I don't use any chemicals on or around my dogs. I double the recommended amount of garlic and check my dogs over twice a day to remove any ticks that happen to hitch a ride. I don't ever have issues with fleas.
My dogs wear a nylon snap lock collar with the shoo tag, and I saturate the collar with the Neem spray twice a day before we go out for our walks. I suppose you could use a bandana around the neck too, and saturate it with the Neem dip or spray. We live in an area with a lot of ticks and this has helped a lot. It's labor intensive but my dogs’ health is worth the extra time and effort I spend.
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