Natural Flea and Tick Repellant for Your Animals

Meet Jett. He’s our family dog. And a perfect Southern gentleman. And a typical cockapoo. His hunting dog instincts go into overdrive in the Spring. He can’t resist the wooded area behind our house. He just can’t. So, not surprisingly, he has a hard time with ticks. When in one week’s time we plucked three ticks off of him, and found one other that had defected to my daughter while he was sitting on her bed with her, we knew it was time to get back to our tick and mosquito repellant regimen.

We have spent a boatload over the years on all kinds of flea and tick shampoos, mosquito repellants, etc.  But last year I started doing some research on natural repellants and found one very interesting option for your house pets: garlic. lol~doesn’t that just sound vampirish?

I add about 1/2  clove of minced garlic a day to his dry dog food. For now I’m buying the jars of garlic from the grocery store. I hope we’ll be able to get some garlic to grow in our garden this summer and then I won’t even have to do that.

Look how he hovers over me when I get it out and put it in his food!

He loves it! He even begs me for garlic in his food. No joke.

The idea here is that if you give them garlic consistently enough it will get in their bloodstream and come out of their pores. Ticks and mosquitoes do not like it and thus will stay away. We did this all last year and only found a couple ticks the entire season.

I have also read that you can put the garlic into some olive oil and leave it near your dog food and drizzle some on their food if they don’t prefer the minced. Our pupperoni does fine with the minced so we’ve never bothered to try that.

So what do you think? Have you tried this before? Anyone know if it works for cats as well?

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10 thoughts on “Natural Flea and Tick Repellant for Your Animals

  1. Yes, it works for cats as well. We put minced garlic and the juice into olive oil and make a “sauce” to go on the food. It kills any virus they may get as well (we have all outdoor cats).

    • Yes if too much is give too often- I would imagine so. But I only give it to our dog once a week or so. And if you’d like a more diluted version, go with the ‘sauce’ mentioned in Christina’s comment above. We’ve done that too. But our pup doesn’t seem to care as much for that version.

    • You will have to experiment with your animal. My dog has tolerated it well. My friend tried it with her bulldog and he did not.

  2. Above it says garlic once a day but in comments it says once a week. Don’t want to give too much or too little.

    • Yes – sorry about the mixed signals. I’m learning along the way like you but I think the best thing for you to do is give your animal one spoon in their food and wait to see if they respond. If they tolerate it, add more up to whatever you feel is sufficient.

  3. I would ask your vet about this first. I work at a vet hospital and garlic can be very toxic to dogs. Obviously the more they have, the greater the risk. Your dog may be ok with it but others may not and it can be fatal. Always check home regimens with your doctor first (;

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