Do you have a dog that spends a lot of time outdoors?
Warmer weather means many pet owners will be spending extra time outside with their four-legged friends. But that extra time playing outdoors or walking in the woods can mean more exposure to fleas and ticks.
While there are numerous commercial products marketed to kill fleas and ticks, some pets may react poorly to these chemicals, suffering symptoms like skin irritation, vomiting, diarrhea and seizures. Cats and small dogs tend to be the most sensitive to chemicals, and many products safe for use on dogs are toxic to cats.
No pesticide is 100 percent safe — not even those that claim to be “natural.” However, opting for truly natural alternatives can help you avoid exposing your pets to chemical pesticides.
Help protect them with an all-natural essential oil mixture that should be sprayed down your pets spine or on their collar a few times a week:
Add the following to a 16oz. sprayer bottle:
-5 drops Lavender
-5 drops Cedarwood
-5 drops Geranium
-5 drops Arborvitae
-5 drops Eucalyptus
-1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
-1 drop Dish Soap
-Top off with distilled water or FCO
You can also add a few drops of essential oil to your favorite pet shampoo. By applying a few drops of diluted oil to a bandana, you can make a stylish flea collar for your pet to wear. Make sure the smell is not overwhelming because this will be close to your pet’s nose.
Other oil substitutions include Terrashield, Purify, and Peppermint! Essential oils are a great natural repellent for insects.