Camping and outdoor backyard activities are a summer must for the whole family. Our little family includes more just people though – we have a sweet playful dog, Bella and love s the outdoors just as much as we do!
She’s a lab-mix that runs like crazy and loves to explore the woods. Between her and my active little boy, we spend a lot of time outside. One of the two of them is always begging to go out and play, which is fine with me because I love to be outdoors too!
There is one problem with being in the woods, though… we have lots of ticks. For a while I felt like we were picking one off of our dog almost daily. Not such a good thing!
Thankfully we have reduced the amount of ticks buy using this simple (and all natural) DIY Flea and Tick-repellent Dog Shampoo. It has helped tremendously, plus it’s nice to have a separate shampoo for our mud-loving dog. I’m not too keen on sharing the same shampoo bar I used on my own head, with the dog.
While the dog shampoo helps, sometimes we need a little bit more to help keep the fleas and ticks away. I don’t like using the chemical tick goo that you can get from pet shops and vets. As with our human body products, I like to use a natural product for my dog.
In addition to the tick-repellent shampoo, I’ve also started adding a flea and tick repellent essential oil blend to my dog’s collar. It’s easy to do and it’s very cost effective!
DIY Flea and Tick Collar for Dogs
- 1 Tbsp Witch Hazel
- 2 drops each: lavender essential oil, cedarwood essential oil, thyme essential oil, melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil
- 1 tsp garlic oil
- Woven collar or bandana
Note: I know there are a lot of essential oil companies out there and I’ve certainly tried my fair share of brands. But after testing and researching and more testing, only one is worth spending money on (in my opinion). For a couple years now I’ve been committed to Young Living oils, and you can read more about their oils and my decision HERE.
Mix the first three ingredients in a shallow bowl. Soak your dog’s collar in the mixture until the collar is soaked through, about 5 minutes. Remove and let dry overnight before placing on your dog. Repeat monthly to keep the bugs away.
See how easy that is? Now your furry friend can have a chemical-free flea and tick repellent! My favorite part is that I’m not worried about using this and then letting my little boy pet our dog.
Many commercial flea and tick collars clearly have “keep out of reach of children” on the label, or are marked to “wash hands after handling.” I don’t have to worry about what chemicals are on our homemade flea and tick collar – it’s safe for the whole family!
Note: Don’t use this recipe for your cats. Not all essential oils are recommended for for all animals. Use this chart as a guide.
Additional Ideas for Homemade Flea and Tick Repellent
You know what else you could do if you have a high concentration of ticks in your area? Add this mix to a roller bottle or spray bottle and apply before going outside! You can give your dog a quick spritz when she heads out the door.
Or, since it’s safe for the whole family, roll or spray onto you and the kids’ ankles to keep the ticks off. Ahh, I love multipurpose mixtures! Simplicity is nice.
Do you use natural products on your pets? How do you keep fleas and ticks at bay, naturally?
This post was written by Heather at NeverLackingZeal.com.