What Is The Best Way to Prevent Ticks?

Answered by Dr. Christina Chambreau

Yes, there’s lots of natural ways to repel ticks. One of them is to have a vest that has been impregnated with essential oils or Pyrethrin so that you put it on your dog, especially if you’re doing a lot of hiking, tracking sniffing, or agility work where you are going to be outside and with a lot of exposure to ticks. Then of course the most important thing is to really check your dog over very carefully for ticks when you get home.

Sometimes using a flea comb, if your dog’s coat isn’t too thick, can be a good way to do that and depending on the color of your dog, it can be easier or harder to find those ticks. Other ways are: there are many safe essential oil sprays that are commercially made or formulas that you can make up your own with several essential oils. These can be very effective. They do need to be repeated topically pretty much every time you go out, but they work very effectively. 

You can also get frequency producing tags. Several companies make these and they actually repel the ticks. There are other companies who make products that you can put in the drinking water or in the food that repel ticks. So there are many products out there. 

The key thing though is to be aware of areas that have ticks and then do a very thorough checking when you get back in just as you do for yourself. Building help won’t prevent ticks from coming on but building help will decrease the chances of your dog getting any symptoms from any of the tick-borne diseases that might happen if you miss one. 

I’m Dr. Christina Chambreau, licensed veterinarian with HolisticActions.com. Have a great day! 

Suggested Tick Prevention Solutions: 

  • A vest impregnated with essential oils or Pyrethrin
  • Physical tick check after walks
  • Flea comb
  • Essential oil sprays
  • Frequency producing tags

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    Dr. Christina

    Christina Chambreau, DVM, is an internationally known homeopathic veterinarian and associate editor of the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal, she’s written several books on animal healthcare. 

    After opening her own homeopathy veterinary practice in 1983, she founded the Academy Of Veterinary Homeopathy and was on the faculty of the National Center for Homeopathy Summer School for ten years.

    Dr. Christina is also an integrative medicine adjunct faculty liaison for the Maryland Veterinary Technician Program and lectures on a wide array of topics including integrating holistic options into veterinary practices, as well as guidance on how to choose the best approaches to heal animals and sustainability.