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I'm gearing up to bring a boxer pup home in about 6 weeks....been looking into flea and tick prevention. Im wondering if anyone has used coconut oil as prevention and not just to kill tick/fleas after they've been discovered? Is it effective? How much of the dog do you cover and how often?
 

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I don't think coconut alone would be a great deterrent for fleas or ticks.. pure apple cider vinegar on the other hand if given in their food daily can be effective. I also like to dilute ACV with water and a drop or two of lavender, I spray that all over Dukes body... not all ACV is created equal you'll want to look for pure organic we use the one with the mother on it I think it's called Braggs
 

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I don't think coconut alone would be a great deterrent for fleas or ticks.. pure apple cider vinegar on the other hand if given in their food daily can be effective. I also like to dilute ACV with water and a drop or two of lavender, I spray that all over Dukes body... not all ACV is created equal you'll want to look for pure organic we use the one with the mother on it I think it's called Braggs
Thanks for the advice! So the ACV taken with food works? Is it a smell that the dog takes on after eating it, that repels fleas and ticks? How often do you spray? Daily or just before going to a park etc?
 

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I spray once a week, maybe more so when ticks and fleas are more prevalent.My assumption with the vinegar when digested if given regularly would eventually secrete into their body oils, the bitter taste i would think is what keeps the ticks and fleas away. You could also look into food grade diatomaceous earth which you can spread around your yard and in your pets bedding.
 

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Well my suggestion for flea prevention would most like be fairly expensive to implement but it works. Move to Carson City/Dayton NV ... apparently the high desert is not a Flea/Tick/Mosquito or ... Alligator, friendly environment who knew?? When we moved from flea/tick/Mosquito country San Jose Ca ... no Alligators.

It was a few months before we started to notice ... hey ... no more fleas??? We tossed all the Flea Meds! Sorry I know not very practical but if you live in areas where you have those creatures you pretty much no choice but to use something.

Hmm although ... "Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth" would be a very good choice! It might let you roll back on the dosage for fleas and ticks at anyrate. You can feed it to the dog, dust it on the dog and spread it around there bedding and the house and yard ... nto if the ground is wet or it's raining, not an issue out here. :)

But here's a link.:
Diatomaceous Earth: Get Rid Of Fleas & Ticks Naturally!
 

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Hmmmm I like the sound of this Apple cider vinegar. I like that you can get it in bigger containers compared to lavender etc. I'd assume a 128 oz bottle lasts quite a while once diluted and used as a spray? I can't seem to find lavender in much bigger than 4 oz. Applying once a week doesn't sound bad either.

As far as Diatomaceous earth, I have been looking into it. I'm interested, but curious. How do you apply to the yard? Can you use a seed spreader? How quickly do you go through it? Seems like it might be a bit of a pain to have to reapply after every rain fall etc, especially if every application uses a lot of it. What about after cutting grass, apply again?

Sorry for all the questions, I just want to find something safe for the dog and my kids, as well as being effective in repelling ticks/fleas and something that is cost effective and not too much of a pain to apply. Thanks to both of you for your help!!

Oh and relocating isn't much of an option right now ??? although it sounds nice
 

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As far as Diatomaceous earth, I have been looking into it. I'm interested, but curious. How do you apply to the yard? Can you use a seed spreader? How quickly do you go through it? Seems like it might be a bit of a pain to have to reapply after every rain fall etc, especially if every application uses a lot of it. What about after cutting grass, apply again?
No you can't use a seed spreader. DE is a very fine powder. I use an empty (washed and dried) 32 ounce yogurt container - I poke holes in the lid and literally walk back and forth shaking the container until I've covered the whole yard.

I do an area that's about 50 x 60 (best guess on the size of my back yard ) I don't repeat after every rain. I bought a 10 pound container of DE about 4 years ago and still have a little bit left. I usually do my yard about 3 times for the season.

Use it sparingly on your dog (don't get in the eyes)- it can dry the skin. It makes your skin feel like you've been working with sheetrock.

There is a product called Wondercide that is made with essential oils that you can use as a daily spray if needed on your dog. (don't get it in the eyes) You can get it on Amazon.

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No you can't use a seed spreader. DE is a very fine powder. I use an empty (washed and dried) 32 ounce yogurt container - I poke holes in the lid and literally walk back and forth shaking the container until I've covered the whole yard.

I do an area that's about 50 x 60 (best guess on the size of my back yard ) I don't repeat after every rain. I bought a 10 pound container of DE about 4 years ago and still have a little bit left. I usually do my yard about 3 times for the season.

Use it sparingly on your dog (don't get in the eyes)- it can dry the skin. It makes your skin feel like you've been working with sheetrock.

There is a product called Wondercide that is made with essential oils that you can use as a daily spray if needed on your dog. (don't get it in the eyes) You can get it on Amazon.

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I think I'd love to try the D Earth, but it sounds like it would take quite a while to apply correctly. I don't have a huge back yard but I'd guess it measures about 80 by 70 or so. I just had a fence installed so I have an idea based on the amount of fencing used. I'll take a look at that Wondercide you mentioned. This may be stupid but there's no type of natural prevention that can be applied to the dog roughly every month similar to the "pesticide" drops? It seems most natural methods need to be applied much more often.
 

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No you can't use a seed spreader. DE is a very fine powder. I use an empty (washed and dried) 32 ounce yogurt container - I poke holes in the lid and literally walk back and forth shaking the container until I've covered the whole yard.

I do an area that's about 50 x 60 (best guess on the size of my back yard ) I don't repeat after every rain. I bought a 10 pound container of DE about 4 years ago and still have a little bit left. I usually do my yard about 3 times for the season.

Use it sparingly on your dog (don't get in the eyes)- it can dry the skin. It makes your skin feel like you've been working with sheetrock.

There is a product called Wondercide that is made with essential oils that you can use as a daily spray if needed on your dog. (don't get it in the eyes) You can get it on Amazon.

I think I'd love to try the D Earth, but it sounds like it would take quite a while to apply correctly. I don't have a huge back yard but I'd guess it measures about 80 by 70 or so. I just had a fence installed so I have an idea based on the amount of fencing used. I'll take a look at that Wondercide you mentioned. This may be stupid but there's no type of natural prevention that can be applied to the dog roughly every month similar to the "pesticide" drops? It seems most natural methods need to be applied much more often.[/QUOTE]

Do not breathe de in. Don't let your dog either. I add to my dogs food as a parasite prevention. Especially when they drink out of streams, creeks, etc.
 

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I don't think coconut alone would be a great deterrent for fleas or ticks.. pure apple cider vinegar on the other hand if given in their food daily can be effective. I also like to dilute ACV with water and a drop or two of lavender, I spray that all over Dukes body... not all ACV is created equal you'll want to look for pure organic we use the one with the mother on it I think it's called Braggs

Back to the ACV, what percentage ACV to water do you use? 70%water, 30% ACV? 50/50? I think I'm definitely leaning towards giving this a try. I may also give beneficial nematodes a try too, to limit the number of fleas from the start.
 
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