Nerve-deadening chemicals, known to cause cancer, in my pet’s flea collar? Gasp!
The chemicals in OTC flea collars are toxic to our pets, to us and to the environment. Some of the chemicals listed in flea collars are pesticides, organophosphates, and carbamates, there are many others, these are just to name a few. Take a look at the following:
- They are nerve-damaging chemicals
- Some of these chemicals have actually been banned for residential use.
- Propoxur (a carbamate) is actually on California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer.
- These chemicals are absorbed into the animal’s skin
- As they scratch around the collar, the chemicals are released onto their fur and into the air.
- These chemicals are than entered into our systems via petting, rubbing, playing, scratching, etc…
- Think about the child on the floor playing with her pet and breathing in these, known by the EPA to be harmful and toxic, chemicals. (for an experiment that was performed to test the levels of toxicity, click here).
Non-toxic Alternative to OTC Flea Treatments
Pure, therapeutic grade essential oils are a fantastic alternative to the OTC version. It is safe, effective, and animals respond very well to them because they are derived from natural plant sources. As with everything, be sure to read the label in it’s entirety when purchasing your essential oil. See here for more information because essential oils are not all created equal.
The beauty of working with essential oils is that you are not limited to one option as they are all quite versatile, here is a good list of essential oils to help get you started that can be used as natural flea repellent.
- Eucalyptus Radiata
- Palo Santo
- Pine *
- Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia)
- Purification (a blend of citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, tea tree, lavandin, and myrtle)
As you can see, this is quite a selection you have to choose from. You can use one, or play around and combine a few together (just be sure the one wearing it, agrees with the smell too :D )
*NOTE: Citrus and pine essential oils are not recommended with cats! Lavender and Cedarwood are the recommended choice if making a flea collar for your kitten/cat.
Flea Collar Recipe
(from The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by: Valerie Ann Worwood)
You will need the following:
- a cheap, soft-material collar
- 1/4 tsp. alcohol
- 1 drop cedarwood
- 1 drop lavender
- 1 drop citronella
- 1 drop thyme
- 4 garlic capsules
- ziploc bag (sandwich bag size)
Place the collar in a bowl and set aside. Combine the above ingredients into a cup and mix well. Break open the garlic capsules and pour garlic into the mixture and stir. Than pour the contents over the collar until fully absorbed. Place the collar into a ziploc bag and seal (this will lock the scent into the collar). Set aside and allow to dry. Once fully dry you can place around your pet’s neck.
This collar should be good for one month. Repeat process monthly.
If fleas are of concern and your dog/cat is uncomfortable and suffering, use the following method to alleviate their discomfort. Put 4 drops cedarwood or 4 drops lavender essential oil into a bowl of plain warm water. Dip your pet’s brush into the water and brush your pet, re-dipping the brush every so often back into the water mixture.
(Hollie Mailhiot receives credit for this recipe)
You will need:
- 1/2 cup distilled water
- 6-8 drops Purification essential oil
- 2-4 drops Palo Santo essential oil
- 1 drop of Theives hand soap or castile soap
- spray bottle
Place all ingredients into spray bottle and shake well. Spritz daily to keep your pet free from fleas.
Here’s to a healthier, happier pet with “Scents”able Living!
(couldn’t resist, this was too stinken cute!)