Your Dog Will Love This! All Natural Tip Against Fleas And Ticks



Summer – the perfect time for our dear animal companions to play outside. My dog Fritzi loves to roll around  and jump through the high grass fields and unfortunatelly brings back home a lot of unwelcome friends – mainly ticks and sometimes fleas. For a long time now, we’ve been using “Frontline”, a vet recommended flea and tick protection. But as it happens so often, you don’t realize how bad something is until you inform yourself. And when I did, I found out, that a lot of those vet recommended tick and flea treatments are in fact dangerous for dogs. The active ingredients in Frontline might supposedly produce cancer, organ damage, nervous system damage, reproductive damage and skin problems. It was clear for me that I wanted to find an alternative to this chemical cocktail. Nevertheless, not protecting my dog against fleas and ticks was not an option either, since it is known that they can pass on diseases which might lead to death in some cases.

On my research I came across different natural insect repellents like garlic, cedar oil, eucalyptus, and neem oil. I read in different forums about them but not everybody shared the same opinions. One thing that became clear was, that garlic is a no-go for dogs, because they function like poisen for the animal, if eaten in large doses.

Essential oils were discussed very controversial too. Some say they help perfectly and their animals didn’t mind them either, others find them to be too agressive and that their animals felt bothered by the smell or even showed allergic reactions to them. I never tried essential oils on my dog, but I can imagine that their strong smells would also bother him a lot. After all, his favorite “Au de Toilette” is the smell of mud pits and bird poop! So, strong essential oils weren’t a good option either.

After a couple of hours of research in the world wide web, I finally found something that would be so helpful and awesome that I need to write a post about it: All you need, to scare the ticks and fleas away, is coconut oilI was more than surprised that this insect repellent still seems to be a secret among dog guardians. After all, maybe not that surprising, because the pharma industry is earning millions with their medication and wouldn’t like the fact that there might be a much cheaper and natural insect repellent. In fact, coconut oil is not only cheap and natural, it also has a neutral scent and is healthy for the dog and its fur. I didn’t read about any negative experiences and the only disadvantages seem to be that your dogs fur might look a bit wet wherever you apply the oil and that you have to apply the oil every day, but with all the advantages, I really don’t mind this.

Coconut oil on the fur

Coconut oil on the fur

This is how it works:

The tick and flea repellend component of coconut oil is “lauric acid”, so it is important to use a pure and unprocessed product. Regular coconut oil from the supermarket works just fine, but the greener option would of course be an organic coconut oil. I rub about half a teaspoon (or even less) of coconut oil in my hand palms until it becomes liquid (takes seconds) and then apply it on my dogs higher and lower back, on the lower legs and the stomache. In the beginning I applied the fat before every walk, but now I found that it’s enough if I do it 1-2 times a day. Fritzi hasn’t had any ticks or fleas since I use the coconut fat and that ‘s an even better result than the results we had with Frontline! Oh, how I love to find out about secrets like this one! : )


It would be interessting to know what kind of experiences you made with insect repellents. Have you tried any natural repellents before?

UPDATE 4/15/2013: I’ve been getting a lot of great feedback of people who successfully tried coconut oil on their dogs and even cats. Here is a helpful tip from one of the readers: “I also boiled 1/2c of coconut oil with 1c water in a sauce pan then put it in a spray bottle and spritz it on the bed and we’ve had no more bites. I thought your readers might like to know that trick too!”

Update 5/8/2014: I’ve been using this coconut oil method for 3 years now and I’m still so happy with it! Our dogs have ticks so rarely, it’s unbelievable! And they didn’t have any fleas at all. I try to spread the word as much as I can and hope that this blog post inspires many more people. Thank you also for all your wonderful comments and feedback. I love hearing from you!

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  1. Ashley

    Hey Girl!

    I didn’t know that you could use coconut fat to ward off fleas and ticks. That’s awesome. I will have to remember that if my boyfriend and I ever get a dog. Thanks for the tip!

    BTW, thanks for adding me to your blog roll! :) I really need to update my blog. lol. You’re so good at updating yours all the time. :) Hopefully I’ll have something new in the next couple of days.

    1. Post author

      Hey there! : ) It really is an awesome trick. Fritzi didn’t have any ticks or flees since weeks now. I’m so happy.
      I look forward to a new blogpost of yours, they are always so interessting! Of course it needs to be on my blogroll! :-) Many greetings!

      1. D

        Hi there, love your article on coconut oil for pets. I’ve been using it for a few years now on EVERYTHING. I cook with it, moisturise with it, use it as a sun screan, put it in my hair, Polish furniture, brilliant for acne, the list is endless. I cant praise this stuff enough. And of course what a beautiful natural product to treat our darling pets with.

        1. Post author

          Coconut oil is awesome! Yesterday I also learned that you could apparently use it as sunscreen as well, wow! It’s for everything! :-D Haven’t used it for furniture polishing yet, but thank you for the tip!

      2. Rita

        I have two miniature poms that have been tormented by fleas, we like most people have tried everything, does the coconut oil actually kill them or just make them jump off? We have even tried a major name brand flea killer for our carpet and are still having problems, not only our babies but my husband and I as well. This would be a blessing!

          1. Kristyn

            Yes, coconut oil does kill fleas. It also kills lice. It works by basically suffocating the creatures; fleas breathe through their exoskeletons. Any kind of oils coating them prevents them from breathing. It does not, however, kill pupae or eggs so constant treatment is reaquired to continually kill the adults. Some eggs may stay dormant for up to a year. Another good trick: take a cheap flea collar, cut it up (wear gloves!) and put it in your vacuum cleaner’s canister to kill the fleas that have been brought into your carpets.

