pest free. Try to avoid using toxic products, as they can be very harmful to animals and humans.
Apple Cider Vinegar
One of the more natural ways is to simply add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to your pet’s water. This is also one of the easiest and simple ways to kill fleas and ticks. Before doing so, you’ll need to ensure your pet has no allergies to vinegar. You can test this by adding two drops of vinegar to your pets tongue. If he or she does not respond in a negative way, it’s likely your dog will be fine with this concoction.
Lemon Tick Spray
A citrus repellent is a very effective treatment for avoiding fleas and ticks on humans and dogs. All you have to do is cut a lemon into quarters and put into a pint jar. Cover with boiling water and let steep overnight. Put the solution in a spray bottle and spray all over the dog, especially behind the ears, around the head, at the base of the tail and in the armpits.
Try adding garlic to your pet’s diet in the form of a supplement. Garlic makes a dog less appealing to ticks and fleas as it gets excreted through their skin. However, garlic contains sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia in dogs when fed in large amounts.
Use Several All Natural Tick Remedies Together
When looking at all natural tick prevention options, it’s important to keep in mind that using a combination of these remedies is most effective.
A dietary solution, combined with a topical and an environmental product, provides broad-spectrum protection while avoiding the complications that introducing chemicals into the dog’s system and surroundings can bring.
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Author: Michelle Anastasio-Festi
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