It’s that time of year again: Flea and tick season! Pennsylvania is RIPE with ticks so a tick preventative is mandatory. While Dash uses Frontline, my mother is still constantly picking ticks off of Dash. Maybe it’s time to look for another flea and tick preventative?
Popular Chemical Flea and Tick Preventatives
Frontline and K9 Advantage are probably the 2 most popular tick preventative brands out on the market. There’s also Seresto (which is a collar), Sentry Fiproguard, and PetArmor (generic to Frontline). NexGard (a chewable), Bravecto, and Simparica are available only through a veterinary prescription. I have used Frontline, Sentry Fiproguard, PetArmore, and K9 Advantage with mixed results.
Natural Flea and Tick Care
For those of you who are a little wary of putting chemicals on your dog there are some natural alternatives out there. Popular products are Bio-Spot, Pet Naturals, and Only Natural Pet. But do they work? I’m all for going green but if it doesn’t work then there’s no point in buying it.
Ark Naturals Flea Flicker! Tick Kicker!
I received a sample of Ark Naturals (a leading manufacturer of natural products for pets) Flea Flicker! Tick Kicker! (pictured right). It comes in an 8 oz. spray bottle (retail value $11.50) and claims to “naturally” repel and kill fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes on contact. I’d need to rely on my mother to spray Dash and monitor whether the number of ticks she was finding on Dash was reduced or not.
Why choose Flea Flicker! Tick Kicker?
Well, for one it’s an all-natural, environmentally botanical formula that is made in the USA. As you may know, I’ve been on a bit of a “green” kick lately and have made the switch over to pet-friendly/green cleaning supplies. So I like the fact that Flea Flicker! Tick Kicker! is also earth-friendly.
The ingredients are: Water, isopropyl alcohol, glycerine, geraniol (from geraniums) eugenol (from cloves) and peppermint. But what is more important is what Flea Flicker! Tick Kicker! doesn’t contain: There is no pyrethrin, citronella, cedar leaf or lemongrass.
Does it work?
Like any other product, the real test is whether it works. Dash didn’t particularly like to get sprayed with the formula, but he also hates getting his Frontline applied, too. Since I had given him his Frontline only 2 weeks before trying the Flea Flicker! Tick Kicker! it’s hard to say which one was repelling the fleas. So, I can’t really recommend this product because I don’t have first hand experience of whether it works.
What would I change about the product?
Probably the smell. It’s a little potent and you can definitely smell the cloves. But that’s okay, since Ark Naturals also makes plenty of all-natural shampoos and coat sprays that smell better!
Have you tried Ark Naturals? Did it work for you?