One of the worst things that can happen to our fur kids is having a flea or tick infestation. Fleas and ticks are both external parasites that can infect your cats and dogs and is present all year round. They can carry and transmit serious and fatal diseases to our pets, thus the need to have them exterminated is crucial.
Due to the high need to annihilate these pests, flea and tick repellents are readily available in the market. These substances can be used as a spray-on our pets and our home. Some are in soap and medicated bath form. The problem is that most of these pesticides are harmful to our babies. Although it controls the rising population of the parasites, it poses various side effects such as skin irritation, watery eyes, etc.
Is there a milder solution in the market? Fortunately for us, there are essential oils that can help manage these infestations. Just remember to dilute these oils with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil or coconut oil before applying them to your dog or cat as they can have a very strong aroma. Check their reaction to the oils. They will be the ones determining if they appreciate the smell or totally hate it.
It is necessary to read and research first all about the use of essential oils before application so that you know how to help your pet through the experience.
Here are 5 recommended essential oils against fleas and ticks:
This essential oil has been declared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as “Generally Regarded as Safe” (GRAS) for both humans and animals. It has antimicrobial elements that can serve as an agent to help prevent spoilage on your pet’s food. You can infuse it in water to make a great eye-rinse or gargle for infections. Similarly, you can apply a diluted portion to minor cuts and burns to clean it
To use it as a flea/tick repellent, you can add a few drops of Rosemary Oil to your pet’s shampoo. Around 5-8 drops would be enough. You can also mix 5 drops of oil with water and spray with your pet’s coat. Since Rosemary can irritate when used excessively, never attempt to apply undiluted oil straight to your pet.
Many studies have been conducted on Frankincense because of its promising effects on both humans and animals. In fact, recent researches have proven that it has a huge potential in building up the immune system against cancer cells and tumors in dogs. It can also reduce inflammation and pain in animals and can ease arthritis in senior pets.
Ideally, 1 drop of Frankincense essential oil to 20-50 drops carrier oil is enough. You can use this mixture to apply topically to the area concerned.
The Lavender essential oil can be used topically on pets to alleviate irritation and itching. It has a natural antihistamine component that can help your pets against flea and tick bites. However, although very rare, there are animals with lavender pollen allergies. This is something worth looking out for. If your pet manifests signs such as sneezing, hives, runny nose, etc., it is best to veer away from this oil.
To use Lavender against parasites, you can dilute 5-10 drops to a bottle of your pet’s shampoo. It also has soothing effects for when your fur kids are suffering from anxiety. You can have this incorporated into your diffuser at home.
With high citral content, using Lemongrass essential oil directly to your pet’s skin may cause burns. Having your companion ingest Lemongrass in your garden or backyard can also cause intestinal blockages. Simply put, this essential oil should be used only when it is diluted and if your veterinarian approves of it.
The good thing about lemongrass essential oil is its scent that is very unpleasant to fleas, ticks, and even flies because of its content of citral and geraniol. One of the ways to use it safely is to add 5 drops of oil to 500 ml of water and spray it on your pet’s coat.
Cedarwood is not only a good insect repellent but also a good agent to help your pets relax. If they are a bit agitated, fearful, and timid, you can have this essential oil in your diffuser to help them adjust and calm down.
This essential oil should not be ingested by your pets. It can be diffused or used topically on animals. To use it for your dogs and cats, you can dilute 1 drop of Cedarwood essential oil to 80-100 drops of carrier oil and use it to pet your companion along their spine. For reptiles, it is suggested that you use it as misting spray with a mixture of 1 drop to 1 teaspoon carrier oil and have it diluted in 4 ounces of water.
Above are some suggestions to go natural in your battle against pests that can bother and potentially harm your fur babies. You can start researching these because the organic solution is still the best way for your companion’s health.