Our house is home to 3 animals. No, I am not including the husband in that count. I have two cats and a dog. The two cats are Mo (15), Alfie (5) and the dog is Dotty (2). Flea treatments are important to us, but I really do not like using the chemicals available. So what natural remedies are there for use on animals?
My research has come up with several. Citrus skins are useful. Rubbing a small amount of lemon or orange juice on the skin of your pets, between the shoulder blades can really help. As can using Brewers Yeast in their food. A small amount of garlic in the dry food daily can help, but it should not be used for cats because it can cause anaemia in them.
You could always attempt to dip the animal in water. You could use a gentle shampoo as well. I am thinking the cats would definitely not appreciate that (first I would have to catch them. They move fast!), and the dog… well, even though she is part Labrador, she is not wildly keen on water. Mind you, the past two weekends, we have had to give her a bath because she has rolled in something disgusting. So those Labrador genes will out somehow!
One thing I do all the time with 3 animals in the house, is to vacuum. If we keep the floor clean with a natural disinfectant (steam cleaning is brilliant!) that can also stop the reinfection of fleas. Make sure to regularly clean the bedding and to vacuum round their favourite hangout spots.
If you have ticks in your area, then you can make a tick collar, by putting a few dabs of Rose Geranium Essential oil on the fabric of the collar, and ticks will avoid your beast.
If your cat or dog still has an itchy and irritated skin, then you can use Chamomile tea in a spray bottle. Make the tea, put it in the spray bottle and then put it in the refrigerator. Apply to the itchy and uncomfortable part of the skin. Vitamin E oil is great for Dogs dry skin. But you can also use baby oatmeal. Add a little water to make a paste and then rub it into the itchy areas. Leave it for 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water. And that Chamomile tea bag? You can use it on irritated and infected pet eyes as well.
Hmmm… all the pets have disappeared somewhere. I wonder if they know I am going to be chasing them around with lemons?!
Have a great Sunday!