Its that time of the year again, spring is in full swing, and with beautiful sunny days comes the arrival of fleas and ticks. With so many products on the market, what's the right choice?
Here at Pound Hounds we don't think there is a one size fits all solution. Someone living in rural PA won't have the same needs as someone living in Manhattan.
We subscribe to a less is more philosophy when it comes to our pets and chemicals so if you live in an area with few ticks and its not a particularly high fleas season, you may want to forgo the traditional chemical laden flea and tick meds and instead opt for a more natural solution.
Cedar oil, lavender oil, and citrus oil, and coconut oil are all natural deterrents for fleas and ticks.
A few drops of cedar or lavender oil added to their collar or bandanna can go a long way to keeping these pests at bay. Rubbing your pets coat with coconut oil not only adds a beautiful sheen but kills and deters fleas. You could also treat with a spray containing one or more of these ingredients.
-1 cup white distilled vinegar OR 1 cup apple cider vinegar OR a 50/50 blend of both -1 quart fresh water -2-3 drops of lavender or cedar oil -a decent sized spray bottle
The essential oil isn’t vital, but it certainly gives the spray an extra edge (and a nice smell.) If you’re using it, add 2-3 drops as you add 1 cup of white distilled vinegar/apple cider vinegar/both to 1 quart of fresh water. Fill your spray bottle, and mist your dog, being careful not to get it in their eyes, nose, or ears-aka avoid spraying near the face. To get up around the neck and behind the ears/their chin area, dampen a soft cloth with the mixture and wipe it on. Spray your pets bedding and around it with this mixture lightly as well.
Can be used alongside any of these remedies.
You will need…
-1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar
For every 40 pound dog add 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar to 1 quart of their drinking water. We highly recommend using Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. Not only does it deter fleas, it improves a pups skin and coat condition from the inside-out.