Thursday, August 4, 2016

Natural Tick Control

In the spring I purchased the popular brands of tick control. Namely, the commercial solution that you drip between the shoulder blades. 

Bruiser was somewhat despondent for a day but Rocki was SICK...lethargic, shaking, didn't eat. I did some research online and found that many dogs got sick from this "preventative" measure and indeed, some even died. I toyed with taking him to the vet but he slowly got better and I never did do that. What I did note was that even with the treatment, they still had the odd tick that was immune to the chemical cocktail in their systems and still had to be removed. However, it stuck in my head that there must be a better way to treat them for ticks without them getting violently ill from commercial products.

After much research, I discovered that Geranium Oil (which can be purchased at any health food store) was recommended for ticks. So, my boys became guinea pigs in my Shih-Tzu lab.

I bought the oil and applied it between the shoulder blades and then let them out. No ticks. I reapplied it after a couple of days. No ticks. They run in the grass and we own part of the forest behind the house where they run - no ticks.

So what are at the side effects of Geranium Oil? Nothing...except your dogs smell like geraniums. Which could be a good or bad thing depending on your sense of smell!