Here are some suggestions by practitioners of alternative medicine.
Would you be so quick to use a foul smelling, potentially toxic chemical on your body? Or on your scalp to rid it of lice? Yet most of us (if not all) do drench our cats and dogs in all forms of tick and flea treatments containing toxic chemicals like cyphenothrin and permethrin.
Known to be especially problematic for small breed dogs, cyphenothrin is nevertheless found in spot-on repellents sold over the counter and through veterinarians.
Some of the adverse reactions in cats and dogs include gastrointestinal tract problems like vomiting, diarrhea and salivation while others have been known to suffer from lethargy, nervousness, tremors and seizures.
It is also common for some pets to experience skin reactions like redness, itching, sores and ulcers.
If you could find a way to rid or repel fleas and ticks in a more natural, humane and safe way, would you be willing to try it?
Here are some suggestions by practitioners of alternative medicine that have reported great success in handling this problem using natural ingredients that are readily found around us.
Steep one teaspoon of dried or fresh rosemary in half a litre of boiled water for 10 minutes. Once it has cooled to room temperature, pour the solution over your just-bathed pet, rub it in and dry her as usual. Not only is rosemary an excellent flea repellent, it will leave your dog’s or cat’s coat looking glossy.
Essential oils (for dogs only, toxic on cats)
Dilute 10-25 drops of geranium essential oil in two tablespoons of sweet almond oil or vegetable oil. Apply it to your dog’s coat by dipping a cotton ball in it and wiping the solution onto tick-prone areas like her ears and paw pads.
Combine 30-40 drops of geranium essential oil (or lavender essential oil) with four tablespoons of vegetable oil or almond oil and two tablespoons of aloe vera gel. Apply on your dog’s skin with an eye-dropper or cotton ball, rubbing in the mixture.
Combine one cup of water, ½ cup of apple cider vinegar, and 6-10 drops of geranium or lavender essential oil in a spray bottle. Spray on your pet’s coat, the lawn or any area in your home where you think ticks are breeding.
Combine 20-25 drops of peppermint essential oil with ½ a litre of water. Pour into a spray bottle and spritz onto your dog’s fur.
Steep ½ a cup of dried neem leaves in two cups of boiling water for an hour. Strain the liquid into a spray bottle and spray onto your pet’s fur or in places you suspect may be infested with ticks in your home.
Add any combination of two sliced citrus fruits (lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit) to two cups of water. Allow to boil for one minute, then simmer for one hour. Strain the liquid when cool into a spray bottle for use on your pet’s fur or on your lawn where fleas and ticks may be breeding. It is an excellent flea and tick repellent.