YND Podcast Episode 22: Natural Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs

by Angela Ardolino

We all want to help our pets avoid fleas and ticks, but the conventional treatments end up doing more harm than good. In this episode, Milana Kearns of Baltic Amber Design describes how Baltic amber collars can provide natural flea and tick prevention for dogs. Milana also shares some natural, safe strategies for removing ticks and fleas if you do find one on your pet. 


Episode Recap:

  • Is conventional flea and tick medicine safe for dogs? (1:27)
  • How does Baltic amber for dogs work? (4:30)
  • Baltic amber has unique advantages that other types of amber do not (9:47)
  • How to safely remove fleas from dogs (16:58)
  • Apple cider vinegar can also help remove fleas and ticks (22:12)
  • How to safely remove ticks from dogs (24:17)
  • What led you to discover that amber would work for pets? (26:57)
  • How to learn more from Milana (29:12)

Is Conventional Flea and Tick Medicine Safe for Dogs?

As we mentioned, we all want to help protect our pets from fleas and ticks, but too often the medications recommended by conventional vets are doing more harm than good. Additionally, the chemicals that are found in most flea and tick meds are dangerous not only to our pets, but also to us, and to our rivers and streams. These flea and tick medications contain harmful ingredients, including pesticides, that can cause major inflammation and allergic reactions in our pets, as well as more serious effects, including depression, brain dysfunction, seizures, cancer and even poisoning and death. 

In fact, every 36 hours since Trifexis, one of the most popular flea and tick meds, hit the market, another pet parent reports that Trifexis killed their dog. In addition, since Seresto flea and tick collars were introduced in 2012, the EPA has received incident reports of at least 1,698 related pet deaths

So with all these harmful medications and flea and tick products, how can we safely and naturally protect our pets from fleas and ticks?

Baltic Amber Flea and Tick Protection Collars

Help protect your dog from fleas and ticks safely, with the natural power of amber. Baltic Amber Flea Protection Collars are 100% natural and long lasting. They come in plenty of shapes and sizes and can be worn safely on your pet. 

Amber is fossilized tree resin, that’s hardened over millions of years. Raw Baltic Amber refers to the Amber found on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Baltic amber for animals is most effective when it is raw, and has its natural "skin". Baltic amber has the highest amount of succinic acid and the properties are highest with the raw amber, or amber that still contains the outer "skin". Succinic acid is a natural analgesic (pain reliever). As your pet wears the Amber, their body temperature will activate the succinic acid and it will be absorbed through the skin. 

In addition to their pain relieving properties, Amber collars work to protect your pet from fleas and ticks in a couple of ways. When the Baltic Amber rubs against your pet’s fur, it creates a static charge that makes it difficult for pests to cling to their fur. Also, as the amber warms from contact with your pet, it starts to release an aroma from the natural terpenes found in the amber. This creates an aroma that wards off pests, but is typically undetectable to humans and does not bother our pets. Pet parents have even reported that the amber collars also help with their pet’s ear mites, and in warding off mosquitos! 

Safely Removing Fleas & Ticks 

If your pet already has an infestation of fleas or ticks, it is best to remove them first, as amber is a preventative, but will not kill these pests. So how do you deal with fleas and ticks on your pet? 

First remove any ticks, you can apply a drop of oil onto the tick so it cannot breathe and starts to remove itself from your pet. Then you can pinch and remove in a counter clockwise direction. In the case of fleas, you can bathe your pet, using all natural shampoos. A flea shampoo isn’t needed to kill fleas as any shampoo or conditioner will work to suffocate fleas. Start at the neck and wash downwards, as fleas will immediately start to run towards any dry areas on your dog, so you don’t want them to run to their face. Also be sure to wash their bedding, soft toys, blankets, and vacuum all areas. Be sure to be thorough, as if there are any surviving flea eggs, this can cause a reinfestation. 

Once your pet is free from fleas and ticks, then a Baltic Amber collar can help protect them from future infestations. Additionally, spraying apple cider vinegar, diluted with water, on their fur, as well as their bedding, is another natural option to help protect from fleas and ticks. Essential oils can also help protect from fleas and ticks, as they don’t like the strong aroma. Some essential oils that help protect against fleas and ticks include lemongrass, lavender, and cedarwood. Always be sure to properly dilute your essential oils, and make sure you’re sourcing therapeutic or medical grade essential oils. 

To protect your yard or home from fleas and ticks, we also recommend Diatomaceous Earth

Related: Diatomaceous Earth for Pets

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Angela Ardolino

Your Host & Founder of Your Natural Dog

Angela Ardolino is a holistic pet expert who has been caring for animals for over 20 years. She operates a rescue farm, Fire Flake Farm, in Florida. In addition, she is the founder of Your Natural Dog. owMoreover, Angela got her certificate in Medical Cannabis Biology and Therapeutic use from the University of Vermont School of Medicine. Next, she founded Hemp Dog Health to provide high quality, all-natural medical cannabis products designed specifically for pets.  Accordingly, she uses Full Spectrum Hemp Extract on all her pets at her rescue farm every day since 2016. Angela has five dogs. Odie a 12-year-old mini-schnauzer, Nina an 8-year-old Doberman. Jolene a 7-year-old mutt, Maza a 7-year-old mutt, and Rhemi an 8-year-old poodle. In addition, she has 4-10 more any time she is fostering or boarding. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and the Veterinary Cannabis Association. In fact, Angela has educated hundreds of medical doctors and veterinarians on the therapeutic uses of medical cannabis on animals.

Milana Kearns

Naturopath & Founder Of Baltic Amber Designs

Milana Kearns is the founder of Baltic Amber Design and is a naturopath, specializing in  helping people and pets benefit from Baltic amber natural healing.  Baltic Amber Design started in 2010 when Milana was looking for a natural remedy  for her teething baby.  In 2012, ilana designed pet collars made of  amber as a natural remedy against ticks and fleas. As a result of her continued hard work, Baltic Amber Design became the  leading Baltic Amber jewelry seller in Ireland. Within a short amount of time, the  products became extremely popular in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and all over Europe.   Milana has helped many people keep their pets happy and pest free in a natural way. Milana  carefully listens to all her customers’ needs and accommodates custom orders too. She has made collars for ponies, horses and amber mixed with pearls.