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Three chemical free ways to prevent fleas and ticks

Longer days and longer walks: Two of the pros to spring and summertime fun with our dogs.

Fleas and ticks: Two seasonal (and in many areas, year-round) foes of dogs.

In our never-ending paws-to-the-ground search for products that will not harm dogs and yet are effective in eradicating and preventing fleas and ticks, we have a round up of three products we’re using. We’re currently winding down a road trip from Pennsylvania to Utah and back , so we’ve experienced rain, woods, arid climate, humidity, and of course, areas laden with pests. Here are three for fighting…fleas and ticks without fret:

Earth Heart’s Buzz Guard: Small bottle, effective results. From Earth Heart comes this DEET-free formula consisting of neem seed oil; pure essential oils of citronella, fir, geranium; rosewood, basil, myrrh; and potassium sorbate. The product comes in a spray form and for my Cocker Spaniel, four squirts went a long way. I spray it onto my hand and then run it through Dexter’s coat and legs. For two ounces, cost is $12 and we’ve been using it for close to a year with success. Even the container is BPA-free. Totes easily, too. Love. 

Buzz Guard

Food grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE): Wanting a more natural option instead of applying harsh chemicals to Dexter during dastardly flea and tick season, this product has been stellar.  The  fossilized remains of microscopic shells act as shards of glass to winged critters. I purchased a salt shaker from Target and sprinkle this onto my hand and into his coat. I purchased Food Grade DE from After using it since the summer of 2011, I’ve yet to see one critter on my dog. Bonus: It prevents bed bugs so yes, I travel with this. (be sure to get the food grade). Thanks to our friends at All Things Dog blog for the heads up on this product.

diatomaceous earth

Tick key: Hallejuah I had this when I visited the beach last summer. Though protected with the above products, we did have a tick incident – right on my baby boy’s head.  Right where I didn’t apply any product. Bleaccch. Using natural forward leverage to remove the entire tick, this is the kind of product that pays for itself the first time you use it. Nicely priced for toting on a keyring, too. I think I paid $7 at my local Pet Supplies Plus store.

tick key

I found out when talking to an exhibitor at the BlogPaws 2012 convention that “natural” does not mean a 100% safe solution for every dog and cat.  Remember: Just because something is dubbed natural does not mean it is 100% safe. Products should never be used in excess and always check with your dog’s veterinarian prior to applying any product.  And if your vet won’t talk about it, talk to another vet who will.

We are not compensated to endorse any of the above. We just aren’t fans of chemicals that harm our pets.

Cocker spaniel dogs






  1. Sarah @ Lola the Pitty says

    I like the idea of the tick key! I’m just fortunate that we have short-haired dogs – it’s SO much easier to see when they have a tick on them. I’d be worried I would miss one having to dig through fur :(.

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