Lavender Bed for your Pooch
Lavender has long been used to keep moths out of drawers and linen closets, but its use as a natural insect repellent doesn't stop there. In fact, it is becoming increasingly popular to use lavender as a flea repellent for pets! It's often recommended to spray cats or dogs with a diluted mix of lavender oil and water before playing with other animals to avoid contracting these pesky insects. And while this method is likely quite effective, in our busy lives such a spray is easy to forget, especially when frequenting the dog park once or twice a day. With this in mind, one of our staff members came up with a quick, easy and equally aromatic method of solving the threat of fleas.
At this time of the year when lavender begins going to seed, it's a good idea to cut it back to either prepare for a second bloom (depending on the species) or ready it for the coming cooler weather. Once the plant has been pruned, rather than throwing the stems and faded blooms into the compost, try mulching them up with a lawn mower. The finely chopped, fragrant pile of lavender you are left with can then be added to the stuffing of your pet’s bed. This not only helps to keep your dog or cat flea-free, but it also keeps their bed (and the room that it's in) smelling fresh and clean! Don’t worry if you only have a few lavender plants in your yard – a little goes a long way and the fragrance will last quite a while!
Step 1: Chop up the lavender
Step 2: Make a small incision in the dog's existing bed
Step 3: Add the chopped lavender
Step 4: Sew the seam back together and place the stuffing back in the outer cover
The Result: One sweet-smelling, flea-free pooch!
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