The Ultimate Natural Tick Treatment Kit for Dogs and Their Owners
I am always on the lookout for ways to make Poppy and Gertie’s lives more ‘natural.’ Whilst you can get effective tick medication and spot-on treatments from your vet, I was keen to find a chemical-free treatment for my dogs.
Gertie suffers from itchy skin and having read recently that conventional tick and flea medication can cause irritation, I was eager to find an alternative.
Here at Dotty4Paws, we have just started selling Vita Canis products on Dotty’s Empawrium. Their range of aromatherapy products for dogs and people is 100% natural. 95% of the ingredients they use are organic.
They use only high-quality naturally occurring oils, butter, plant extracts, and steam distilled aromatic waters in their range.
Their products do not contain any synthetic ingredients or preservatives so you can be guaranteed there are no nasties to compromise the health of your dog.
How does a dog get ticks?
We are seeing more ticks in the UK than ever before, largely due to the warmer weather we are experiencing. Recent studies reveal that in some areas the tick population has increased by up to 73%. Therefore is no surprise that at some point, your dog will pick up a tick or two.
So how do these pesky little critters attach themselves to us and our dogs? Well, put simply they lurk in long grass and other plants and jump onto their prey as they pass by.
When they first land on their victim, they can be as small as a pinhead, but the more they feed on their host’s blood, the bigger they get. Growing in size to over a centimetre long in some cases!
What month do ticks come out?
The most common ticks here in the UK are sheep ticks and castor bean ticks. They are more prevalent during the warmer months, so your dog is more likely to be plagued by them between Spring and Autumn.
Due to the size of the tick, they can often go undetected at first. However, as soon as you notice a tick, it is important to remove it immediately.
If you do find a tick, don’t ever be tempted to just pull it off your dog’s fur. Ticks bury deep down in the skin, and incorrect removal of a tick can leave body parts within the skin surface, leading to infection.
The best way to remove a tick is with a tick hook – these are very inexpensive and can be an invaluable piece of kit.
How are ticks harmful to dogs?
Although tick bites can be unpleasant and uncomfortable for our pets, if they are not removed properly they can also become life-threatening.
Without appropriate removal, a tick bite can lead to Lyme Disease, which is why it is so important to check your dog regularly.
Lyme disease is a bacteria that attacks tissue around the body in dogs, humans, and horses. It most commonly affects the joints, but it can also affect the kidneys. This is why you must be using a product that kills or repels ticks.
What is the best natural tick treatment for dogs?
So now you know a bit more about ticks, what’s the best way to treat them?
Well, as always prevention is better than cure and this Summer Time Bundle from Vita Canis is all you need to make sure you’re as prepared as you can be.
What’s in the box?
Tick Off 100ml
This spray is suitable for use on dogs over 12 weeks old. It can be used 2-3 times a week, or even daily if you feel it is necessary.
It contains high-quality essential oils that naturally repel ticks and smells very pleasant to the human nose! [and dog nose according to Gertie!]
Insect Repelling Citrus Spray 100ml
Many conventional insect repellents contain synthetic ingredients which have been linked to skin irritation, rashes and can affect the respiratory system.
Combined with the fact they harm our environment and wildlife, surely a natural alternative is preferable.
During the Summertime our dogs can be plagued by insects, flies, and wasps [as can we!]
Not only can wasp stings and fly bites cause discomfort, but they can also cause an adverse reaction. [If your dog has ever been stung by a wasp, you will know the swelling that can occur. Particularly if they are stung around the muzzle].
100% natural, this vegan-friendly Citrus Spray repels insects and has a bright, refreshing aroma that keeps buzzy beasts away!
Insect Repellent Bracelets
Not only are insects problematic for our pets, but also for those of us who like to be out and about with them. Nothing ruins a balmy Summer’s evening more than being eaten alive whilst you’re enjoying a nice stroll.
These bracelets achieve the same results you would get from using an insect repellent spray or a lotion, except without leaving your skin feeling tacky.
The bracelet is scented with essential oils and protects against ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, wasps, and bees. Once you have removed it from the packet, it is effective for 3 weeks.
We all know how weather-beaten our hands can look when we’re constantly outside in the elements. This silky smooth hand butter is quickly absorbed into the skin, leaving hands feeling soft and revitalised.
Price: The Summer Bundle costs £49.50 and you can purchase it here. The items can also be purchased separately through our Dotty’s Empawrium boutique.
We are fast approaching prime tick season, so make sure you’re prepared and let us know, how you treat and prevent ticks in your dogs?
Woofs and Wags
Kate, Pops and Gerts