        1. Jennifer

          Rita, I have an 8lb. Pom that has been ravaged by fleas this season as well. I live in Georgia and it’s so much worse than last year. I didn’t want to use Advantix2 on him last year but I did and this year, it doesn’t work near as well. I bought organic, unrefined, cold pressed coconut oil yesterday and spread it on his bottom, tummy, feet, & legs.
          I would love if you would please answer a question for me. Have your Poms had any hair loss from scratching and chewing?

          1. valerie

            My pom had herself looking like a Chinese Crested and in 6 weeks of internal and external coconut oil, we have her back to 90% covered in hair again. I’m hoping continued use will allow her to have healthy skin and coat by the first of the year.

        2. Zimmitt

          I know this is a little off topic but I thought I would add that you can mix salt and baking soda together in equil parts to use for your carpets. You leave it over night then vac it up. Also borax works great for tossing in the places that fleas like to hide under furniture etc… The salt kills larvae and eggs and the baking soda kills fleas. Borax does both by drying them out and killing them. All three are non toxic to pets and people! And you mostlikely have it laying around alread! Totally sorry if u spotlighted this stuff already in your blog!! Great info here!!!

    2. justin

      This post is excellent but I need to add something. I’m a golden retriever owner in Cool,CA where ticks are everywhere. I live on side of canyon and deer are in the yard every day. After a few months living here and while on front line, my golden had an engorged tick on his face.. Well I started feeding him coconut oil mixed in his food a little after that and actually stopped the chemicals and he hasn’t had a flea or tick sense then. I use no topical coconut oil he just eats it.

      1. Courtney

        We also feed our pit/lab mix coconut oil on her food, we started because of her losing hair and it has grown back beautifully, and now she wont eat her food unless it is there… my question is I dont have to put it on her just feed it to her….we have deer too and high grass that she thinks that she needs to be in and want to make sure that she is protected from ticks and fleas……she would get white flakes on her back when we put the flea and tick medicine on her last summer and would really like to avoid that this summer it makes her itch

        1. Post author

          Hi Courtney, great to hear that you feed coconut oil to your dog and that it helped to grow her fur back! A lot of people commented that they just feed the coconut oil to get protection from ticks and fleas, so I guess it is not necessary to put the coconut oil on the fur. Let me know how it works for your dog, if you try it! :-)

    1. Kate

      As far as I know, Tea Tree oil is not poisonous to dogs, but it IS poisonous to CATS. It is however a very powerful substance. For dogs and humans you never want to ingest it! Don’t put it in your mouth! Also, if you’re going to use it on your skin or on your dog’s skin, it should be in a solution of no more than 1% ie: 1 part Tea Tree oil to 100 parts water or oil or whatever you’re using it in. That guideline is pretty much true for any essential oil you use, but especially true for Tea Tree since it is so strong and can hurt your skin if you apply it directly and undiluted.

      1. Lynda

        I put 1/8 teaspoon of tea tree oil in my 8 oz Eco-Dent mouth wash for healing/preventing gum disease. I dip my proxy brushes in it and swish the left overs in my mouth. Works wonders. At that strength it is not toxic, but don’t swallow! I’ve done this for years, have not keeled over yet and get excellent report cards from my periodontist.

        1. Teresa horner

          This might sound likke silly queztion and btw. Thank you for tbis blog and updates. I got coconut oil that im getty readyto put on my dog phobie. But i heard also for us its good for face but i got sle lupus and it seemed to agitate my lupus spots all over my face! Has anybody hearx if tree oil iz good for lupus? And my daughtr had founx out it good for lice. It zeems tbe schools quit taki.g time out to cbeck students and kids keep co,ing o. Witb lice. So not rigbt. But ty n god bless. Teresa

          1. paijon

            I used the Expeller Pressed Virgin organic coconut Oil tonight on min pin. The fleas went couldn’t get off him fast enough! The coconut melts as its applied to the skin & coat and I massassed it in all over. He was really loving the relief. At first it was a bit of a startle for him with the fleas exciting his body so fast I’m sure he felt their crawling movement. I used a liberal amount of coconut to massaged into his under arms and hind under legs legs. They were coming off him like crazy. I bathed him in Dawn dish detergent last night and tonight combed him there were lots of fleas on the flea comb. I dip the flea comb in a bowl of very small amont of natural soap to kill fleas. Then tonight I did the Organic Coconut massage and the fleas can’t jump that fast with the oil on them. Also I tried to pick the ones off the whit sheet with lint roller of sticky tape and fleas with oil don’t seem to stick to tape. However they were dying…not instantly but I saw them dieing off on the shit. Also easy to catch when they are slower and less able to get about. Right now he is sleeping so comfortable. Before this coconut message he was a mess at night. In & out the doggie door outside to the patio & back..The fleas would bother him. Not tonight after his coconut massage he is snoring and comfortable no fleas bugging him. The fleas can’t tolerate coconut. It will need to be a dailey rub with coconut but it will be well worth it. Fleas are bad in Monterey Calif. Near the ocean there’s a lot of moisture in the air. Fleas thrive in this climate. Front line doesn’t work. There chemicals are dangerous to pets in these types of flea products..

      2. Jessica

        Actually you can put tea tree oil in your mouth. I use a natural toothpaste that has tea tree oil in it. And I also use it full strength on my skin. For acne and whatnot. Its true for those that aren’t use to using it. To dilute it first. But as your skin gets use to it you can use it full strength. But your right. NEVER use full strength on dogs or any animal for that matter. There skin is WAY to sensitive.

