The EPA just put out a warning about “spot on” flea and tick control products… they have killed hundreds of dogs.
Flea and tick control products are pesticides… titrated to not kill your dog and still kill pests. They do work but at what cost to your dog? These products cause immune problems, liver problems, nervous system problems and much more.
They also do harm to you… because you are around your dog all the time.
Here are some great herbal ways of keeping fleas and ticks off your dog and thus keeping your dog healthy and happy — and YOU TOO!
Rose Geranium Oil - This great oil works pretty good at preventing fleas from jumping on your dog. You can even put it on your pest collar and thus the oil stays on your dog for a long time. Does not work well for ticks but works well for fleas. Essential Oils must always be diluted for use on your pets - remember that.
Coconut Oil - Coconut oil is safe for keeping away fleas on you dog, just rub a little all over… and it also makes your dogs hair shine.
Best Flea Shampoo - Make a shampoo of 2 litre of warm water, 1/2 cup of natural liquid shampoo… and add 10 drops each of bergamot oil, pine cedar oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil, citronella oil, juniper oil, geranium oil, and eucalyptus oil. Give your dog a bath in this and it will keep fleas and ticks away.
Lemon and Orange Oil - Using these two powerful oils help to repel fleas and they are none toxic when diluted. But you have to apply them all the time… at least 2 or 3 times a week. Essential Oils must always be diluted for use on your dogs.
Flea Spray - One cup of white vinegar, one litre of water, and 3 drops of cedar oil. Add to a spray bottle and spray your dog 3 or 4 times a week.
Limonene Flea Killer - Lemons contain a compound called “Limonene” which kills fleas and helps to keep them away. Take 5 lemons and put them in a pot of boiling water and boil for 10 minutes. The let cool and use a flea comb to come this mixture through your pets hair… it kills fleas right away. You can also add a handful of mint to this… and it will help keep fleas away.
Natural Peppermint Soap - Buy organic bar peppermint soap and give your dog a bath with this soap and it will kill fleas… it works on the nervous system of fleas killing them dead without bothering your dog.
Grapefruit, lemon, and Orange - Take the rinds of all three of these fruits… and put them in a food processor and make a thick paste. Rub this all over your dog, he will smell so great and it will keep away fleas too!
Lemongrass Oil - Lemongrass oil is powerful and must be diluted and then sprayed on the hair and combed in… works great for fleas and ticks.
Bedding Bag - Make a 6 inch by 6 inch cotton bag and fill it with cedar chips, one lemon peel, and 3 teaspoons of lavender flowers. Put this in your dogs bedding and it will keep fleas and ticks away.
Cedar Oil - Cedar oil and cedar chips repel pests… and they do a great job, just make sure to dilute the oil for use on your dog.
Bay Leaves - Rub bay leaves on your dog 3 or 4 times a week, and the smell of these great culinary spice will keep away pests. You can also add the leaves to their bedding to keep way pests.
Caster Oil - Caster Oil has been around for ages and it works well to repel fleas and ticks… just dilute it and use on your dog.
Flea and Tick Bath - Take 8 cups of water, 2 cups of lemon juice, and 1/4 cup of any kind of a natural shampoo. Mix this all up and use it on your dog… it will keep away fleas.
Cinnamon Oil - Cinnamon Oil is powerful and should not be used undiluted on your pet, dilute with water and comb into your dogs hair… works great.
Flea and Tick Spray - Take 16 oz of apple cider vinegar, add 8 oz of nice warm water, add a teaspoon of baking soda, and a teaspoon of salt. Put this in large spray bottle and spray your dog, and comb it through his hair… making sure not to get it into his eyes because it can sting.
Diatomaceous Earth - Diatomaceous earth is a fine powder that takes fats away from the outer skeleton of pests like fleas and ticks kills them. Just apply to the skin and it will do a great job and it’s totally non-toxic.
Natural Flea and Tick Collar - Make a cloth collar to go on your dog that is soaked in a mixture of cedar, lemongrass, eucalyptus, marigold, bay laurel, cedar and rosemary oils that are diluted 15 to 1 with a carrier oil like sesame oil which is also a very good flea repellant.
Essential Oil Alcohol Spray - Take 200 mils of ethanol, add 400 mils of distilled water and 60 drops (60 drops each) of any 3 of the following oils - cedar, lemongrass, bay laurel, eucalyptus, marigold, and rosemary oils - spray this on your dog and comb it in and it will keep away fleas.
Remember - Herbal products don’t last as long… and thus must be applied often.
Find What Works - Find the right natural flea and tick treatment for your dog… if any of these cause a reaction bath for your dog… try something else. Some dogs are very sensitive and thus you have to find what works for your dog.
Treat Outside Areas - Treat outside areas that the dog will not be in, where fleas and ticks hide, like under your house… use borax, lime, and diatomaceous earth.
Treat Your Yard With Nematodes - Treat your yard with natural worms called “Nematodes” these microscopic worms eat the larval stage of fleas and thus kill fleas… you can order these on-line.
Buy Natural Products - There are some natural flea and tick products that you can buy at your local pet shop and on-line. Check what they are made of before before using.
If all else fails and you still have fleas and ticks… make sure to consult with your vet to pick the best alternative that’s as safe as possible.
This article is meant to get you started… so you can do more research on your own… dig a little deeper and find what works for you. This article is for educational purposes only, I strongly recommend that you seek advice from your own GP, private doctor, or medical specialist for any ailment, illness, or medical condition.. this article not meant to be a scientific analysis in any way, shape, or form.
Dr. Paul Haider - Master Herbalist and Spiritual Teacher for over 20 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy. You can also find Dr. Haider on FB under Dr. Paul Haider, Healing Herbs, and at www.paulhaider.com - feel free to contact him any time.
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