It is tick season from early spring to autumn. Since the parasites can transmit dangerous pathogens to dogs, it is important to protect the dog from tick bites. In addition to chemical defense preparations, there are a number of natural alternatives.
Virgin coconut oil contains a high proportion of lauric and capric acid. These two acids are described as crucial active ingredients for repelling ticks and are said to have a deterrent or damaging effect.
Coconut oil can be used both internally and externally. In particular, applying it to the dog’s fur is said to have a deterrent effect on ticks. To do this, simply spread the oil in the palms of the hands and work it into the fur over a large area.
Duration of action: up to six hours
Coconut oil can be used internally and externally. © Stock.adobe.com/PhotoSG
Garlic is said to have a deterrent effect against vermin and should therefore also work against ticks. Many dog owners shy away from giving garlic, as it is considered poisonous for dogs. The amount that is supposed to be needed to ward off parasites is actually well below the limit value that is considered toxic.
Important: It is essential to use a ready-made preparation such as powder or tablets especially for dogs, as it is easy and safer to use.
The repellent effect of black seed oil is said to have been discovered by a young Regensburg native who was researching tick protection for his dog. With his proof that black seed oil works, he even won a prize at “Jugend forscht”.
The oil is mixed into the feed drop by drop as a nutritional supplement and is intended to create a defensive effect from within. Applying black seed oil to the ear cones or between the shoulder blades is also a common variant for dog owners.
Amber is said to have two properties: On the one hand, there is often talk of a static charge on the fur, which is supposed to deter ticks. On the other hand, the unpolished amber is said to secrete resins, which gradually spread over the fur, thus creating a repulsive effect.
The amber chain should remain on the dog 24 hours a day for optimal effect and only be removed when romping or doing dog sports. In addition, a full effect is only achieved after about three weeks of wearing. If the dog needs a complete wash, it can again take up to three weeks until the effectiveness is fully restored.
In addition to amber, so-called EM ceramics have also become widespread in recent years. These are special, small ceramic tubes, also called pipes, which are attached to a decorative ribbon or integrated into a collar and are supposed to contain tick-repellent microorganisms.
Here, too, the opinions among dog owners about the effectiveness differ greatly.
Amber is said to keep ticks away. © Shutterstock.com/Paulius Gailiunas
There is now a selection of combination preparations on a natural basis on the market. As a dog owner, one should not only trust the word “natural”, but also take a look at the active ingredients it contains. Especially with high-dose extracts, allergic reactions and intolerance can occur. In addition, one should always adhere to the given instructions for use.
Many dog owners report that the most effective natural tick repellent is achieved when they combine different methods. Ticks are a serious health risk for dogs, which is why effective tick protection and the immediate removal of ticks is essential.
The most effective protection against ticks is to search the dog thoroughly after each time it is outdoors and to remove ticks immediately. If you want to do without chemical preparations to repel ticks, you can also consider alternative methods and see what works best for your own dog.