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  4. el

    hi, I will give it a try. Wonder if the remedie will work for cats as well….
    So I will apply coconut oil to both my dogs and cats, see if this will keep parasites away.

  5. Kara

    We recently started using coconut oil for our flea problem because the vet prescribed flea “treatment” didn’t seem to work AT ALL! And because our dog is indoor/outdoor he was bringing the fleas inside and infecting our indoor cat who sleeps on my daughters bed and I noticed flea bites! So I needed to find something better.

    I hopped online and found all kinds of safe natural methods to use for fleas and found coconut oil as one and I knew it was the one I wanted to try. So I bought some and it’s been wonderful.

    We rub it on our dog and cat once a day (cat was hesitant at first to let us but loves it now) and I also boiled 1/2c of coconut oil with 1c water in a sauce pan then put it in a spray bottle and spritz it on the bed and we’ve had no more bites. I thought your readers might like to know that trick too!

    1. Post author

      Hey Kara, thank you for your great feedback. Since I found out about coconut oil I try to tell as many people as possible because it works great and is so simple and healthy for the animals. I hope more people will try it. Your trick with the spray bottle is great as well! I will add a note about it at the end of the post! Thanks a lot for sharing!

  6. Shianne

    Hey thanks for the help! although i couldn’t get any coconut oil i found out that avacado oil is similiar which i had cuz i use in my hair sometimes for straightening. i used that on bruno (my chihuahua) and the flees started dying instantly and it didn’t bother his skin at all!

      1. Dolly

        I just wanted to let you know that although controversial, the ASPCA insists that avocado and all of its parts are poisonous to dogs. I have known pet owners that feed their dogs avocado and are fine, but it’s nice to know.

  7. Michelle

    It seems to be the tick season where I am and even with neem oil I found ticks on my dog. I tried coconut oil yesterday afternoon after her bath and still found a tick that night. I’m so frustrated! I don’t want to go to frontline or something if possible. :(

    1. Post author

      Hi Michelle, what a bummer that the coconut oil is not working on your dog! Did you rub it all over her or just some spots? Maybe you could try it with another coconut oil. It’s important that it is 100% pure. Other than that I cannot imagine why it didn’t work, but I keep my fingers crossed that you find a solution other than Frontline. I know how frustrating it can be…. Greetings and good luck!

      1. melanie

        Can I use the idea of boiling coconut oil and water into a spray and spray my animals everyday instead of rubbing it on? my late dog, seger, had lymphoma and was losing his hair and his skin was very vulnerable to everything so I greased him up in coconut oil everyday! He and my cat went nuts for the stuff!!!

        1. Post author

          Hi Melanie, I never tried the thing with the spray bottle but it sounds like a great idea. One of the blog visitors tried and recommended it. Let me know how it works for you :-)

        2. C Alexander

          If your pet is sick, feed them homemade food, fresh cooked meats, with brown rice or cooked potato, broccoli, squash or other veggies except corn, no onion, no garlic. My dog was sick and I pulled her off dog food and switched to the motto: If you can’t eat it, don’t feed it to your dog!” She was dieing until I switched her diet.

          I am going to try the coconut oil to rid of ticks. Hope it works! Thanks.

          1. Post author

            That’s great! Glad to hear that your dog is better after switching the diet. Many people don’t realize how important the right diet is for the dogs health. Let me know how the coconut oil works for you!

  8. Wayne

    Not only will it help if you rub it on, put some on their food and it will soon do wonders for all kinds of problems. Most love the taste, and only side effect may be loose stools if you use too much, if it happens just cut back a little and build up. I use this personally and can tell you that the health benefits have been amazing. The lauric acid {also found in human mother’s milk} will build up immune system, give you. or your pet, more energy , help with weight loss and far too many other things to mention here. Eventually You will not need to rub it on, as it will become the oil that their skin excretes. I am writing a book on nutrition and my recommended diet for humans and for pets will center around coconut oil. This stuff is a true super-food and is being used with great success to treat all kinds of immune system problems as well as inflammatory problems.
    Hope this helps

  9. Alicia

    I agree with Wayne, I have been giving my 3 dogs Organic unrefined extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil..(54 ounce jar in Sam’s club costs less than 16.00) I was giving it orally and I spray it on their food. I used it for the health benefits and realized after about 2 – 3 weeks my dogs skin and hair improved and not a single flea on the dog, I don’t rub it on the dogs fur no need. The easiest way to give it to your dog is a small glass spray bottle fill it with only coconut oil ..Spray in their mouths ..or spray on the food or add to their water . I also reap the benefits myself and take an ounce a day orally ..Coconut oil works and is non toxic for humans and animals…try it and give it some time to do it’s magic ..your pet will be happy and so will your pocket….

  10. Amanda

    I cook my dogs food and have always included coconut oil in it but I never really measure anything out… Wayne maybe you can help… what would be a good amount daily in food to keep away fleas and ticks? The benefitss of it by the way have been fabulous… he has had such skin issues in the past… and they are now actually a thing of the past!!

    1. Wayne

      Hello: I am no expert but I would feed according to size, very small dogs{Chihuahua} maybe 1 tsp, medium size maybe 1 tbs larger dogs like labs and larger 1 to 2 tbs. I find most dogs love it and will lick it from your hand or if placed on food they will go for it first. The first few days might cause some loose stools but that passes in a few days as it cleans some of the toxins and parasites from there system,When preparing your dog’s food please remember that dogs, like people, need enzymes for all the functions in their body to work properly, especially digestion since that is where they get the nutrients from the food, so they need some raw foods in order to get these. Once a food is heated above 118 degrees it no longer has any viable enzymes. I sometimes puree some spinach,broccoli,carrots,apples,beets and avocado and add to dry food,{ these are actually left overs from my smoothies and have my probiotics in it, which I believe are helpful} they love it and always come running when they hear the blender come on. Hope this helps.

