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 used conventional (e.i toxic) flea and tick products.
What is wrong with conventional 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 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.
- 4 oz Raw apple cider vinegar (this is the brand I recommend)
- 2 oz Distilled water
- 2 oz Aloe vera (like this one)
- 1 oz Castille soap (I use this one)
- 10 Drops of lemongrass essential oil (find it here)
- 10 Drops of peppermint essential oil (find it here)
- Combined all ingredients in an 8 oz spray bottle, preferably glass or at least dark PET or PETE plastic
- For prevention: Before going outside, spray on dog's fur until it is slightly damp and work with your hands
- For treatment: Spray on dog's fur until damp and with a fine comb tooth comb through
- Avoid spraying the face
You can use a different combination of essential oils, these two are by far my favorite for this spray but here are others you can use:
- Clary sage
These 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. The links to where to find the essential oils may contain affiliate links (read here what that means), however, I am not affiliated with any brand in particular much less multilevel marketing companies that sell and market essential oils. The links above lead to where I bought the oils for this recipe and/or the brands I feel comfortable recommending, you can use a different brand but please make sure they are good-quality and pure essential oils and not diluted in any other oil.