Neem oil is a natural antiparasitic for our 4-legged friends.
In India, where this plant grows spontaneously, sparrows add Neem leaves to their nests to protect them from insect infestations. This insecticidal property was confirmed by scientific research and today is used on animals.
For animals, Neem is the most effective natural antiparasitic for our pets, especially against fleas, ticks and the mosquito that causes leishmaniasis in dogs. This vegetable oil has also proven to be effective as a completely environmentally friendly pesticide to be used on plants and is therefore increasingly applied in organic farming. Chemical pesticides currently on the market are harmful to the health of our animals and, for this reason, these natural substances, which reduce the risk of skin reactions, allergies or toxicity, are becoming more widespread. The use of Neem oil is even more effective if we consider that, over time, these organisms develop resistance to the synthetic antiparasitic agents and pesticides used in industrial products.
For humans, Neem oil is an effective repellent against lice, mites and mosquitoes, especially in summer. This is the time when our four-legged friends are most vulnerable. Neem oil is also an effective pesticide, capable of eliminating existing parasites as well as preventing their reproduction. After checking your pet, you can apply Neem oil directly on its fur or to soak its collar; you can also prepare a solution to spray on the body or in the air.
What is Neem oil?
Popular in ancient India, Neem oil was offered as a tribute to the Goddess Neemari, as a vegetable oil obtained from cold-pressing Azadirachta seeds, from the Melièce family. It is now recognised all over the world for its extraordinary properties and multiple uses. The seeds contain a great variety of active ingredients that are capable of neutralising not only insects and parasites, but also viruses, bacteria and fungi. Furthermore, like all plant oils, Neem oil has moisturising, emollient, regenerating and tissue restructuring properties, and is therefore effective for the most common dermatological diseases in humans and animals. In veterinary medicine, besides its unquestionable effectiveness in treating insect and parasite bites and stings, it is used as a soothing and healing agent, even in cases of bites and scratches from other animals.
Neem oil for animals:
Neem oil is described as "a non-toxic treatment for humans, plants and animals, an ancient natural insecticide that has begun to be used also by humans, proving to be effective in the fight against mosquitoes, as a larvicide and as a repellent (because insects cannot stand its scent)". (S. Mariani, A. D´Andrea – ENEA) Therefore, Neem oil is not only an excellent natural pesticide, without any type of chemical additive, but it is also the best repellent against phlebotomus, sandflies and mosquitoes, which cause leishmaniasis in dogs. As for other types of parasites, Neem oil seems to be a good natural therapy against fleas, capable of exterminating not only the adult insect, but also eggs and larvae. If applied to the fur of cats and dogs, it creates a barrier on the animal's coat and simultaneously soothes, reduces swelling and disinfects irritated skin suffering from insect bites or stings.
Here are some tips on how to apply Neem oil on animals:
- Flea collar: suitable for both dogs and cats, dip a cloth cord in Neem oil to make a homemade collar.
- Pure Neem oil: apply 2-3 drops directly to the dog or cat’s fur. To avoid mosquitoes and prevent the development of mosquito, sandfly and phlebotomine larvae, it is advisable to pour a few drops of Neem oil in stagnant water of saucers, flowerpots, gutters, small uncovered deposits, etc.
- Solution: diluted in a solution that can be sprayed on the animal. By diluting a few drops of Neem oil in warm water, you create an all-natural spray product that can be used in the rooms of your home or on pillows, blankets and carpets. Keep insects and parasites away from our beloved friends.