I've always used Frontline on my dog and now that I am making the natural transition for myself and my family, I guess that means the dog too!
Flea Repellent Spray for Dogs
-3/4 c water
-1/4 c Witch Hazel
-2 drops Cedarwood EO
-2 drops Citronella EO
-2 drops Lavender EO
-2 drops Melaleuca EO
Combine all ingredients in a PET plastic, stainless steel or glass spray bottle. Shake well before using. Spray their coat daily, avoiding eyes, nose & mouth and concentrating on the legs and the base of the tail. Watch for signs of irritation and dilute if necessary. Some dogs are more sensitive than others.
DO NOT USE ON CATS
Tick Preventative Spray:
-1 cup apple cider vinegar
-1 quart fresh water
-10 drops of Lavender EO
-10 drops of Peppermint EO
-10 drops Geranium EO
-4 drops Grapefruit EO
-2 drops Myrrh EO
-Fractionated Coconut Oil (optional)
Combine in a spray bottle, shake, and apply carefully over the coat, avoiding the eyes/ears/face of your dog. You may apply a small amount of the mixture to the dog's neck using a cloth if desired.
DIY Tick Collar:
Place a few drops of tick-repellant oils on your dog's collar or a bandana. Good choices include:
BONUS: add Lemongrass EO to repel flies at the same time!
You can also dilute a blend of one or more of the EOs above in FCO and rub a small amount at the base of your dog's tail so they're covered from head to paw.
and, just in case you need it (we hope you don't!):
Tick Removal with Essential Oils:
Place 1 drop of Peppermint EO directly on the tick. We recommend using a q-tip for precise application. After the tick pops out (it's amazing to watch), you might consider applying some SN Melaleuca EO in your preferred carrier oil to help prevent infection.
**Remember, dogs have a very sensitive sense of smell and sensitive skin - be sure to dilute appropriately especially for your dog's size. Also, these suggestions are not suitable for cats!**
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