Whether you are preventing pests or freeing your dog from fleas, there is no reason to use a chemical-based shampoo or spray when so many natural options are available and effective.
When unwanted fiends gather on four-legged friends, most people head straight to the pet store for chemical-ridden shampoo or spray. However, the harmful chemicals in these products could be just as damaging to your pet’s sensitive skin as fleas or ticks. If you are typically skeptical of all-natural remedies, give one of these proven solutions a try!
Give Your Pup Some Style!
Flea Bandana Ingredients:
- Lavender Oil
Not only does lavender oil make your pup smell perfect, it also has been shown to work as a natural flea repellant, similar peppermint or lemongrass. Dilute one of these essential oils in water, about 2 drops of oil per every 1 tablespoon of water, and soak a stylish bandana in the solution. After wringing out your puppy’s new neckwear, tie it around your dog’s neck, and, according to Everyday Roots, it will naturally repel fleas without damaging skin! Reapply the solution to the bandana about once a week to keep it working well.
Spray Those Pests Away!
Tick Spray Ingredients:
- Rose Geranium Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Want to protect your puppy and make their coat shine at the same time? An all-natural scented spray will do just that while keeping away ticks we all know and loathe that often carry dangerous diseases. Vinegar, when diluted into a solution, also prevents insects and pests, similar to the essential oils listed above. Just combine 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 quart water and 3 drops Rose Geranium Essential Oil in a spray bottle. According to PetMD, it is important to keep the spray away from a pet’s eyes, mouth and nose. Instead, use a washcloth dampened with the solution to pat the areas around the face.
But What About Your Home?
According to PetMD, pests that live on animals may actually start by living in your carpet or furniture. The first step in prevention of pests on your pets is to keep a clean, green, pest-free home. Some companies, like Fairfax Pest Control Company in Virginia, offer services specializing in all natural, green methods to prevent and get rid of pests in the home.
Whether you are preventing pests or freeing your dog from fleas, there is no reason to use a chemical-based shampoo or spray when so many natural options are available and effective. Keep in mind that not only does your choice to go green help the environment, but natural remedies are also typically healthier for your pet and you!
Meghan Belnap, the author of this article, is a freelance writer from Oklahoma.
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