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From time to time I run across some great information for pet owners and I will post it here! 


Understanding Canine Body Language:

Here is an interesting article from the ASPCA web site that can help us understand our dogs better:  Click Here

Natural Tick Repellents:

Before my pet care business, in all honesty, I was never an outdoor type of person! But my love for 'my dogs' has helped me overcome my distaste of both extreme heat and cold, and my fear of getting ticks in the spring.

As I have gotten older, I have been more and more interested in natural and holistic solutions to things...

As spring approached in 2012 (thanks to the modern marvel of the Internet), I researched to find natural solutions to the problem of ticks for myself. 

In the process, I also found info that is helful for dogs, and I also found that many of the same home remedies can help naturally repell other insects and pests, too.

As of writing this (May of 2012), so far I have been taking ordorless garlic capsules and extra B vitamins, because having both in your system will make your blood "taste bad" to ticks.

I found this brand of odorless garlic at the Linden Hills Co-op, but then I found a much better deal on Amazon, especially with the free shipping offer (because I have Amazon Prime, which really saves you a bunch of money on shipping if you shop there a lot).

I also found a recipe for a spray to make using water mixed with white vinegar and an essential oil. Several kinds of oil were suggested and I purchased peppermint. I have not made the spray yet, but I'll edit this if I find it is helpful after I do use it.

Below are the notes and links that I kept for myself:

First of all, if I did not live in an apartment and I had a home with a yard, I'd DEFINITELY be using It works for mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, gnats, and fire ants!


Garlic is Okay for Dogs

Home Remedy for Tick Repellent

Shoo, Fly:  Natural Bug Repellents

How to Make Your Own Natural Tick Repellent

How To Repel Ticks Naturally

Dog Ticks: Holistic Solutions To Prevent And Treat Them 

Tick Removers


Tick Removal Tips

Additional Info from someone's post on Facebook:

Tick Removal

A nurse discovered a safe, easy way to remove ticks where they automatically withdraw themselves when you follow her simple instructions. Read this one as it could save you from some major problems.

Spring is here and the ticks will soon be showing their heads. Here is a good way to get them off you, your children, or your pets. Give it a try.

A School Nurse has written the info below--good enough to share--and it really works!

I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best way to remove a tick. This is great because it works in those places where it's sometimes difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc."

Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20); the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.

This technique has worked every time I've used it (and that was frequently), and it's much less traumatic for the patient and easier for me..

Also, if you just pull a tick off, their heads sometimes break off and are left under the skin so this is much safer.

Be aware also that a tick with a white speck on its back is a Deer Tick, these can cause Tick Fever so check yourself and your family good if you see any of these!

Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can't see that this would be damaging in any way. Please pass on. Everyone needs this helpful hint.


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