Neem oil for dogs helps solve the problem of fighting different parasites along with the challenge of keeping the coat shiny and the teeth strong and healthy. Neem oil once again proves itself to be a great and natural product against many skin parasites, which can be applied for both humans and dogs.
For what it can be used?
It can be really hard to find a suitable product for your dog, which will keep the parasites away and will not cause any allergic reactions, as well with long-lasting effect. The solution that combines all these features is neem oil, which can be used on your dog with various purposes:
If the dog has mites, fleas, biting insects or even ringworm, neem oil will come in handy. Because of its antifungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties (read more about neem oil benefits), the oil does great job at eliminating skin parasites and also keeping the skin healthy and bacteria-free. Adding to this, healthy skin will result in shiny healthy coat, giving your pet a brilliant look.
You would like to improve your dog’s health on the inside as well, wouldn’t you? For this you can use neem leaf and give it to your dog as a supplement along with its food. Neem leaf boosts the immune system, strengthens teeth and gums and also improves liver functioning.
Note: Despite effective treatment of many internal parasites, neem oil does not treat tapeworm and it does not give a guaranteed cure from all dog ticks (especially brown one). So in case of these diseases it is recommended to consult a professional and develop a proper treatment plan for your dog.
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How can neem be used?
Now that we learned about the effects of neem oil on the dogs, it is time to ask a question: how can it be used? Here is a brief overview:
Neem oil shampoo for dogs
In a lucky case your dog enjoys taking bath, try using neem shampoo. You can either buy it or make by yourself by adding small amount of neem oil in a dog shampoo (read more how to make a neem oil shampoo). Do this 2-3 times a week and try leaving the shampoo on for several minutes before washing it off.
You can use neem spray in same way we use repellent, with the main purpose of preventing the attack of biting insects.
In case the dog suffers from severe disease you can apply pure neem oil on infected area. The oil, however, must be diluted before application with almond oil, for example (find out how to make almond oil). Then gently massage the mixture on the area and let it be absorbed.
Is neem oil safe for cats?
The answer to this question is definite yes, neem oil has the same effect on cats as it does on dogs. However, one thing has to be considered. If you are buying a ready pet neem shampoo, make sure it does not contain tea tree, cajeput or camphor oils, since they are harmful for cats. Find out why tea tree oil is dangerous for cats.