Using neem oil for dogs as an insect repellant
The summer months can be great for all of us. We are able to enjoy the warm weather outside. But along with the warm weather comes pesky insects. They affect us and also our pets. What can we use as an effective insect repellant?
I thoroughly enjoy gardening. I like having my dog outside with me. But mosquitoes and other bugs seem to really bother him. So I have been looking online to find something that will help him.
I have read that human insecticides are not safe for most pets. I have heard that essential oils such as lavender can be effective.
I came across an article in Dogster.com that discusses using neem oil for dogs as an insect repellant. The article is entitled, “Neem Oil: A Miracle Herb for Dogs — and for You, Too!” The article is written by Julia Szabo. Here is a short quote:
It’s only early May, but already I’ve been almost devoured alive by mosquitoes. There are few things I hate more than awaking to the sound of skeeters buzzing in my ears — it’s like a squadron of fighter planes aiming for my head! And if you think I’m exaggerating, consider this pithy quote attributed to former EPA chief (and Scottish Terrier fancier) Christie Todd Whitman: “Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference has never tried to fall asleep with a mosquito in the room.” Ain’t it the truth. Yesterday alone, I smashed three skeeters, all of them engorged with blood. Ewww!
Happily, there’s all-natural, nontoxic ammunition that stops molesting mosquitoes in their tracks. It’s the single most important thing you can keep on hand all summer, for your dog’s well-being and your own. It’s neem oil, aka Azadirachta indica, extracted from the neem tree (a relative of the mahogany). The tree grows profusely in India, where people have great respect for neem’s healing powers. Ancient Indian texts call it “the curer of all ailments.” Studies show that neem is antiseptic, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal — and check this out, it’s also spermicidal! In short, neem is something of a botanical miracle.
The entire article can be read here. I found Ms. Szabo’s work to be excellent. So I encourage you to read the complete article.
You should understand neem oil’s benefits as well as its potential side effects.
It has many benefits. It can be an effective insect repellant for humans and dogs. But it must be used in the proper way.
I personally don’t recommend taking neem oil internally unless it is specifically designed to be used in that way.
So I spray some neem oil on my dog’s shoulders and sometimes his back – areas where he can’t reach with his mouth. Using neem oil for dogs seems to be an effective insect repellant.
Have you used neem oil for dogs? Did it seem to help? Did you have any problems with it? Thanks for your input.