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All natural flea and tick treatments that actually work?

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I used the Seresto collar for my toy poodle puppy last summer, and it worked well warding off fleas and ticks. However, what I didn't like was that whenever I kissed my dog's hair, it felt like I had a film of some chemical on my lips! Our toy poodle also sleeps in our bed, so I'm sure the chemical from the collar was all over the sheets. Yuk. I'm not a fan of giving my little toy an ingestible like Bravecto, and I want to see if I can avoid the Advantix/Frontline systemic stuff.
I'm in search of an all natural flea and tick treatment, and from the research I've done Cedar Oil and Rose Geranium Oil both work well. I saw a product named Cedarcide that I will try. Has anyone tried this product for tick/flea control, and does it work? I also will try the Rose Geranium Oil (there are two types, Pelagonium Graveolens oil or Pelagonium Capitatum Xradens oil) not sure if anyone has experience as to which is better? Also, would love to hear about any other natural flea and tick treatments that you've used that you found actually work....
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We moved from Mid-west to the South a year ago and our 5 year St Poodle caught fleas we were battling other health issues. I was hesitant to give any flea/tick preventative simply because i was anxious that it may overwhelm her immune system. So, i tried everything under the sun that was suggested as a non-chemical option. It was a year long fight and not sure if i did anything wrong, i just could not win that battle. I finally, sprayed the carpet with Vet's Best home spray, all the areas where the dog frequents and her bedding. It had a strong smell, but i was just exhausted and tired. Boom, it killed the eggs and the infestation has reduced, fingers crossed. I have settled for this least chemical option for now, it has some natural oils. Hope this helps.Good Luck.
Thank you for this info, I've never heard of Vet's Best, but when I searched it on Amazon it had over 10,000 reviews! It has Peppermint Oil and Clove Oil and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which they say is plant derived. Thanks for passing the info along....
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Hi and Welcome!
I'm sorry to have to disagree with the garlic recommendation.
According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, garlic and other members of the allium family, including onions, contain thiosulfate, which is toxic to dogs but not to humans. Thiosulfate causes oxidative damage to red blood cells, resulting in hemolytic anemia.
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Interesting that this post was revived because one of the neighborhood dogs has just recovered from a very bad reaction to Frontline flea and tick topical. She's a 12 pound doodle, and about a year old. The neighbor had been using Frontline since she was a puppy without a problem, and then a couple of months ago she started developing open sores all over her body. The vet was at a loss as to the cause and sent her to vet determatolgist. It was diagnosed as a reaction to frontline. The problem was even though she stopped putting the frontline on her dog, the sores kept coming. The dog was put on steroids, and my neighbor also changed her diet. The vet even talked to my neighbor about the possibility that the dog may have to be put down because the sores were not healing and they were everywhere. I'm happy to report that several months later the sores have finally cleared. My neighbor was a wreck. I know obviously all dogs don't have reactions to the the poisons in the flea/tick meds, but some can have very serious reactions, and sometimes the reactions don't occur until after using the product for many months or years. It seems to be more prevalent in smaller dogs as well, but any size dog can have a reaction. I am lucky to live in a cooler weather state where we don't have fleas/ticks year-round, but I understand the dilemma for those of you living where fleas and ticks are plentiful and a year round nuisance.
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