Last summer I wrote about using Dr.Dobias' FleaHex as a form of natural flea control on my two dogs. It's a two part system that includes a shampoo for your dogs as well as a house spray to eliminate fleas indoors. Although we had a few minor run ins with fleas last summer, overall I was impressed enough with FleaHex that I bought it again this year. I've been using it on Fen as his sole means of flea preventative. I use it on Kit in conjunction with a topical flea preventative, doubling up on protection with him because he is very allergic to fleas. This summer, right before I stocked up on FleaHex, Dr.Dobias released a new product that is supposed to repel ticks.
We've never had any major issues with ticks, luckily. Very rarely will I find any on my dogs - maybe once or twice a year tops. However as I think I've mentioned here before, pretty soon we'll have a car for the first time since we moved into the city which means that, for the first time since owning Kit and Fen, we'll have easy access to a lot of new hiking locations.
While I was picking up our latest order of FleaHex I decided to give TickHex a try too. It's a spray that you're supposed to apply to your dog's fur once a week, paying special attention to their paws, legs, and underbelly. TickHex is made of organic plant based ingredients including neem oil, essential oils, apple cider vinegar, and an emulsifier. It's non-toxic and safe to use around people and animals, and Dr.Dobias offers a money back guarantee.
So what do we think of TickHex so far? Like with FleaHex, I'm not crazy about how it smells. I wouldn't say that it smells bad, more like it just doesn't smell great. Does that makes sense? Luckily the smell is the strongest right after you spray the product on your dog, and isn't really too noticeable after that.
Kit especially wasn't too crazy about being sprayed down, but that's not unexpected for him. He tolerated, although didn't enjoy, application of the product. TickHex, also like FleaHex, makes my dogs' fur look a bit wet/greasy. I assume that's probably thanks to the neem/essential oils sitting on their fur. This does go away over time but I suspect that this is because the oil eventually comes off their fur, meaning that the product wouldn't be working anymore. That's probably why it has to be reapplied once a week?
Although I have to admit I haven't been using the product on a weekly schedule. I usually apply it when I know we'll be walking somewhere that's more likely to have ticks. If we're planning on a more relaxing week and just walking around the city/visiting the local park I'll forgo the TickHex. But when we go hiking to more remote areas, areas that are more likely to harbor ticks, I make sure to spray the dogs down before we head out. I save money this way because the product lasts longer, and my dogs don't have to deal with being sprayed down unnecessarily.
I feel like I might not be the best judge on the effectiveness of this product since, like I mentioned above, we've never really had a big issue with ticks. Before we purchased TickHex this year I found a single tick on Fen, and none on Kit. Since we started using TickHex neither of the dogs have had a single tick (or at least not that I've discovered), but there's no way for me to know for sure whether that's because we've been using TickHex, or just because we haven't come into contact with any ticks.
I do, however, like having the option of applying a tick product to my dogs, just in case. Although we've never had a big problem with ticks, it would only take one to cause a tick borne illness. As I've mentioned many times before I've never been crazy about using pesticides on my pets. Nobody wants to deal with fleas/ticks, including me, but putting pesticides on my pets to prevent these pests is something I've never taken lightly.
I'll try to remember to make an update post outlining our experience with TickHex after we've used it for longer. If you want to check out TickHex for yourself, including reading more about it and the potential dangers of topical pesticides, you can visit Dr.Dobias' website here. FYI we're not affiliated with them in any way and this post is not sponsored.
If anyone tries TickHex on their dogs you'll have to stop by and tell us what you thought, especially if (unlike us) you actually encounter ticks on a regular basis.