How to Use Coconut Oil for Fleas
Has your dog been scratching herself severely and developed open sores on her skin? That’s one sure sign of fleas’ infestation. The pests bite and cause discomfort to your hound. Did you know that one flea can lay as many as 50 eggs in a day? Without control, fleas spread fast!
Although there are many pesticides for controlling fleas and ticks, their chemical composition isn’t friendly to all pets. A safer way to prevent and treat flea infestation is by using unrefined coconut oil.
So How Does it Work?
The action of the organic oil on fleas is through the following means;
- Coconut oil contains lauric acid. The acid breaks down a parasite’s exoskeleton thus causing its death.
- Alternatively, the thick oil coats the flea restricts its movement and thus suffocates it to death.
- For an uninfected pet, it repels and thus prevents the pest infestation.
Besides being harmless, it’s also simple to use. Here are the most common ways on how to use coconut oil on fleas.
How to Apply Coconut Oil for Fleas
1. Feeding the Dog
Feeding the dog with the oil works as a supportive treatment and a preventive measure. You can either give it orally or mix it with the pet’s food. To make it friendlier to the dog, combine the coconut oil with some honey.
The recommended dose is 1 tablespoon of the oil for every 10lbs weight of a dog per day. But, begin by giving a pea size, and then slowly increase the size until you reach the recommended daily dosage. Giving excess oil at once causes indigestion and diarrhea to the pet.
2. As a Repellant
You can use virgin coconut oil, as a repellant. It works as a preventive measure against flea infestation. It’s very simple to make. Add equal parts of water to coconut oil. Next, melt the mixture in a saucepan or microwave oven. Add a few drops of essential oil to the solution. 3 or 4 drops of tea tree or lavender oil will suffice.
Cooldown the blend up to a point where it is safe to apply on your pet’s skin. To verify whether the temperature is safe or not, apply a few drops to your wrist.
If it feels safe, empty the liquid into a spray container. Spray the liquid on your pet. However, make sure that you do this in an outdoor environment.
To ensure that the liquid penetrates deeply into your dog’s fur, use a comb or rub in the liquid with your hands. Rake through the fur, reapplying a few spritzes of the solution. But ensure that the spray doesn’t spill to the animal’s eyes or nose
3. Coating Your Dog’s Skin with Coconut Oil
If you are unfortunate that the pests have already attacked your pet, the organic oil will still work. Scoop a generous amount in your hands.
At room temperature, the oil is solid. So, rub it between your hands. After that, massage the oil in the dog’s fur and skin. Believe me, the animal will enjoy the massage. Begin from one end, until you complete the whole body.
Pay special attention to the usually heavily infested areas like;
- Between the paws
- Neck region
- Behind the ears
Next, insert a pet’s comb into the coconut oil/water solution, and then rake through your dog’s fur. Fleas will stick on the oily comb; deposit them into the oily water.
4. Coconut Oil Bath
For a heavy infestation of flea, your hound may need to take an oil bath. But before that, the pet needs to enjoy a normal bath using a hyper allergenic dog shampoo. That helps to remove dust.
After the normal bath, apply a thick coating of coconut oil. Make sure you apply it to the flea hot zones like neck paws and the armpits. Leave the oil on the dog’s skin and fur for about 10to 15 minutes.
After time elapses, rinse off your pet with warm water mixed with few drops of dog shampoo. Brush away any paralyzed flea from the dog.
To win the war of fleas with coconut oil, use it in its pure and unrefined state. Also do not wait until the pet suffers heavy infestation. At the same time, as you massage the animal with the oil, give him some treats during the process. Did you know that besides fighting fleas, coconut oil improves a pet’s dental health and breathe?