How to Get Rid of Fleas and Ticks Naturally with Neem Oil Shampoo

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Never bathe your dog more than once every two weeks or you will dry out his skin.
Never bathe your dog more than once every two weeks or you will dry out his skin. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Getting rid of fleas and ticks naturally with neem oil shampoo is one of the most effective and safe ways to repel and kill fleas on a pet. This oil is used in many flea and tick shampoos because of the safety of using it on your pet, the soothing benefits it has on skin, and the shine it brings to the coat. Neem oil is for those looking for a natural approach to fleas and ticks.

Things You'll Need

  • Neem oil shampoo or neem oil
  • Bathing area
  • Water
  • Washcloth
  • Cotton balls
  • Olive or coconut oil
  • Towels
  • Brush or comb
  • Hair dryer

Purchase neem oil shampoo with neem oil in it. There are health food stores in just about every city that sell neem oil products because of their popularity and safety. It is also available online at many web sites. Choose the shampoo for people or pets as it is safe for both or you can buy the oil itself and put a few drops into the pet's shampoo. There are also natural recipes on the Internet to make shampoo for a pet.

Bathe your pet. Make sure that you have a towel or towels depending on the size of your pet, washcloth or sponge, cotton balls, a mat in the tub or container in which you bathe him, a leash if he does not stay put very well and the shampoo. Wear old clothes as you will get sprayed when your dog shakes.

Cats are not fond of running water and may do better with a tub or large pan full of water with a big glass or pitcher to rinse him with. Wear long sleeves to avoid scratches to bare arms when he becomes frightened and stay calm to soothe him during the bath.

Apply a little olive or coconut oil around your pet's eyes to keep soap from irritating them. Wet the coat thoroughly.

Wash the face area with a clean washcloth first to avoid getting soap into the eyes and then rub the shampoo into the wet coat from the head down and gently massage it throughout the whole body. Let the shampoo sit on the fur for about 10 minutes to let it work on dirt and fleas and then rinse until the water looks clear.

Give your pet room to shake off before removing him from the tub to avoid a soaking.

Dry and brush out your pet. If your pet is okay with a hairdryer then proceed to blow dry the coat on a cool setting until somewhat dry. Use a leash and let him get used to the sound and hold the dryer at a distance to avoid scaring him. Use cotton balls or a clean washcloth to dry out the ears to avoid an infection in them.

Gently brush or comb out the coat and keep your pet out of drafts until completely dry. To maintain flea control, use a neem oil pet spray or rub some neem oil into your hands with some olive or coconut oil and rub through your pet's coat weekly to maintain flea and tick prevention.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure the water is just a slightly warm as animals can tolerate cooler temps than humans.
  • Pregnant women should not ingest neem products.

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