From what I’ve been reading, Thieves oil must be used cautiously with dogs. But you can use it for flea control around the house.
Later, I’ll tell you how this five-oil mix can be used to help keep your home flea free. Thieves contains lemon, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary. The recipe is apparently “inspired” by the legend of a group of Medieval thieves. Armed with aromatics, they stole from the sick and dying during the Black Death.
Although Thieves is designed as a germ-fighter, it appears to have a myriad of other uses.
Thieves and similar products seem to be good for routine pest control, if you avoid putting them directly on your dog. Used the right way, they appear to be much safer than chemical flea preparations. (Of course, check with your own vet before using essential oils.)
The Center for Public Integrity has reported on pet deaths following a chemical “spot-on” flea treatment. Another group found that flea collars emit dangerous compounds. This happens for weeks after they’re placed on an animal. People who pat a dog will be exposed to these substances.
Flea Control Essential Oils
Our own dog is now 14. Never once have we used commercial flea products. Instead, we use natural remedies. Last year, for instance, we used a drop of geranium essential oil on his collar. (We didn’t put it directly on his skin.) Insects, apparently, hate the smell of this aromatic.
I did this following the discovery that two ticks were feasting on him. Their engorged bodies were attached to his face. After this incident, I started using geranium oil. Although I have no proof it kept the bugs away, nothing like this happened again.
Four Thieves Oil Dogs
Please check with your vet before using any type of essential oil on your dog. Don’t use them on cats. A couple of vets who publish online are exploring the use of aromatics for felines. But most animal health practitioners warn against it.
That’s because cats lack a liver enzyme that allows them to break down certain compounds. Consequently, there’s concern these highly concentrated plant extracts could be toxic for felines. So, for the purpose of this article, I’m only talking about dogs.
Treat Dog Fleas Naturally Use Essential Oils
Four thieves type oils have countless uses around the house. For general flea control, you can fill a spray bottle with water and add about 15 drops of Thieves oil (or a similar product). Then you can use this on your furniture, or your rugs, after doing a test patch to make sure it doesn’t stain. Don’t spray it directly on your dog.
This particular recipe can also be added to a vacuum cleaner canister. Some people use mothballs inside their vacuums to kill flea eggs. Essential oils offer a less toxic solution.
Thieves Oil for Dogs
The most famous germ-fighting essential oil blend is called Thieves oil. Sold by the Young Living company, it’s a very good product. If you want to order some, it’s available here.
However, in our house, we use Fabulous Frannie Four Thieves. I love this recipe and I still own several bottles. (That’s because last year I went a little overboard stockpiling germ-busting oils.)
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not meant to diagnose‚ treat or cure any disease or medical condition. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use essential oils unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional.
Consult your vet before using essential oils on your pet. Do not use on puppies or with pregnant females.