This idea came from spending the equivalent of a beautiful pair of shoes’ money on flea repellent every month *tears*.
At first the store bought stuff took about a month to work out and then, 3 weeks, then 2 weeks and then a week which defeated the purpose and depleted my bank account! So after a lot of research I developed this recipe and it worked well.
And the best part… it is WAAAAAY more affordable AND natural.
What you need:
- Sealable container
- Plastic gloves
- 7 drops Pure Lavender Essential Oil
- 7 drops Pure Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 7 drops Pure Citronella Essential Oil
- 1 Cup Almond Oil (Or you can use Baby Oil too)
- A fleasy pooch of course!
What to do:
- Mix all the ingredients together in your sealable container (yes you really only need 7 drops of essential oil, the stuff is strong!)
- Put on your plastic gloves, grab your furry friend and apply liberally, especially on the itchy areas (and don’t forget under the tail). Avoid the face, ears, nose and eyes. Do this part outside as it can become an oily mess indoors. You don’t have to use all the mixture, just make sure the doggy is covered to the skin.
- Repeat when they start scratching again – I find in Winter it is not as often, but in summer every 2 – 4 weeks
Before you go off and try your hand at it, here is the stuff you need to know:
- Essential oils are readily available and cheapest at large pharmacy retailers – I use DisChem in South Africa.
- This recipe is NOT TESTED on animals other than dogs AND from my research I could gather that cats are highly allergic to essential oil so keep it away from the felines.
- Also make sure your pooch isn’t allergic try the mixture on a small patch on his or her skin to test
- The doggies will be a bit oily for a day or two so if they’re indoor pooches, make sure they lie on a towel or blanky that can be washed and keep them away from fabric furniture
- I’ve got two smallish dogs with short hair, a Princess Pug and a Boss of a Daschund (who thinks he’s a Rottweiler sometimes). It works very well on them, but I think it might be a bit less practical on a large hairy dog for example a St. Bernard or a Chow.
- I’m just a girl that hates being cheated with expensive flea meds, I’m not a vet or an animal pharmacist. This recipe works well for me, but please use at your own risk.
Here’s a photo of my sweet Pug Pixie: