Marengo Care Products

Care and Parasite Repellent on a Purely Natural Basis

Marengo care products care for the skin, coat and ears, and protect your dog against irksome parasites such as ticks, mites and fleas. With purely natural substances, both the caring function and parasite repellent will always remain gentle on the metabolism, digestive tract and the immune system, since there are no adverse effects.

Marengo’s care products contain no medication, poisons and insecticides such as Lindan, Pyrethrum etc. After treatment, the owners and their families face absolutely no risk when dealing with their dog, since both the environmentally-friendly manufacturing method as well as the fact that the products have been developed without any animal testing, are our trademark. Marengo’s care products have also proven to be extremely well-suited with sensitive and ill dogs.

Care Products

Marengo Limes-Spray 300 ml / 1000 ml

Marengo Limes-Spray 300ml

(300 ml: now new in the handy pump sprayer!)

A selection of essential oils made of lavender, cloves and peppermint create a reliable natural protective barrier against parasites such as ticks and fleas.
Marengo Limes-Spray does not contain any insecticides such as e.g. pyrethrum or other poisonous substances. Marengo Limes-Spray has a pleasant odour, which doesn’t impair the dog or its owner’s sense of well-being. Marengo Limes-Spray does not contain any cedar oil and is also suited for allergy-sufferers. The good effectivity is attained solely on the basis of purely natural substances such as clove oil, lavender oil and peppermint oil. No clogging or dullness of the coat.

to ward off ticks and fleas, generously spray the dog, for instance, prior to taking it for a walk or visiting the training club. Duration of the effect of treatment is 8 - 12 hours, depending on the number of ticks or fleas in the respective area.
Composition: Aqua purificata, lavender oil, peppermint oil, clove oil, emulsifier polysorbate20.
Does not contain any medication, poisons or insecticides such as Lindan, Pyrethrum, etc.
Carefree frolicking thanks to natural protection.
Parasites such as ticks, mites and fleas are an abomination for every dog owner. The commonly held view is that normal measures do not provide adequate protection against parasites. For this reason many dog owners’ first choice in getting rid of these parasites is the chemical solution, so as to ensure that their dogs do not suffer health problems.
However, in many cases, what is not considered in this regard is that, apart from frequently providing only moderate protection, the chemical products can also lead to metabolism irritations or even to real symptoms of poisoning. Thus, time and again, at the beginning of every new tick season, the number of dogs who start displaying side-effects such as e.g. skin and coat problems and digestion and metabolism disorders, as a result of the chemical defensive measures (generally after the 1st to 3rd application), increases too, without the owners realising the connection between the animal ailments and the chemical treatment. With Marengo Limes Spray, Marengo provides a tried and tested, effective and purely natural alternative that can be successfully used when applied correctly, however without the negative side-effects.

Are conventional chemical compounds, which are so frequently associated with detrimental effects on one’s health, truly the only possibility to develop a sure protection against ticks and fleas?
How can the health-conscious dog owner protect his/her dog in a safe and natural manner?
These questions and background information on the illnesses transmitted by ticks, ways of infection, the sense and nonsense of Lyme disease vaccinations, conventional and natural flea and tick protection, can be found at Natural Protection against Ticks.  

Marengo Anti-Zecken Probier-aset (Anti-Tick Test Set)

Ideal Set for Testing or When on the Road!

Marengo Anti-Tick Test Set

30 ml Marengo Limes Spray in the pump atomizer. The handy small shape of the environmentally-friendly pump atomizer finds a place in every bag. Because of this, it is also ideally suited when on the road. Innovative tick remover, with magnifying glass. The innovative form helps remove ticks quickly and safely. Thanks to the magnifying glass, smaller ticks can also be identified more easily and removed quickly.


