If you live up here in the northern hemisphere, chances are you aren’t going on too many adventurous walks with your dog these days. But our southern hemisphere neighbors are probably out soaking up the sun! And for those of us up north, spring will eventually arrive (though not soon enough!) So go ahead and bookmark this post if it’ll be helpful for you later on. :-)
Today I’m sharing a simple and natural way to keep your furry friend free of ticks and fleas! Consider it a natural alternative to a medicated flea collar. (I will mention that this natural collar is designed to deter fleas and ticks from becoming a problem, and is NOT intended to treat existing flea problems.)
This easy DIY project uses 3 essential oils that can help deter little pests from antagonizing your pup – lavender, citronella, and melaleuca. And rather than using a plain old dog collar, we decided to infuse the oils into a bandana! Not only does a bandana provide more surface area for the oils, but it is guaranteed to look really cute. (Who can resist a dog in a bandana, really?!) ;-) Here’s how to make your own.
Flea and Tick Collar for Dogs
- 1/4 cup of water
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 drops citronella essential oil
- 1 drop Tea Tree essential oil
Add the water and essential oils to a small bowl, and whisk to combine.
Soak the bandana in the water and oils, then wring lightly (just so that it’s not dripping wet).
Hang the bandana somewhere and allow it to air dry.
When it’s dry, it’s ready to tie around your pooch’s neck! Put it on before walks, hikes, and other outdoor adventures to help keep your dog flea- and tick-free!
When the bandana starts losing its scent, simply repeat the process again to reapply the protective oils.