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#1 oocahtah

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 05:19 PM

was wondering if anyone one has thoughts on a natural way to treat against ticks and flees,i have been reading that organic aplle cide vinager works very well and also helps with other things ,were i live i have 50 acres of tress and bush(i live in the kawarths ,ontario),i would rather find a natural way then having to put so many chemicals into them,any suggestions would be great    thanks all



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Posted 15 June 2015 - 06:43 AM

I use essential oils like peppermint, citronella, lemongrass, lavender, eucalyptus, and cedar wood.   I put them in a spray bottle with water.  I reapply it every time I take Chhaya out and I also brush her every time we are done in the woods or fields.  Extra work but not the chemicals....


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Posted 15 June 2015 - 07:00 AM

With all the hiking and traveling and other-dog interactions we do- I gave up and chose to use an OTC flea product. Used to use Revolution, but J developed a sensitivity to it and would get skin irritations. Switched to Advantage and have no complaints. I only use it in summer May through September or so. To minimize the impact on their systems.
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Posted 15 June 2015 - 07:40 AM

 I only use it in summer May through September or so. To minimize the impact on their systems.

 

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Posted 15 June 2015 - 09:40 AM

We also have a HUGE neighborhood cat population that completely infests our yard with Fleas… :(

So herbal options would have to be applies multiple times/day, and is not practical.  My dogs would be greasebombs from all the essential oils.. lol


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Posted 15 June 2015 - 04:08 PM

hi maria what ratio do you use and i started putting the cider vinager in there food and they actually love it and so far all is good on the bugs as mooka and bella love to go in the woods close to the house i have also heard bathing in pepermint oil is good for the skin and coat and keeps the bugs away,going to try will let you know how it goes

and thanks all for the advise 



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Posted 16 June 2015 - 05:01 AM

Oh no Starghoti.....you put the oils in a spray bottle with water and then spray them...no oily mess! I know it is alot of work but I prefer to stay away from chemicals...I had 2 dogs a collie and a lab that had reactions to the heartworm pills and the flea products.  I chose to do as much naturally even though it's more work for me. A longer life for my pup is worth it. But with neighbors that don't care for their animals it makes it difficult to do this....I'm sorry that you have to deal with that!

 

oocahtah, I use a 24 oz spray bottle and put approx 10-15 drops of each oil...I mix 3 or 4 different oils together. (make sure you spray the undercoat!) You can go online and do a search for "essential oils that repel fleas and ticks".  I use Mountain Rose oils.  A couple other kinds that are good is Young Living or DoTerra.  I do not use oils that have alcohol, etc in them....the more pure the better!  


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Posted 16 June 2015 - 06:58 AM

Maria, how do your pups handle the essential oils? Tamarack hates the smell of them and will act incredibly pathetic as I'm spraying it on and the moment I release him he throws himself all over the place trying to wipe it off on every single thing he can find. I assume the smell is quite strong for him but it's hard to tell if it's actually that uncomfortable or if he's just being overly dramatic (which would not be out of character for him).

 

I can't really tell that the essential oils make much of a difference against fleas and ticks, but it does seem to help keep the blackflies away. I tend to use nothing at all but have had to use Advantage on occasion if I actually see fleas. For ticks I just try to remain diligent about checking him thoroughly and pulling them off promptly. We did a 5 minute run through a field the other day and got an unbelievable amount of ticks off of him... over 20 on each leg! They are bad this year in New England.



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Posted 16 June 2015 - 08:58 AM

Chhaya does ok now.  She tried to roll and get the smell off at first too, but over time she got used to it. It's like anything else start with small amounts and increase over time. When I ride my horse I respray her when we get back and brush her, they are bad in PA too.  Some of the things she rolls in....the oils smell much better lol! 

She gets scared with thunderstorms and I use lavender to calm her down some.  


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Posted 19 June 2015 - 06:10 PM

1526761_795000320621191_6828537088977701Dog owners !! 

Something to be aware off for all those who have little grass eaters! 
Ticks can also burrow into the mouth!



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Posted 20 June 2015 - 07:24 AM

I Tell you, I learn something new every day on this forum...I had no idea a tick would go THERE


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Posted 20 June 2015 - 08:03 AM

Yikes!


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Posted 20 June 2015 - 04:56 PM

make 2 of us,so i have done alot of research and up here in good ole canada the best natural way to keep ticks and fleas and misquitos away is lavender oil ,which will also calm them

so this is what i will try,will let you know how it goes,thanks all for the responses






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