I mentioned on Facebook a couple of days ago that I use my own recipe to repel fleas and a couple of people have said they’d like the recipe, so here it is!
I have always hated putting chemicals on my dogs skin but preferred that to fleas of course. Since learning more and more about the power of herbs and essential oils I realised that it was possible to not have to use harmful products and not worry about fleas either. It may surprise you to know that many of the flea products on the market to contain ingredients that are dangerous to both our pets and our children, the active ingredients in both Frontline & Advantage include chemicals such as imidacloprid, fipronil, permethrin, methoprene, and pyriproxyfen, all of which have caused serious health problems in animals in laboratories. There have been over 45,000 complaints to the EPA of adverse reactions from spot-on pesticides on dogs and cats, from skin complaints to seizures and even death.
Anyway, I’m not going to go any more into the bad things about pesticides and get to the point, if you do want to know more about what’s in tick & flea repellants, you can have a read here. There are a number of essential oils that will work to repel both fleas and ticks and so you can actually make your own solution at home – please do only use ones that are approved for use on animals and always dilute as they are very concentrated and undiluted can burn sensitive skin. Some of the essential oils you can safely use on dogs for flea and tick prevention are: lavender, lemon, citronella, sage/clary sage, bergamot, cedarwood, lemon eucalyptus, lemongrass, peppermint, geranium, sweet orange, and rosemary. Please be aware that there are essential oils out there that are toxic to cats & dogs so if you’re thinking of trying any others, please do some research first and preferably ask a professional.
Here is the recipe that I use, it works for my dog, so give it a try and let me know what you think, the bonus of using essential oils is, your dog smells fab too! I really would love to hear what you think.
Take a 100ml spray bottle and fill with 100ml of water, you should then still have space to add 15 drops of oil – which is plenty.
I use 3 of each of the following: Geranium, peppermint, eucalyptus, cedarwood & citronella. Add these to the bottle and give the bottle a really, really good shake. You can then use this every other day on your dog to keep the fleas at bay.