Marengo Ohrpflege (ear care lotion) 100 ml

Natural ear care milk with peppermint and calendula oil for non-medicinal care

Lotion de soin pour les oreilles Marengo 100 ml

The ears should be inspected regularly for grime, secretion or changes in smell. If none of these symptoms are present, this means that the body’s natural cleaning mechanism is intact and that the ears should not be treated. Should care be required, take a frugal amount of hand-hot Marengo ear care milk and apply some to a soft cloth or firm, colourless piece of cotton wool (no toilet paper / paper towels). Then start off by cleaning the inside of the external ear. In doing so, please ensure that you do not push the dirt into the ear canal. To apply the ear care product we recommend you tell the dog to sit, whereat the dog can keep its head in level position or, better yet, with its nose pointing slightly down. In doing so it is easier for the ear care product to flow into the ear canal. Thereafter, massage the ear for approx. 2-3 minutes and, in the course of this, the dog’s nose can carefully be pressed down. After the massage, let the dog stand up again. Normally, it will shake itself or try to rub its ears on furniture or the floor. The shaking movement will transport the detached crusty bits, ear secretion and dirt to the top and therefore this is definitely necessary. The dirt particles, crusty bits and secretion which were transported to the inside of the external ear are then removed with a clean soft cloth or a firm, colourless piece of cotton, until the ear is clean.

Peppermint and calendula oil in a milky Lanette fat emulsion. Contains no medication, poisons or insecticides, such as Lindan, Pyrethrum, etc.


Marengo Waschlotion (washing lotion) 200 ml / 1000 ml

Purely Natural Substances for Cleaning and as Intensive Skin and Coat Care

Lotion lavante Marengo 200 ml

With peppermint and calendula oil for non-medicinal care in cases of:

If necessary, dampen the coat with hand-hot water and carefully massage the shampoo in for approx. 2-3 minutes before rinsing off thoroughly with hand-hot water. Thereafter dry the coat well.
If shampoo should get into the eyes, rinse them with plenty of water. Intensively massage the Marengo Waschlotion into the coat and thereafter rinse out well.
Composition: peppermint oil and calendula oil in a mild cleaning lotion. Does not contain any medication, poisons or insecticides such as Lindan, Pyrethrum, etc.


Chemical cudgel or the natural approach?

Photo: Marengo Patenhund Franky

Which dog owners wouldn't struggle with this decision?
Always striving to do the best for their dogs, they are constantly faced with this question, which extends from effective control against ticks, mites and fleas via daily care for skin and fur through to appropriate care for healthy or poorly ears.
Unfortunately, responsibility for this issue is frequently passed on to the vets and pharmaceutical industry for fear of the dog becoming ill from possible diseases caused by parasites, with subsequent risks for one's own health and that of the rest of the family; as a rule, this results in a chemical solution. And the confusion caused by all the chemical remedies, many of which are even said to be a panacea for everything often results in arguments against chemical parasite control being overlooked. Besides the side effects, contraindications and precautions admitted by the manufacturers, not even chemical antiparasitic agents provide 100% protection. Moreover, some of the substances used have become completely ineffective because the parasites have become resistant to them, so that the detrimental consequences of chemical applications are accepted to absolutely no effect.
If the animal develops problems for example with its metabolism, skin or digestion after a chemical antiparasitic agent has been applied 1 to 3 times, these side effects are usually no longer associated with the chemical preparations. But we know from our consulting practice that in these cases, the only way for the dog to recover is to discontinue the chemical applications and change over to natural products and parasite control measures.
Another point worth remembering is that the dogs become more liable to parasitic infestation when suffering from metabolic disorders (liver/kidneys). For example, recurrent flea infestation is often a symptom of liver disease. It should be quite obvious that here in particular, serious thought needs to be given to any additional burden in the form of chemical antiparasitic control.
And this is exactly the point: chemical antiparasitic control should always be given serious thought; despite all fear of the possible detrimental effects of parasitic infestation, highly effective natural preparations should not be overlooked as these can offer the dog appropriate protection. As a result, these natural control measures involve slightly more effort, but they are quite effective and, what's more, definitely compatible for dog, man and the environment.
And so we ask you to read the leaflet accompanying the chemical antiparasitic agents and take a critical and deliberate decision:
chemical cudgel or the natural approach?

