Natural Tick Prevention for Dogs – 4 E-Z Ways

May 3, 2018 in Articles

In case you are not aware that natural tick prevention for dogs exists, it actually does!  Numerous natural remedies are available to purchase or you can even make some of these remedies at home.  You will want to avoid your dog (or cat) from getting bitten by ticks because they can cause several ill effects for your precious pet/s.  

Although chemical-based tick-prevention treatments are quite effective in tackling tick and flea infestation problems, some of the components in most chemical repellent products can be dangerous (and toxic) to your dog’s health, sometimes causing diarrhea, vomiting, seizures, and so on.

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Unlike chemical repellents, natural tick remedies are non-toxic, safe and less expensive.  Here, you will learn how to combat this potential problem before it occurs.

For some, natural tick prevention for dogs is the best (and only way) for several reasons. I will admit that I am one of those individuals who has chosen these natural remedies in the prevention of ticks.  Here are some reasons:

Benefits of Natural Tick Remedies

  • Affordability

The materials used in natural tick remedies may include:  vinegar, lemon, beneficial nematodes, and so on.  They are either available at home and are very inexpensive to obtain online. 

  • No Harmful Side Effects 

This is the main reason I have chosen to go the “natural” route.  Constant use of chemical repellents on your pets, over time, can cause adverse effects for your dog’s health such as thyroid lesions, increased cholesterol levels, liver and kidney problems, and increased aggressive behavior.

Although some natural tick remedies may cause minor side effects (such as skin irritation, which may result from the use of apple cider vinegar, IF not diluted with water), they are NOT harmful to your pet. When properly diluted, there should not be any issues.

The product shown below is an affordable, safe, natural tick spray.  It is made in the U.S.A., with NO toxic ingredients. Just click the image (below) to read the all-natural ingredients and purchase this All-Natural Spray.

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  • Can Increase Immunity

Use of natural-based tick treatments can increase the dog’s ability to repel ticks and fleas. Consistent use over a period of time can improve its immunity to these pests and result in better health for your dog.  


4 Natural Ways of Preventing Ticks

Here are four (4) natural methods of preventing tick infestation on your pets, aside from using chemical treatments, which can be dangerous to your dog’s health.

1.  Topical/External Tick Remedies

  • Apple Cider Vinegar 

    Ex. of Apple Cider Vinegar

This is an effective alternative to flea and tick repellents.  The acidic taste of Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is unappealing to ticks and fleas. Regularly spraying your dog with this solution can help repel tick infestation.

Since applying vinegar directly on your dog’s skin can cause irritation, add 1 cup of ACV and 1 ounce of organic soap to 1-quart warm water to make a diluted solution, and work it into the dog’s fur all the way to the skin. Let the suds sit for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. 

In the past, I had put Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar — diluted with tepid water (1:1 ratio) — into a plastic spray bottle and sprayed my dog’s coat thoroughly.  There were no issues with and this and it did keep those nasty ticks and mosquitos off my dogs. 

Place the apple cider vinegar and water into a spray bottle and shake before spraying your dog. (Do not spray the dog’s eyes, nose, mouth, or inside of ears.)


  • Citrus Repellent

    Sliced Lemon

    To make a citrus repellent, add two slices of lemon or lime into two cups of boiled water. Let it simmer for one hour, and put the resulting solution into a spray bottle.  Apply it to your dog’s coat, not forgetting the head, tail, armpits and behind the ears.  




  • Tick Shampoo/Tick Combs

Ex. Tick/Flea Combs

You can make a tick shampoo by mixing an organic lavender shampoo with drops of Palo Santo.  Apply it to your dog’s body and let the suds sit for twenty minutes.

Before rinsing, use a flea or tick comb and comb through your dog’s wet fur. You can also use the tick comb regularly on your dog to check for evidence of ticks and remove them if any are present.



2.  Essential Oils  

In their diluted form, they can be used as sprays or mixed with shampoos to repel ticks and fleas.

