Elissa's and Ceylon's Mom
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Well I don't know if it is as organic as you would want it to be, but I do occasionally use Lice-Freee (the leave-on spray, not the gel that you are supposed to wash off) on my dog to keep away fleas. It's NOT a product made for dogs (it's made for humans), and not even made to keep away fleas (it's made to kill and keep away lice on human heads), so use it at your own discretion - YMMV - but, it's worked wonders for both of the 'children' in my house, human and dog, whether the bugs were lice or fleas (no idea about ticks, we don't live where there are ticks). It's supposed to be perfectly save for children, so I assume that by extension it would be relatively safe for dogs as well.
I also LOVE DE, but that's not much good as a deterrent in real-time,, it's much better as a treatment to keep fleas (and perhaps ticks, not sure) from infesting your home, which is a slightly different matter.
That being said, I use a regular monthly flea treatment on my dog and would probably use a tick-repelling monthly treatment as well if we lived where there were ticks - in other words, I don't recommend using anything I've mentioned above as an ongoing repellent, without the regular monthly treatments. I am not sure, in fact, that there any 100% pure, organic, natural solution out there, to be honest. We all have to weigh the costs vs. benefits of everything we do for our dogs, from flea treatments to vaccinations to socialization (in potentially parvo-infested situations, for instance). -Just my 2 cents...