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When it comes to the family dog, do you have any natural options for dealing with ticks?


Q. Dear Terry, “My family is getting ready for our summer vacation. When it comes to the family dog, do you have any natural options for dealing with ticks? My vet wants us to use a commercial product, but we are hesitant to use it. Any suggestions are appreciated!” — Chris I., Lakewood, CO

A. Dear Chris, Yours is a great question. In fact, my wife and I went through the same search for our two dogs. We did not want to treat them with harmful chemicals and searched for a more natural alternative. After our search, we found that the essential oil, Rose geranium, works fantastically.

We have two Australian Shepherds. The male, Buddy, is about twice the size of the female, Bella. So for Buddy, we put 3 or 4 drops of the Rose geranium oil around his neckline and for Bella we use 2 to 3 drops, and they have not had a tick since we started using this essential oil.

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