A happy dog, is a flea free dog! Living in Florida, fleas are something I think about year round. I prefer natural alternatives to the toxic flea dips, collars and other products on the market that wreak havoc on our furry friends health.
Essential oils can support a flea free Fido by acting as repellents. It should be said they do not get rid of existing fleas, but help deter them. A healthy diet is also important in keeping fleas at bay. Fleas tend to opt for animals in poor health. One thing to keep in mind when using essential oils with your dog is less is more. I don’t recommend putting essential oils undiluted on your dogs coat as it is too strong for them, especially dogs under 60 pounds. And never put them on a cat. Cats can not eliminate essential oils from their bodies and can build up a toxicity to them.
Essential oils high in limonene are great repellents. Orange and tangerine essential oils are two of the highest in limonene. Cedarwood is also a good flea repellent and is a skin loving essential oil.
Making your own flea shampoo is easy. Here is a gentle aromatherapy flea shampoo recipe to help you get started.
Flea Shampoo for Dogs Recipe
3 ounces Castille Soap
1 ounce Aloe Gel
10 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
10 drops Orange Essential Oil
Pour the castille soap in a 4 ounce bottle.
Add the essential oil drops.
Top with the aloe gel.
Cap and shake.
Castille Soap – Dr. Bronners Unscented Baby Formula is a great castille soap. You can find it at Target, your local natural food store or purchase on their website from the link above.
Aloe Gel – Cold-pressed, organic aloe gel is available on our shop page.
Bottle for your shampoo – available on our shop page.
A great book for natural pet care – Dr Pitcairn’s New Complete Guide for Natural Health for Dogs and Cats