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Getting Rid of Fleas on Dogs
If you want to use minimal chemical treatments to cure your dog’s case of fleas, not to worry. There are many different ways of treating fleas naturally. Most home remedies for fleas on dogs are simple and effective, but may require a bit more effort and time before results begin to take place. Flea infestations can be quite the task to control, but need to be dealt with as quickly as possible.
Home remedies are especially important for cleaning up and ridding your home of fleas, because the use of chemicals can be dangerous not only to your dog, but other members and pets of the family as well. Medical treatments may not be the best direction for your dog if he has a weakened immune system. Be sure to discuss with your veterinarian on prescription treatment options, as well as different home remedy options as well.
Although there are many different home remedies for fleas on dogs, it is important to be able to tell which are effective and which are simply old wive’s tales. Below are home remedies that have been reported as extremely efficient in curing dog flea infestations.
Lemon – cut one lemon into four pieces and place into boiling water. Let the lemon water sit overnight. Use a spray bottle and spray your dog with the lemon juice mixture. Be cautious around the face and ears.
Lavender oil – sweet almond oil and cedar wood. This mixture will not kill fleas, but act as a repellent. It can be used on humans as well, and does not smell bad. Add 10 drops of lavender oil and 5 drops to 10ml of sweet almond oil in a spray bottle. Shake well before spraying your dog. Again, be careful of face and ears.
Garlic – as with the lavender mixture, it will not kill fleas but act as a repellent. Add a few drops of garlic oil or a bit of garlic clove to your dog’s food.
Neem – neem oil has been around for a long time and is highly praised for natural flea control. It doesn’t kill the fleas immediately, but helps to repel them and affects the flea’s growth. Neem shampoo is a great home remedy for fleas on dogs.
Rosemary – Rosemary can be used around the house as well as on your dog to help repel fleas. Grind up rosemary leaves into a powder. Sprinkle in areas your dog sleeps and in areas he frequently plays around the house. Rosemary is an anti-inflammatory and can help relieve itching and scratching from fleas. Soak fresh rosemary in 2 cups of boiling water for 30 minutes. Add the mixture to one gallon of warm water and soak your dog with the liquid. It is best to let your dog dry naturally.
Dishwashing detergent – Add a few drops of liquid dishwashing detergent to your dog’s bath to help kill fleas. Be sure to rise thoroughly to avoid any skin irritations or rash inflammation.
Aloe vera juice – Combine one cup of aloe vera juice with cayenne pepper and mix into a spray bottle. Using essential oil with aloe vera juice is one of the most effective home remedies for fleas on dogs.
Vinegar – Apple cider vinegar is best to use when helping to repel fleas. Mix 2 parts apple cider vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle. Soak your dog’s fur with this spray outdoors ( as the fleas may jump off your dog) and comb through. This remedy lasts up to four days.
You can rub your dog’s collar with tea tree, eucalyptus, citronella, geranium or lavender oil to act as a natural flea collar.
One thing to be aware of is that natural flea control and repellants need to be continuously applied because they do not last long.
Around the House
If your dog has fleas, your household is affected too. It is important to not only treat your dog with fleas, but to clear your home of an infestation as well. If you skip the process of cleaning your home, your dog may become infected again, and other animals may become infected as well.
Flea Bombs, Foggers and Exterminators
To start cleaning around the home, it is important to deep clean the carpets, couches, and other areas in the house that may be ridden with fleas. There are insecticide foggers and flea bombs available to kill fleas in the home, but keep in mind that these are very toxic and likely involve spending some time out of your home. They are very effective as long as proper care and direction are taken. You may also want to consider a professional insect exterminator.
Bedding, Couches and Pillows
Next, clean all bedding, blankets, towels and rugs. Anywhere your dog frequents is likely a high-flea ridden area. A natural way of cleaning these items is using a borac acid based powder and sprinkling it all over them. This product will be effective in killing larvae, but not powerful enough to harm your dog or other animals in the home.
Cleaning the Floors
Vacuuming is very important. Vacuum thoroughly for a few days, and be sure to dispose of the vacuum bag right away. You may want to consider carpet steamers as well. Washing your floors with lemon juice can also be an effective measure for repelling fleas in the home. Bleach may also be used when appropriate.
Around the Yard
There are many different methods available to treat the yard, and this can be an effective home remedy for fleas on dogs. These products kill adult fleas and prevent larvae from becoming adult as well. Focus on areas that your dog frequents, such as a dog house or specific elimination area. Clean up any excess leaves, wood and other debris which are likely flea-ridden breeding grounds. Cut long grass and be sure to dispose of any excess grass and debris appropriately. When using flea killing sprays, avoid areas such as flower beds and vegetable gardens, because these products are likely to kill delicate vegetation.