Chemical cudgel or the natural approach – how often do we forget to look at the leaflet?

In addition to their antiparasitic effect, chemical antiparasitic agents always have side effects that shouldn't be trivialised. Spot-on products and flea collars contain harmful substances that accumulate in the dog's body and are emitted continuously in tiny quantities either in the dog's blood or through the skin and fur.

Most of these chemical antiparasitic agents contain contact poisons such as fipronil or permethrin, which kill the parasites by interrupting the transmission of stimuli in their nerve cells. Other products include agents such as lufenuron, which triggers a development disorder (genetic alteration) of the parasites. Unfortunately, most dog owners don't even take the time to read through the product leaflets carefully. These provide information about the side effects and precautions to be taken when using the products.
In addition, the efficacy of these chemical products is increasingly doubtful, with the parasites becoming increasingly resistant to certain agents.

Please bear in mind:
The process that kills the inconvenient and hugely resistant parasites can naturally also have a highly detrimental effect on the dog's immune system and easily cause allergy reactions as well as other risk factors that have a negative impact on the metabolic system. Dog lovers really cannot be happy when spraying or spotting contact poison on their dogs.

Please also remember that the use of chemical products can affect not only your dog but also you and your children, even though most manufacturers speak of negligible toxicity for humans and other mammals. In this context, due consideration should also clearly be given to animal welfare in general, as every chemical antiparasitic agent has to go through countless series of animal experiments before it is launched on the market.


Different effects of chemical antiparasitic agents

Basically, tick, flea and mite control functions either with so-called contact poisons with or without knock-down effect, or with chemical substances transmitted to the parasites through the dog's blood.

Contact poisons without knock-down effect

Contact poisons are available particularly as antiparasitic products based on the agent fipronil in spot-on form applied to the neck or in spray form. Intact skin only lets fipronil penetrate the upper layers of skin where it accumulates in the sebaceous glands of the animal and is distributed with the corresponding secretions to the skin and hair over the entire surface of the skin. On contact with the treated skin or hair, the parasite absorbs the agent as the contact poison is emitted by the upper layers of skin throughout the whole effective period.
Fipronil blocks the system of transmitting stimuli in the parasite's nervous system, causing uncontrolled reaction or fatal over-stimulation of the central nervous system, thus killing insects and acarids (mites, ticks).
According to the manufacturer, even treated animals can be subject to tick attacks, so that in the worst-case situation it is not possible to rule out the transmission of infectious diseases.

Contact poison with additional "knock-down" effect

Permethrin is a typical example of contact poison with "knock-down" effect.
Permethrin is an insecticide and acaricide in the group of pyrethroids. Pyrethroids are used as insecticides and acaricides for pest control. Many sprays and traps used to control flies in cow sheds contain pyrethroids. These compounds are also used as ectoparasitic agents in shampoos, ear clips, dips, collars and infusions for animals.
Permethrin blocks the system of transmitting stimuli in the parasite's nervous system, causing uncontrolled reaction or fatal over-stimulation of the central nervous system, thus killing insects and acarids. Permethrin acts both as contact poison, i.e. with deposits of the contact poison in the upper layers of skin and constant emission of the substance via the skin and fur of the dog, and also as a kind of repellent for ticks and fleas that haven't actually bitten the dog yet. The effect is based on irritation of the nerves, causing the feet of the ectoparasites to fail. Within a few minutes, the insect is incapable of moving; this is the knock-down effect. Death occurs some time later. According to the manufacturers, dogs are protected from ticks, gnats and fleas as these are fended off and die, USUALLY before they can bite or sting the dog. Fleas are killed before they can lay their eggs. No manufacturer who chooses permethrin as agent can guarantee 100% protection.

