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Natural Flea, Tick, Mosquito Prevention for Dogs Spot-On, Collar Drops

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Recipes to make your own Natural flea, tick, mosquito prevention for dogs – 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 repellant’s for the health of your dog and cat.
The following drop recipes can be applied to:
  • Your dog’s and cat’s collar;
  • Applied on the fur, between your dog’s and cat’s shoulder blades and at the base of his/her tail…
Repel Ticks and Mosquitoes
Rose Geranium Drops (Lavender and or Lemongrass)
for Dogs and Cats

If you are making this recipe for use on a cat use lemon grass essential oil (not 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 dog’s, cat’s collar and/or between your dog’s, cat’s 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 lemons,
    • 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, cat’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;
  • 2 tbs sweet almond oil;
  • Shake to blend; 
  • Dab or use an eye dropper to apply a few drops on your dog’s, cat’s collar and/or between your dog’s, cat’s shoulder blades.
Cautions …

Proper Selection of Essential Oils

  • Use only ‘Grade A’ Therapeutic Food Grade essential oils – these are made from organically grown herbs and are steam distilled.
    • Do not use Grade B food grade essential oils
    • Do not use aromatherapy oils for this recipe (Grade C) or floral water essential oils (Grade D)

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

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

  • Sprays should be re-applied 2-3 times a day when protection is required;
  • If your dog goes swimming, gets wet in the rain etc. you will need to re-apply the spray.

For Dogs that are Prone to Seizures

  • Do not use rosemary essential oils on a dog that is prone to seizures

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 repellant 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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About Karen Rosenfeld

My name is Karen Rosenfeld. I am an holistic diet nutrition health and wellness practitioner for dogs and cats. I am an holistic behaviorist for dogs. I offer a wealth of real-time, real-life experience. 30 years working and living with dogs and cats. Companion animals are my life, my work, my passion. Maintenance of Health Health Issues and Conditions Custom designed whole food diets, raw and cooked. Recommendations for commercial whole food diets. Consultations available worldwide via FaceTime, FaceBook video and voice, Skype, Phone and email Recommendation and specification of... Species Appropriate: Whole foods Treats Herbs Alternative medicines Supplemental foods Treatment and Remedy Holistic Behaviorist Services for Dogs Include: Obedience Training Behavior Modification Psychological Rehabilitation In-person Sessions Sessions available worldwide via FaceTime, FaceBook video and voice, Skype, Phone Affiliations to Companies None. I don’t sell food or supplements. I am NOT aligned with any companies. I prefer to select best solutions for my individual clients’ situation. My client services are available around the world. 🇺🇸USA 🇨🇦Canada 🇬🇧UK 🇦🇺Australia 🇪🇺Europe 🇨🇷Costa Rica and other Central American Countries 🇦🇪United Arab Emirates 🇸🇪Sweden and other Scandinavian Countries 🇸🇬Singapore and other Countries in Asia etc. Consultations and Sessions 📧Email: karen@ottawavalleydogwhispererer.ca 📞Phone: 1-613-293-3707 📱FaceTime 📱FaceBook video or voice 💻Skype 📖Holistic Wellness eBooks custom designed to suit 🚶In-person Sessions only available in Ontario, Canada.

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  1. Can I use coconut or jojoba oil instead of almond oil?

  2. I have a Xoloitzcuintli (hairless) and want to use the natural remedies for her. Are these safe too apply directly to her skin?

  3. Hi Karen, can I replace sweet almond oil with olive oil?

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

    • 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 http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.ca/2013/09/gme-in-dogs-support-via-diet-and-other.html

      Enjoy your puppy boy!

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

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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)

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

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