Natural Citrus Fruits
Citrus is a natural repellent for many insects. Citrus works against ticks too. Boil the peels of lemons and oranges, then let them cool at room temperature in the water for 24 hours. Once your mixture is cool, the natural citrus oil will seep from the fruit rinds and into your water. This water can be strained and poured into a spray bottle. Your citrus spray can be used on your dog’s fur and around your house, in doorways, and in your yard.
Cats do not typically enjoy the smell of citrus so they may not be as excited about a citrus tick repellent as you are.
Lemon juice can also be added to a spray bottle with witch hazel to ward off ticks as well.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is an easy-to-use natural tick repellant. You can add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar per quart of water to your dog’s water bowl to keep ticks away from your dog.
Apple cider vinegar can also be mixed with water to make a tick repellant spray. Mix ½ apple cider vinegar to ½ water and mix before spraying your dog’s coat. This simple spray can be applied once every morning before heading outside to keep ticks off your dog.
What are the symptoms of a tick bite in dogs?
Thankfully not all ticks are harmful, but around one in three are carrying an infectious disease. The pesky critters can spread disease in as little as 24 hours, so you must remove them quickly. Ticks will usually drop off after a few days when they’re full, but infection may have already spread by this stage.
Look out for the following tell-tale signs of a tick bite:
Ticks are usually black, but as they feed on blood, their body will change to a grey-brown colour. After walks, always check your dog’s body, head, neck, ears and feet. Ticks are excellent at finding warm hiding spots, like in between your dog’s toes or under their collar.
Skin inflammation or a rash around the area of the bite may be the first sign of infection. A little swelling is probably nothing to worry about, and it should heal itself after a few days. Soothe your dog’s skin with our anti-bacterial skin cream, which contains aloe vera for instant cooling. But if symptoms persist, speak to your vet.
Preventing and Removing TICKS in DOGS ️ 4 NATURAL REMEDIES
Did you know it’s peak tick season? While ticks are active all year round, numbers tend to peak in Spring and Autumn with warmer temperatures and damp conditions. They’re commonly found in our countryside, in woods and long grasses, and even in our gardens.
Ticks aren’t just a nuisance to pets; they can carry harmful and even deadly diseases. Unlike fleas, which cause persistent itching, the early signs of a tick bite are much more subtle. As tick bites can be harder to spot, tick prevention is essential to keeping your dog safe.
To ensure you’re prepared, we’ve explored the symptoms to look out for and how you can repel ticks the natural way.