How to Make Your Own Natural Flea and Tick Spray for Pets

If you enjoy the content shared on this channel, I highly encourage you to download a copy of my free book. You can click the link below to access it. Our spray recipe features five key ingredients:

  1. Non-Alcoholic Witch Hazel Extract – This ingredient is crucial for skin health due to its natural anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. It helps soothe your dog or cat’s inflamed skin from flea bites. It’s important to use the non-alcoholic version, as alcohol can be irritating and painful if the skin is damaged.

  2. Liquid Coconut Oil – Studies have shown the effective repellent benefits of coconut oil. It’s essential to use the liquid form to ensure our spray remains fluid for easy application. Liquid coconut oil is safe if licked by your dog or cat and may even provide medicinal benefits.

  3. Neem Oil – Derived from the neem tree in Asia, neem oil has excellent anti-insecticidal properties and is one of the most studied natural insect repellents. When diluted to appropriate concentrations, it’s safe for both dogs and cats.

  4. Cedarwood Essential Oil – Extensively studied, cedarwood oil is an effective repellent against fleas and ticks. Safe for animals when diluted to a concentration of 2% or less.

  5. Lavender Essential Oil – Known for its antibacterial properties, lavender can heal infected skin. It also possesses antihistamine-like qualities, reducing skin inflammation. Lavender is one of the safest essential oils for animals, especially when diluted appropriately.

Preparation Steps:

  • Start with a half-cup of non-alcoholic witch hazel extract.
  • Add six teaspoons (or a quarter cup/ four tablespoons) of liquid coconut oil.
  • Heat neem oil to turn it from a solid to a liquid state, then add three teaspoons (three droppers full, with each dropper full being one teaspoon). This achieves a 1.7% dilution.
  • Include ten drops of cedarwood oil.
  • Add ten drops of lavender essential oil.

Mixing and Application:

Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle—preferably one picked up from your local co-op. Before use, shake the bottle well. Lightly mist your dog, avoiding sensitive areas like the mouth or eyes. For dogs, apply three times a week and for cats, once a week.

Use a flea comb to evenly distribute the spray on your dog’s skin. Store the spray in a warm place. If you notice any ingredients solidifying (such as the neem oil), warm it up slightly and shake well before reapplying.

This all-natural flea and tick spray avoids the side effects associated with conventional insecticides and is safe for your pets. Thank you for watching this edition of Veterinary Secrets on my new natural flea and tick spray. Don’t forget to subscribe, hit the bell for notifications, and click the link below to receive a copy of my free book.

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8 thoughts on “How to Make Your Own Natural Flea and Tick Spray for Pets”

  1. Do you have a specific Neem oil you’d recommend? What should I look for when purchasing a quality Neem oil?

    1. We do not have any specific brand to recommend. Any neem oil will do.

      Here are also other use of Neem oil that might help:
      Neem Oil

      Neem is a tropical evergreen tree with the scientific name Azadirachta indica. It’s actually one of the largest and fastest growing evergreen trees, reaching approximately 40-80 feet in height. It can live up to 200 years, which is due to its drought-resistant and heat-tolerant nature.

      Neem is native to Southeast Asia and Africa, and has been widely used in Ayurvedic, Chinese and Unani medicines for centuries.

      Neem oil is cold-pressed from the seeds of the tree and used for medicine because of its high antioxidant, insecticidal and healing compounds. The leaves and bark of the tree are also used for their medicinal properties, including their quercetin content. Other therapeutic compounds in neem include azadirachtin and nimbolide, which have insecticidal and free radical scavenging potential.

      Application: Dilute the Neem Oil to a 2% solution. 1ml of Neem in 50ml of a carrier oil, such as Olive Oil or MCT oil.

      Put 2-3 drops of the oil into the ear canal in both ears. Gently rub/massage base of the ear and then clean with a Qtip. Make sure not topush hard and avoid hitting the ear drum. Day 1 is usually cleaning out the debris. Repeat procedure 2 times a day for 7 days. Stop medication for a week and then follow up the same procedure for another 7 days.

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