Itching Dogs & The Bugs That Love 'Em
Dogs really are man's best friend.
We have had our dogs as long as we have been married, getting our lab Dixie a week before our wedding. We were crazy then and haven't lost our touch.
Before we had kids, our dogs were our babies...our children. Our family and friends always said, "Wait until you have kids. You'll forget about your dogs." We laughed and said, "Yeah, right. That won't happen."
And so far, it hasn't. :) We take our dogs with us on family vacations; to visit my family in Pennsylvania, touring DC and every year to the beach. Although our beagle, Truman, has no love for the beach, it just wouldn't be a family vacation without them.
When we got home from our recent beach vacation, we noticed fleas jumping on both of them - just going crazy. We never noticed them before, although Truman had been itching for several weeks which we attributed to allergies and was giving him medicine for.
Nope. He was probably itching because of fleas. Fleas we had NO IDEA were even around!
I immediately jumped to my essential oil collection to start a brew to combat the fleas.
I first made a flea repellant spray to keep the fleas from finding there ways to other areas like our beds, rugs, etc.
Next on my agenda was to bathe the dogs. A flea shampoo would help ease the irritation and itching and would also feel good after a week at the beach.
This flea shampoo is natural and it's likely you have all of ingredients in your home. Even better is that you can use this shampoo for washing your dogs anytime. The olive oil in the recipe helps moisturize and soothe your dog's skin. I made a small batch to bathe two dogs and have half of it left.
You can watch the video of my recipe here.
EO Flea Shampoo
- 1/3 cup Castile Soap (Here's what I recommend)
- 2 tsp. Olive Oil
- 1/2 cup Water
- 5 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 5 Drops Tea Tree/Melalucea Essential Oil
- 5 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Directions: Mix all of the ingredients in a glass container. I needed this shampoo STAT and grabbed an empty shampoo bottle to use. If you are going to store this shampoo, it is best to put it in a glass container, like one of these.
Wrestle your dog into the tub or outside and hose them down. Then, use the shampoo to later them up really well - making sure to get their undercarriage :), neck and tail. Once they are an adorable, sudsy mess wait 5 minutes. This will allow all of the essential oils a and soap do what they do best. After 5 minutes rinse. Voila!
Peppermint is a natural deterrent for insects like spiders and fleas, while the lavender calms the dog and its skin and the tea tree helps disinfect.
As always, you know your dog best, so modify this recipe as you need based on any sensitivities or special circumstances.
Let me know if you have tried this on your dogs, or if you have any questions. If you want to know which essential oils I used for this recipe, contact me or leave a comment.