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DIY Flea Collar Using Essential Oils

The chemicals on flea collars are definitely not something I feel good about having on my dog, much less around our kids who are playing with her and petting her!

So instead, I did a little research and found an awesome recipe for a flea collar made with essential oils! This recipe is from The Complete Book Of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Anne Worwood.

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DIY Flea Collar With Essential Oils

Ingredients:

1/2 teaspoon Rubbing Alcohol
1 drop Cedarwood Essential Oil
1 drop Lavender Essential Oil
1 drop Citronella Essential Oil
1 drop Thyme Essential Oil
4 garlic oil capsules
Directions:

Get any collar that’s made of material (i.e. no chains) and soak it in the above mixture.
Lay it out to dry.
Once it’s dry, place it on your animal’s neck.
Repeat process at least once per month. (Depending on where you live and how often your dog is in flea-infested environments).

You can also use essential oils in a spray bottle as a flea repellent!

Just mix 1/2 cup of distilled water, a drop or two of Thieves soap or castille soap, and 8-16 drops (total) of your preferred essential oils that fleas hate.

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Ten of the Healthiest Human Foods for Dogs

Dogs love veggies too! Callie loves bananas and blueberries and recently I wondered what other ‘human’ foods I could give her, so I did some research and wanted to share the list. 🙂

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1. Cantaloupe 

Believe it or not, the same fruit salad staple that humans have come to know and love is just as good for dogs. They’re full of vitamins that will help with your canine’s eyesight, as well as lots of vitamin A and lots of beta carotene, which helps reduce the risk of cancer and prevents cell damage. It’s also a good source of vitamins B-6 and C, fiber, folate, niacin and potassium.

2. Green Beans
Getting your dog to eat his green beans will probably be easier than getting your kids to do the same. Green beans are good for your pooch because of their omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, C, and K. They’re also a good source of calcium, copper, fiber, folic acid, iron, niacin, manganese, potassium, riboflavin and thiamin, as well as beta carotene. Essentially, they’re the superpower of vegetables for your pooch.

3. Spinach
Although it’s high in iron (with almost twice as much of it as most other sources), spinach is a particularly good option for your dog since it helps fend off inflammatory and cardiovascular issues, along with cancer.

4. Apples
Besides the fact that it’s super fun to watch a dog eat an apple, the powerful antioxidants and loads of vitamin C will do wonders for your dog’s diet, as well.

5. Pumpkin
Feed your dog pumpkin to load him up on fiber, vitamin A and anti-oxidants to help alleviate diarrhea and constipation and to promote his overall cardiovascular health.

6. Sweet Potatoes
A great source of vitamins E, A, B-6 and C, as well as calcium, iron, folate, potassium, copper, thiamine and iron, sweet potatoes are a wonderful (and super tasty!) addition to any pooch’s dinner bowl.

7. Blueberries
Blueberries, with their high levels of resveratrol and their anti-cancer and heart disease fighting qualities, make a great option for your dog’s diet. As an added bonus, the tannins found in blueberries also help prevent urinary tract infections.

8. Watermelon
Give your pooch a piece of this delicious summer treat and you’ll be loading him with up with tons of healthy vitamin A, B-6 and C, as well as thiamin.

9. Asparagus
When cut into bite size pieces, Asparagus makes a healthy veggie option for your dog because of its vitamin K, A, B1, B2, C and E, along with the folate, iron, copper, fiber, manganese and potassium that’s found in them. Yum!

10. Brussels Sprouts
Maybe if your kid sees your dog eating her brussels sprouts, she’ll hop on board and eat them, too? And your dog should be eating brussels sprouts for their vitamins K and G, manganese, folate, fiber, potassium and vitamins A, B1 and B6.