Embracing Natural Remedies for a Healthier, Happier Dog

by | Jun 27, 2024 | Natural Products

As a soul-led dog practitioner, my goal is to ensure that our beloved furry friends live healthy, vibrant lives. One critical aspect of this is protecting them from parasites—both external and internal. While pharmaceutical pesticides are commonly used, they come with significant risks. This blog post will explore the dangers of these chemicals and provide natural alternatives to keep your dogs safe from fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and internal parasites like worms.

The Hidden Dangers of Pharmaceutical Pesticides

Pharmaceutical pesticides, though effective in the short term, pose long-term health risks to our dogs. These chemicals can cause:

  1. Neurological Issues: Ingredients like fipronil and permethrin can lead to tremors, seizures, and even death in severe cases.
  2. Skin Irritations: Many dogs experience adverse reactions, including rashes, itching, and hair loss.
  3. Systemic Toxicity: These substances can build up in your dog’s system over time, potentially leading to cancer, organ damage, and immune system dysfunction.
  4. Environmental Impact: Residual chemicals from these treatments can harm wildlife and contaminate water sources.
  5. Resistance Development: Over time, parasites can develop resistance to chemical pesticides, making them less effective and requiring stronger, potentially more harmful formulations.

Given these risks, it’s essential to explore natural alternatives that are safe for our dogs and the environment.

Natural Solutions for External Parasites


Fleas are a common nuisance, but several natural remedies can help keep them at bay:

  1. Diatomaceous Earth: This fine powder, made from fossilized algae, is safe for dogs and effective against fleas. Sprinkle it on your dog’s coat and bedding.
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse: Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s water bowl. This makes your dog’s skin less appealing to fleas when they drink it.
  3. Herbal Flea Collar: Make a collar using a bandana soaked in a mixture of water and a few drops of rosemary or peppermint oil, then let it dry completely before putting it on your dog. Always ensure the oils are highly diluted and consult your vet first.


Ticks can transmit serious diseases, so prevention is key:

  1. Neem Spray: Mix neem oil with water and a little bit of dish soap. Spray your dog lightly with this mixture, avoiding the face.
  2. Garlic Supplement: Adding a small amount of garlic to your dog’s diet can make their blood less appealing to ticks. However, consult your vet before doing this, as too much garlic can be harmful.
  3. Citrus Repellent: Boil two cut lemons in a quart of water for about an hour. Let it cool, then spray it onto your dog’s fur.


Mosquito bites can lead to heartworm disease, so it’s vital to protect your dog:

  1. Lemon Eucalyptus Rinse: Dilute lemon eucalyptus oil with water and use it as a rinse for your dog after baths. Be cautious with essential oils around pets and consult your vet before use.
  2. Citrus Rubbing: Rub a small amount of lemon or orange peel on your dog’s fur. The scent repels mosquitoes.
  3. Brewer’s Yeast: Adding brewer’s yeast to your dog’s food can help repel mosquitoes. It changes the smell of your dog’s skin and blood, making them less attractive to these pests.


Dog itching from parasites

Natural Solutions for Internal Parasites

Internal parasites, such as worms, can cause severe health issues. Here are natural ways to prevent and treat them:

  1. Pumpkin Seeds: These seeds contain cucurbitacin, which paralyzes worms, allowing them to be expelled from your dog’s system. Grind them up and add to your dog’s food.
  2. Diatomaceous Earth: Feeding food-grade diatomaceous earth can help eliminate worms. Mix it into your dog’s food daily (check dosage recommendations based on your dog’s weight).
  3. Probiotics: A healthy gut can naturally ward off parasites. Include probiotic-rich foods like plain yogurt or kefir in your dog’s diet.

Recipe for Natural Worm Prevention

Deworming Pumpkin Seed Treats

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 cup of raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds
    • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
    • 1/4 cup of unsweetened peanut butter (ensure it does not contain xylitol, as xylitol is highly toxic to dogs and can cause severe health issues, including hypoglycemia and liver failure)
  • Instructions:
    1. Grind the pumpkin seeds into a fine powder.
    2. Melt the coconut oil and mix with the pumpkin seed powder and peanut butter.
    3. Pour the mixture into silicone molds and freeze until solid.
    4. Give your dog one treat daily as a natural dewormer.


Get My Free Natural Recipe for Fleas and Ticks


Protecting your dog from parasites naturally is not only safer, but also more sustainable. I’m here to support you on this journey. To get started, I’m offering a free, detailed natural recipe for flea and tick prevention. Click here to get your free recipe now!

Together, we can ensure our dogs live healthier, happier lives, free from harmful chemicals and parasites.



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