Having an adorable little best friend comes with a price. With great dog parents, come great responsibilities. Not only does the infestation of ticks cause us loads of panic, but also breaks our hearts to find our pups feeling restless and scratching like crazy!
Here are simple homemade recipes you can use to repel ticks away from your dog. Use whichever you feel more comfortable with. Spray your dog 1-2 times a day, depending on the need. Avoid spraying near the eyes .
Note: This alone most probably won’t work. You have to use the medication prescribed by your vet for treating dogs from ticks and fleas. This merely gives extra protection, in a natural way.
Also be careful, when giving your dogs their monthly medication, they should be completely dry 1-2 days before and 1-2 days after the day you give medicine (or unless otherwise instructed). On those days, avoid spraying to ensure your dog is completely dry during that time frame, for maximum benefit from the medicine.
Recipe #1: Simple Vinegar & Water
Fill a spray bottle with half water and half vinegar. That’s it! As simple as such.
The vinegar will repel ticks and fleas, as well as leave your dog with a clean, shiny, fresh smelling coat. The strong smell of vinegar goes away in a few minutes, so don’t worry about it.
Recipe #2: The power of Mint
Boil some mint leaves into a cup of water. Let it cool completely, then filter the leaves out with a strainer, and set aside.
Pour the mint water into a spray bottle, and add to it 1.5 cups of white or apple cider vinegar, in addition to 1 tsp of almond oil or sunflower oil.
The vinegar will repel ticks/fleas, the mint will give a nice smell and a calming effect, and the oil will make the dog’s coat soft and shiny.
Recipe #3: Natural essential oils
In a small spray bottle, mix 1 cup of water, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, with 10-15 drops of any of the following natural essential oils: lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, or peppermint oil.
Other essential oils, which can be used are lemon oil, orange oil, lemongrass and tea tree.
Those oils are proven to repel ticks and fleas, as well as give your dog a nice scent and soft coat. Use any of them, or mix any of them, according to your preferable scent. Works well as a doggie perfume too!
To read more about preventing ticks and fleas from infesting your dog and home, click here.