Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Neem Oil for Dogs - A Review of Wondercide Products

The benefits of neem oil for dogs and people.
A Neem Tree with blooming flowers. 
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Neem oil for dogs is something I was not very familiar with until recently. I've read about it here and there, but never really paid much attention or put much thought into using it myself. That is until I was contacted by a company called Wondercide asking if I'd like to test out some of their products.

Wondercide has a line of organic pest control and natural products that are safe for use on pets as well as people. The company was formed after the founder's own dog became ill from using a topical flea pesticide on her own dog. You can read the full story here.

I was given two products to test out - Wondercide's Skin Tonic Spray and Skin Tonic Oil. The main ingredient in both of these products is organic neem oil. They also contain organic oils of karanja, jojoba, coconut, and Vitamin E and essential oils of lavendar, cedarwood, and lemongrass


Benefits of Neem Oil for Dogs & People

Neem oil apparently has many benefits for dogs. It helps them have a healthy coat and skin, strong immune system, and even healthy teeth. It's also an effective bug and parasite repellent for fleas, ticks, mites, and even some intestinal parasites. Oh and it has antifungal, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties. The benefits of using neem oil for dogs seem endless. 

Neem oil is also great for people. Here are some of the common skin problems the Wondercide products I received are intended to help with for both dogs and people - 

  • Dry skin
  • Itchy skin
  • Skin irritations
  • Dandruff
  • Hot spots
  • Rashes
  • Burns
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Fungal Infections
  • Ringworm
  • Insect bites
  • Mites & Mange

Wondercide's Skin Tonic Spray & Skin Tonic Oil

First of all, let me just say that I am very skeptical when it comes to natural and holistic treatments. Especially ones that are intended to help with skin problems. Shiner has chronic allergies and it seems like there just isn't much out there that really helps.

The difference between the spray and the oil is that the oil seems more potent. They way the product is applied is just slightly different since one is a spray and the other comes from a pump. Here are some of the things I like about Wondercide's Skin Tonic Spray & Oil.

  • Easy to apply. - Both products were easy to apply. You just rub it into the skin. 
  • No more fleas? - We have lots of fleas in our yard and they've been appearing on Shiner since a few weeks ago. I check her everyday. According to Wondercide's website, many people use these products as flea, tick, and mosquito repellents for their dog and themselves. These products are not labeled for this kind of use because "there is no product or company that can legally market products containing Neem for that purpose". My favorite part about using these products has to be the results I've seen with against fleas.
  • Shiner's skin is less itchy. - While her skin doesn't seem to be "cured", I do notice her scratching less than before. 
  • My boyfriend says it feels nice. -My boyfriend has itchy man feet. He's been complaining about how itchy they've been lately so I asked him to let me put some Skin Tonic Oil on them. He said that is felt nice and soothing. 
  • Safe and natural. - This product is a safe, natural way to help with annoying skin problems. 
  • Cruelty free. - These products are cruelty free, which means they are not tested on animals. 
  • Mosquito Repellent. - I hate the way mosquito repellent smells. I've been working out in the yard a lot lately and have been spraying some of Wondercide's Skin Tonic Spray on myself. Works pretty well and isn't very stinky. 
  • Helped my daughter's ringworm. - What a coincidence that my baby daughter, Violet, came down with a case of ringworm shortly after I started researching this product a little more. I learned it's supposed to be effective against ringworm so I thought I'd give it a try. Put a few sprays on her every now and then. 

There were a few things that I didn't like about the Skin Tonic products, but they are only minor. Here are my dislikes - 

Please don't spray me mom! 
  • The Skin Tonic Oil has a strong smell. - The Skin Tonic Oil is more potent than the spray, so I guess that's why the smell is so overwhelming. At first, it smells OK. I'd compare it to a weird after taste - nice at first, but then weird after a little while. The spray has a nicer smell that I don't mind at all.
  • Shiner hates it. - Shiner hates to be sprayed with stuff. It doesn't matter what it is, she doesn't like it. 
  • Lily didn't like it. - My daughter has been complaining about some itchy spots, so I told her I had some stuff I could put on there. I used some of the Skin Tonic Spray on her itchy spot and she said it burned. I'm not sure what her itchy spots are from but I think she may just be a little dramatic. She wouldn't let me use it again. My baby didn't have the same reaction when I used it on her. 

Overall, I think the Skin Tonic products I received from Wondercide are more useful than I could have ever expected. They can be used for so many different skin problems! And I can use it on myself, my family, and the dog. 

