Sprays for flea and tick control on dogs and around the home is another option to consider along with flea collars and spot on treatments.
Clearly, one of the big benefits of a spray for fleas and ticks is the way it can be used around the home, bedding and yard, and not just directly on your dog.
This lets you target flea eggs and larvae more directly, helping to break the cycle.
There are things to keep in mind when you’re considering using a spray though, in addition to choosing one that not only works well, but is safe for your entire family.
There are two main types of sprays for flea and tick control:
Sprays you can use on your dog.
Sprays that are made for use in the environment: on bedding and in kennels or dog houses.
Important Note Regarding Cats & Other Pets:
Unless a product states that it’s safe to use around cats, do not use any dog flea products, including sprays, where your cat or other pets have access. Some ingredients that are safe for dogs are toxic to cats as well as other pets.
Ingredients in Dog Flea Sprays
Confused by all the flea sprays out there? I was too. So I took it upon myself to dedicate several hours to scour through them all (well, most of them) so I could look closely at the ingredients that are actually being used in these products.
We can pay attention to all the marketing and fancy labels, but what it comes down to is what’s inside the bottle. Some dog flea spray products are natural, and some are chemical based.
Some use common ingredients that we see in other flea control products, while other brands contain lesser known ingredients (which can be better or worse).
So to save you time I’m sharing all my findings here. A big look at the ingredients found in almost all flea spray products for dogs and my summary and links to research, study and expert opinion on whether these ingredients are either effective or safe – or both.
Beware of any product that doesn’t fully disclose the ingredients used – in fact: avoid them altogether.
Cedar oil is used in the following flea and tick sprays:
Wondercide, Natural Chemistry Flea & Tick Spray
Peppermint oil is used in the following flea and tick sprays:
Wondercide, Vet’s Best, Natural Care Flea and Tick Spray, Sentry Natural Defense
Rosemary oil is used in the following flea and tick sprays:
Lemongrass oil is used in the following flea and tick sprays:
Wondercide, Honeydew Pet Spray, Sentry Natural Defense
Vet’s Best, Natural Chemistry Flea & Tick Spray, Natural Care Flea and Tick Spray, Sentry Natural Defense