Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas

Lavender is one of those Essential Oils that we think of for relaxing baths, refreshing our skin, even scenting our…fur? Yes, lavender is a useful ingredient in caring for your pet, naturally. Here are a few ideas…

First Aid:
If your dog has a small scratch, lavender oil can be used to treat the area, since it has healing properties. Add three drops of lavender oil to one quart of warm water and wash the wound with a clean cloth after you have cleaned the area.

Natural Flea Control:
Oil of lavender is said to be effective and safe as a way to get rid of fleas and keep them away for the short term. Using a dog brush, cut a piece of fabric like an old towel. Dab on several drops of oil of lavender and then press into the bristles. Brush over your dog’s coat, rinsing the brush in clear water if necessary. This is also a nice way to “freshen” the coat and help de-flea at the same time.

Freshen Dog Beds:
Combine three drops of lavender oil to one quart of warm water in a spray bottle. Use to spritz your pet’s sleeping area and to freshen their bedding.

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Originally published April 2006
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