Natural Tips for Your Pet

Don't forget to deworm your pets

Experts recommend deworming your dogs and cats, especially if young children are in contact with your pets.  Worms such as roundworm, can travel through a child's body and become lodged in body organs including the eyes, causing blindness (ocular larval migrans).  Natural options for pet deworming are available.  


Homemade Natural Flea Spray:

To make a natural flea spray that will deter fleas but is safe for you and your pet, simply mix 2 Tablespoons of concentrated lemon juice and 10-12 drops of lavender essential oil in a medium sized spray bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with water, shake well and spray this lightly on your pet before your pet goes outside, 2-3x/week.  A light spraying is usually enough, no need to soak them with it. As cats are more sensitive, use less lavender oil  in the bottle (6-8 drops)  Make up a fresh solution when the mixture loses its smell, or twice a month. The spray should not be applied daily, but can be applied every 2-3 days as needed. If ticks are a problem, add 10 drops of almond essential oil to the mix to deter ticks.  (ingestion of undiluted essential oils can be toxic to pets)

Natural Lice Remedy:

Mix 2 tsp. of Lavender essential oil into ½ cup coconut oil. Massage this well into the fur. Repeat this twice to three times a week. This will help to kill the adult lice, and some of the nits. However, it’s important to remove as many nits as possible by frequently combing the pet with a flea comb, as well as washing all bedding with hot water. Spraying the pet’s fur lightly with the Natural Flea spray afterwards is also a great idea.  Also this should NOT be massaged into areas where the pet can lick the fur as excess coconut oil ingestion can cause pancreas inflammation. 


Bach Flower Remedies:

These are herbal remedies made from plants and can be used on people and animals. Of special note is Rescue Remedy, which is a combination useful for anxiety, and stress or for patients that are prone to anxiety. For animals, the Bach Flower Remedies can be administered in a variety of ways. The normal dose is 2-4 drops, and it can be repeated when the effect is wearing off. It can be put directly in the pet’s mouth, but it does have a very strong taste, which many pets do not like. Alternatively, the drops can be put in your pet’s water dish, or rubbed on the inside of your pet’s ears. To do this, take a few drops in your fingers, and gently massage the remedy on the inside of your pet’s ears. The remedy will absorb across the ear membrane, and have an effect.  The liquid Rescue Remedy (for humans) or the one specifically developed for pets can be used.  However, the Rescue Remedy which comes in the form of 'pastel chewables' contains Xylitol and this product is toxic for pets.  Never give any product containing Xylitol to your pet.