Best Natural Flea & Tick Repellents For Dogs

Best Natural Flea & Tick Repellents For Dogs

Harness the Power of Natural Flea & Tick Repellents for Dogs

Regularly bathing your dog with a shampoo that contains natural flea and tick repellents, followed by a plant, oil- and mineral-based repellent spray, is an effective way to eliminate fleas and prevent their return. Below, we’ll review the best natural flea and tick repellents for dogs to help you protect your furry friend from bites and irritation.

To ensure your dog’s safety, it’s crucial to understand the ingredients in shampoos and sprays. Some labels can be misleading. Pet shampoos and sprays should not only eliminate fleas and ticks but also nourish, condition, and protect your dog’s skin and coat. Many chemically-based flea and tick medications, including topical treatments and collars, contain pesticides and other toxins that can be harmful. Some have been recalled due to fatal reactions, as documented by the FDA.

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Since your dog’s skin is their largest organ, it’s essential to use safe, natural products. Here are some of the repellent ingredients we use in PawPurity Flea & Tick Shampoo that are proven to kill fleas and ticks while keeping your dog’s skin healthy. Combining these ingredients creates a potent, safe, and natural formula. 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 Shampoothat are proven to kill adult fleas on dogs and keep them away, especially if you follow up using a natural flea & tick spray before outdoor activities. 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.

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It is important to understand that most natural flea and tick repellents should be used as a balanced compound and not on their own. Below are some of the ingredients we use. PawPurity has found that it is the most powerful and safest combination to repellent fleas, ticks, no-see-ums and mosquitos.

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Effective Natural Ingredients in Flea & Tick Repellents

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar
    • Benefits: Balances pH levels, creating an environment that is inhospitable to fleas. Its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties combat skin infections, dryness, itchiness, and dandruff.
    • Function: Kills fleas naturally and supports overall skin health.
  2. Marjoram Essential Oil
    • Benefits: Acts as a strong antibacterial agent and a safer alternative to tea tree oil. It fights bacterial skin infections, conditions the coat, and has a calming herbal fragrance.
    • Function: Rejuvenates skin and repels fleas and ticks.
  3. Witch Hazel
    • Benefits: Natural astringent properties reduce swelling, repair broken skin, and fight bacteria. It soothes skin, reduces inflammation from insect bites, and repels fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.
    • Function: Conditions and tightens the skin while providing insect repellent properties.
  4. Cedarwood Essential Oil
    • Benefits: Highly toxic to insects but safe for dogs. It has powerful antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
    • Function: Naturally kills and repels fleas and ticks, conditions skin and coat.
  5. Lemongrass Essential Oil
    • Benefits: Natural flea and tick killer with conditioning properties. Rich in iron, preventing hair loss.
    • Function: Repels insects and makes your dog smell fresh.
  6. Calendula
    • Benefits: Soothes and heals inflammatory dermatitis and flea bites. Prevents dander and is beneficial for dogs with eczema or poison ivy.
    • Function: Conditions the skin and coat, providing relief from flea bites.

Post-Bath Protection

After bathing your dog with a natural flea and tick shampoo, it’s highly recommended to use a flea and tick spray as a precautionary follow-up. PawPurity Flea & Tick Spray contains many of the same natural ingredients as the shampoo, making it the perfect combination to kill and repel fleas and ticks naturally. It’s especially useful when traveling with pets.

It is important to understand that most natural flea and tick repellents should be used as 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.

lisa porter, founder, pawpurity

It is important to understand that most natural flea and tick repellents should be used as 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

lisa porter, founder, pawpurity

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 combat 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 dog’s 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.

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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, time is of the essence. We prepare and infuse calendula flowers into our natural flea-killing shampoo for dogs as this preparation effectively soothes and heels various forms of inflammatory dermatitis, flea bites in particular. Its anti-inflammatory properties also prevent dander and are 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 Spray contains many of the same ingredients as the shampoo. It’s the perfect combination to kill and repel fleas and ticks naturally. If you travel with pets and visit new places, you may want to include a bag with this spray.

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 Products is an article on why it’s so important.

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