Do you dose your dog for fleas every month? Most monthly flea products contain pesticides, organophosphates and a wide array of other toxic ingredients that have been linked with thousands of pet deaths and diseases. In November of the year 2000, the Nation Resource Defense Council (NRDC) Recommended that EPA ban use of Orthophosphates in Pet Products. The report stressed that the pesticides in flea and tick control products needed to be eliminated because they were killing our pets and posing risks to the owners that were applying them.
Another reason to give up these types of flea control treatments is the cost. I have been picking up a prouct from Beatrix’s vet each month that does not contain organophosphates, but it costs a steep $30! That can add up over time, so I went on the search for a natural alternative. I found the answer in lemongrass essential oil.
Every time I take Beatrix to my daughter’s house, she comes home with fleas. Sarah has two indoor-outdoor cats, and while they are delightful animals, they do tend to bring fleas into the house. Sarah is diligent about keeping them at bay inside her house, but they still manage to hop onto her cats and come inside. Fighting them is a constant battle. When little Beebs picks them up, she becomes absolutely miserable, so I have to treat her right away.
I did my research and learned that lemongrass is a natural repellent for fleas and ticks. However, it must be used more than once a month, especially at first. I began Beatrix’s treatment with it by adding some to her all-natural shampoo. Mind you, this is an indoor dog, and she does not require frequent bathing, simply because she stays clean and has no distinct unpleasant odor. However, I do keep a gentle, all-natural dog shampoo on hand for those occasions when bath time is necessary. I use one that has oatmeal in it, since this calms irritated skin, and simply add a little lemongrass oil at bath time. (Chihuahuas are noted for their skin issues. So far, so good, with little Beebs.)
I recently received a sample of Dog Logic’s flea and tick shampoo, and because it had lemongrass in it, I decided to give it a try during Beatrix’s last bath. The shampoo smells really good without the addition of artificial scents, and it made Beatrix’s coat soft and silky. The trick is to leave the lather on for 10 minutes before rinsing. Beebs wasn’t thrilled about this aspect at all, since she hates baths in general, but I must say. The fleas are gone and she is a much happier puppy than she was.
Ok….for the bad news….This shampoo is expensive. At nearly $30 for an 18 ounce bottle, it costs more than any other pet shampoo I had previously purchased.
The good news is that it only takes a couple of pumps of shampoo per bath, so the 18 ounces will last a long time. This shampoo does not provide a rich, thick lather, but do not be put off by that. It works….and it works well. The ingredients in this shampoo are exceptionally high quality. As a matter of fact, the ingredients and price of this shampoo are similar to that of the Bumble and Bumble shampoo that I buy at my beauty salon for my own hair! However, the high price is worth it. I assure you.
Between shampoos, I add a little lemongrass oil to a washcloth and gently swipe it over Beatrix’s fur. I do not apply it directly to her skin, and I do not use a lot of it, but it works very well to keep fleas away, which is why I wanted to share this information with my readers.
If you use an all-natural flea preventative measure, please let me know what it is and how you like it and I will update this blog with the information.