Gracie and I have been lucky. Mum has never found a tick on us, but we are vigilant about checking our fur for ticks anytime we are anywhere out of our yard, or in a tall grass or wooded area.
Since we've never had a tick, we did some research and wanted to share it with you.
Here's some great info from DogsandTicks.com:
A tick-free dog is a healthy dog.DogsandTicks.com has a list of traditional tick preventatives on their site for you to review. Being the green pup that I am, I've also been looking into holistic alternatives in preventing ticks and tick born diseases.
Each year, thousands of dogs contract Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and other vector-borne diseases. With their furry coats, proximity to the ground and love of exploration, dogs are 50 to 100 times more likely than humans to come in contact with disease-carrying ticks.
Ticks can be present anywhere—from the deep woods to urban parks. Their Web site is filled with tips to educate you about Lyme disease and anaplasmosis, as well as other diseases carried by ticks and mosquitoes. You’ll find pictures of ticks, information on how to protect your dog from ticks and how to recognize symptoms of tick disease in dogs. With tick education and awareness, you can help keep your best friend happy and healthy.
Learn more about the different kinds of ticks, what they look like, in what parts of the country you find them, and what diseases they carry.
Learn how to check your dog for ticks, and properly remove them; and how you can prevent them from sticking to your pup.
Keep this tick prevention cheat sheet handy and in your first aid kits (in your car and home).
Some of our Twitter friends have mentioned Diatomaceous Earth combined with a mix of essential oils - utilizing the D Earth around dog runs, in the yard and even suggested rubbing some in your pup. We use D Earth around our yard every year and we love it. But is can be very dusty and shouldn't be breathed in, so caution is recommended to protect your pups airway, if you decide to do this.
Our friends at Only Natural Pet Store have a couple of essential oil blends for ticks, including Neem Protect Spray, and their own brand, Only Natural Pet Herbal Defense Spray. They also have a new product, Anibio Tic Clip (which unfortunately at this date is on back order), that utilizes a bioenergetic field around your pet to create an energy barrier that repels insect pests for two years, through a tag for your pups collar. If you're interested in this product, check back with them for availability.
Dr. Pitcairn, who wrote the Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats recommends dusting your pups coat with an herbal repellent powder, preferably one with eucalyptus to ward off ticks. Dr. Shawn, the natural vet from Martha Stewart's Sirius Radio program, has a nice Q & A on prevention of ticks (and fleas) for pets.
I have heard repeatedly from my holistic vet that only some essential oils are safe for dogs, and many, many are not safe for cats. The reviews on the OnlyNaturalPet website show that these products work more for dogs, but have had some adverse reactions in cats. So, caution is recommended.
So, what do you use for your pup to prevent tick infestation? Do you use the traditional methods, or go the holistic route. What product(s) do you use, and what results have you seen? Let us know, so that we can have a nice resource of info here!
And remember, it's always good to check with your vet with any health matters relating to your pup!