Phantom’s eco tip: Natural alternatives for keeping your pet flea free!

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We’re in the happy throes of summer, which is great for us, but doesn’t bode well for pets that haven’t been protected against fleas. The nasty little critters love warm weather, and dousing your pooch in harsh soaps and sprays hardly seems very pet or planet-friendly. Want a healthy solution? Try these all-natural flea-busters.

Rosemary flea dip

Steep 2 cups (500ml) fresh rosemary in boiling water for 30 minutes. Strain liquid, discard leaves and add 4 or 5 litres warm water, depending on the size of your dog. Pour over pet until soaked through and allow to dry naturally.

Lavender essential oil

Wash dog thoroughly and towel dry. Apply a few drops of lavender essential oil to the base of its tail and another to its neck.

Apple cider vinegar

Add a spoonful to your dog’s water. It will make its skin more acidic and less appetising to fleas.

Lemon spray repellent

Cover a quartered lemon with boiling water and steep overnight. In the morning, pour into a spray bottle and spritz your dog. Pay close attention to the area behind its ears, around the base of the tail and on its belly.

This week’s pet friendly eco tip comes from Fresh Living’s Pet Corner. Fresh Living is Pick ‘n Pay’s in-house magazine, and not only is it always printed on environmentally friendly paper, but their March issue is an ‘ethical’ one as well. Apart from these handy and healthy alternatives for keeping your pets pest free, they also talk about Meat-free Mondays and why you should only eat green fish.

The Phantom Forest Team

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