Last updated on June 12, 2015
If you Google “safe ways to protect dogs from fleas and ticks,” you’ll be astounded at the number of results received. Try it: The possibilities and so-called solutions are endless. It’s been a while since we’ve written about what we use for dog flea and tick prevention. Knock on wood, we’ve had a pest-free summer and hope to keep it that way. I refuse to use harsh chemicals on my dog.
I’ve been down the road of side effects to spot-on flea and tick preventatives with my last Cocker Spaniel. Namely, the product of a very popular brand burned her fur right off. In addition to a host of other problems she developed, I regret not knowing better in the mid 2000’s. I wish I could go back and never put a harmful topical on her. What works for some may not work for others.
There are four products with which we have had success. No one has paid us to say this and we believe it sharing products that have been successful in our journey of pet parenting. With that, here’s our 2014 lineup of less chemical-laden ways to keep fleas and ticks off our dog:
(1) Only Natural Pet Easy Defense Flea & Tick Tag
I am not easily sold on a little metal tag that claims to ward off pests. Using state of the art holistic technology, the EasyDefense Tag utilizes your pet’s own energy to create a natural barrier to pests. No chemicals, pesticides, or odors, and it easily slides onto your dog’s collar. Here’s what the folks at ONP say in terms of how it works and why it works: The EasyDefense tag is treated with a bio-energetic process and sealed in an electro-magnetic shielded envelope. When opened and placed on your pet, it uses your pet’s own inherent energy to send out frequencies that repel pests.
The process operates with quantum mechanic’s refined frequencies, and is somewhat similar to the basic principles of homeopathy. (It does not use traditional energy forms like electrical, chemical, thermal, magnetic, or radioactive.) After using it for close to 10 weeks, so far so good. No fleas or ticks. Our dog needs to wear it on his collar to build up the defense shield and if we remove his collar, it is suggested the collar with tag remains nearby. A bit pricier than other treatments, but I am of the ilk of pay now or pay later. Judge for yourself and give it a try here: Only Natural Pet Easy Defense Tag. (2) Only Natural Pet Herbal Defense Squeeze-On
Because I live in a densely populated with ticks and fleas area, I didn’t want to risk using the Defense tag alone, so we’re on month two of the ONP pet herbal defense squeeze on. Though it looks like the little tubes of poison I refuse to put on my dog, this product contains NO harmful chemicals. So far, it’s been effective against fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. I no longer use products on my dog I wouldn’t first use on myself, and this herbal defense fits the bill.
So what’s in it? Active Ingredients are Geraniol 0.93% and Peppermint oil 0.1%. Inert Ingredients: Almond oil 98.97%. According to the folks at ONP, geraniol is 400% more effective than citronella at repelling fleas, ticks and mosquitoes, which will help protect your dog from serious health issues. It is a bit oily and goes on like a typical between the shoulder blades topical. I recommend putting an old sheet or two down on furniture for the first day or two where your dog sleeps or rests. It is a pleasant scent and by day three, on our furry Cocker Spaniel the oiliness disappears. Three vials costs under $20 and we are very happy with the product thus far. Here’s the link: Only Natural Pet Herbal Defense Squeeze On (3) DERMagic Flea Dust
Too much of a good thing is never a good thing, and we do not use all of these products together. We do, however, use them depending on the situation. I am a forever fan of human grade DE (diatomaceous earth) so imagine my glee in finding out that the folks at DERMagic Flea Dust sell a version.
It safely kills fleas in the pet’s bedding, carpet, furniture, etc. Very reasonably priced, but you must use it at least daily if you plan to do any outdoor activity with your dog. Never place near the dog’s head or face. I sprinkle it on my hands and then rub into my dog’s coat and onto his skin, legs, back, belly, etc. Never the face. “DE” is fossilized remains of microscopic shells that act as shards of glass to winged insects. So fleas and ticks cannot become immune to the stuff, unlike harsh chemicals.
Shards of glass will always be just that: shards of glass. I sprinkle this onto my hand and into my dog’s coat. Bonus: Word has it that this is a good bedbug deterrent, so I like traveling with it, too. It is not a one-time usage and then move on: This must be applied as needed. More about the flea dust here. I use this when we travel and under the belly if we are heading near woods or any heavy tree areas. Mostly we use on the belly and legs these days. (4) Liquid Net for Pets
Containing deterrents such as lemon grass, citronella oil and cedarwood, I use this when we are going to be any heavily wood areas in addition to the DE or if I really feel your dog is exposed.
When going to the drive-in movies we spray a bit on the dog….not a lot. This comes in wipes as well, so it makes it ideal for usage on the head and ears. I also use it on myself. As a mosquito magnet, I’ve found the season’s blood suckers keep away. The scent is a bit strong at first, but I’ve found it dissipates after a short time. Very effective and love the ability to spray upside down with their neat spritzer bottle. Price effective. Learn more about Liquid Net For Pets here. So there you have it. We ain’t fixin’ what ain’t broke. This will remain our routine unless we exchange something out or something else comes out that is safe and effective against ticks and fleas.
All of the above are DEET free – never use DEET on a dog. There are no glove needed to apply, and fleas and ticks are staying away. This has been a great pest-free summer.
QUESTION: What are you using to keep fleas and ticks away from your dog(s)?
Note: We were not compensated for any of these reviews. We believe in sharing information about products that work for us at Fidose of Reality. We cannot guarantee the same results and make no claims to this. Always check with your pet’s veterinarian for any health issues or concerns.