Flea the Scene: How Cedarwood Oil Can Keep Your Pets Pest-Free

Flea the Scene: How Cedarwood Oil Can Keep Your Pets Pest-Free

Fleas are a common nuisance for pet owners, causing discomfort and potential health issues for our furry friends. While there are numerous commercial products available to combat these pesky parasites, many pet owners are turning to natural alternatives, due to well-documented side effects from chemical alternatives. One such natural and effective remedy is cedarwood oil. In this article, we'll explore how cedarwood oil can help repel and kill fleas and ticks, and why it might be the right choice for you and your pet.

What is Cedarwood Oil?

Cedarwood oil is derived from the wood, roots, and leaves of cedar trees through a process of steam distillation. It has a rich history of use in traditional medicine, perfumery, and as a natural pesticide. The oil has a warm, woody scent and is known for its soothing properties.

How Does Cedarwood Oil Repel and Kill Fleas and Ticks?

Cedarwood oil works in several ways to keep fleas and ticks at bay. The strong scent of cedarwood oil is pleasant to humans but repellent to these pests. Fleas and ticks have a highly developed sense of smell, and the aroma of cedarwood oil can overwhelm and deter them from staying on your pet or in your home.

Additionally, fleas and ticks rely on pheromones to communicate and navigate. Cedarwood oil can interfere with these pheromones, disrupting their ability to reproduce and find hosts. The oil also has desiccant properties, meaning it can dry out and dehydrate fleas and ticks, eggs, and larvae. This helps to break the life cycle of fleas, preventing new infestations from taking hold. Moreover, cedarwood oil has antimicrobial qualities that can help soothe irritated skin and reduce the risk of secondary infections caused by flea bites.

Benefits of Using Cedarwood Oil

There are several advantages to choosing cedarwood oil as a natural flea and tick repellent. Unlike some chemical flea treatments, cedarwood oil is generally safe for pets when used correctly. It's important to dilute the oil properly, or follow the directions on pre-measured flea and tick products, and consult with your veterinarian before use, especially if your pet has sensitive skin or existing health conditions.

Cedarwood oil is also a natural and biodegradable product, making it a more environmentally friendly option compared to synthetic pesticides. Beyond repelling fleas and ticks, cedarwood oil can also help with other pests like mosquitoes, flies, gnats, and spiders. It can be used in various forms, such as sprays, shampoos, or diffused in the air. Additionally, cedarwood oil can be a more economical solution in the long run. A small amount of the oil goes a long way.

How to Use Cedarwood Oil for Flea and Tick Control

There are a few ways you can incorporate cedarwood oil into your pet care routine. 

The easiest way to use cedarwood oil for flea and tick control is using veterinarian-strength products like VetSmart Protect Dog Shampoo or Protect Home Spray. These products are safe and effective, and have the highest amounts of cedarwood and other natural oils such as  lemongrass and rosemary oils.  The natural oils are pre measured to ensure your dog is getting the proper amounts.

Alternatively, mixing a few drops of cedarwood oil with water in a spray bottle and lightly misting your pet's fur, avoiding the face and eyes, can be effective. You can also spray it on their bedding and around the home. Adding a few drops of cedarwood oil to your pet's regular shampoo for a flea-repellent bath is another method. Ensure the shampoo is thoroughly rinsed off to avoid any skin irritation. Using an essential oil diffuser to spread the scent of cedarwood oil throughout your home creates an environment that fleas will want to avoid. You can also find or make flea collars infused with cedarwood oil, which provide continuous protection for your pet.


Using cedarwood oil in a diluted form, such as in a shampoo or spray, is significantly safer than applying it at full strength. Essential oils, including cedarwood should not be used at full strength since they are highly concentrated and can cause skin irritation, allergic reactions, or even toxicity if used undiluted. By incorporating cedarwood oil into a shampoo or spray, you ensure that the oil is evenly dispersed and reduced to a safe concentration, minimizing the risk of adverse effects. This method allows your pet to reap the benefits of cedarwood oil's flea-repellent properties while avoiding the potential harm that could come from direct, undiluted application.


Cedarwood oil is a natural, effective, and safe alternative for repelling fleas. By incorporating it into your pet care regimen, you can protect your pets and home from fleas while avoiding the potential risks associated with chemical treatments. As always, ensure proper usage and consult with a professional to keep your furry friends happy and healthy. VetSmart Formulas offers both Protect Shampoo and Protect Home Spray to keep your dogs safe and comfortable!

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