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Home Journal Protecting Your Dog During Flea and Tick Season

By taking proactive steps and incorporating natural solutions like the homemade repellent spray, you can significantly reduce the risk of flea and tick infestations. Regular grooming, maintaining a clean environment, and consulting with your vet are key components of a comprehensive flea and tick prevention strategy. With these measures in place, you can ensure that your dog remains healthy, comfortable, and free from these troublesome pests throughout the season.

Understanding Fleas and Ticks

Fleas are small, wingless insects that feed on the blood of animals. They can cause itching, skin irritation, and allergic reactions. Fleas can also transmit tapeworms and cause flea-bite anemia in severe infestations.

Ticks are arachnids that attach themselves to animals and humans to feed on blood. They can transmit serious diseases such as Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis. Ticks are often found in grassy, wooded, or rural areas.

Preventative Measures

Regular Grooming and Inspection

Brush your dog’s coat regularly to remove any fleas or ticks that may be present. This also helps you spot these pests early.
Pay special attention to areas where ticks often hide, such as behind the ears, under the collar, and between the toes.

Maintain a Clean Environment

Vacuum your home frequently, especially areas where your dog sleeps and plays. Dispose of the vacuum bag promptly.
Wash your dog’s bedding and toys regularly in hot water to kill any flea eggs or larvae.

Outdoor Management

Keep your lawn, bushes, and trees trimmed to reduce tick habitats.
Consider using nematodes, natural predators of fleas, in your garden.

Consult Your Vet

Speak with your veterinarian about the best flea and tick prevention products for your dog. There are various options available, including topical treatments, oral medications, and collars.


100% Natural Flea and Tick Repellent Spray

For those who prefer a natural approach, this homemade repellent spray can be an effective addition to your dog’s flea and tick prevention routine. Please note that while natural repellents can help deter fleas and ticks, they may not be as effective as commercial products. Always consult your vet before using any new treatment on your dog.


200ml apple cider vinegar
200ml water
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops cedarwood essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
1 tablespoon neem oil


Combine the apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
Add the lavender, cedarwood, and peppermint essential oils.
Add the neem oil, which acts as a natural insect repellent and is safe for dogs.
Shake the bottle well to mix all ingredients thoroughly.
Before each use, shake the bottle to ensure the oils are evenly distributed.

Lightly spray your dog’s coat, avoiding the eyes, nose, and mouth.
Pay extra attention to areas where fleas and ticks are likely to hide, such as the neck, underbelly, and tail.

Apply the spray before going for walks in areas with high flea and tick populations.
Reapply the spray every few days or after your dog gets wet.

Protecting Your Dog During Flea and Tick Season