Many dog owners think that garlic is toxic for their pets, but this is not entirely true. When given in the correct dosage, garlic is actually quite beneficial for your dog. One of its benefits is the odour it exudes through their skin, which acts as a tick repellant.
You can safely give your canine friend 1/3 tsp of chopped fresh garlic per 5kg of body weight. However, puppies under 6 months old, Akitas, and Shiba Inus should be given special caution, so check in with your vet if this applies to your dog.
Apple cider vinegar
Raw, unpasteurised apple cider vinegar has a great impact on digestive health, for both dogs and humans. However, it also acts as a natural tick repellent, with the added bonus of repelling fleas, too! You can add up to ½ tsp per 10 kg of bodyweight to your dog’s water or food daily for a combination of gut health and tick prevention benefits.
There are a variety of herbal supplements for dogs on the market that are safe, healthy, and do a fantastic job of keeping your canine pal parasite free. Here are three we recommended:
Billy No Mates
If you are new to supplements, read our guide for beginners.
Natural ingredient tick sprays
There are various tick prevention sprays on the market that are natural and safe for your dog. We stock Dermadog Insect Defence Dog Spray, which contains organic essential oils such as cedarwood, lemongrass, and rose geranium to keep your dog tick-free.
Also Dermadog Itchy Dog Shampoo, uses the soothing properties of lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint organic essential oils to relieve the irritation of itchy skin.
Homemade tick repellent recipes
Cut a lemon into four pieces and cover with boiling water in a pint jar. After steeping overnight, pour into a spray bottle and spray your dog all over, especially in hard-to-see areas like behind the ears, in the armpits, around the head, and the base of their tail.
Apple cider vinegar spray
Add the following ingredients to make a natural tick repellent
- Raw apple cider vinegar
- Fresh rosemary
- A few drops of lemongrass or citronella essential oil to a spray bottle.
Spray your dog’s coat before heading outside (again, ensuring to cover all the areas ticks love) to naturally repel parasites.
Yes, you can even make flea and tick collars at home, and without chemicals! Here’s a quick and easy recipe we like:
- Buy a woven fabric dog collar (not plastic threaded)
- Combine 2 drops each of lavender, cedarwood, thyme, and tea tree essential oils
- Add 1 tbsp witch hazel
- Add 1 tsp garlic oil
- Soak collar for 5 minutes
- Allow to dry overnight
This will provide your canine friend with up to a month of flea and tick prevention, naturally and safely.
Effective Micro-organism bead collars
EM Tick-off Necklaces, by Harbour Hounds’ are crafted using several EM ceramic beads. Of course, these are not your ordinary ceramic. EM ceramic is embedded with beneficial micro-organisms which improve your dog’s coat, skin microbiome and their natural immunity, meaning they are better equipped with the natural defences to repel ticks.