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How to rid your dogs of Fleas and Ticks, and it works for us too! 100% Australian Eucalyptus Oil

Flea and Tick repellent for your pets:

One of the most common problems your pets may be dealing with is annoying fleas and other parasites. They can cause great discomfort for your pets as well as health problems such as skin irritations, allergies, anaemia and even death if not treated.

Chemical treatments may get rid of fleas, but they can also cause side effects such as breathing problems, tremors, vomiting, skin irritations and permanent nerve damage. Using natural remedies such as Emu Ridge eucalyptus oil is a safe alternative to chemicals, as well as keeping your pet’s coat healthy and vibrant, because the fleas and other insects hate the smell of eucalyptus oil. You may need to apply the oil more often than you would chemical formulas, but it will effectively and safely repel fleas without hurting your pet.

What To Do:

  1. Begin by shampooing your pet. Mix 5 drops of eucalyptus oil into approximately 250 ml of a natural, no-tear pet shampoo. Use an eyedropper to measure the oil and mix well.
  2. Start the bath water to get it to a good warm temperature. Place a cotton ball into each ear of your pet to avoid water and soap getting in, and then wet your pet’s coat thoroughly and completely.
  3. Bathe your pet as you normally would with the eucalyptus shampoo, creating a nice rich lather from head to toe. Be careful not to get shampoo in the eyes. Rinse your pet and repeat with the eucalyptus shampoo. This time, rinse extremely well.
  4. Towel-dry your pet from excess water and follow with a thorough blow-drying.

For added protection after and between baths, you can make a repellent:

1 cup of water, 2 cups of distilled white vinegar, 2 teaspoons of vegetable or almond oil and 3 drops of eucalyptus oil  then put the mixture into a spray bottle. Mist your pet lightly with the mixture every so often and let it air-dry. You can also mix in a few spoonfuls of lemon juice, which will repel ticks and fleas.

HINT- This deterrent also works for flies and other insects as well. Spray onto the pet’s dry coat, staying away from sensitive areas including eyes, nose, mouth, and genitals. When outdoors for an extended period, spray this solution on 2-3 times per day. Don’t add the eucalyptus oil for cats, it is great for horses, dogs, goats etc. This recipe below is tried and tested to.

You can also use a cotton wool ball soaked in Eucalyptus oil and gently dab behind your pet’s ears, along their back and under there arms, and then groom, this is a great deterrent.

Keeping your carpets parasite free. Make a simple flea repellent carpet powder by mixing 1 cup of cornstarch with 15 drops of eucalyptus oil and dust this powder all over the carpets, leave for 15 minutes and then vacuum. A parasite free home  will help your dogs be safe from further reinfection of fleas.

Eucalyptus oil can also be rubbed into your pet’s collar to work as a natural flea collar. Below is a great recipe to deter fleas with this natural flea collar. Reapply approx every 2 weeks.

The eucalyptus oil has been proven effective in most cases, but you may have to alter the recipe to find the best solution to meet your pet’s particular needs.

DETERRENT FOR BEDDING & THE HOME: Use a eucalyptus or tea tree dilution in watering can to wash floors, soak pet’s kennel and favourite sleeping patches on sand or paving or doormats etc.

Rinse all bedding after washing with strong dilution of eucalyptus or tea tree oil (with a dash of vinegar to

mix the oils into the water) and dry without rinsing. Repeat at least monthly.

Remember to vacuum carpets well and frequently. The flea life cycle is about a month in the summer, so keep up intensive treatment for at least a month.

Eucalyptus oil is also handy for your dog in other areas to:

  • Skin therapy: It can be useful to help soothe skin after insect bites, stings, and skin rashes.
  • Antiseptic qualities: Its disinfectant properties can be useful for skin problems and also when cleaning bedding. Add a few drops of oil in the wash works wonders.
  • Antiviral and anti-inflammatory.
  • Works as an expectorant.
  • Respiratory therapy: Good for relief of chest congestion.  Its inhalant properties help to combat respiratory problems such as sinus infections and bronchitis.
  • Fragrance: Eucalyptus can also be very effective against pet odor.


Repellent of ticks for you and your family:

Ticks are terrible as these creatures can be as lethal as a venomous snake in the wrong scenario! If your camping, hiking and getting outside to play, then don’t let these pesky parasites stop you. Here’s how to make a simple and home-made repellent!


In a spray bottle mix 2 cups of distilled white vinegar (you can also use apple cider as it doesn’t smell as strong), 1 cup of water and 20 drops of Eucalyptus oil (Eucalyptus oil is a calm, soothing scent that also works as a tick repellent).
After mixing the solution, spray onto clothing, skin and hair before going outdoors. Re-apply every four hours to keep ticks at bay, and examine your skin and hair when back inside to make sure no ticks are on the body.


You can order Emu Ridge Eucalyptus oil right here – we can post Eucalyptus Oil nation-wide within Australia.

Did you know Arthritis/Joint pain

Eucalyptus Oil soothes and penetrates the skin to bring quick relief to inflammation sufferers.Eucalyptus Oil relieves pain in joint and muscles pain, it can help arthritis, chronic pain, injuries and rheumatism.  Very effective on both dogs and humans, but should not be used on cats. This essential oil increases circulation and dilates blood vessels, bringing a feeling of warmth to the area where applied and encouraging healing with improved oxygenation of the blood. Mix it with Emu Oil and you will find amazing results. This link with take you do all the amazing uses for Emu Oil and how to use it. It can be used exactly the same as its used for human use its moisturising, great for itchy dry skin and eases pain. It can also be taken orally. This is another pure natural Australian product, I swear by!

