You care for your furry friends like they’re members of your family. But even with prescription-strength preventatives, fleas and ticks can take a ride on your pets and start infesting your home. So, how can you keep everyone pest-free and healthy?

Stick with prescriptions

Your vet should recommend year-round pest-repelling medication as part of your pet’s regular routine. These are great at killing anything that latches onto your pet, preventing discomfort and potential diseases.


Groom often

Grooming is a great way to keep an eye out for any parasites that may be hiding under your pet’s fur. If you do find a biter, it’s a good idea to alert your veterinarian so they can inform you of any symptoms to watch out for.


Keep a tidy lawn

Ticks flock to high grasses, and fleas are fans of warm, moist and shady areas with organic debris. Regularly cutting the grass, raking leaves and tossing out trimmings will give these critters fewer places to hide and reproduce.


Use natural repellents

In addition to your pet’s prescription preventatives, it’s a good idea to use an external repellant before taking them on a hike or venturing somewhere ticks and fleas may be flourishing. Below is an easy and affordable recipe we recommend.

Natural Flea & Tick Repellent


  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
    Half of a lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 pint water
  • 2 drops of lavender essential oil


  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Add rosemary into the boiling water and let simmer for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. Combine rosemary water, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar to a spray bottle.
  4. Add lavender essential oil then shake vigorously to mix.

Tip: Keep in the refrigerator for added freshness.

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