      1. Post author

        Thank you for all of the great advice Wayne! I love the idea of blending fruit and veggie left overs of smoothies with coconut oil as a treat for dogs. I recently started to make green smoothies as well and I will definitely try that! Also, let us know the name of your book, once it’s out. It sounds very interesting!!

    2. Jen

      I read this on a dogs love coconut site lol. “Dosing is easy: give one teaspoon per ten pounds of body weight, or one tablespoon per thirty pounds. Work up to the suggested dosing amount gradually, as the detoxification process can trigger flu-like symptoms in dogs that start off on the full dose right away.”

  11. Gary Fleischmann

    Been reading about coconut oil for pets and although I’ve been feeding my Wheaten a bit with most meals, now it’s time to attempt using it for fleas. Started with a douse of diatomaceous earth and following up with the oil. Can’t say it is the easiest stuff to get through the fur of a Wheaten Terrier… anyone have pointers on application into dense, soft fur?

  12. tara

    This makes perfect sense!! I use Coconut oil on my own skin nightly and rub the excess on my 2 Chihuahua babies. Then add a bit more to them. I thought it was strange that they NEVER had a flea. Our neighbors home has high grass due to a foreclosure & it always worried me. It really is the oil!! My friends are always wondering how neither of my fur babies have pesky fleas without ever using flea spot treatments & their dogs do occasionally get a few. Thanks for the validation!!

  13. Adina

    Just found this and tried it immediately since I always have coconut oil on hand. In the past I’ve used eucalyptus since it actually kills fleas, but it’s not as easy to come by. Happy to report that as soon as I rubbed the oil on my chihuahua puppy Bruno, the fleas leapt off him onto the towel – which I immediately put in the wash on high heat. He also was VERY happy to lick the spoon I used to scoop the oil out

    1. Post author

      Hello Ivy, I don’t know if the ticks will let go, once they have attached themselves to the dog, but you can definitely give it a try. Otherwise just take them out the usual way and apply coconut oil for prevention. I hope it works out! : )

  14. Tracie

    I was not aware of the benefits of coconut oil on dogs, but recently my shih-tzus skin has been red and irritated due to fleas and I’ve tried everything possible from flea oils, spray shampoo and nothing was working. I just applied it to their coats and I’ll see what happens, hopefully we all can get a goodnite’s sleep.

  15. Leigh Anne

    I fostered a dog several months ago that had a skin condition. I rubbed him down with coconut oil and it was amazing how quickly he started to look better. I’m now trying it for fleas. The dogs and cats come running when they see the jar. Fingers crossed it works.

    1. Post author

      Wow, that’s great. It’s amazing for how many things coconut oil is good for. I’d love to hear if it also works for fleas on your dogs and cats. Also keeping my fingers crossed! : )

  16. Shanon

    I have been at my wits end with these fleas!! My whole town is stray cat city so they are just everywhere and I can’t battle them enough! I found your post… ran to Fresh Market… got some coconut oil… and applied! My dog LOVED it and the fleas HATED it!! They were jumping RIGHT OFF!! :) And they were all slooowww so I could get them!

    I am so happy!! <3

    1. Shanon

      BTW… we have been trying lemongrass to kill the fleas… it’s been working! So now in conjunction… the coconut oil gets the fleas off and as soon as they jump off I spray em with the lemongrass… done and done. :)

  17. Brandi

    I have used the coconut oil on my dogs and cats and it works great. I found out about this when my daughter came home with Lice. It is great for that too. I use the coconut oils like a shampoo. All it to your own everyday shampoo wash once and then rewash with shampoo with no oil and your hair will feel great.

    1. Gary

      I would like to hear how people get the oil into their dog’s fur and onto their skin. It is normally a solid below 76 degrees. When melted and mixed with another shampoo, will coconut oil stay immersed as a liquid? And what suggestions would people have for getting it past the coat of a Wheaten terrier (dense fine fur). I have used it before to successfully sooth my dog’s itchy skin but then his coat requires washing more frequently since it tends to attract dirt faster and the result is… well, more itchy skin from too much washing.

      1. Indepedant Thinker

        Try adding it to the bath water when giving your furbaby a bath like you would Skin So Soft (that works to repel mosquitos as well as making your skin feel great). This would penetrate the fur and leave a coconut oil film on the entire dog – skin and fur – so it would protect. Then all you would have to do would be to apply it to the fur for ongoing protection. That way as you wash them it would penetrate the fur and cover their skin as well as give them a nice smell. I have added it to my dogs food as well as rubbed it on and they love it. One has some major skin problems and when I run it directly onto the area it only takes a few hours to actually see a difference in her skin. AMAZING stuff.

  18. Christian Taylor

    Thank you so much for this post.
    I am living in Vietnam and I just moved house near to the river. There are ticks everywhere.
    My dog was getting 20 a day at least!!!!!

    I bought the preventive dog collar from the vet who said nothing about any dangers. There were no warnings on the box either!!!
    I could tell something was wrong with my dog as she looked unhappy and ill.
    I started looking online about the collars and saw how incredibly dangerous they are to both dogs and humans.

    I tried the coconut oil yesterday and not a single tick!!!!!

    Thank you very much from Marple and Me.

  19. Paula

    I also use diatomaceous earth (powdered seashells) It comes in bags at home improvement stores and at feed stores.

    You can get a “duster” and dust the entire groud with the powder (non-toxic) to animals and birds. After a rain etc, the powder settles into the ground where-by the shell type fragmets penetrate the the larvae/eggs of the flea and it is no more.