Wondercide Skin Tonic Spray.
Wondercide Skin Tonic Oil.


















You can visit Wondercide's website to browse their full line of Natural & Organic products for pets and people. 


Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was sent some products by Wondercide for a fair and honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own, and may differ from the opinions of others. This post contains affiliate links.

39 comments:

  1. We never heard of Neem Oil. Thanks for letting us know Ann. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  2. Never heard of it! Interesting.... sharing.

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    1. I did find it pretty interesting once I started researching it a bit more.

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  3. Never heard of it but would love to try it..POOP US only bawahwaawww xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

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    1. I know guys, I really need to do one open to my UK pals soon :(

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  4. Never heard of it before, but sounds great!

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  5. I never heard of it either but it does sound useful. We will pass on the giveaway since we are not dogs.

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    1. Good idea Brian, I believe it is not safe for cats because it contains essential oils? Don't quote me on that though. I think neem oil can be used on cats, but not this particular product because of some of the other ingredients.

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  6. I will look if I can buy me such a wonderthingy. Thanks for this great information - maybe I can use it for my allergies against some grasses. (I have comment-problems xoxox Easy)

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  7. Hmmm I might have to look in to that,How's the baby bunnies?xx Rachel

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    1. Oh I need to send you an email about them again !

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  8. I am familiar with Neem oil as an organic pest repellent for gardens...never heard of it for use on dogs or people! But it stands to reason that if it repels pests off plants it might do the same for people and pets. I am always looking for organic insect repellents for myself, and the dogs. It is interesting the other uses also!

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    1. I believe it has a lot more uses than just the ones I listed here as well. I hadn't heard of the pest repellent for gardens.

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  9. I've never heard of Neem oil but I'm all for organic products that will keep those pesty bugs away from me and Titan! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  10. Well, that is sure something I've never heard of - sounds worthy of a whirl for sure!

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  12. It sounds interesting. If it really works for mosquitoes and or gnats I would be interested in trying it.

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  13. We never heard of this stuff before either, but it sounds pretty interesting! I have the itchy skins sometimes too, so maybe mom will test this stuff out on me :)

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  14. I know Neem oil. We only use natural products and they're good :)

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  15. We love neem oil. We did several reviews on soap with neem oil. When we lived in HI last year, it did wonders on my sensitive skin. Golden Woofs, Sugar

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    1. I bet a shampoo with neem would be wonderful!

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  16. It may be beneficial... but the smell is horrendous (a bit like sweaty horse). Some dogs are OK with it, many simply hate it.

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    1. I've heard that before and the oil was a bit weird and strong smelling. However, the spray is not that bad I think due to some of the other aromatic oil ingredients in the product. It's very tolerable.

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  17. I would love to try this product mainly for a mosquito repent for my dogs. The little blood suckers seem to be really bad this year.

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    1. Good luck Linda - they are always bad here where I live :(

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  18. I'd probably try it on my human! we have lots of mosquitoes here!
    Hugs,
    Pepper

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    1. Good luck to your human then Pepper!

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  19. Neem is terrific. Works on people, pets, plants and soil. It actually renders mosquitoes infertile so it breaks the breeding cycle

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    1. Thanks Ray - I didn't know about the mosquito thing. Always learning something new about this stuff :)

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  20. Hi.i heard neem cannot be used on cats pls verify.also its a wonder herb for hair to shine.n motorises pretty well.

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    1. I have also heard the same thing about cats, but have not researched its use on cats very much. This particular product is not safe on cats because in addition to neem oil, it contains some other oils that may not be safe for use in cats.

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  21. How good is it as a tick erradicator?

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    1. Hi Pam - I personally don't have a tick problem here where I live so I can't tell you for sure. I know it can be used to prevent ticks, but I suspect if you are having a big tick problem you might look into something specifically for them. If you visit Wondercide's website, they have a lot more products than just these two.

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  22. Just catching up on your blog...did it work on the fleas? I am familiar with Neem oil for my garden but had never heard if it used in humans/animals but it makes sense. I use a garlic supplement for my dogs for fleas and have had good results but still not 100% sure on using it....but it has worked.

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    1. I've heard about the garlic thing, and I'm not sure on using it either. Mostly just because I'm not sure that it really works. The neem oil does seem to work on fleas for the dog. I would have to spray her everyday though I believe in order for it to continue working. I haven't been using it in the winter because I haven't had any flea issues. Spring is always a rough time for fleas here though. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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