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Natural Flea and Tick Control for Dogs

By Edited Nov 27, 2013 2 7

Frontline not working for you? Are you concerned about what these harmful pesticides that go into your dogs skin are doing to your pet? After all, something that has a warning advising you to thoroughly wash your hands after applying can't be good for a pet, right? Are you looking for a safe and natural flea and tick control for your dog? Well in this article, I am going to discuss some safe alternatives to flea and tick control that don't involve the potential harmful effects that pharmaceutical grade flea and tick medication could pose.

One of the safest ways to control a flea and tick outbreak is to use natural wood chips. Bugs hate these chips in general but by adding wood chips around your pets bedding, the fleas and ticks will try to get away. The crazy thing about this method is your grandmother probably is using this method to keep bugs away from things in her chests and closets. I suggest using cedar wood as this not only is an effective deterrant to a possible flea infestation but it also smells great!

You can apply cedar wood oil extract directly to your dogs skin to keep the fleas and ticks at bay. Typically, you would only be spending $1 to apply the oil on the dog's coat and you won't have to worry about it making your dog sick. It is a natural solution.

Because it is oil that you are applying, you will probably want to apply the treatment outside. If your pet is infested with fleas, you can literally watch them jump off of him or her as you are applying it. They hate the stuff that much.

I have tried other natural flea treatments as well but they haven't worked. The laundry list include pennyroyal, Borax, diatomaceous earth and pyrethrum. All of these either didn't work at all or had issues. For instance, diatomaceous earth is toxic when you are applying it to your backyard and you have to wear a mask or risk slight damage to your lungs.

In hindsight, I wish I had tried to use cedar wood chips and cedar wood oil for fleas in the very beginning rather than listening to suggestions friends told me and reading articles online. Cedar wood oil is the perfect preventative for dogs. It is safe and natural and fleas and ticks (and other bugs) absolutely hate them!

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Comments

Aug 13, 2009 8:22am
sew40sew
Interesting concept, but where does one purchase cedar wood oil?????
Aug 13, 2009 9:50am
dralex
There are actually a ton of places. Just google it.
Sep 1, 2009 4:44pm
egmartinez
One thing that worked miracles on my dog was Brewer's Yeast with Garlic tablets. If your dog won't take them straight (mine did - all I had to say was "TREAT!" and it was down in a flash), you can stick it in a wad of cream cheese. My dog was BALD on her belly from tearing out the hair because of the itching caused by fleas - we think she was allergic to boot. Brewer's Yeast completely eliminated the problem, it's natural and safe too.
Nov 28, 2009 2:35pm
ethelsmith
Interesting, I must try this on my pooches. The rescue centre where they came from swear by feeding the dogs garlic with the animal's food.
May 31, 2011 3:06pm
Venetia
I am using diatomaceous earth right now on my cat....seems to ease her scratching but had not heard of using cedar oil. I have some distilled cedar oil that one could use to make perfumes, etc - bet that would work! Also cypress oil - make give them a try. Thanks so much.
May 31, 2011 8:11pm
DarleneMcFarlene
I have heard that some cats and dogs become more mellow with the use of cedarwood oil. I think in this day and age we are all after the natural, no chemical remedies and cedarwood oil delivers a double whammy. It gets rid of fleas and delivers aromatherapy as well.

Nice article!
Dec 30, 2012 5:07pm
CatLover
It is VERY DANGEROUS to use cedar wood oil or cypress oil on CATS!!! Cats' kidneys cannot handle the same types of products as dogs!!! These are NOT safe for cats!!! Just because something is labeled as "natural" does NOT make it safe for a cat!!! Try educating yourself and also checking with your vet and poison control!!! Most oils are NOT safe and definitely NOT the ones mentioned here. Also not safe: primrose oil, eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil ... None of these are safe for cats. They will go into acute renal failure or chronic renal failure. Please do not assume because you can give something to your DOG that you can give it to your CAT ... educate yourself and talk to your VETERINARIAN!!!
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