7 Essential Oils for Fleas and Ticks on Dogs + 30 Toxic ones

7 Essential Oils For Fleas and Ticks on Dogs

7 Essential Oils For Fleas and Ticks on Dogs

A flea invasion with our four legged friends can be a nightmare. So can using commercial flea products which are toxic to you and your dog’s health.

If you ask your vet, they will gladly sell you a commercial flea & tick product.

However, with proper care you can terminate fleas on a natural approach. And yes you can even save a buck or two!

Tips & Safety Precautions

#1 Be Mindful When Using Essential Oils

Be careful when applying essential oils and don’t overdo them. Remember that your pet’s sense of smell is much stronger than yours.

  • Concentrated essential oils require dilution prior to use (see #2 below)
  • Apply oils in a breezy or ventilated area
  • Avoid spraying in dog’s face

#2 Dilute With a Carrier Oil

Dilute with a carrier oil before applying on your dog. Be sure to use a carrier oil such as:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil

Use 5-10 drops and dilute 80-90%.

#3 Listen To Your Dog

Let your dog smell each bottle, undiluted, with the lid on and asses his reaction. Let your dog refuse or accept oils!

If she objects to any spray or oil you have made, don’t use it. My dogs get edgy with certain essential oils. I keep a journal of any reactions my dogs have to refine my recipes.

Recommended Essential Oils For Fleas & Ticks on Dogs

Lavender Essential Oil for Dogs
Lavender Essential Oil for Dogs available now from Care4Dogs

Lavender Essential Oil

Great for Repelling Ticks & Soothe Your Pet’s Skin

The aroma will help keep fleas and ticks away. Lavender oil repels ticks and prevents tick eggs from hatching. Lavender oil soothes your dog’s skin and helps prevent infection.

Add 5-10 drops of undiluted lavender essential oil to your dog’s shampoo. Diffuse lavender oil in your home to repel fleas and ticks.

Lemongrass Essential Oil for Dogs
Lemongrass Essential Oil for Dogs available now from Care4Dogs

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Repels Fleas

The smell of lemongrass oil is unpleasant for fleas. It’s active ingredient (citral and geraniol) acts as a natural repellent.

Add 5 drops of oil to water to mix your own spray, then apply the spray to your pet’s coat. You can also diffuse the oil in your home.

Cedar Essential Oil for Dogs
Cedar Essential Oil for Dogs available now from Care4Dogs

Cedar Essential Oil

Repels & Kills Fleas and Ticks

Cedar oil is the go-to repellent for many of my friends. It is available for use on dogs and pets or in your home. 

Add a few drops of Cedar oil to a carrier oil.

Diffusing Cedar oil will allow the anti-parasitic molecules to be released into the air and kill off any fleas and ticks.

Frankincense Oil Essential for Dogs
Frankincense Oil Essential for Dogs available now from Care4Dogs

Frankincense Essential Oil

Wound & Antibacterial Healing

Frankincense is a safer and less potent and a great all-around oil to use with your dogs. 

 Essential Oil Headers Rosemary Oil

Rosemary Essential Oil

Flea Repellant & Helps Heal Flea Bites

Rosemary essential oil tends to irritate more than other oils. A few drops on your dog’s collar and bedding makes a superb flea repellant.

Add 5-8 drops of Rosemary oil to your dogs shampoo to repel fleas and help your dog heal faster.

Add 5 drops of oil to water to mix your own spray, then apply the spray to your pet’s coat. You can also diffuse the oil in your home.

Essential Oil Headers Neem Oil

Neem Oil

Neem oil Repels Fleas & Ticks

Neem is a natural remedy for a multitude of ailments. You can dilute the neem oil 1:10 with a light carrier oil. Then massage the neem oil into the skin.

You can also add a few drops of Neem oil to your dogs shampoo to repel fleas and ticks. (Bathe 2-3 times a week for best results).

Essential Oil Headers Rose Geranium Oil

Rose Geranium Oil

Direct undiluted Rose geranium oil on your dog is okay. Use 1 drop behind each shoulder blade and 1 drop near the base of the tail.

30 Potentially Toxic Essential Oils For Dogs

30 Potentially Toxic Essential Oils For Dogs
30 Potentially Toxic Essential Oils For Dogs

Please mind that many oils that are good for dogs are sometimes not good for cats.

In the end, keep in mind that healthy dogs are bad hosts for fleas. The best defense for natural flea control is a healthy dog!

  • Feed a raw diet full of whole foods
  • Minimize vaccinations and don’t over-vaccinate
  • Avoid drugs and compounds in your dog’s environment

Avoid Pharma & Commercial Brands

In 2009, the EPA released an important advisory. They received over 44,000 reports of adverse reactions and a total of 600 deaths in 2008.

Most common side effects as reported by the EPA:

  • Skin reactions, Redness, Itching
  • Sores & Ulcers
  • Hair Loss
  • Vomiting
  • Salivation
  • Diarrhea
  • Nervousness
  • Death
  • The list goes on….

Avoid putting your dog at risk of adverse reactions. Choose a safe and natural approach to flea control. Improve the health of our planet for ages to come by avoiding these toxic products.

To kill fleas and their eggs requires a lot of work. This means spending weeks bathing your own dog and vacuuming every inch of your house. Obviously, it is a better idea to be proactive and prevent fleas.

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