The #1 question I get asked about is how do I keep the fleas and ticks off my bassets without using the horrible chemicals that can hurt my dog?
Here is the answer!
Lemongrass, Cedarwood, Peppermint and Terrashield essential oil
I put 10 drops of each oil in a 16oz spray bottle with 1/2 teas
of Fractionated coconut oil
and fill with distilled water.
I spray my bassets down and rub it in.. avoiding the head.
I will do this every few days in the spring and summer here in WA.
Winters are not a problem for us here.
Cedarwood is another calming oil, but more than that … It’s a flea prevention oil! To use this oil for flea prevention, you can put 2-3 drops in your hands, rub them together, and pet your dog down, or you can put 20 drops in 16oz of distilled water and spritz your dog, their bedding, etc. Please make sure to take your dog, their bedding, etc., outside before using Cedarwood … the fleas will try to flee and no one wants that to happen in their house! Should you get uninvited guests in your house, simply mix 10 drops of Cedarwood with a box of baking soda, shake it up and sprinkle it on your carpet. let it sit for 20 minutes then vacuum it up. This mixture of baking soda and Cedarwood will also ensure that none of the fleas survived as they sit in your vacuum cleaner.
#2 Question is what can I do to help with occasional aches and pains limping or sore legs?
answer.... Deep Blue or again Lemongrass!!
#3 Question: What do you bathe your bassets with?
I love to use 1 TBL Bonner's castile soap-
(You can buy this at the grocery store
in the health food section natural items section)
and 12 oz or so of water in a large mason jar then add
2 drops lemongrass
2 drops lavender
2 drops peppermint
2 drops rosemary
#4 Question: How do I keep my bassets teeth clean?
Bassets are notorious for bad breath and gross teeth! This is the answer!
On Guard essential oil
This is so amazing and you will be so shocked over what this stuff does
here is my protocol:
If your dog’s teeth are in bad shape – lots of tartar build up, etc., put ONE drop of On Guard on a toothbrush or gauze pad and rub their gums and teeth 1-2 times a day. Even one time a week can help to maintain good oral health.
I will also put a drop of On Guard with some backing soda and coconut oil, make a paste and scrub those teeth!
#5 Question: What do I do for seasonal threats (allergies) ? minor skin irritations? Upset tummy,
and ear cleaning and ear issues?
Must Haves: Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Digestzen, Frankincense and Melaleuca or Basil
The following Essential Oil Protocol has been used very successfully to help support the kidney and bladder issues, often with quick results:
2 drops Digestzen
2 drops Lemon (dont have to use this)
2 drops Frankincense
(can also add 1 drop Basil)
1 Tablespoon FCO (fractionated coconut oil)
Mix up in a little dish, dip finger in mix and apply over bladder 5-6X/day AND swipe a drop in mouth 5-6X/day
Frequent/consistent use of oils is very important
I use 1/3 witch hazel, 1/3 apple cider vinegar 1/3 water and a bit of 100% pure organic aloe vera gel
Mix is squeeze bottle and clean ears with this.
DO NOT PUT ESSENTIAL OILS DOWN EAR CANAL!
For maintenance to keep ear issues away, once a week use one drop Frankinsence, lavender and Basil with 1/2 teas fractionated coconut oil rub in ear flaps and on the outside of ears.
To support Ear Heath issues!
Frankincense, Lavender, Basil or Melaluca (for large breed dogs)
Ear health issue - Peppermint and Frankincense, 1-2 drops applied around base - front and back of ear, and rub cotton ball around inner ear with 1 drop of Frank, lavender, basil or melaluca and 1/2 teas fractionated coconut oil..wipe inner ear flap - do not go down canal area you cannot see. Again you do not drop oil down the canal of the ear. Do this 3X a day for 5 to 7 days.
Note: If you have a large breed dog (over 50 lbs) you can instead use Melaleuca*. See Tea tree oil FYI at bottom of page.
Mix equal amounts Lavender, Purify and Rosemary - moisten (squeeze out) cotton ball and clean out inner ear - careful not to go down canal where you cannot see. Do this daily until you no longer see ear mite detritus.
Use Lavender to soothe inner ear.
Upset Tummy or car sick?
Digestzen and Lavender
I will put 2 drops Digestive blend in my palm with a tsp of coconut oil (FCO) rub together then rub on my bassets tummy. Do this every 2 to three hours just three times a day .. works like a charm
I follow with a lavender- one drop and coconut oil rub down, down the back for calming... Oh my herd loves this!
*A Word about Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca):
I often get comments about tea tree oil being toxic to dogs.
Tea tree oil has phenolic compounds that can be hard for a dog’s body to process, but only in high doses. The oral toxic dose of phenol in dogs is about 0.22 grams per pound of body weight. 0.22 grams is about 4 drops of tea tree oil. This would mean that a 1 pound dog would have toxicity symptoms if you applied 4 drops of tea tree oil.
However, most dogs are around 10-20 lbs. To hit toxic levels of phenols, you would have to apply 40 drops of tea tree oil to a 10 lb. dog at one time. This would be the same as if a 150 pound human applied 600 drops of tea tree oil to their body at one time. OF COURSE, this would be ridiculous and toxic. ANYBODY given a high amount of phenolic compounds would develop toxicity issues.
When applying essential oils, you need a good dose of common sense. As long as you understand that applying 1-3 drops at a time, and diluting for children & pets is the best practice, you’ll be good!
NOTE: The phenolic toxcity level in cats is unknown, but we do know that cats are more sensitive than dogs. It’s advised to avoid Melaleuca in cats, unless there is a severe injury or illness