After researching the toxicity of commercial flea, tick and heart worm medications, I decided to poll my Facebook friends on what they used.  Most shared that they did what vets suggest but would much rather find a natural alternative to these expensive and toxic preventatives that have been shown to cause all kinds serious health problems and even in some cases death.

Here are my favorite natural alternatives:

Diatomaceous Earth (Food Grade)
Good for pet, home, yard, beds.  Don’t inhale.
Kills fleas, parasites and worms.

This all-natural fine powder is safe for human and animal consumption.  I’ve been using on my farm for over 7 years now.  You can sprinkle it in your animal’s food, in their water, and even rub on their skin.  You can also sprinkle it in beds, carpets and around home to kill any bugs (fleas, ants, roaches, bed bugs).  Find out more and you can purchase it here.

Garlic – preferably organic
Repels fleas, ticks, mosquitos along with many health benefits, here’s more info on benefits and how to use. I finely mince up garlic and add to my dog’s food once a week.

Cedar oil, Neem Oil and Citronella oil
Repels fleas, ticks, mosquitos

You can mix the oils together in glass opaque spray bottle and spray on your dog (especially underbelly and legs) before they go outside, to a park, etc.  Avoid getting in their eyes.

Repels fleas, ticks, mosquitos

They do the mixing of the essential oils for you!  Simply spray this all natural, non-toxic spray on your dogs before they go outside, and it will repel bugs.  There is also an all-natural yard sprayFind their products online.

Amber Collars – great for pet
Repels fleas and ticks.

Electrostatic feature of Amber (Is Amber the name of the product or just the material? If the latter it does not need a capital letter.) is extremely useful when fighting ticks and fleas. When collar made of Baltic Amber beads is worn by a pet it will be naturally rubbed against its fur. This action will help Amber to generate electricity, which makes it almost impossible for flea or tick to stick on dog’s or cat’s hair.  You can get them here.

Angela Ardolino has been caring for animals since she was 8 years old and has operated a farm rescue for over 10 years.  She also is the owner of Beautify the Beast a natural pet salon and spa. She is also the founder of CBD Dog Health, a holistic wellness company. Angela has three dogs, and 4-10 at anytime that she is fostering or boarding. Visit for more holistic wellness tips, or to find out more about Fire Flake Farm.