Friday, 17 May 2013

DIY Natural, Herbal Flea, Tick, Mosquito Spot-On and Collar Drops for Dogs and Cats

In this article:

Recipes to make your own all natural, non-toxic herbal, homeopathic Spot-on and Collar Drops to repel fleas, ticks, mosquitoes;

  • Reduce your dog's, cat's toxic load - go natural no more pesticide-based conventional  preventatives;
  • Use these natural spot-on and collar drops in combination with a:
  • Healthy, immune system-boosting diet, and:
    All natural, non-toxic spray repellent's for the health of your dog and cat.

The following drop recipes can be applied to:

  • Your dog’s and cat’s collar.
  • Your dog's or cat's harness. 
  • Applied on the fur, between your dog’s shoulder blades and at the base of your dog's tail.

Repel Ticks and Mosquitoes
Rose Geranium Drops (Lavender and or Lemongrass)
for Dogs and Cats

If you're making this recipe for use on a cat you can use lemon grass essential oil as per below. If you're making this for your cat, and you prefer to use rose geranium or lavender - don't add more than 10 drops of rose geranium or lavender.

In a small glass jar combine the following;

  • 10 to 25 drops of Rose Geranium essential oil
  • 2 tbs sweet almond oil
  • Shake to blend
  • Dab or use an eye dropper to apply a few drops on your dogs or cat's collar and/or between your dogs shoulder blades.

Variations - you can substitute the Rose Geranium essential oil for Lavender or Lemongrass essential oils, or; you can use part Rose Geranium and part Lavender or Lemongrass.

Repel Mosquitoes

Lemon Oil Drops for Dogs
Make your own - no purchase of essential oils required!

  • To make your own lemon-oil, you will need…
    • 2 lemon
    • 1 cup olive oil
  • Preparation
    • Peel the rind from the lemons
    • Place oil and lemon rinds in a sauce pan
    • Place on very low heat for 20 minutes
    • Allow to cool
    • Strain and pour into a bottle
    • Shake to blend
  • Apply
    • Dab or use an eye dropper to apply a few drops on your dog’s collar and/or between your dog’s shoulder blades.

Repel Fleas

Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint and Citronella Drops for Dogs and Cats

 In a small glass jar combine the following:

  • 10 to 25 drops of one or a combination of lavender, lemongrass, peppermint and citronella essential oil for dogs. Use lavender and lemongrass for cats.
  • 2 tbs sweet almond oil.
  • Shake to blend.
  • Dab or use an eye dropper to apply a few drops on your dog’s or cat's collar or harness. Or between your dog’s shoulder blades.

Proper Selection of Essential Oils

  • Use 100% pure steam-distilled essential oils.
    Monitor your Animal When Using Essential Oils
    • Particularly when using  essential oils on cats, make sure you observe your cat, watch for any signs of an adverse reaction and cease using if any type of toxicity occurs.
    •  Just as with humans some individuals are hyper-sensitive to EOs - if your animal is  known to be hypersensitive to EOs or has an allergy to the plant that the EO is derived from, do not use.
    • Always do a test spot if you are applying new to your dog or cat topical product.
      • Never do a full application without doing a small test spot application and waiting 24 hours to ensure your animal is not hyper-sensitive to the item being used.
    Employ Caution When Spraying near Your Dog’s Eyes
    • Remember to protect your dog’s eyes from the spray;
    When Applying the Spray to your Dog’s Face:
    • Spray the palm of your hand with the solution;
    • Rub your hands gently over your dog’s nose, around their eyes, behind the ears, etc.
    Daily Application of Sprays
    • If your dog goes swimming, gets wet in the rain etc. you will need to re-apply the spray.
    Additional Cautions
    • Do not use rosemary essential oils on a dog that is prone to seizure.
    • If your dog or cat is on conventional drugs check for drug-EO interactions prior to use of essential oils.
    • If your dog or cat has a health or medical condition - depending on that condition EOs made be contradicted for use, always check before use.
    Your Dog's, Cat's Best Defense Against Insects
    • Your dog’s and cat’s best defense against insects and insect-borne disease is a truly health supporting diet, nutrition and overall wellness plan. Topical insect repellent should never be used on its own with the expectation that it can prevent insect bites and insect-borne disease – it should be used as part of a holistic plan.

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    1. Love this site! Since you have other sharing, been sharing on Pinterest. Hope that's okay :)

      1. By the way I am on Pinterest and pin all new articles there as well

      2. Is the Repel fleas save for pregnant or breeding bitches?

    2. Well there is your pinterest! Right behind the big green pinterest button! I guess I was just focused on for a red P, (feeling silly)

    3. Thanks for the recipes, we are having the worst tick season ever! How often do I reapply the Rose Geranium Drops?

      1. You would need to reapply the drops on a daily basis, If your dog has been swimming with his/her collar on you will need to re-apply after swimming :>)

    4. So, basically, for cats, it's got to be lemon grass? none of the other stuff like lavender or citronella? Could I combine lemongrass and rosemary, which I've seen in other concoctions for cats. My main need is for repelling fleas but repelling mosquitos and ticks would be nice too. But for cats only.

