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Let’s face it, fleas and ticks are the last thing we want on our pets and in our home. Getting rid of these seemingly immortal pests can turn into a never-ending task. Although it may seem a bit early to think about this issue, for many of us, spring weather is already here or quickly approaching and, unfortunately, its time to think about the safest and most efficient ways to keep fleas and ticks from troubling our pets and invading our home.

Although it is sometimes necessary to take more traditional measures, natural options are great as well, especially in preventing negative health issues.  According to Dr. Karen Becker, Mercola Healthy Pets resident proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian, “…bolstering your pet’s immune system by providing pure drinking water and limiting his/her exposure to unnecessary vaccines and medications, environmental chemicals (including lawn chemicals) and electromagnetic fields (EMFs)” is the best preventative.” This tip is a great baseline for keeping your pet healthy. In addition to baseline immune health, there are actions that can be taken to keep your pet healthy AND free of fleas and ticks!

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Here are some natural methods that can help prevent fleas and ticks:


Small amounts of fresh garlic may be given to pets to prevent not only external parasites, but internal as well. Check with your vet to see what the proper dose would be for your sized pet.

 Apple Cider Vinegar

Vinegar may be added to you pet’s drinking water (1 teaspoon per 1 quart water) or diluted 1:1 mixture may sprayed on their coat as well.

 Essential Oils

There are various oils that can be used as a natural insect repellent for your pet!  Mixed with carrier oil like almond, coconut, sesame or olive oil, these essential oils can keep fleas and ticks away!  A few of the most popular oils are: lavender, lemon, and eucalyptus.

Do you have any natural methods you use to prevent fleas and ticks in your home?! Share with us by using #PetTreaterNatural on social media! 


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