Looking for an Alternative Method of Flea and Tick Control?

Fleas, ticks, and internal parasites are one of the many enemies you sign up for when being a pet owner.  There are multiple flea and tick preventatives out there, but as always here, we like to try a holistic approach if available…

Amy and Eva- Endless Mt. Labradors

Diatomaceous Earth is a product that has various properties… from flea and tick control to treating internal parasites as well.  It also has endless uses for your home and garden.  From cleaning to deodorizing, DE is a great way to avoid using so many of the every day harsh chemicals that we are typically exposed to.

What is Diatomaceous Earth?

Diatomaceous Earth is a a soft, crumbly, porous sedimentary deposit formed from the fossil remains of diatoms (tiny, aquatic organisms).  They are made up of silica, which is a natural element used in making glass.  DE kills parasites and pests (such as fleas and ticks) by piercing and drying out the insect’s exoskeleton so they cannot survive.

How do I use Diatomaceous Earth for my pets?

If you want to treat against fleas and ticks, your best options are to treat your yard or rub it into your dog’s coat.  Just be sure to get food grade only.  You would also want to dust your dog’s bedding, carpeted areas, etc.,  to fully eliminate any infestation.

Diatomaceous Earth can also be ingested to fight internal parasites in animals.  Again, be sure to use food grade DE, and use it daily to be most effective.

*NOTE* DE is a dusty consistency, so you want to be careful of inhalation.

New! Endless Mt. Oil Blends
Flea and Tick Spray- Endless Mt. Oil Blends

For years, Donna has sought out holistic and natural health approaches for treating common ailments in Labradors and other breeds. In designing her new product line of Endless Mt. Oil Blends, Donna has formulated an all natural, essential oil based flea and tick repellent spray that can be used in conjunction with the DE, in repelling and killing fleas and ticks WITHOUT the chemicals! 🙂

We have been recommending to our clients to use this spray in conjunction with the DE.  This way you have double protection against fleas and ticks… the DE will kill anything that gets on the dog, while the essential oils in the spray will repel the pests, as well as moisturize the skin against drying from the DE.

We have even put together a bundle with the Spray AND Diatomaceous Earth!

For more information on ordering, click here!

To read more on caring for your Labrador, check out these posts from the EML Blog!

Why do Dogs Scoot their butts?

STAGGERING household hazards for your pets!!!!

The Puppy and The Parasite

NuVet Supplement


  1. I wish I could find a sale puppy!

    1. A sale puppy. What is that?

  2. I was talking to a fellow duck hunter/dog lover/trim carpenter on a job site just last week about diatomaceous earth. he has 2 Chesapeake bay retrievers and had good things to say about it. he bought his food grade @ southern states farm supply.

    1. I need to better understand. Do you put DE on them everyday? Their coats would be pretty dusty.

  3. Dear Donna,

    Do you have any opinion on shaving a lab for the summer? I have always shaved my ten year old yellow lab Honey. I now have a year old chocolate from Preston and I am thinking of shaving her? Any thoughts?

    1. I will be interested to read Donna’s response. We shaved our yellow/white lab and the shedding, we assumed, stopped. What in reality happened is he continued to shed but the hair was so small (from being shaved) we could not see it. The reality was two fold: we were doing more harm than good and many dogs, including Labs, that are not intended to be shaved can actually STOP regrowing their hair. When we shaved our lab, within 6 weeks, he needed it again. Eventually, it got to the point our local vet felt he had a thyroid problem due to the lack of hair growth; he stopped regrowing his coat What did grow back made him look like a cancer patient. Additionally, the fine undercoat hair is actually designed to keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer. We live in Texas, on the Gulf Coast, so we actually were doing more harm than good. Conclusion: if on a GREAT feeding program, shedding should be minimal throughout the year except when nature causes them to loose their coat. We kept him brushed daily, along with a great diet and noticed a significant reduction in shedding. Unfortunately, we lost him May 18: 10 yrs and 3 days old. Next Lab(s)…I WILL NOT SHAVE.

  4. D.E. food grade is good I have it in my O.J. for years given it to my alpacas for parasite control. There is a air of warning the microscopic shards that cut the exosketon of a ant tick flea fly also can damage the lungs if inhaled dry. It can also cause skin problems on dogs. I wet down my yard and the place where my dog sleeps put the de powder on sweep and let dry it works but without the dust. Use this with caution. and Pool grade never use for any reason as parasite cont. I also three days a
    week put it in my dogs food Iv e been doing this over 15 yrs never had a dog with arthritis until my last o.ne at 17 started limping. I think it was age.Just use caution

  5. I use food grade DE for my chicken coop and have never had trouble with mites or other such parasites. I also spread in the area that my 4 barn cats live. I use sparingly on my dogs when the flea season comes around and it works wonders. I also spray in garage and basement areas. Not a fan of chemicals being put on my furry kids!

    I have always heard NEVER shave a lab or any other dog that has hollow hair shafts for insulation. You do them more harm than good, since you would leave the hair shaft open, it then loses all insulation from heat and also cold.

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