  20. Mindy

    I am all about holistic for animals and people and try to minimize the toxins we put in our body’s and this has been so wonderful information. I do have one question. Since the coconut oil turns to solid at certain temperatures. Is there a way to keep it a liquid in the spray bottle? To Wayne would say once a day is sufficient enough internally?
    I believe if your dog has healthy immune system that is very important as well. If y’all ever get a chance check out my website

  21. Melody

    Great article. I am currently treating my dog for fleas with coconut oil and it really does work. I love using it over toxic chemicals, not to mention the many other ways you can use coconut oil on your dog! I was so fascinated with it that I dedicated a website to info on using coconut oil and the health benefits it can provide your pet! Keep up the great work.

    1. Post author

      Hi Melody, thank you for your feedback. What a great idea to dedicate a webpage to the use of coconut oil for dogs! I will definitely check it out! It’s amazing what coconut oil can do for the health of dogs and humans….

  22. Denise

    Wow, what a difference. I cut my dogs hair real close. to help. She is white and flea are attracted to that.
    Got no results from all Rx flea meds. We were desperate for relief. Struggled for, some seasons. So glad to let you know, this is a answer to prayer. Life is so much better. Knowledge is power. Thank you, thank you. Bossier City La.

  23. Mary

    My little Pomeranian Shelly has skin issues. I have changed her diet and eliminated all grains, sugars, and carbohydrates. Her condition improved but she still had flaky, itchy skin. I researched coconut oil and found the benefits for pets. After her bath today, I rubbed her with organic, cold pressed coconut oil. Imagine my surprise when a couple of sick fleas jumped off of Shelly! I came right to the internet and found this sight. To new readers here – coconut oil really does work! Now I’m going to make a coconut oil solution to spray on all the dogs and their chow. Thanks so much for the tips!

    1. Post author

      Dear Ariel, I never applied coconut oil to a cat, but I assume you can also apply it on the fur. Some of the readers here also recommend feeding coconut oil to dogs/cats, so maybe that would work for your cat too. Let me know how it worked out! : )

  24. Susie

    I have a great remedy for ticks which I have tried and it really does work. You just rub the skin around the tick in a circular motion and the tick just comes loose! Strange but true, try it!

  25. Adi

    Coconut oil does work! We tried Biospot, Frontline, lemon-citrus scents and so on but my dog always had ticks on him and on us after cuddling him. It got as bad as having to remove min 5 upto 7-8 after each walk. We also know someone who got Lime disease from a tick so the dog vs tick issue made us really paranoid. My partner read abou the coconut oil and has been on trial in the past few days and no ticks so far- we live in a village next to a forest. So don’t hesitate, try it!:-) Best,Adi

  26. Stephanie

    We tried the coconut oil last night after nights of our shih-Tzu whining because of the fleas. Before I even finished coating him with it, the fleas were dying! YAY!!! I am SOOOO grateful for an easy remedy!! NOW….to get the fleas out of my carpet….any ideas for that??

    1. Post author

      Hi Stephanie, thanks for sharing your experience! So glad it works for your dog as well! Hmm not sure how to get the fleas out of the carpet. But you could melt coconut oil, add some water and use a spray bottle to apply it on the carpet. Maybe that could work?

    2. Indepedant Thinker

      Diatomaecous earth scatter and worked in. leave in the carpet/upholstered goods and let it work for at least a week. Then vacuum as usual. Reapply each week for at least 4 weeks to be sure to get all the adults and eggs as they hatch. Then reapply each time you see any fleas on your pet to keep down any infestation. You can use the diatomaceous earth outside regularly and it will kill the fleas and eggs as long as they aren’t brought into the area by other animals. This will minimize potential infestations our you could use (chemical) Home Defense that will kill fleas, ticks, ants, spiders etc but you have to spay so you have a good coverage to be sure you kill them. The product is good and can last up to a year. I suggest that you use it at least every 3 months to be sure regardless of what the label says.

  27. Jean

    Does coconut oil or tea tree oil work to protect humans from flea bites as well? I have a horrible allergic reaction to cat fleas…if even one is around it will find me and bite me incessantly…..have had systemic reaction requiring steroids and antibiotics to cure in the past. PLEASE! ANY direct experience that anyone has with anything that prevents the little buggers from biting would be SOOO appreciated! I haven’t found any doctors take me seriously until I turn up with a systemic allergic reaction.

    1. Post author

      I’m sorry to hear this Jean! Have you tried rubbing coconut oil on your skin yet? It should work for humans as well. The “lauric acid” of the coconut oil is what repels the fleas. I hope it will work for you!

  28. Erin

    I read your article and the comments and decided to give this a try. The topical flea repellents weren’t working. I have a 8 lb.Yorkie who scratched and awful lot. He picks up fleas from the stray cats around our apt. complex when I take him out to potty. I also found out that one of the side affects of heart worm pills is itchy dry skin. I bought the oil from Sam’s Club. At first I think I put a little too much because his hair was slicked down like Fonzi from happy days lol. I noticed he started scratching less, and a day or two later practically not at all. I also put a teaspoon in his food every morning. I didn’t apply anymore for the rest of that week and he wasn’t scratching at all. I gave him his bath on Sunday and this time I used a little less and so far so good. I rubbed it in really good on his belly where the hair is really low. I have to say I like the results. Thank you for your article. We are so happy. Sweet relief!

  29. Darlene

    I know that lavendar also repels fleas so I thought about adding a few drops of lavendar essential oil to the coconut oil to spray on the dogs. What do you think?

