Got ticks? Those little blood-suckers can be a real pain for dogs and us as their humans. Luckily, there’s a very simple all-natural tick repellent for dogs that’s pretty effective.
Bailey is our long-haired black cocker spaniel and as you can imagine, it’s not easy to spot ticks on him until they’re already embedded and large. (Yuck!) And because we live in the woods of New Hampshire, we are in prime tick and Lyme country; ticks are abundant around here.
I avoid using chemical flea and tick repellents, like Frontline, Advantage, etc. because they are really toxic and it’s not something I want to put on my dog.
Fortunately, there are some all-natural options that work very well without the side effects. I’ve been using this all-natural tick repellent since the end of last summer with our dog, Bailey, and it really works.
Please read my Essential Oil Common Sense Safety page before using this essential oil recipe.
I am not a medical professional and the information presented here is merely for educational purposes and not intended to replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to do your own research, consult with your doctor, and make safe decisions for yourself and your family.
All-Natural Tick Repellent for Dogs
I use rose geranium essential oil as an all-natural tick repellent for dogs.
Yes, you can use rose geranium to repel ticks from people, including kids, too! Read more here.
Note: you’ll need rose geranium, not geranium or rose essential oil (which is very, very expensive pure.)
Rose geranium oil (specifically the species, Pelargonium graveolens) has been shown in studies to be just as effective at keeping ticks away as DEET, so it really does work.
I haven’t been able to find the particular rose geranium species used in the study, however, I’ve found that Pelargonium roseum works well in my experience.
Typically, I prefer and use Rocky Mountain Oils for essential oils, but
this brand doesn’t offer rose geranium oil. Thanks to an amazing reader, I realized Rocky Mountain Oils does sell Rose Geranium oil. It’s simply called Geranium oil, not Rose Geranium and, in fact, it’s the specific Pelargonium graveolens species that worked so well in the study listed above!
You can find it on Rocky Mountain Oils here: Geranium Oil (this is the cheapest deal right now – 15ml for $19)
How to Use Rose Geranium Oil as a Tick Repellent
It’s very simple to use rose geranium oil as an all-natural tick repellent for dogs.
You simply add 1 drop in between your dog’s shoulder blades and another drop by their tail.
Very small dogs may only need 1 drop while larger dogs may need 3 or 4.
I add 2 drops every 2 or 3 days on my 30-pound dog.
Once, I went 10 days without adding the essential oils and I found a tick on Bailey, so rose geranium appears to work better as a tick repellent when used frequently.
If you still find ticks on your dog, you can add use the rose geranium oil more frequently – as much as once or twice a day.
There you have it – the very simple all-natural tick repellent for dogs.
Remember to use the rose geranium oil frequently for the best all-natural tick protection.