A few years ago, I read a study that concluded that lavender essential oil was even more effective at repelling mosquitos than DEET which had just been flagged as a carcinogen and was being forced to be taken out of products after 40 yrs on consumers bodies.
I've always preferred a natural approach and for repelling insects, essential oils are just more effective but you may be wondering about essential oils and repellents with your pets.
Repelling ticks, fleas, and mosquitos in your pets has the added benefits of then NOT bringing these pests home to you, too. I found medications to be very expensive with concerning side effects and when a quick spray and a pat before we walk gives me better results than medication and is safe for the whole family to use, it's a great investment in peace of mind at pennies a spray.
In a recent interview, Dr. Janet Roark, DVM, provides some great guidance on how to use doTERRA essential oils with your animals. Let's be clear that not all essential oils are created equal and the following advice applies only to doTERRA oils primarily due to their purity, potency, consistency, and transparency.
Our Pets and Insect Repellents
"This unique blend of Citronella, Lemongrass, Thyme, Cedarwood, and Peppermint essential oils is a newer formula that is even more effective at pest prevention. You know the culprits...fleas, ticks, mosquitos, and flies...it is that time of year again! Terrashield blend is already diluted in sesame seed oil so it is perfectly safe to use on people and large animals. Because of the Citronella, Peppermint, and Thyme, I do recommend further dilution for smaller animals like dogs and cats.
How to use TerraShield Repellent Blend with animals:
For horses, cattle, sheep, and goats, use topically undiluted every 6-8 hours as needed or try this fly spray recipe.
For dogs over 25 lbs., put a few drops on your hands and rub down your dog prior to going outdoors. Or you can create a spray with 50% TerraShield and 50% carrier oil or filtered water (Shake before applying).
For dogs under 25 lbs., dilute 50% with carrier oil and then use 1-2 drops in your hands to rub down dog prior to going outdoors.
For cats, diffusion is preferred. For natural pest repellant, you can also try Cedarwood and Lavender Essential Oils diluted to 1% and pat it in along the spine."
* Need help with dilution? Check out the dilution guide on page 15 of the FREE Safety PDF - Essential Oils and Safety For Pets below.
Have a blast with your fur baby this Spring and stay tuned for more workshops in person as well as virtual classes to help you enjoy your essential oils with your pup!
Until then, love from Fran & Indy
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