    1. Post author

      Hi Darlene, personally I don’t use essential oils for my dogs, because I feel like the smell could be too strong for their sensitive senses. Some dogs also have allergic reactions so I stay on the safe side and only use coconut oil, which is also very mild in its smell. But I haven’t researched the use of essential oils for pets enough to give advice. I should look into it too : )

      1. Brandi

        most are safe for dogs however to tel if your dog will tolerate it or not let your dog smell sever of them and judge his reaction to each one if he “likes” a particular;ar one use that one. my dog personally like lavender. i have a flea spray with lavender water vinegar and lemon juice and she loves it.

  30. Brandi

    coconut oil not only kills and prevents fleas but it also helps dogs with Giardia it makes them asymptomatic, it kills parasites in the body like worms., it does wonders for their hair.and it makes our pet so much healthier i put it on my dogs food every day. my dog is almost 2 weeks old and she has never had worms or been de wormed. she has never had the need for it. ever since i brought her into my home she has gotten coconut oil in her food.. she loves it. i also tel everyone if their dog or puppy has diarrhea or constipation they should give him or her a little bit of 100 percent PURE pumpkin. it helps with both. that is another thing that i give my dog everyday. it also has a lot of health benefits. however don’t give too much it has vitamin a in it which can be toxic to dogs if given in large doses. here is a good page i recomend to everyone as well.

  31. Mei Ling

    Do you have to work the coconut oil into the dog’s skin in order to work? My dog has fur on the long side.

    1. Post author

      I don’t have experience with long hair, but I would think that it doesn’t matter if the oil is on the skin or just on the hair, since the oil does not have to be absorbed by the skin to unfold its effect.

      1. Paul

        Thanks for your post on coconut oil. I live in Nigeria and i’d like to try coconut oil on my rota. Should I apply it directly or put it in water and bathe drag wit it. Thanks

  32. Jan

    Hi, I am glad I found your site as I was searching for something to relieve fleas from my schnauzers. I live on a mountain and all I see is trees and grass outside. My dogs have been given flea pills and flea oils. I feel like there bad for my dogs. They have fleas on them all the time. I usually spend hours combing them and killing them and then it is time for them to go outside and pee pee. Then It starts all over again. I have been retired 6 years and all I do is take care of my 2 and my daughters 2 schnauzers. They go outside and roll on there backs scratching and now there hair is coming out. They look so pitiful. I feel like I am going crazing. I just read that a lady gave her dogs 1 raw egg and a tsp. of coconut oil everyday and her dogs haven’t had fleas or ticks. She has been doing this for the past 50 years for dogs she’s had. So she doesn’t rub it into there hair at all she just feeds it to them. I am going to get some coconut oil and try this on my dogs so maybe they and I will get some relief. Thanks everyone for your comments! God bless our little animals.

  33. Brian Hermelijn


    I’m currently researching more about natural tick repellents etc. And found out about coconut oil. My question would be, how many times you need to reapply this? And can you lets say cook coconut with water, add it in spray bottle and spray it on the pet or do you need to apply the fat instead?

    Thanks for answering my question! I’m really interested into natural stuffs, since I’m trying to go a chemical free lifestyle.

    1. Post author

      Hi Brian, awesome that you are trying to go chemical free! As to the coconut fat, I apply it once a day on the dogs, or twice when the go swim ;). But currently I’m trying to just feed the coconut oil to them – some readers suggested that this would also work. One of them also wrote that she tried the spray bottle and it worked fine too! I guess there are many ways :)

    2. Gary

      I’ve had trouble getting answers to many of the questions this dialogue has brought up so have drawn my own conclusions based on experience with a Wheaten Terrier.

      First off my Wheaten is on a raw diet which apparently, if well balanced, has its own benefits to flea and tick control.

      Secondly I also feed some coconut oil to Quigley. He absolutely loves it.

      Finally, getting it into his fur which is quite fine and dense is not easy nor does it penetrate to his skin very well. The end result is a greasy dog who licks his fur excessively. Warm coconut oil in warm water shaken hard can be used in a spray bottle on other types of fur perhaps but below 76 degrees the oil resolidifies and can clog the sprayer. Instead, I mix almost equal parts warmed oil and shampoo together with a whisk and use this on my dog in the shower/bath (the shampoo emulsifies the oil quite well). I leave it sit for 5-10 minutes and rinse. This year may be a better flea season than last year, but this does seem to do the trick for a month at a time. I would love to hear any feedback from anyone who tries this as well.

  34. Kristy

    This might sound silly, but it works for people too! My flatmate moved out, but her cats fleas didn’t. It took a good week of itchy bites before it clicked – they’d found a new food source. I am the absolute worst with insects and I went almost out of my mind, flea bombing and trying all sots of tricks to get rid of the nasty buggers -I couldn’t even sleep! But I found a little site talking about all natural this and that, and I figured, what did I have to lose? Now I slather the oil on my legs and I can walk around the house again, which is great in this boiling weather we’ve got. Fleas jump off me the second they touch me, and I’m excited to try the coconut spray! I’m a total all-natural convert!

    1. Post author

      Not silly at all! Coconut oil is great for people and super healthy. I use it also for oil pulling, as make-up remover and I put it on my legs when I go for hikes in nature, so that I don’t get any ticks. :) Thanks for stopping by and greetings!

  35. Dwane

    I have a lovely dog and I always prefer homemade food with required nutrition for my pet. I think, your given tips will be very helpful and I never try coconut oil for my pet, so I will try it and it will be good for its health. Thanks for sharing .

