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This DIY tick repellent spray for dogs has been a life saver for us! We live in one of the worst places for ticks and my dog can pick up 3 ticks by just walking across our yard. Since we started spraying our dog with this daily, we haven’t seen one tick!
This time of year is when the ticks are a big concern for outdoor pets. Ticks can spread Lyme Disease, which can make dogs very sick and in some cases it can be deadly. Turns out store bought tick deterrents can have hazardous chemicals in them that are not good for pets, or humans! This is a concern for anyone with kids who like to cuddle with their dogs. To be safe I only use a natural DIY tick repellent spray for dogs. It’s natural, easy to make, and much cheaper store bought products.
Not only are the ticks harmful for our dog but, they often jump off of him and end up on our couch or bed where they could bite us! All the diseases they carry are very scary. Since we started using this DIY tick repellent spray, our dog hasn’t brought one tick in yet. This past year we’ve been very diligent about trying to keep the ticks out of yard, off our pets and out of our house. I always spray myself with a DIY homemade tick repellent spray and since it works so well I thought it was time to make one for my dog.
How this DIY Tick Repellent Spray for Dogs Works:
This DIY tick repellent spray for dogs uses lavender and cedar wood essential oils to naturally repel ticks. Essential oils are great for repelling ticks because they hide a dogs’ scent, so the ticks are less likely to latch onto them.
Lavender essential oil naturally repels ticks. It has even been shown to stop tick eggs from hatching . One tick is bad enough, I couldn’t imagine dealing with a whole nest of them. Lavender essential oil is the perfect ingredient the DIY tick repellent spray for dogs.
Cedar oil is great in the DIY tick repellent spray for dogs. It blocks the tick’s scent receptors, which controls their breathing and movement. Cedar oil also works by dehydrating ticks to the point of death. Using cedar oil also prevents against tick eggs and larvae. The cedar scent also helps to mask the natural scent of our dogs, which ticks are attracted too.
How Often Should You use the Spray
I spray my dog with this DIY tick repellent spray for dogs every morning before I take him outside. You can spray it twice a day if needed.
How to Make the DIY Tick Repellent Spray for Dogs
What You Will Need:
1.) Add 30 drops of essential oils in total to one cup of water.
2.) Pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
3.) Shake the bottle well and then spray on your dog.
I recommend using 15 drops of each oil in the DIY tick repellent spray for dogs. You can always adjust how many drops of each oil to use depending on your preferences. If you have a smaller dog, you may want to use less essential oil. Do not use over 30 drops in one cup of water.
It is important to remember dogs have a much better sense of smell than us, which makes essential oils stronger to them. Essential oils should always be used with caution around dogs. Never use any undiluted essential oils on a dog’s skin or fur, they are too strong to use undiluted.