How to Bath Your Dog in Eucalyptus Oil for Fleas

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A dog with fleas is a very unhappy, unhealthy dog.
A dog with fleas is a very unhappy, unhealthy dog. (Image: Ronja 5 image by Nadine Wendt from Fotolia.com)

Fleas on dogs are more than an annoyance. They can also cause health problems such as skin irritations, allergies, anemia and even death if not treated. Chemical treatments may get rid of fleas, but they can also cause breathing problems, tremors, vomiting, skin irritations and permanent nerve damage. Natural remedies such as eucalyptus oil are safe alternatives to chemicals, and they keep your dog’s coat healthy and vibrant. Fleas and other insects hate the smell of eucalyptus oil. You may need to apply the oil more often than you would chemical formulas, but it will effectively and safely repel fleas.

Things You'll Need

  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Natural no-tear dog shampoo, 32 oz.
  • Eyedropper
  • Water
  • Cotton balls
  • Towel
  • Blow-dryer

Shampoo with Eucalyptus

Mix four to six drops of eucalyptus oil into 32 oz. of a natural, no-tear dog shampoo. Use an eyedropper to measure, and mix well.

Start the bath water to get it to a good warm temperature.

Place a cotton ball in each ear of the dog to avoid water and soap getting in, and then wet the dog completely.

Bathe your dog as you normally would with the eucalyptus shampoo, creating a nice lather from head to toe and taking care near the eyes. Rinse.

Repeat with the eucalyptus shampoo and rinse well.

Towel-dry the dog, and follow with a thorough blow-drying.

Tips & Warnings

  • For added protection after and between baths, spray your dog lightly with a mixture of two or three drops of eucalyptus oil in 16 oz. of water. Let it air-dry.
  • Eucalyptus oil can also be rubbed into your dog's collar to work as a natural flea collar.
  • Use the eucalyptus oil as directed, and do not place it directly on your dog's skin.

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