  36. Amy

    Our neighbors moved, but the fleas didnt go with them. They hopped over to our yard and our poor dogs became infested. After numerous times of spraying the yard, baths, cedar oil spray, frontline, advantage, etc, etc I found this site. I had a big old jar of cocount oil so I thought, why not try it, I have tried everything else. I shaved my labs down pretty short, and rubbed coconut oil all over them. They loved it! I placed a white towel in their beds. An hour later I took them outside to potty. I happened to look at the white towels and I cannot explain how many dead fleas were on them. Nothing, and I mean nothing has worked that fast and that quickly to kill fleas. Whenever they hear me open the jar, they come running. If you are at your wit’s end, you must try it!

  37. Linda

    I am so excited to read this and am going to try it first thing. I think I will try adding to his food first before rubbing it into his fur. This, I assume, kills the adult fleas, but what happens to the flea larvae and eggs that have nestled themselves into rugs or carpets? I understand that using Red Lake Earth® Food Chemical Codex Grade Diatomaceous Earth with Calcium Bentonite Supplement (which I can get at the Tractor Store) is great to not only use outside the house, but inside the house, and to also put on or let the dog eat? Is that true???

    1. Post author

      Hi Linda, great to hear that you will also give coconut oil a try! As to the Red Lake Earth® Food I unfortunately can’t give you any input. Since I live overseas, I have never heard of this but maybe another reader knows an answer? In general I would always try natural things before using chemicals in the house or on the pets. I know that one reader melted coconut oil, mixed it with water and sprayed the mixture on rugs and the dog bed, which apparently helped to get rid of the fleas. I hope this helps!

  38. Senta

    I am so glad to find that people are catching on to the amazing coconut oil! I stumbled on it a while back because my poor little doggie had mange, and I had tried everything, and nothing worked! So, I figured I used coconut oil on my skin, and I knew it was safe for the dogs to eat, so I used it to help sooth her skin, and much to my surprise, it cleared up the mange! I found out that the oils suffocate the little jerks that invade the dogs skin (including fleas) and it makes their fur soo soft! I have not used any flea medications on my dogs in years, and they are flea, tick, and mange free! I can’t recommend coconut oil enough to animal owners! It is a life saver!

  39. Lisa

    I saw this same product, Red Lake Earth® Food Chemical Codex Grade Diatomaceous Earth with Calcium Bentonite Supplement, and would not buy it because was not Food Grade. The people at the feed store said people DID use it in their animal’s feed, but I didn’t feel good about it. You can special order St. Gabriel’s Food Grade DE from Home Depot, I’m still waiting for mine to arrive at my local HD store. They have Safer brand DE on their shelves but it’s not food grade, though it would be good for use on lawns or patios for all creatures with an exoskeleton . I ended up getting the right DE through Amazon. You’ll learn a lot about it in the comments if you want to dig deeper into this non-toxic remedy. Other names for it Fuller’s Earth and Fossil Shell Flour.

  40. Shelley

    I have read several articles about using coconut oil to help prevent fleas because I have 3 dogs and 2 cats that are getting ate alive by fleas this year. I have tried the vet meds that cost a arm and a leg but even those don’t seem to help. I want to try the coconut oil but is it safe for cats and dogs.

    1. Post author

      Hi Shelley, thank you for stopping by. I have read a lot about coconut oil for dogs so far and I never came across a warning, so I think it should be safe to use. I have been using it with my dog for years now and the vet just told me he is in great shape. When it comes to cats, I cannot say for sure, since I have never researched the use of coconut oil for cats. Though I know that some people do use coconut oil with their cats and it seems to go well. But double check it in the internet or with your vet, just to be sure. I hope this helped. Good luck!

  41. julie

    hi …thanks …….my pocket will be happy…
    some might know this ans.

    whats the measure of oil to put with about 6 cups of dry dog food a day

    can any one tell me if i can use this product on horses

  42. Karly

    I just found a bunch of bites and a few fleas on my little mutt, so I’m going to slather her with coconut oil. I already love it for my skin!
    Also, my vet says it’s safe to feed 1 medium clove of raw garlic per 30lbs of dog each day, but it takes a month or so to repel bugs.

  43. Karly

    (Obviously consult your own vet and research on your own about garlic. I remember reading it causes anemia and eventually death.)

  44. Sue

    Thanks for the idea’s on coconut oil. I was actively looking online for something like the new products being advertised to kill nits on children by suffocating them instead of using chemicals.

    Coconut oil is just what I was looking for and if it can be added to the diet even better.

    Many thanks from my purse and especially many thanks from Jessy, Burty, Es may and Green.

  45. Shannon Smith

    Unbelievable how well this worked for my fur babies! And how incredibly fast! Those nasty fleas couldn’t get away fast enough and were dying in front of my eyes! No more poison for my little ones ever! I use coconut oil on my skin.and now theirs too.ty ty a million Ty’s.
    Beebs the shih tzu
    Gimpy the beagle
    Patches the chihuahua
    And last but not least
    Houdini the magic cat

  46. Jackson

    I went visiting a friend n I saw a whole lot of tick on its dogs body full grown wanted to ask can he start treating d dog wit coconut oil n how long do they take before dey are gone of its body..its a rotwiller…thank you

    1. Post author

      Hi Amanda, I’d say it’s even better than non organic because there won’t be any pesticides in the coconut oil.Organic coconut oil is the healthiest option for your dog. Good luck!

  47. Gabby

    I don’t really want ticks just falling off if my dog and on to the floor… She is home all day long alone and I don’t want to find ticks all over the floors what happens when you put the coconut oil on do they just fall off?

