Ectoparasites such as ticks, fleas and mites are annoying and unpleasant for dogs. Sometimes an infestation can even pose a serious health risk, because some of the parasites, such as ticks, often carry pathogens which can harm dogs.
At the same time, it is known that many conventional remedies against ticks, fleas and other parasites contain chemical agents that sometimes can negatively impact the dog's organism. Many keepers are therefore interested in natural remedies against ticks and fleas. You can find out below which natural alternatives are available and whether their use is recommended.
Some dog owners swear on the effect of garlic to keep ticks or fleas away from their four-legged friends. However, the downside is that garlic contains substances that are toxic for dogs and, in addition to acute symptoms of poisoning, its consumption can also destroy the red blood cells (erythrocytes) and therefore cause anaemia.
In view of the fact that the effect of garlic against ticks and other parasites is disputed anyway, it is not a recommended alternative for parasite prophylaxis in dogs.
Baking soda is a tried and tested remedy against fleas. The baking powder is not used directly on the animal's fur, but rather spread on carpets and upholstered furniture, incorporated with a brush and then thoroughly vacuumed. It is indeed important, in the event of an acute flea infestation, not only to free the dog but also the surrounding area of fleas, as well as their larvae and eggs.
The effect of baking soda against fleas can be explained rather by the thorough cleaning with a brush and vacuum cleaner than by the baking powder itself. Nonetheless, this is at least an alternative that does not harm dogs, unlike feeding garlic.
Essential oils are often recommended as tick and mosquito repellents for both humans and dogs. However, they should only be used diluted. For example, a mixture of a few drops of the essential oil against ticks with almond oil or coconut oil as a base can be suitable.
Regardless of this, essential oils should not be used as a tick or mosquito repellent for dogs without the appropriate specialist knowledge, because they can lead to problems such as severe skin irritation in the four-legged friends. In addition, the hoped-for effect is usually short-lived and the intense smell of the essential oils does not always go down well with dogs.
It is therefore not advisable to simply try out different essential oils and to test their effects and tolerability without having studied the subject first.
Apple cider vinegar is another home remedy for ticks and grass mites in dogs. It can be diluted with water and applied on the animal's fur with a spray bottle. This can help at least with a light infestation or as a preventive measure.
However, it is more than questionable whether your dog will be happy about it. After all, apple cider vinegar doesn't smell particularly pleasant, and dogs' sense of smell is known to be significantly more sensitive than that of humans. Regularly using apple cider vinegar or other types of vinegar to combat mites and ticks in dogs is therefore not a very good idea in practice.
You certainly know that we attach great importance to using natural ingredients for our products. This not only applies to our food, but also to our care products and anti-parasite products. At the same time, of course, we are of the opinion that natural alternatives only make sense if they actually work as desired and are well tolerated by dogs.
To ensure both, we worked closely with a team of veterinarians and nutritionists to develop our natural solutions against parasites. Quality-conscious dog owners can therefore be sure that their four-legged friends will optimally benefit from the products.
Bellfor ZEComplete was developed by us as a natural alternative against ticks and other skin parasites. The spray contains insect fat as well as other high-quality fats and oils with a high content of lauric acid.
The medium-chain fatty acid lauric acid changes the dog's odour, making it repellent to parasites. ZEComplete spray can be easily applied to the dog's coat and can thus provide reliable long-term protection for several hours. In addition, there are also delicious biscuits and soft snacks from our ZEComplete range that optimally support the effectiveness of the spray.
Grass mites cause severe itching in dogsand can sometimes even lead to allergic reactions. Therefore, even though according to the current state of knowledge the parasites do not transmit any diseases, you should try to prevent an infestation of your dog if possible.
With Bellfor anti-grass mite spray, you are choosing a well-tolerated and easy-to-use product made from natural ingredients. The spray is ideal for preventing grass mites in dogs without chemical agents and their associated risks.
Bellfor Vermin Health is a natural dog shampoo with insect fat and margosa extract. Thanks to its special composition, the shampoo has a strong repelling (deterrent) effect on skin parasites such as fleas, mites and ticks.
At the same time, thanks to the absence of chemical active ingredients, Bellfor Vermin Health ensures excellent skin compatibility and does not burden the dog's organism unnecessarily.
As you can see, skin parasite infestation is serious matter for your dog that should never be ignored. At the same time, however, many conventional agents against parasites also pose a health risk that should not be underestimated due to the chemical agents they contain.
Alternative remedies against ticks, fleas and mites on a natural basis are therefore the better choice in most cases. When choosing parasite protection, however, owners should make sure that the chosen remedy actually works and is well tolerated by dogs. With the products against skin parasites in our range, you can of course be sure that both are the case.