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I remember my first dog, I was 11 and she was just a few weeks old. Her name was Gigi and she was the cutest Poodle and who-knows-what mix. I’ve had dogs almost all my life, so naturally, I’ve had a few encounters with fleas and ticks. Thing is, I used conventional (e.i toxic) flea and tick products.

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What is wrong with conventional Dog flea and tick products?

The Center for Public Integrity reported the death of a 2 year old child after being bathed with a lice treatment. The autopsy confirmed the death was caused by being exposed to pyrethrin, a chemical found in commercial flea and tick products.

The Humane Society reported 1,600 animal deaths related to flea and tick products for 2008. Even the EPA  recognizes most of the chemicals used in these products as poisonous, hazardous, and likely human carcinogens. I could go on and on about the dangers and be detailing which chemicals to avoid but I think it’s best if we agree we should just avoid these products altogether.

A couple of summers ago I wrote this post on natural flea prevention, yet my dogs still got fleas once since I wrote that post.  It was late in the year too. I thought, ah it’s getting cool we’re good. That taught me that while my dogs are exposed to grass or the outdoors I can’t let my guard down. But this also means I’ve been able to try many different natural remedies and have figured out what works and what doesn’t. and I know that this anti-flea and tick spray works.

DIY Anti Flea and Tick Spray


DIY Natural Flea and Tick Spray for Dogs

DIY Natural Flea and Tick Spray Ingredients

homemade anti flea and tick spray

DIY Natural Flea and Tick Spray Instructions

  1. Combined all ingredients in an 8 oz spray bottle, preferably glass or at least dark PET or PETE plastic
  2. For prevention: Before going outside, spray on dog’s fur until it is slightly damp and work with your hands
  3. For treatment: Spray on dog’s fur until damp and with a fine comb tooth comb through
  4. Avoid spraying the face

Different Essential oils

You can use a different combination of essential oils, these two are by far my favourite for this spray but there are others you can use:

  • Clary sage
  • Lemon
  • Rosemary
  • Citronella
  • Lavender

This spray is not for cats. I am not a cat owner so I have not researched the use and safety guidelines for the feline friends.

A final word about essential oils

Safety is important, so please stick to the recipe above as it already follows safety guidelines for dilution.

Alternative Anti Flea and Tick Products

DIY Anti Flea and Tick Spray for Dogs

The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies

About the author

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