Neem oil for dogs: what it is for and how to use it

Natural medicine is not just the prerogative of us humans, as many enlightened veterinarians often focus on alternative treatments for the care of our pets. In particular, with regard to pesticides, many professionals point to Neem oil- based products to keep ticks and fleas away from our friends’ fur.

It is an oil extracted from the seeds of the fruit of the Azadirachta indica tree , from India, also called the neem tree and is used to cure and treat many conditions. In fact, the oil has antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral and antioxidant properties, but also anti-inflammatory and healing properties, so much so that it is also used for dermatitis and skin allergies.

In veterinarians, you can find neem oil-based products that are vaporized on the skin of pets to protect them from insects and parasites. But it is also possible to buy the pure oil and dilute it with a classic coconut oil before applying it on the skin of cats or dogs, as the smell may be too pungent.

The neem does not have a particularly pleasant aroma and not only for mosquitoes, sand flies and fleas, but also for any living being. The smell is in fact similar to that of garlic and remains for a long time on the hands of us who apply it and on the hair of our four legs, which can sometimes be annoyed.

On the other hand, it is very well tolerated by even sensitive skin and is very effective in keeping insects and parasites away. It is in fact effective against mosquitoes, mites, fleas and many types of ticks, plus it is not toxic if ingested, so we owners can rest assured if Fido decides to lick himself after application.

Dog health: tips for its well-being

A premise regarding the health of your dog: it is important to know that you can never replace the vet. In fact, just as every family has its own trusted doctor to turn to for the treatment and prevention of diseases, in the same way it is necessary to have a veterinarian to entrust with the care of your dog, a professional who can follow him over time for the usual vaccination treatments and periodic visits, and to intervene in case of urgent need. The relationship of trust and the constant collaboration between the owner and the veterinarian are essential to be able to make correct diagnoses and intervene with therapy.

A veterinarian who specializes in dog health
There are also general practitioners among veterinarians and others who specialize in pet care; among the latter, some have specific experience in particular sectors (cardiology, ophthalmology, traumatology, etc.). However, it is advisable that the trusted veterinarian indicate to the owner the specialist to contact. However, here are the main general symptoms of malaise in dogs: listlessness; abatement; refusal to play; lack of appetite (anorexia); persistent vomiting and / or diarrhea; nasal and conjunctiva discharge; thirst and / or unjustified hunger (polydipsia and polyphagia); elevated rectal temperature.

But what are the physiological parameters to refer to for dog health? Here are the main ones. The rectal temperature (° C): puppy – 38-39 ° – Adult – 37.5-38 °. The respiratory rate (per min.): In the puppy it goes between 20 and 22; in the adult between 14 and 20 (respiratory acts). The pulsations per minute : in the puppy between 100 and 130, in the adult between 60 and 120.