Risks of Using Eucalyptus Oil on Your Dog

  • Only use 100% pure, not all oils are equal!
  • Be aware of the label, its the same rules for dogs as it is for us. Dogs are more sensitive. Keep essential oils out of their reach, and when applying essential oils avoid the mouth region, eyes and mucus membranes.
  • Its advisable to be careful using eucalyptus oil or any essential oil undiluted for your pet. In its pure form it can burn sensitive areas the same as people.
  • Do not use eucalyptus oil for cats the same as you would for dogs, cats LICK their fur so it can get straight into their digestive systems and cause toxicity.
  •  Introduce any oils slowly, and always be sure to monitor your pet’s behavior and symptoms for any signs of distress or discomfort.
  • Remember smaller dogs need alot less than a larger dog.

We have used it on all of our dogs since our inception in 1991, it has been very successful and our dogs never had any side effects.


16 Replies to “How to rid your dogs of Fleas and Ticks, and it works for us too! 100% Australian Eucalyptus Oil”

  1. Fill says:

    I have read that Tea Tree and Eucalyptus are toxic to pets to even inhale in minute amounts. I have read articles that state you cant even use them in a home diffuser because of the toxicity.

    1. Emu Ridge says:

      Hi Fill, Thanks for your concern. You must becareful with cats as they lick more, but dogs are ok, These oils are poisonous to us too in large quantities but we make lollies out of it, and we eat them. We have had dogs and cats for the 29 years we have been producing euc oil and we mop our floors it goes in every load of washing and we use it as a spray on our dog and his bedding. Our last dog lived a healthy 15 years. The choice is yours but we believe it to be a great natural alternative and better than some of the terrible chemicals that are used on pets. If you look at the bottom of the blog I have listed risks, I hope this helps. 🙂

  2. karen says:

    you say to wash bedlinen in dishwashing detergent and also eucalyptus oil – do you also add in washing powder too ??


    1. Bev Turner says:

      Hi Karen, No you dont use powder. Im confused as this post and the blog you have inquired under doesn’t have this info, but yes the recipe you have mentioned is for the dustmites and asthma sufferers? Is this the post you are referring to? https://www.emuridge.com.au/eucalyptus-oil-and-dustmites/ you asked in another question, Im sorry i dont know what brand of dish washing detergent is best.
      regards Bev

  3. Vicki Toole says:

    Hi Bev I will definitely be trying this for my puppy, I love using eucalyptus oil, I use wool mix and add eucalyptus oil for all our washing, both humans and pets.

  4. Tanya says:

    2 Spoonfuls of oil… Is that a teaspoon / tablespoon or other please? Thank You ?

    1. Bev Turner says:

      Hi Tanya, thanks for your enquiry, I have amended to blog it is 2 teaspoons, thanks for bringing it to my attention, the oil is added to help the ingredients stay on the fur. I have added another great recipe as well. Kind regards Bev

      1. Tanya says:

        Awesome, Thank You ? Bev, I bathed my dogs yesterday as per your instructions and made a spray solution with a couple of teaspoons of oil and used on them today, so far no scratching. Fingers crossed, it’s been tricky knocking this years fleas out (neighbor has chickens and when our fruit trees ripen, rats jump their fence to eat the fruit and one of my dogs manages to catch at least one, I noticed last year after collecting another unsuspecting victim that the thing was riddled with fleas, so I know why we have this issue where we never did before).,.

  5. Jill says:

    Hello, Can I safely use a lower dose natural flea collar for my puppy?

    1. Bev Turner says:

      Hi Jill, yes a lower dose is safe for a puppy. Kind regards, Ella.

  6. Karen Mitchell says:

    Not ONCE have you mentioned how eucalyptus oil can be toxic to dogs and cats!!

    1. Bev Turner says:

      Hi Karen, thanks for your query, I have added some extra info re the risks, it should be common sense re the label. Its toxic to humans to if someone drinks it but it is so beneficial in so many ways if used correctly. We have been producing and using Eucalyptus oil on our dogs for 26 years and have never had any problems. Its worked amazingly to keep away parasites! But every dog is different so monitor to be safe. Thanks again, Ive added a few extra tips to the blog, there is so many uses the blog could go on forever. Kind regards Bev

  7. Bruce Leong says:

    How long does this treatment keep ticks and fleas away? Do I have to wash my dog weekly or more or less frequently?

    1. Bev Turner says:

      Hi Bruce thats a hard one to answer. It depends on the environment where your dog lives, you will need to monitor it yourself it could be a week to 3 months. Regards Bev

  8. vicki says:

    Will it also work on bedbugs too

    1. Bev Turner says:

      Hi yes all insects hate eucalyptus oil. They say to wash your bed linen in 1 teaspoon of Euc oil and 1 tspn of dishwashing detergent, as they also thrive in many detergent containing sodium, it also kills dustmites doing this, great for asthma sufferers. You can also make up a spray of just water and a teaspoon of Eucalyptus oil shake and spray bedding and surrounding areas on a regular basis until they are gone!

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