Ex. of Essential Oils

  • Rose geranium is a popular essential oil, which is mixed with almond oil and applied to the dog’s collar or neck area.
  • Coconut oil is also able to repel or kill ticks due to the lauric acid in it.
  • Essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, lemongrass and cedar oils are also effective but have to be diluted with a carrier oil like olive or almond oil before application. 



3.  Dietary Tick Remedies

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

It can also be used as a dietary supplement to make your pet less appealing to ticks from the inside. Regular intake can make your dog’s fur and skin smell like apple cider vinegar.

Add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s food or drinking water once a day.

Ex. of Apple Cider Vinegar


4.  Environmental Tick Remedies

  • Live Beneficial Nematodes

You can use live, beneficial nematodes to your advantage. These nematodes feed on tick larvae and may already be in your backyard.  If not, you can buy them at local pet shops or gardening stores.

  • Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth is another environmental preventative.  It is a non-toxic powder which contains some microbes. You can sprinkle it outdoors around the perimeter of your house or on your pet.  It had worked wonders when I applied it in my front and backyard lawns. 

(I personally do not recommend putting this product on your pet, as there are alternate methods of keeping ticks off your dog.  The only reason I am saying this is because you don’t want your dog to inhale the powder while it’s being applied to the pet.) 

It is NOT a good idea for either yourself or your pet/s to inhale the powder.  When applying the DE (Diatomaceous earth) to your back — or front yard –, it is best for you to wear a mask so that you do not breathe in any of the dust that may get stirred up when applying it.  Wait until it has settled into the grass/soil before letting your dogs out.

Diatomaceous earth is deadly to ticks, so it is a wonderful and effective product to sprinkle on your grass, especially during the spring and summer months.  I have used this, with great success, in my backyard.


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Effects of Ticks on Dogs 

Ex. of a Tick

Ticks are dangerous and harmful parasites which are capable of causing the following when they latch onto the skin of dogs:  

  • Severe itchy, red and inflamed skin, especially for dogs who are allergic to tick bites. 
  • Loss of appetite, pain, lethargy, fever, and depression.
  • They are also capable of transmitting blood-borne diseases such as tick paralysis, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and encephalitis to the dog.  Lyme disease causes arthritis and swelling of the dog’s joints, which results in lameness.
  • Tick paralysis can cause instant lameness, gastrointestinal illnesses, impaired immune function, and may also lead to severe anemia.  

    Engorged Tick


Getting Rid of Ticks in Your Home

There are four different ways to eradicate pests from your home:

  • Clean Your Pet’s Living Space

Wash everything your dog has come into contact with such as their bedding, linens, pillows, and blankets since they are capable of abhorring ticks for weeks.  Wash these items in hot water and spread them outside in the sun to dry.  Also, disinfect and vacuum your dog’s sleeping area.  Doing this regularly can reduce the risk of pest infestation.

  • Eradicate Ticks In Your Home

Properly vacuum and disinfect all your upholstery, furniture, corners of the room, and carpeting.  Ensure every area of the house where the dog has been is not left untouched.

  • Make A Natural Spray

You can make a natural spray using apple cider vinegar to help prevent pest infestation by regularly spraying your pet’s living area, your carpets, windowsills, furniture, and wood floors.  Ensure that you spray every corner and crevice of your home.

  • Eradicate Ticks From Your Home’s Surroundings 

Ensure your surroundings are neat by regularly mowing your lawn and clearing your yard of dead leaves and bushes.  You normally will find ticks in tall grass so by keeping your grass nice and short, it will help not to have these pests frequent on your property. 

Ticks cannot survive under direct sunlight, so make sure many parts of your yard are exposed to the sun.

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The use of the above-mentioned natural remedies against ticks contributes a great deal to maintaining good health for your dog, while also having a positive effect on the environment.

