Motor oil for fleas and ticks?


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MariaO
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To be honest - this subject makes my skin crawl! But I was at a local bar last night and talked to an "elderly" guy and he asked me if I've ever heard of using "used motor oil" on dogs to get rid of fleas. Has anyone heard of that and does it actually work? It sounds risky to me but who knows. He can't afford to buy anything expensive and Phil really loves his dogs - so I figured I'd ask here.

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Nichole Tallman (not verified)
Re: Motor oil for fleas and ticks?

I have just tried this olive oil and yeah, it didn't work...still found live fleas on my baby girl!! She got a lot of fleas when I had a girl I know dog sit when husband and I went to Alabama to visit family. I am so saddened that my poor girl is miserable. Any other suggestions? And no, not motor oil, it is dangerous to animals. I don't want her suffering with this infestation, but I will not put motor oil on my dog! I will keep trying all kinds of things and use the flea comb as often as necessary till they are gone!!

Loven my Pitty...

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Re: Motor oil for fleas and ticks?
You DIDNT try and you cant say it doesn't work! Olive Oil is NOT Motor Oil!
Blackwelder1
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Re: Motor oil for fleas and ticks?
Vegetable oil or olive oil, the cheapest stuff at the grocery store.. Apply it to dry coat leave on 15 minutes or so, the add dish-soap to cut the oil, shampoo and rinse as normal.. Rover comes out flea free with a shinny coat.. No harsh chemicals and very economical. Source: Volunteered in an underfunded no kill shelter.
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I took my new dog (@the time) to PetSmart and when I got him back, he was covered in fleas. Tried flea n tick shampoo, frontline, gentle shampoo and all that jazz; nothing worked and they actually got worse. Tried the oil. On BOTH dogs. It works! Allowed it to sit over night and made sure he couldn't (but he actually wouldn't) lick it. It smothers the fleas, eggs included. N btw, both dogs are very much alive n kickin!
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I had a dog that had a great coat when he was young, but living in the city he got bad flea's every year. one year when it was real bad and he had chewed and scratched off alot of his back hair, i ended giving him to my grandmother. she called me a few months later and told me i should come see my dog. when i did i coludnt believe my eyes...he looked like a wolf....the best id ever seen him look. she said that a couple of old farmers had put sulfur and burnt motor oil on him....it worked
Anonymous Visitor
Re: Motor oil for fleas and ticks?

The only thing I have ever heart it used for is for mange, and apparently it works very well for that lol....but as far as fleas and ticks I don't think so!!

MariaO
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Re: Motor oil for fleas and ticks?

Thanks to everyone for all the ideas. You people are so great!! I did go ahead and stick to the plan in my recent post and I paid for him to buy it from petsmart. After thinking back how nice he has been to me over the years - he helped me change a tire on a cold night and he has always been a great conversation for me - I couldn't resist helping him out since he's down on his luck financially right now.

 

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Re: Motor oil for fleas and ticks?

Baby shampoo.

Wet dog, lather it on, let sit for 15 min, rinse Rover.

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Sandy (not verified)
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My poor little beagle mix is tearing himself up with the scratch to the point he's making sores. Been to the vet and everything. The last thing they suggested was doing allergy tests which can get expensive. I've done the hydrocortisone spray, pure tea tree oil, I've shaved his back. Nothing works. Then someone told me about the motor oil but I'm worried about it getting on my carpet and such, but don't want to have to leave him outside over night or anything because he's an inside dog mostly.
Could you perhaps give me a step by step instructions on how to do this? Someone else above mentioned vegetable and/or olive oil....what is your take on that idea as opposed to the motor oil?
Thank you ever-so much, you help would be greatly appreciated and Buddy will feel much better. Vet said he was allergic to fleas. I don't know.

Wonderland
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Re: Motor oil for fleas and ticks?

CK recommended this method to me when a friends dog got fleas...since she's an animal expert I passed along her advice and it worked!  Simple, cheap, and effective!

 

                                     


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snazzy
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Re: Motor oil for fleas and ticks?

cool. ive used baby shampoo before too because my dog has sensitive skin and alot of facial hair. i felt bad if i got shampoo in her eyes so i wanted something gentle.

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Petroleum distillates are deadly for all living things. No question. DO NOT PUT IT ON AN ANIMAL. Now oil, like vegetable, can suffocate fleas, ticks, and lice. They breathe through their exoskeletons, and if you cover the animal in food oils and can keep him from licking the fleas and thereby saving them, you may kill some, but the oil must be on and heavy for 35 or more minutes before they begin to die. then you must comb them out, and repeat every day till the egg/adult cycle stops. Now on to reality, dollar general, family dollar and most junk stores sell a product called skip flea for 1-2 dollars. Buy it, use it(shampoo) and vaccuum every day. that's your best bet. IMHO
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Anonymous Visitor
Re: Motor oil for fleas and ticks?

It actualy dose. Some one may say it's crule but when your dog is dying from mange
fleas and ticks let's see what you do. Best thing is too put a cone on so he dose not lick
it.

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Hubby
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Re: Fleas & Ticks???

hmm.. could work.. afterall, fleas & ticks hate dead dogs..

MariaO
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hubby wrote:

hmm.. could work.. afterall, fleas & ticks hate dead dogs..

OMG! Are you serious? It could really kill them??

8-Bit Dave (not verified)
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No, the burnt motor oil will NOT kill your dog, unless you force it to drink a quart of it. I had to put a little burnt motor oil on my 3 year old chihuahua/min pin mix. Put a thick streak of the burnt motor oil from the back of the dog's nect to the base of it's tail and brush it in with a toothbrush. Leave it on overnight, then wash it off with mild soap. Just be very, very careful to not get it into the dog's eyes.
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Re: Fleas & Ticks???

i dunno.. but i'm sure not going to try it.. YOU try it and let us know!

MariaO
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Re: Fleas & Ticks???

LMAO!!! Well - nah. I gave him a call and told him that is just isn't worth the risk. I also found out on google that it can absorb into their skin and poison them Sad I feel so bad for Phil - his dog's are his life since he never had kids. I think I will buy him some medicine from petsmart - as a good gesture.

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I wouldn't recommend the oil thing.. kinda too risky..I'd goo with some flea baths (buying flee shampoo) and a flee collar... Its cheaper..

 

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snazzy
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frontline! you can buy it cheaper on ebay sometimes. we used it for our dog and cat and there were no more fleas within a day! litterally saw them falling dead off our pets! i think it works for ticks too. make sure you get the heads out with the ticks already attached. and borax soap powder for carpets and around doors to the outside. leave it on your carpet for a few hours (i went shopping hee) then vacuum it up. it wont hurt pets or people (and works wonders on brightening whites). then sprinkle some behind appliances and around the door to outside. works to kill all kinds of pesky bugs.

Anonymous Visitor
Re: Fleas & Ticks???

COULD ONE JUST USE THE BOARX SOAP ON THE DOG AS WELL. OR PERHAPS REALLY LUKE WARM WATER WITH A TOUCH NOT MUCH PERHAPS CAPFUL BLEACH TO GET RID FLEAS ON DOGS?

snazzy
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i would be afraid that the borax would dry out the dogs skin too much. wet or dry. and no bleach. that could burn skin and your dog would smell like a hospital for weeks. the fumes alone could be hazordous.

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