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tick1More and more dogs owners are looking for natural alternatives for tick prevention. Although ticks can be a concern in the warmer months, dog owners also have to consider the effects that chemical tick treatments have on their dog’s digestive tract, internal organs and overall health, both short and long term. If you are concerned about the impact these chemicals have on your dog, then read on – there are a few ways to treat tick bites with all natural products.

Dietary Tick Preventatives


  • Garlic – Garlic given as a dietary supplement makes the dog less appealing to ticks too. The smell is excreted through the skin and repels both ticks and fleas. However, garlic contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia in dogs. If you use garlic as your tick prevention, use it sparingly.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Apple cider vinegar adds acidity to your dog’s blood, making it less appealing to ticks and fleas. Add 2 tablespoons of the apple cider vinegar to the dog’s food or water bowl as a preventative.

Topical/External Tick Preventatives


  • Herbal flea and tick powder – There are several herbal flea and tick powders and sprays on the market utilizing various herbal combinations to prevent ticks. You can easily make your own powder at home with just three ingredients. Find the recipe here.
  • Herbal flea/tick collars – There are several herbal flea and tick collars on the market, but you can also make your own at home. Mix 2 tablespoons almond oil with Rose Geranium Oil or Palo Santo. Dab a few drops on your dog’s neck area before heading out. Alternately, you could place the essential oil directly on his collar. Reapply the essential oil to the collar weekly.
  • Tick Shampoo – Mix several drops of Palo Santo with your favorite organic lavender shampoo. Let the suds sit on your dog for twenty minutes before rinsing. This will kill any existing ticks or prevent new ones.
  • Citrus repellent – 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 arm pits.

Environmental Tick Preventatives


  • Nematodes – Beneficial nematodes are a microscopic, worm-like organism that live in soil. They feed on tick larvae so break their life cycle and kill off the parasite.
  • Diatomaceous earth – Diatomaceous earth is a non-toxic powder consisting of ground fossils, marine life and fresh water organisms. While non-toxic to humans and animals, this powder is lethal to ticks and fleas.

Use Several All Natural Tick Prevention Products Together


When looking at the all natural tick prevention products, keep in mind that these products will be most effective if used in combination with each other. 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.

Preventing ticks doesn’t need to be a chemical based treatment. There a many all natural methods of prevention so your dog can live a healthy, chemical free life.



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  1. sarah

    I thought garlic is poison for dogs?

  2. Ellen Altemose

    Where do you purchase these products at a health food store?

  3. Destiny

    How often do u do the citrus repellent? I just found a tiny tick on my dog, not attached yet thankfully!

  4. Heather Patrick

    How often do you add the 2 Tbs. of ACV to the food?

  5. Valerie

    I was wondering if you use the almond oil and rose geranium oil equal parts or the palo oil .Thanks Valerie.I was also wondering if lavender shampoo is okay for a dog that has mild allergies.

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine

      Hi Valerie
      Just a few drops of each is fine. Definitely not equal parts.
      As for lavender, there are mixed reports with that. I’d introduce it slowly or perhaps use a eucalyptus shampoo instead.

      • Destiny


        Is there a specific brand of oils to use? Or can I get any brand of cedar wood/rose geranium oil?

  6. K

    You should add to use only food grade DE since there are other versions of it. Don’t want people to get the version used in pools.

  7. Krista O.

    I appreciate your advice. I actually found a place in town that has bulk herbs! And they also have Diatomaceous Earth too. http://www.leavesandroots.com/

  8. Krista O.

    Hi, just found your awesome website! Our local Vitamin Shoppe has Neem and Yarrow in capsules – so can I use these with the D.E. for the flea powder? Thank you!

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine

      You would be better off using it as a bulk herb (it would be cheaper) and you can order it online from places like Mountain Rose Herbs.

  9. Jill Pearson

    How much rose geranium oil or palo santo oil to I mix with the almond oil? Do I add a few drops of palo santo to MY lavender shampoo? or a dog shampoo?

  10. John Sturgess

    Interesting Options. However some one has to address how to deal with Ticks if a Dog Gets Infested with them . Evry thing is prevent prevent prevent, but a Dog can run into a Tick pile and they are youngens and you cant pull them off. So what does one do ?


    • Dogs Naturally
      Dogs Naturally

      I believe we posted an article on removing ticks. If they are too small to pick off, then comb them out. You could finish off with a Neem shampoo if you think there may still be ticks there and then apply our parasite powder recipe from another post.


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