If your pup is unlucky enough to have bites from these yucky blood suckers, make a switch to an eco-tastic shampoo to offer relief during the Summer months. If you're not up to making your own herbal flea powder, here's a couple ingredients to look for on the label of store brands (recommended by you in the comments!):
- Aloe: One of the more obvious calming ingredients, aloe can be found in everything from gels to sprays. Pure Aloe Vera can sooth and cool your dog's itchy bites (and yours, too!) plus it won't hurt your pet if he licks it off. Some vets even recommend drops as a meal supplement as it can help to cure skin disorders and soothe stomach irritation internally as well.
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- Oatmeal: In addition to being a yummy snack, oatmeal can be found in dog shampoos and conditioners because of its anti-itch properties in dealing with damaged, inflamed, or scaly skin. Aphrosette likes to use it for pups with mild skin allergies, too.
- Tea Tree Oil: This essential oil is distilled from the leaves and twigs of the Tea Tree. It has many uses including soothing burns, bites, and cuts as well as being active against bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Ehadams even likes to use tea tree spray from the pet store to calm her pet and stop him from biting.