Natural Remedies to Protect My Bichon From Ticks
Are you looking for natural ways to protect your Bichon from fleas / Ticks?
There’s nothing better than spending the day outdoors during the summer times–there’s just so much that you and your furry friend can do! But, fleas and Ticks are extremely active during the summertime and can irritate your furry friend.
Fleas / Ticks are external parasites that get their food from our blood. They can infect humans as well as other mammals.
Dogs are a great target because they like going in all the places where fleas / Ticks can naturally be found–like the grass.
In this blog post, we will go through some natural ways to protect your Bichon from fleas.
Safe, Easy, and Natural Ways to Protect Your Bichon from Fleas
There are a lot of tick and flea repellent products available to buy on the market. However, most of them are laden with harmful chemicals that may cause secondary side effects.
So, natural remedies, in our opinion, are always better.
Let’s take a peek at some!
1. Use Essential Oils
There are a number of essential oils that you can safely use as natural flea remedies. These include:
- Neem oil: A few drops of Neem oil added to your dog’s shampoo will work wonders. You can also massage your dog’s coat with Neel Oil mixed with coconut oil
- Lavender oil: 5-10 drops mixed in your dog’s shampoo will repel ticks and soothe your Bichon’s skin
- Peppermint oil: A small amount on affected areas will relieve skin irritation and inflammation
- Lemongrass oil: You can make your own spray by adding 5 drops of lemongrass oil to 200ml of water.
- Cedar oil: A few drops of Cedar oil mixed with coconut or olive oil works as an excellent flea and tick repellant
- Rose Geranium oil: A drop of this on the base of your dog’s tail and two drops of it behind each shoulder will work wonders!
The oils mentioned in the list are all 100% safe to use on dogs. However, do keep your dog’s personal preferences in mind. Dogs have a sense of smell that’s much stronger than that of humans so, bring a small amount of essential oil in front of your dog to see how he reacts.
Some essential oils may be unsafe for dogs. Please, do your research before using something on your furry friend.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar to the Rescue
Apple Cider Vinegar has multiple uses, one of which is a preventive tick and a flea treatment. This works by repelling ticks and fleas off of your dog’s body. You can use it by:
- Adding it to your dog’s drinking water: Add a teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar per 4 cups of water. Your dog may not like the taste initially, however, he’ll get accustomed to it. Mine did!
- Spraying it on your dog’s coat: You can create a natural flea repellent spray for your dog by mixing one part Apple Cider Vinegar in two parts of water
While you’re at it, mix some of it in your water to enjoy the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar yourself!
3. Crushed Garlic Helps, Too
Before explaining this remedy, I’d like to warn you about the ongoing argument of whether or not garlic is safe for dogs to consume. Experts agree that garlic can be unsafe if taken in large quantities.
However, this remedy works well and is completely safe for your furry friend.
Half a clove of garlic is safe for Bichons to consume on a daily basis and will keep all of the ticks and fleas as far away from your canine companion as possible!
4. Use Some Baking Soda
Ticks and fleas are notorious for finding their way inside your home. To protect your Bichon, it is also important to protect your home. Using baking soda is one of the best ways to ensure no fleas remain in your home.
All you have to do is line your furniture and carpets with some baking soda and rub it into the fabric using a hard brush. Let it sit for a few minutes and then vacuum the area thoroughly.
Make sure you empty the vacuum cleaner in a bag and remove it from your house ASAP!
5. High-Quality Flea Comb
This old-fashioned solution is still one of the best ways to protect your Bichon from ticks and fleas. You can find a various high-quality tick and flea combs on the market that will last you years!
The beauty of these combs is that the teeth lie close to each
other–close enough to remove flea eggs, flea larvae, and fleas. Additionally,
they’re environment-friendly and last a long time. I’ve had mine for three
Summing Up: Natural Ways to Protect My Bichon From Fleas
By using these natural remedies, you can ensure that your Bichon enjoys his summer without being irritated by painful ticks and fleas. All of the remedies mentioned in this blog post have been tried and tested on my furry friend.
They’ve been amazing! Flea infestations are a thing of the past in my household. I really hope that these natural flea treatments prove to be just as effective for your furry friend!