      1. You can use rosemary, lemongrass, citronella, lavender - check this out

    5. Is the apple cider vinegar/water spray for fleas safe to use on cats?

    6. Hi, I have a big question. I have a 5 month old French Bulldog, he has had a few injections before we got him *vet says they were necessary..* he has had 2 jabs since we have had him. He has had about 1 vaccination against a bunch of stuff each month, he is due to have his 5 month vaccination and I really dont want to take him. I am just worried that changing him over to the natural way is going to work.. this 5th one is meant to be against Lyme disease and he hasnt had a jab yet for that only for parvo etc..
      I am interested in using the sprays for fleas,ticks,mossies and all other insects and also giving him stuff to help from the inside. But I just dont know what to do.. He is due to go to the VET in a few days. Please help. I dont know whether I should just get all his 1st year vacs then after this NONE for a few many years as I know they stay active and I dont need one every year which they recommend. what do you think?
      I read everything you write and I am so inspired. You are a great person.


      I dont know how you will reply so I left my email address.

      1. Hi Claire,

        According to the updated guidelines of the American Animal Hospital Association, core inoculations such as:
        - Distemper and Parvo are good for 5 or more years;
        - Ardenovirus is good for 7 years;
        - Rabies is the only inoculation is that usually mandated by law;
        In many locals rabies is a 2 or 3 year inoculation.

        Non-core vaccinations such as Leptospirosis have become routine as more allopathic veterinarians push these non-core and normally unnecessary vaccinations on their clients. If your veterinarian wants to give your dog or cat non-core vaccinations ask them to give you their reason and then do some objective research before adding more inoculations.

        The next upcoming trending push by veterinarians is inoculating for Lyme disease – if you do not live or walk your dog in areas frequented by high traffic of wild life (i.e. deer), Lyme disease inoculations should not be even a remote consideration.

        I think it would be best to get all his 1st year core vaccinations done and then after that forget about inoculating annually. At the 5 year mark you can have a veterinarian do a titer test to check immunity levels or just decide not to inoculate again.

        I would really question the Lyme disease inoculation unless you are in an area with a TRULY high incidence of Lyme disease.

        Brown-dog ticks (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) can live their entire life indoors, can cause skin irritation BUT they DO NOT carry Lyme disease.

        It is the ‘Deer Tick’ also known as the ‘Black Legged Tick’ that carries Lyme disease. You have 24 hours to remove it (once it has attached itself to feed) before the bacteria that causes Lyme disease – IF the bacteria is even present in that tick, before any threat to transfer to the host (human, dog ) can occur.

        When I must remove a tick from one of my dogs (lots of deer around here!), after I remove the tick I simply disinfect the spot were I removed the tick from my dog - with organic apple cider vinegar, colloidal silver or hydrogen peroxide. Go to a pet supply store and purchase a tick remover (cost is about $8.00). They are easy to use. Never squeeze a tick, use the remover and flush the tick down the toilet. The thing is - even if a dog is inoculated for Lyme disease you must still remove the tick - so the tick-removing tool is a good thing to have. If you have walked in an area populated by deer, fox - when you get home simply run your hands over your dog's head, ears, legs, underside, tail etc. If you feel a little bump just check to make sure it is not a tick. If it is just remove it.

        For more information on vaccinations, over vaccination, vaccination side effects you can look at section 4.1 of this article

        Enjoy your puppy boy!

    7. Hi! I am wondering what the shelf life is on the flea drops with lemongrass and almond oil? Also can i use it on rabbits?

      1. Hi Shannon, the lemongrass flea almond oil flea drops have a long shelf life and yes you can use these drops on rabbits ❀ᵔᴥᵔ❀

    8. I just left a comment and realized I didn't leave my name or email address, it's Jennifer and the email is

      Hi Karen,
      Thank you so much for this information, it is so helpful. I am trying to make a decision on whether to treat my 1.5 year old Hound/Lab mix Beau for Lyme. He tested positive recently (his last test was a a year ago and negative). He does not have any symptoms thankfully, and is his usual crazy energetic self. I am unable to do the Lyme antigen test (which tests for an active infection), or proteinuria test (which tests for excessive protein in his urine to see if his kidney's are being taxed by a possible infection - which is common in Labs), as they are cost prohibitive where I am. That said, if that was the best next course I would try to find a way. He is a companion animal. He is a vibrant VERY healthy guy, THANKS TO YOU! I feed him chicken, with the skin, livers, other parts, rice, some veggies and fruits, as well as give him apple cider vinegar, lemon and garlic everyday. His coat is beautiful, and he has not had any fleas. We lived in a tick infested area for six months (Cape Cod) which is where he got the Lyme I believe. I would pick them off him after hiking. I am lost here, as I don't want to treat him unnecessarily.

      1. Hi Jennifer - if you decide you would like to support Beau naturally for his Lyme Disease I can certainly put together a program of herbs, nutraceuticals for you. Youc an let me know if you are interested. Cheers, K


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    1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Alternative Medicines:

    Safe use of items and protocols in the article above, is your sole responsibility.

    Foods, herbs and alternative medicines have health issue, condition and conventional drug interactions. Safe use of all substances and protocol are your responsibility.

    Before you use any substance or protocol do your research. Check for cautions, contradictions, interactions and side effects. Do not use substances or protocols not suitable to your animal's individual circumstances.

    If your animal has an underlying condition substances and protocols may conflict.

    2.0 Definition of Holistic…

    Food, herbs, alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’.

    If you use a ‘natural’ substance (ie. an herb) you are using a natural substance, not a holistic substance.

    Holistic is not defined by use of one or several substances. Holistic is an approach.

    Definition of “holistic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press


    "relating to the whole of something or to the total system instead of just to its parts"

    "Holistic medicine attempts to treat the whole person, including mind and body, not just the injury or disease."

    Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that health, and well-being.

    3.0 Expectation a natural substance remedies a health or behavioral situation.

    A natural substance used to treat symptoms. But, if factors causing the underlying issue remain you do not have a remedy.

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