I have already picked a tick off my dog this year and considering the fact that she only goes outside to do her business and then comes right back in, to me that means that the ticks are going to be brutal this summer. Whatever the reason, our pets need protection from these blood suckers.
Since we lead a pretty toxic free life and because my dog is all of 8 pounds, I am reluctant to use over the market flea and tick products such as Frontline, K9 or Revolution. So here are some options that are safe for pets and family, instead:
- Spray the yard with PCO Choice. This is a non-toxic spray (a bit expensive) but it lasts quite a while since it is mostly Cedar Oil so rain will not wash it away immediately. We reapply every 3 months or if there has been a lot of consistent rain.
- If your pet does happen to still get the little buggers after you have sprayed your yard, you will want to use something safe on your pet and in your home. I like one of 2 products: Diatomaceous Earth OR Domestic Animal Spray. Whichever one of these you choose, you will kill eggs and adults so that you can stop the infestation in its tracks.
- There is also another home remedy that is circling the internet that seems like it could be effective but I have not tried it:
- 8 ounces of organic apple cider vinegar
- 4 ounces of warm water
- ½ tsp of sea salt
- ½ tsp of baking soda
Mix salt and baking soda together and slowly add the apple cider vinegar (you may get a reaction when you add it). Put this mixture into a 16 ounce bottle and then add the warm water. Spray down your pet but avoid their eyes as this will sting if it should come in contact with their eyes.
Hope these might help!
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