Bathing your dog regularly with a shampoo that contains a balanced formula of natural flea and tick repellents and following up with a plant-based repellent spray is the best way to kill fleas on dogs and keep them from coming back. Below, we’ll review the best natural flea and tick repellents for dogs, to help you protect your furry friend from bites.
To make sure your shampoo and spray are safe, you will need to know what the ingredients are on the label. Some can be misleading. Pet shampoos and sprays should not only get kill fleas on dogs, but they should also nourish, condition, and protect your dog’s skin and coat. If you’ve read any of the labels on chemically-based flea and tick medications, on-spot topicals, or collars, you will find that they sometimes contain pesticides and other toxins that can potentially be harmful. In fact, some have been recalled for being fatal.
Knowing that your pet’s largest organ is his skin, you will want to make sure that what you use on him is safe. Here are some of the repellent ingredients we use in PawPurity Flea & Tick Shampoo that, when formulated and processed properly, have proven to kill fleas on dogs and keep them away, especially if you follow up using a natural flea & tick spray before walks. We use this plant-based combination because each contains the best, most effective flea and tick repellents for dogs. When combined, this is a powerfully potent, safe and natural formula.
It is important to understand that most natural flea and tick repellents should be used as part of a balanced compound. We use the ingredients below because PawPurity has found that it is the best, most powerful and safe combination to repellent of fleas, ticks and mosquitos. Used on their own, each may cause skin issues.
Apple Cider Vinegar – One Of The Best Natural Flea and Tick Repellents For Dogs
The beauty of apple cider vinegar is that it kills fleas on dogs naturally by balancing a dog’s pH levels, creating an environment that is optimal for your dog’s health yet unsustainable for fleas. Apple cider vinegar is an excellent flea and tick killing and repelling ingredient in pet shampoos. It has properties that balance your dog’s scalp and cat’s fur pH levels. Plus, its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties help combat skin infections, dryness, itchiness and dander. Its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties help combating scalp infections, dryness, itchiness and dandruff.
Marjoram Essential Oil – Kills Fleas On Dogs and Protects Skin & Coat
This essential oil is a highly effective insect repellent. It’s one of our favorite ingredients in our flea and tick shampoo formula because of its many of its properties that are healthy for dog’s skin and coats. First, it’s a strong antibacterial agent. We use it as an antibacterial replacement for tea tree oil that is often found in blends for pets because it is much safer. Besides warding off fleas and ticks, marjoram essential oil is excellent at fighting bacterial skin infections and for wound care. It has natural anti-fungal and and conditioning properties. And, as an added benefit, marjoram essential oil has an antispasmodic effect. Its pleasingly smooth herbal fragrance works to keeps dogs calm. It’s ability to rejuvenate a dogs skin while working to ward of insects is why we consider it overall, one of the best flea & tick repellents.
Witch Hazel – Repels. Soothes. Conditions.
Witch hazel is as an excellent flea, tick and mosquito repellent. It also has many other redeeming qualities. Applying witch hazel to your dog’s skin can help get rid of bacteria and odor effectively. Witch hazel comes from the winter bloom of a flowering shrub common in North America. The leaves, bark and twigs of witch hazel are extremely high in tannins. Tannins serve as a natural astringent because of their ability to tighten, dry and harden tissues. When applied to your dog’s skin, witch hazel helps reduce swelling, repair broken skin and fights bacteria. This astringent has been used on the human skin for centuries to relieve sprains, bruises, minor injuries and irritations including insect bites. It’s only recently that it has made its way into the pet world because of its many redeeming qualities including repelling insects and tightening skin, which in turn reduces inflammation. This skin-tightening mechanism also is helpful in relieving discomfort from insect bites and hot spots. Overall, we consider it one of the best natural flea and tick repellents to include in any anti-insect shampoo or spray.
Cedarwood Essential Oil – Highly Toxic To Insects. Safe for Dogs.
Cedarwood essential oil is highly toxic to insects, making it the perfect natural way to kill fleas and ticks on dogs. Furthermore, it repels many other bothersome insects beyond fleas and ticks by the natural effluvium of cedar. In fact, Egyptians used it in their embalming practices because of its powerful ability to keep insects away. But, its benefits go beyond being one of the best flea and tick repellents. This special essential oil has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, Pet owners find shampoos that have Cedarwood essential oil make for one of nature’s best flea and tick repellents besides being an excellent skin and coat conditioner.
Lemongrass Essential Oil – Repels Insects While Making Your Dog Smell Naturally Fresh
Lemongrass essential oil is an essential ingredient in our Flea & Tick Shampoo because of its natural ability to kill fleas and ticks. It also is a wonderful conditioner. It is a rich source of iron, that when deficient, causes hair loss.
Calendula – Soothe Away Those Flea Bites
Once your dog has been bitten by a flea or tick, it’s important to heal the area. We prepare and infuse calendula flowers into our natural flea killing shampoo for dogs as this preparation is effectively soothes and heels various forms of inflammatory dermatitis, flea bites in particular. Its anti-inflammatory properties also prevent dander and is good on dogs that are suffering from eczema or poison ivy. While providing all these great properties, it also is a wonderful skin and coat conditioner for dogs.
Once you have bathed your dog in a natural shampoo that kills fleas and ticks, we highly recommend using a flea and tick spray as a precautionary follow up. PawPurity Flea & Tick Spraycontains many of the same ingredients as the shampoo. It’s the perfect combination to kill and repel fleas and ticks naturally. If you are traveling with pets and visiting new places, you may want to include a travel bag with the spray. We recommend Vacation Pet Friendly as a resource when traveling.
Whether you decide to purchase PawPurity products or not, we urge you to use only natural products on your pet, especially when it comes to shampoos. Natural Pet Productsis an article on why it’s so important.
You can protect your pet from potentially toxic ingredients in pet shampoos by understanding the labels so you know what’s in them. Your pet’s skin is his biggest organ. It protects him from disease, virus, insects and all other elements of the environment, which is why it’s important to have a good understanding of what’s in the products you use. What you put on your pet’s skin gets absorbed easily so if you are not a label reader, you may consider becoming one.
PawPurity develops uni-pet natural care products for dogs and cats whenever possible. The reason is, we understand that many pet owners have more than one kind of animal family member. Therefore two-pet families can enjoy a simplified buying process. Furthermore, as believers that natural pet products are superior to those with chemicals, many of which are known to be questionably harmful, we strive to make natural products affordable for every pet owner.
If you knew what is the best pet shampoo, you would buy it if the price were reasonable right? So the question is, what are you doing to find out which one will make your pet’s skin and coat the cleanest, shiniest and healthiest? This may take a little homework because manufacturers like to use words you don’t understand, but in the long run, it will save you a lot of money in vet bills for allergies, dry skin, dander, excessive licking, scratching, hot spots, and other skin issues.