Home Remedies For Killing Fleas on Dogs
Many dog owners are frequently faced with these problems:
“How to get rid of dog fleas?”
“What’s the best flea treatment for my dog?”
There are plenty of commercially available anti-flea products including shampoos, sprays, powder
and topical spot-on solution. Though easy and convenient to use, these are all made up of synthetic chemicals that
may not appeal to many especially for people who are very conscious and wary of the possible side effects related
to the use of these chemicals. Many dog owners are also confused as to which is the best treatment to use on their
If chemical warfare is not for you, then what follows may definitely interest you.-
"Home remedies for killing fleas on dogs"
Here are some natural flea control for dog that has been reported by dog owners to be effective in killing dog
fleas. These do not involve the use of any synthetic insecticides and can easily be done using natural non-toxic
1. Use a flea comb for grooming
The simplest way in ridding dog fleas is by using a flea comb. Flea combs are
specially made fine-toothed comb that could trap fleas and flea eggs on your dog’s fur. They are readily available
in any pet shops. Firstly, get a dish of soap water ready before you start your daily grooming session on your dog.
Fleas tend to congregate in places like the belly and lower back in dogs so pay special attention to these areas.
Fleas and the flea eggs will be trapped in the narrow gap between the teeth of the comb. Immerse the comb in the
dish of soap water. The fleas will be killed within a short while. Repeat the whole procedure over again. Though
you would not be able to kill all fleas using this method, you sure would be able to reduce the fleas population
2. Next, would be a nice home bath for your dog.
Which is the best dog flea shampoo to use? Believe it or not, dawn dishwashing
liquid works wonders for a flea infested dog. The oils in it will suffocate the fleas, keeps the eggs from sticking
to the hair follicles, and also keeps your dog’s skin/fur from drying out. When using it, just make sure to soap up
the dog’s neck first and this has to be done quickly, otherwise the fleas will swarm to the dog’s face and crawl in
theirs ears, and nose to hide. You will notice many fleas crawling around their eyes when you bathe them if your
dog is heavily infested with fleas. The trick is to completely soap them up, and then keep them saturated for at
least 5 minutes. Rinse well, and most of them will be gone, or go away soon. You may have to follow up in a week or
so to get rid of any remaining stragglers.
3. Then follow by a home-made flea spray.
Dog flea shampoo or the dawn dishwashing liquid used in bathing your dog has little or no residual effect and
hence it offers little protection from dog fleas after the bath. As such, it is helpful to apply a flea spray on
your dog after its bath to kill off or repel fleas. You can easily make a homemade flea control spray by simply
mixing the following:
- 600ml warm water
- 2 drops of pure lavender essential oil
- 2 drops of pure cedar wood essential oil
Shake well to mix the oils and then pour into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture of essential oils throughout
your dog’s fur. Be careful when treating areas around the head and making sure that you avoid sensitive areas like
the eyes. One drawback with the use of essential oil is that it evaporates quickly and hence you would need to
reapply frequently to maintain its effectiveness.
Aggressive treatment of your dog by using the above mentioned home remedies for killing fleas on dogs is not
sufficient to prevent re-infestation. Have you ever wondered why some dogs have severe flea problems, while others
are hardly bothered by the little pests? Many dog owners are not aware that fleas can be viewed as an indicator of
your dog’s general health. Parasites in general and fleas in particular, are most attracted to the weak, unhealthy,
or very young animal whose immune system is not functioning well. Hence, the long-term solution to a flea problem
is not simply just treating your dog externally but rather you should focus more on reducing your pets
susceptibility to fleas by improving its health. Check out more details on how you can do so by visiting the
section on “Flea Treatment For
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