ticks invasion - natural solution?
I need a natural cure for ticks as my dogs are infected with ticks and i don't want to use poisonous and dangerous substances can you help me?
There are natural products that you can use to deter or repel ticks and fleas, but although they help I can't say that they will actually eliminate the problem.
When it's just the occasional tick picked up on a walk in the long grass etc., they're okay, but if your dogs have lots of ticks then personally I'd recommend using a chemical product at least once to rid them of these nasty parasites, then switch over to a more natural product. However, I'm not a vet and this is just my personal opinion. You should be guided by your veterinarian in this.
Although all of the chemical products have some degree of risk attached, using one that is provided/recommended by your vet, such as Frontline Plus, is MUCH safer (and more effective) than using an over-the-counter product. There are some very real health dangers to your dogs associated with tick infestations, so it's vital to get it under control quickly.
Certain natural herbs/flowers and compounds repel fleas and ticks, and these include Lemon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Lavender. You can buy aromatherapy and other natural products that contain these ingredients. Check out this Dog Aromatherapy Products page to see several of them.
You can make your own flea-repellent tonic by mixing 1tsp of dried Rosemary with 2 cups of boiling water, let it sit for 10 mins then strain to remove the herb. Once this solution has cooled you can pour it over your dog (best to do this after a bath) and let it dry naturally.
You can do something similar by slicing a whole lemon (peel and all) and adding it to 2 cups of boiling water. This time let the mixture sit overnight, then the next day strain it to remove lemon pieces and pour it over your dog.
Both these mixtures can be put into a spray bottle too, and applied that way when necessary.
As I said though, these won't necessarily repel or kill ticks. Another natural product that you can use to deal with all sorts of parasites in domestic animals (incuding dogs) is Diatomaceous Earth. See this link to learn more .... Diatomaceous Earth.
Hope this helps. Best of luck with the tick attack!
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