Essential oils are an effective way to use natural products for pet care. The concern you have for your family using dangerous chemical products should apply to your pet as well. Instead of the usual flea and tick treatments found in stores, choose an essential oil blend to repeal these nasty buggers. Make a natural flea collar by applying a few drops of eucalyptus or geranium oil to a braided or rope collar. The oils should be reapplied twice a week. As your dog heads outdoors, spray him with a mix of water and a few drops of eucalyptus oil. The strong scent will repel fleas and ticks.
If your dog is unlucky enough to contract fleas, you can mix 30 drops of tea tree oil with a homemade pet shampoo. You can make the shampoo by melting slices of ivory soap with water. For a scented shampoo, add a few drops of eucalyptus or geranium. When washing, make sure you massage the shampoo into your dog’s skin and then let it set for about 10 minutes. You will notice fleas falling off your dog as you rinse out the shampoo.
Those dealing with hyperactive dogs can use lavender or chamomile oil, just as you would to calm yourself. Mix a few drops of lavender or chamomile oil with water and spray the area around your dog and his coat. You should keep the bottle handy for trips to the vet or any time your dog feels anxious. If your dog has an accident indoors, use a few drops of essential oils on the spot to remove the pet scent after washing with soap and water. Essential oils are a safe, effective way to deal with common pet problems.