Effect through the blood

Together with the possibility of chemical parasite control using contact poison, other chemical substances are used for oral administration (e.g. in tablet form), with constant amounts of the substance emitted into the dog's bloodstream throughout a certain period of time. Lufenuron is a well used example of these substances. Besides being used to control fleas, lufenuron is also particularly used in combination with other agents as a broad spectrum antiparasitic agent.
Lufenuron is a benzoylurea derivative. It is an insect development inhibitor that inhibits the production of chitin in the parasites (chitin is an essential component in the cell walls of fungi and the skeleton/exoskeleton of parasites). The agent accumulates in the dog's fatty tissue and is emitted into the dog's blood stream in small quantities, as a rule over a period of 30 days.
Lufenuron does not have a repellent effect as such, as its effect does not begin until the parasite has had contact with the blood of the dog. In normal dosage, lufenuron has no effect on adult fleas; instead, it interrupts the development cycle of the fleas when the flea consumes the dog's blood and thus prevents production of the flea's eggs.

Combination products

Most products containing several agents at once, such as moxidectin or imidacloprid, are used to control fleas and so-called endoparasites (parasites occuring within the dog's organism, such as worms, heartworms, larvae stages) and will not be given any further attention in this context.

A look at the leaflet...

Here are a few excerpts from leaflets referring just to the corresponding precautions and contraindications. Please refer to the leaflets of the specific product for side effects and reciprocal effects.

Avoid touching the application site within 6 hours
Prevent the animal from licking the application site.
Avoid skin contact with the product.
Wash your hands thoroughly with water after use.
Keep away from food and drinks as well as dog food.
Toxic for aquatic organisms and bees! Keep permethrin products away from aquariums, fish tanks etc.
Do not apply to animals used for food production.

Make sure that the product is applied to a site that the animal cannot lick; prevent treated animals cannot licking each other.
Avoid bathing the animal and do not allow it to become intensively wet within two days after application; avoid bathing the animal more frequently than once a week.
Dogs should not swim in open waterways for two days after treatment. Can harm organisms living in water.
Avoid contact with your fingers.
Do not touch treated animals and do not let children play with treated animals until the application site is dry.
Freshly treated animals should not sleep in close contact with their owners, particularly not with children
Do not smoke, drink or eat while applying the product.

Natural alternative: how does Marengo Limes Spray work?

Marengo Limes Spray acts on the basis of essential oils that drive parasites such as ticks, fleas and mites away from the dog. This is why Marengo Limes Spray is also referred to as a repellent (repellents in the true sense of the word are agents that are perceived by an organism's sense of smell and act as a deterrent, without killing the organism). The main agent in Marengo Limes Spray is lavender oil, which has been known for its parasite-repellent effect since ancient times and has been listed as an agent in the EU Directive for Repellents for several years.
Lavender oil and also the care substances peppermint oil and clove oil have a parasite-deterring effect by generating a climate on the dog which makes it unpleasant for the parasite so that the parasite avoids the dog. No poison is released to kill the parasites, instead a kind of natural displacement occurs.

Comparison between chemical cudgel and the natural approach

Chemical products Marengo products
  • Good but no 100% protection
  • Resistance to chemical agents develops relatively easily
  • Applied every 4-6 weeks, therefore little effort for the owner
  • Considerable precautions necessary when applying
  • Close contact with owner and family not possible all the time
  • Side effects from harmful substances
  • Chemical substances detrimental to the dog's metabolism, possible consequences include disorders of the skin, digestive system and metabolic organs
  • Precautions necessary for dog, man and the environment
  • Hazard to water and aquatic organisms
  • Animal experiments necessary
  • Frequently make allergic reactions worse in those suffering from allergies
  • Natural effect but no 100% protection
  • As a rule, resistance to natural agents cannot develop
  • Needs to be applied every 1-3 days, usually in combination with other natural care and prevention measures, such as checking the fur for ticks, avoiding places with high tick populations such as high grass and bushes, or bathing the dog when infested with fleas
  • No special precautions necessary in use
  • Close contact with owner and family possible all the time
  • No side effects from harmful substances
  • No detrimental effect to the dog's metabolism
  • Definitely compatible for dog, man and the environment
  • No hazard to water and aquatic organisms
  • No animal experiments necessary
  • Also tried and tested for those suffering from allergies

Copyright by Marengo - EnRa GmbH&Co.KG
Updated in May 2011