Sweet Smelling Natural Protection From Biting Buggies!

August 5th, 2010 by Dan

The dogs and I are off on a long-awaited summer vacation! We’re heading to a cabin in the mountains just outside Shenandoah National Park in Virginia for a week of hiking, swimming and relaxation away from the city. Normally, I don’t use any topical chemical form of flea and tick prevention on my dogs unless I know I’m going to be heading into an area that’s extremely buggy. They’re both furminated and brushed weekly, so I get a chance to get a good look at their coat’s and make sure no one is living rent free!

While flea and tick prevention products are necessary in some circumstances, I much prefer to go the natural route whenever possible, so I sought out a shampoo I could use on the pups before our trip that will repel the biting buggies and not interact with any topicals if I decide to go that route. I finally was made aware of Charlie Dog and we got a sample to try on the pups.

The first thing we noticed is this shampoo smells GOOD! It has a natural, woodsy smell that isn’t chemically at all. It’s a far cry from many of the overly-perfumey doggie shampoos on the market. The lack of artificial smell is due to the lack of inclusion of anything artificial. Clove Oil, Lavender Oil, Cedarwood and Citronella make up the blend that help repel fleas and ticks (mosquitoes and lice too). The shampoo lathered up well and a little went a long way. I let it sit on each of the dogs for a few minutes so their coat’s would take in the oils in the shampoos. I’m going to pack the bottle in the dog’s bag, since this is bound to be a dirty adventure! If I have to apply a spot-on topical, the shampoo won’t interfere with it’s performance.

It’s great to know that there are options out there for owners that don’t want to use chemical based parasite control shampoos on their pets. While there are homemade recipes for flea and tick control, they aren’t always convenient while you’re traveling and some people just want an easier option. For more information on Charlie Dog, check out the Bobbi Panter Website!

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