What is Neem Anyway? Using Neem Oil with Dogs

Neem is a natural pesticide found in the seeds of fruit and bark from the neem tree. Now, before you raise your eyebrows and shut your computer, think about what pesticide really means: It repels and kills bugs. The difference between neem and the pesticides well-known for their  chemical composition, is that neem is completely natural and safe for dogs. Neem also has many different healing powers in other areas of dog health. Neem can contribute to a healthy coat and skin, can be used as an insect and pest repellant, and is beneficial for the overall health of your pet.

Skin and Coat

When dogs have a skin allergy or other condition, it can be hard to diagnose exactly what is causing it. It can be environmental or nutrition-based, or can simply be a condition that they were born with. Also, many older dogs suffer from some type of dry skin or fungus, because they struggle to keep themselves clean. Neem oil is most well-known for being an additive in shampoo and other skin products. It can clean up ringworm and other fungi, along with helping your dog have healthy skin and coat. Neem oil has even been proven to help atopic dermatitis in dogs in several studies. You can either buy shampoo with neem oil already in it, or you can add pure neem oil to your existing pet shampoo.

Bug Off, Bugs!

Neem oil is a natural pesticide or, in the case of dogs, a bug repellant. Neem oil can be a great way to keep those pesky insects away from your dog. It helps with flea infestation, flies, and most of, all ticks. Because neem oil is all natural, it is a great substitute for chemical-based flea and tick products. The dangers with these products lies with the potential with your dog licking or consuming them accidentally. Also, many dogs can have an allergic reaction to these products. Neem oil does not protect against the brown dog tick or tapeworms, but it does fight off other internal parasites. This oil is most generally used externally, but can be ingested in a dry-leaf form.

Healthy from Head to Toe

Neem oil is a natural antifungal, antiseptic, and antibacterial, which makes it extremely beneficial for the overall health of your dog. It can boost the immune system and help your dog to ward off any viruses that might be floating around at the dog park. Neem oil promotes strong, healthy teeth, which is extremely important as your dog ages. If you are struggling to find a good nutrition plan, adding neem oil as a supplement can help. It promotes healthy liver function, and can help your pet to overcome a yeast infection.


If you are looking for an all-natural source to assist your dog, neem oil is a productive place to start. It encompasses a large portion of your dog’s health. It can help with all kinds of skin and coat issues, to fight pests, and much, much more. As always, consult your veterinarian if your dog acts like he might be having an allergic reaction to the neem oil. Neem oil is often used after traditional prescription medicine has failed to cure the specific ailment. Don’t let your dog wait that long. Neem oil is a safe, natural way to help your dog.

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