  48. Susan King

    I would love to try the coconut oil spray. How do you make it up. I have solid organic raw coconut oil. I am going to try it on my dogs fur. Can the dogs have a little in their food as well as on their fur. Thank you

    1. Post author

      Awesome that you want to try the coconut oil on your dogs too! For the spray, please read the update 4/15/2013 at the bottom of the article. There you’ll find directions for it from another reader. I have also been feeding the oil to the dogs and they love it!

  49. Brenda

    a friend of mine told me about the coconut oil here recently, so when i was out i dropped in walmart and got a jar of the Wild Oats Organic extra virgin coconut oil ive seen alot of positive things about it so i thought id try it on my dog, she is min collie and shih tzu mix..she has been scratching like crazy and its driving her crazy she has gotten to the point that she is pulling patches of her furr out when she does the skin isnt red its kinda white and flaky wich indacates to me dry skin.. wich i was unaware she even had dry skin.. cause this summer flea’s was so bad we were battling them like crazy i tried everything and nothing seemed to kill them, i bought flea meds from the store, i tried home remedies everything well i was reading that the coconut oil will also help with this problem too.. does it really help with the fleas and dry skin…and has anyones dogs had any bad experience’s with it,? im very picky what i use on her and i dont want her to get sick.

    1. Post author

      Hi Brenda, I’m sorry to hear that the fleas are causing so much pain for your dog. So far I’ve not heard of anyone who had a bad experience with coconut oil. I even feed it to my dogs and they are doing great. I can imagine that it will also be very good for her skin. I actually use coconut oil on my own skin instead of bodylotion. I hope this helps and would love to hear back how your experience with the oil is. I hope your dog is feeling better soon!

  50. Jan

    Glad I found this site – I don’t have a flea problem but a pesky lice issue. I have a Golden Retriever with a lice infestation. We just did a Frontline dose although I was not happy using chemicals. Also using Diatomaceous Earth and that really seems to help, but it’s very drying to her skin and it’s quite messy. With that said, I believe I will try to rub some coconut oil into her skin (that Golden fur is long and dense – I envision a greasy dog and having to replace the carpet!) and then sprinkle the DE over that. I didn’t want to use the Frontline but the vet convince me it was the quickest way to get rid of them and the dog is MISERABLE. Feeling more confidant that perhaps the coconut oil and DE combo may do the trick and end this most uncomfortable problem for my sweet baby.

    I let you know it it helps in case anyone else encounters lice.


    1. Post author

      Hi Jan, I would be very curious to hear if coconut oil also helps against lice. If applying the oil on her fur is getting too greasy, you could also try feeding the oil (1/2 to 1 tsp a day). A lot of readers have reported that this works just as well, at least against fleas and ticks. Good luck!!

      1. Jan

        She already takes it internally daily – I oiled her fur up last night and surprisingly it immediately calmed her down. I then sprinkled the DE over it and she seemed to sleep fairly good. This morning, she’s back to scratching and her coat is actually not that ‘greasy’ though. I had gone thru my linen closet and grabbed every set of sheets I own and laid them on the bedroom floor to try to keep the carpet from absorbing the oil. We have a lot of snow on the ground and on her morning walk she rolled and rolled in it (it feels good and cools her skin down)…..afterwards her coat looked like she had just been groomed! LOL!!!

        I’ll keep you posted!

  51. Martin

    I have a English bullmastiff, so cute and energetic but ticks wouldn’t let him be. i have been at war with the ticks for 6 months now, i ve tried shampoos, powders, and bath Charlie often but the ticks seem to be win the war, i just came across this site and by morning, i cant wait to launch a surprise attack with the latest weapon coconut oil. I hope he lets me use it on him, he runs off when i hold a container due to past experience

  52. Denise

    thank you very much for the information on coconut oil helping with fleas. My question is, if I have put frontline on my dog already, is it still okay to use the coconut oil? Thank you again.

    1. Post author

      Since I’m not an expert, I can’t tell you with 100% certainty, but I cannot imagine that it would be a problem, since coconut oil is a natural product and I have never heard, that it reacts in some way with Frontline. Since you can even feed coconut oil to your dog, it should be safe either way. But if you feel uncertain, maybe check with your vet before. :) Good luck and thank you for stopping by! I hope it helps!

    1. Post author

      Hi Krista, I leave it on after. In case you feel like the fur is getting too greasy, you could also try to feed the coconut oil to your dog. A lot of readers commented that this works for them too. Putting it on the fur has a more instant effect though.

    1. Post author

      Hi Claudia, I read on some pages that coconut oil helps to excrete the worms, but I’m not sure if it would prevent worms in the first place. If you try it with your dog, please let me know if it worked. I’m curious to hear :)

  53. Rayetta

    I have 3 German Shepherds, and 2 of them are long coats. I have been feeding them coconut oil for about 2 years now, but I have never tried to “lather” them up with it for flea prevention. Besides the shear fact that it would take a gallon to coat Axel alone… I assumed they would end up licking excessively because they love it so much… I also use DE around the property. I’ve never seen a flea on any of them, but occasionally they still get itching… therefore, I love the idea of equal parts warmed coconut oil to shampoo that Gary has used on his Wheaton Terrier. I think most of us over bathe our dogs which only compounds the problem of itching by causing them to have dry skin… So, this will be my project for tomorrow. Thanks for a great (much needed) topic.

    1. Post author

      Hi Rayetta, thank you for your comment! Some of the readers have commented that feeding the coconut oil alone helped to protect against fleas and ticks. But if this didn’t work for you, then hopefully the suggestion of Gary will work. As to applying coconut oil directly on their fur, it should be enough to use just a bit of oil, since the ticks and fleas are repelled by the smell of components of the coconut oil. I hope this helps! :-)

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