In the end, the best natural remedy for pest control is actually prevention.  And the best way to prevent tick infestation is to eradicate these pests from your home and ensure your pets are clean and healthy.  Be sure to keep your grass short, which means mowing often enough so that it does not get a chance to grow tall. 

Clean your property of brush and tree branches; having a neat and clean front — and back — yards makes a huge difference.  Spreading diatomaceous earth powder on your property can help as well.

Healthy animals are less prone to internal and external pest infestation.  So, by keeping your pet healthy with a proper diet and exercise, and using the methods I’ve mentioned, there is a very good chance that your dog will not be negatively affected by ticks.

Please leave a comment below and let me know what your thoughts are regarding this topic!



Natural Tick Prevention for Dogs – 4 E-Z Ways


    1. Luke says:

      Nothing worse than finding one of those nasty ticks on your pet! Thank you so much for sharing this information as we are now in the ‘tick season’ and want to be proactive this summer.

      I really wasn’t aware of some of the natural ways you mentioned in preventing ticks. I really like the option of citrus repellent as it looks like a simple process to make and apply.

      Like you, I do my best to use natural products with my pet and stay away from anything that may cause health issues.

      Thanks again for sharing this informative article!


      • Cathy says:


        Thank you for leaving a comment, Luke!

        Yes, the tick and flea seasons are approaching and I am ready to arm my pets with the natural products so that they do not have any problems with these pests!

        I’m glad to hear that you, too, use natural products for your pet. That is great!

        I haven’t tried the citrus repellent as of yet, but have used the apple cider vinegar/water solution and also natural tick sprays as shown in the article. They work well!

        Hope you will visit again in the future, and thanks, again!


    2. Jeff says:

      Hello Cathy
      You must have been reading my mind, I was just on another doggy website and I left a comment asking if they knew of a natural method to protect my dog from ticks and fleas?

      I feed my dog all natural grain-free dog food, but where I live all I can find is those nasty chemical flea and tic products which I hate to be putting on my dog with fear of causing him to get cancer.

      Your post came just in time for the tick and flea season,

      • Cathy says:

        Hi Jeff,

        I’m glad you arrived at my site and found this article since you were looking for natural ways to prevent ticks. I, too, am very scared that my pets might develop cancer from using products with all the toxic chemicals.

        I believe you will be happy if you try one of these natural tick-prevention remedies!

        Thanks! : )


    3. oliver says:

      Nice Article, I enjoyed reading this

      It makes total sense to use these on your pet as a way of repelling bugs and pests.These home made treatments are so simple to make and some of them we already even have for our own consumption.
      I can really attest to the lemon-lime formulation as I use Citronella on myself as a repellent.
      Not only will these treatments work but they are also very cost effective, natural, you’ll also have a very lovely smelling pet.
      I wasn’t aware that Diatomaceous earth was effective in eradicating these pests.

      Thanks for this information.


      • Cathy says:

        Hello Oliver,

        I am so glad that you enjoyed reading this article!

        You’re right — these home-made treatments are very easy to put together and they’re also effective in keeping those nasty ticks off our pets. I like the scent of citronella, too!

        The diatomaceous earth works well in eliminating the nasty ticks and fleas. I sprinkle it in my yard, on the grass, and around the perimeter of the house.

        Hope you visit again!


    4. Hi Cathy. Wow this is perfect timing for this post. We had a stray pregnant mom dog dropped off at our place a couple of weeks ago. And I know around this time of year we get ticks really bad. I have treated the area around the front door but treating our whole yard would be very expensive. So I was just getting ready to go down and buy her some tick spray. She just had her pups as well so I was worried about using the chemicals. Sounds like apple vinegar cider would offer a great alternative. I will be giving this one a try. Thank you so much for your help.

      • Cathy says:

        Hi Melissa,

        I know ticks can be a real problem as they sometimes transmit Lyme disease.

        I think that is a great idea to mix the apple cider vinegar with water as a tick/flea repellent for your friend’s pups.

        Thanks for visiting and commenting!


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