Following on from last month's recipe for DIY Paw Balm here is a recipe for flea spray. As with most of my recipes it is simple to make once you've gathered the ingredients.
The flea spray has a clean, fresh, but subtle, smell. It can be used both as preventative (citronella works to repel bugs) and as a treatment for fleas. It can be sprayed on you pet and pet bed.
To make this you will need:
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 3 drops citronella essential oil
- 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
- 3 drops lemongrass essential oil
- 300-350ml (10-12oz) spray bottle
Add the essential oils to the spray bottle. Top up with water, then shake to disperse the oil.
To use: Shake the bottle, then spray your dog lightly after brushing or bathing. Keep the spray away from eyes, noses and ears.
If your dog has come into contact with an animal that has fleas wash the dog and his/her bed then spray both regularly until there is no evidence of fleas.
To help prevent fleas was your dog's bedding regularly in hot water. If you dog has a favourite rug then wash that too. If your dog is allowed on the furniture vacuum daily.
Regular brushing, especially before and after a bath, can help break the flea cycle.
If you chose to use a different essential oil please ensure that it is safe for dogs.
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