Natural Flea and Tick Repellents For Dogs [What to Buy + DIY Recipe]

Natural Flea and Tick Repellents for Dogs | Vanillapup

Not comfortable applying synthetic flea and tick control products onto your dog? Make your own or buy one of our recommended natural repellent sprays.

One of the things mama had to do in order to treat my yeast infection was to eliminate my contact with synthetic chemicals; as prolonged exposure to them would further weaken my immune system.

Compared to humans, I am much smaller and much more vulnerable to harmful substances. I am also closer to the floor most of the time, whether I am sleeping, eating, or just walking around. Therefore, even floor detergents can significantly impact my health.

To keep me healthy, mama would try to choose natural solutions for everything – whether it’s for house cleaning or flea and tick prevention. Reducing the amount of chemicals in our day-to-day life will not only improve my overall long-term health and wellbeing, but my whole family’s.

It’s actually not that hard. You just have to consciously make that choice. In the case of flea and tick prevention, essential oils are great alternatives to insecticides found in products like Frontline Plus.

The smell of essential oils helps to deter fleas, ticks and mosquitoes from coming near us. You can blend your own natural flea and tick repellent at home, or buy them off the shelf in a store near you.

Here are our recommendations:

Make your own

Natural Flea and Tick Repellent DIY Recipe | Vanillapup

What you’ll need:

8-10 drops of pure and cold-pressed lavender essential oil / neem oil

25ml of sweet almond oil / any other carrier oil

25ml of distilled water

Spray bottle


  1. Combine all ingredients in the spray bottle and store it in a cool, dark place
  2. To use, shake well and lightly spray over your dog’s coat, especially on her legs, armpits and tail, until damp. Brush through.
  3. Apply before going out. Do not spray on the face. Safe for dogs 12 weeks and older

Buy it at a store

These natural flea and tick repellents are made from natural oils, free from synthetic and toxic chemicals.

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WashBar Flea Repellent / WOOGA! Natural & Organic Tick Repellent / Richard’s Organics Flea & Tick Spray / Dr. Mercola Healthy Pets Flea and Tick Defense

Disclaimer: Some essential oils are toxic to cats. If you have cats at home, please read the product labels to ensure the oils used are safe.

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  1. Jayce

    September 8, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Hi! I completely understand your sentiments about the chemicals in Frontline–we were prescribed a different brand a few months back, and my poor dog was lethargic for two days, we vowed never to do it again!

    I was wondering though if you have found more natural alternatives for heartworm/deworming? I thought the chemicals on those are much more agressive. I only give Heartgard now every 3 months due to the toxic contents.

    • Vanillapup

      September 9, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      Hi Jayce! According to the consultant who’s treating my skin now, a healthy immune system will naturally be resistant to heartworm. If you live in an area with lots of mosquitoes or if your dog is mainly kept outdoors, you can add neem leaf to the diet, and use a neem shampoo as prevention. Deworming can be done once every 6 months for both human and dog at the same time. The normal deworming tabs from vets are okay!

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