Synthetic pesticides that work on contact often build up in the surrounding environment, leaving toxic residue behind that can harm and even kill pets and other animals in the area.
Neem not only incapacitates the parasites, but also prevents the secondary infection of fungus and bacterial. Its medicinal properties heal the wounds and repairs the damaged skin. Neem oil, on the other hand, is biodegradable and non-toxic.
It’s safe for :
- dogs, cats, and other pet animals,
- cattle, horses, pigs, rabbits and other animals.
IS NEEM OIL SAFE FOR PETS?
Neem oil has been prized throughout human history for its many benefits. The natural cure-all can be used for everything from insect repellent to skin repair, medicinal aids to beauty aids, and beyond. In recent years, neem oil has been growing more popular among pet parents, too, as many seek to share some of those benefits with their four-legged family members.
NEEM OIL BENEFITS FOR PETS
Over time, the benefits of neem oil have been adapted to a broad variety of uses. And that’s great news for pet parents.
For centuries, neem oil has been used as a natural, non-toxic pesticide to protect crops from insects. Now, pet parents are using neem oil to combat a variety of biting pests that plague our pups, such as fleas and mosquitoes.
Neem oil can also be used to soothe your pet’s itchy skin, thanks to the anti-inflammatory sterols and other triglycerides (fats) it contains, as well as the beneficial plant triterpenes (found in many essential oils and even CBD).
Neem oil for pets can help reduce itchiness with allergies, treat skin infections, fight fungal infections, and more. When used properly, there are many beneficial properties of neem oil with pets to help them feel their best.
However, pet parents should keep in mind that neem oil should never be used as an alternative to proper veterinary care. Always consult with your veterinarian first before using neem oil to treat any canine health concern to ensure it’s safe for your pet.
NEEM OIL FOR PETS: PRECAUTIONS TO TAKE
As mentioned previously, neem oil for pets tends to be very safe. But here are a few steps to take as a pet parent to ensure your pet stays healthy while using neem oil for your pet.
When using pet products, look for companies that have numerous good reviews and are open and transparent about the quality of their products.
If using neem oil by itself, make sure to dilute the neem oil 1 part to 10 parts carrier oil for topical use. Neem oil can also be added to shampoos at this dilution, but make sure to test a small area of skin on your pet and monitor for 2 hours after application for increased redness or irritation, which would indicate a possible sensitivity.
And if your pet is on any medications (topical ointments or oral meds), make sure to ask your veterinarian if neem oil is safe to use alongside those meds.
Neem oil in pets can be a very powerful natural remedy when used appropriately to reduce the need for conventional medications. If ever in doubt about using it or if your pet is sensitive, don’t use neem oil.
NEEM OIL FOR FARM ANIMALS
Sheep, pigs, cats, horses, and other animals can all benefit from neem oil. Unlike a lot of other flea, insect, and mange treatment products on the market for animals, they aren’t tempted to lick neem due to its sulfuric and bitter taste and, more importantly, it isn’t poisonous for your animals.
NEEM OIL FLY SPRAY RECIPE FOR FARM ANIMALS
Fly spray for horses or cattle can be expensive. Creating your own fly spray by using Neem oil reduces the cost, allows you to tailor the mix to your animal's needs, and is all-natural. This may be a very effective fly spray.
- 2 cups vinegar
- Water to fill 32oz
- 1 TBSP. Neem oil
- 1/2 tsp. essential oil of garlic or tea tree (optional)**
- Spray bottle
If a healing effect is needed, replace the vinegar with Aloe Vera Juice and the Garlic EO with Lavender EO.*The Neem Oil will separate, so this needs to be shaken before and during each use. The Neem Extract will not separate but is not as effective as the oil.**The garlic essential oil will increase the effects of the formula but it works well without also.Directions:Remove the nozzle from an old fly spray bottle or a commercially bought spray bottle. Ins ert a funnel.Pour 2 cups of vinegar in to the bottle, using the funnel. You can use either apple-cider, distilled vinegar or for healing use Aloe Vera Juice. Add 1 cup of water.Add the 1 TBSP Neem Oil.Replace the nozzle and shake. It makes about 32 ounces of fly spray, which is the typical size of a bottle of commercial fly spray.
FOR ANY ANIMALS WITH HOOVES
For any animals with hooves, like pigs, sheep, goats, and horses, neem oil can also make for a very nice hoof treatment. Take five teaspoons of neem oil and mix it in one quart of water. Dip the hoof into the mixture, and you’re set.