|Walk in the Woods with my Dog, Valentino|
Take a hike in the woods with you and your dogs smelling like a rose and you needn't worry as much about ticks going along for the ride.
I am living in a rural north Florida area surrounded by tick infested woods and thickets. This presents a serious problem while walking my hound dog, Valentino, who prefers the wooded areas to the pavement, dragging me right into the thick of things with him.
After each walk I would find and remove several ticks from my dog and a couple from me as well. I immediately put the dog on Frontline Plus to kill the icky tickies, as I call them.
I was not happy about using the controversial chemical on my dog so I began researching more natural alternatives. After reading many articles about using essential oils as a tick repellent, I opted to give it a try.
|Rose Geranium Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils|
Working to repel ticks is exactly what the Rose Geranium essential oil is doing for me and my dog. I did not administer Frontline Plus to my dog in early December nor in January. Instead, I administer the essential oil daily — a drop at the shoulder blades and at the base of his tail. And, of course, I give myself a drop too, at the hairline on the back of my neck. I am finding no ticks on either of us!
Last week it rained for days so I did not apply the Rose Geranium until the third day when, yes, after we came in from a walk I immediately saw three ticks on the dog and removed one from myself. Now I reach for that little bottle of essential oil every day and no more ticks!
|Beautiful Roses Custom Mug by RaintreeDesigns|
No doubt about it, I am convinced. I'm sold on the use of Rose Geranium as a tick repellent. And ... My dog and I smell as sweet as roses!
Dog Pawsitive Tidbits: From my personal experience I have found Rose Geranium a viable solution as a tick repellent for my dog. However, I highly recommend you discuss this with your veterinarian and/or medical professional before administering essential oils to your pets and animals. Further, do NOT use essential oils on cats.
My dog Valentino and I would enjoy having you dog blog hop along with us this week for PAWSit Hop Saturday