HOME REMEDIES FOR DOGS WITH FLEAS

HOME REMEDIES FOR DOGS WITH FLEAS

-COOKING OIL -- HOME REMEDY TO KILL FLEAS IN THE BATH: A drop of cooking oil mixed with just a few drops of inexpensive dog shampoo and about 5 cups water will kill fleas (5 cups  water for small dog -- increase the amount for bigger dog).  See the “bathing  your dog for health skin” section below for more information on how to apply this.   I have verified that this works! 

-LEMON SPRAY: Take a half of lemon.  Squeeze the juice into a spray bottle and the drop the lemon into the bottle.  Fill with water and let it sit overnight.  Spray onto the dog.  Fleas don’t like the lemon.  I have been unable to verify how well this works but my dog sure smells good.

-DIATOMACEOUS EARTH: Diatomaceous earth is sold at the pet store to kill fleas.  You can also let your dog roll in the dirt to get a similar benefit. Don’t let them roll in dirt after the bath because flea eggs could be in the dirt.

-VINEGAR -- Mix vinegar with water and pour on area where dog is scratching.  Some people claim apple vinegar is best and repels fleas.  This is particularly effective if the dog was bitten by a flea.

-ROLL IN THE DIRT: Dogs have already figured out this home remedy. Dust and dirt can actually kill fleas, so rolling in the dirt can help your dog. Don’t let them roll in dirt after the bath because flea eggs could be in the dirt.

-REDUCE FLEAS FROM HOME:
Vacuum  the carpet and furniture.  This sucks up the fleas and eggs.

Shake bedding outside or wash bedding.  Shaking  will shake off the fleas and eggs.  Washing is even better.

** NOTE at certain times of year  fleas can be more of a problem,  it is sometimes beneficial to use a commercial product.  Personally I prefer to use home remedies unless there is a problem (maybe for a month or two in the spring or summer)

**PLEASE NOTE -- This is part of a larger article I have created that gives more information.  People often assume the fleas are the cause of the itching.  There usually are a number of things that interact with each other to cause the itch.  Reading the entire article will give you a better understanding of the problem -- please read the entire article here Home Remedies For Dog Itch – THE MIRACLE CURE FOR ITCHY DOGS!  

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BATHING YOUR DOG FOR HEALTHY SKIN

--DON’T BATHE WITH TOO MUCH SOAP OR SHAMPOO – Using harsh shampoo or too much shampoo dries the skin and can cause irritation.

A drop of cooking oil mixed with just a few drops of inexpensive dog shampoo and about 5 cups water will kill the fleas (5 cups  water for small dog -- increase the amount for bigger dog).  Mix the oil, shampoo and water in a container.  You can test to see if the mixture will kill bugs by pouring a little over a few ants.  IMPORTANT -- Only use a small amount of shampoo so the dogs skin doesn't loose it's natural oils and dry out.  The only reason to use the shampoo and oil is to kill the fleas and mites, otherwise you could bathe the dog with only water.  You don't need to have lots of suds.  Lots of suds means you are using too much shampoo -- Most people use way to much shampoo!

Pour the mixture over the dog starting with the neck and working down to the tail.   You start at the neck so the fleas don't all move up to the dogs head while you are washing. Make sure you slick the dog down and get the mixture in all the dogs cracks and crevices.  The cracks and crevices is where the fleas like to hide.  Have the dog stand with the mixture on them for a few minutes and continue to slick down the mixture and scrub the dog.  It is important to leave the mixture on the dog because it takes a little time for it to kill the fleas.

Rinse off the dog – IMPORTANT – don’t let the dog roll in the dirt or grass after they take a bath and especially while they are still wet.   This is because there are often fleas and flea eggs in the grass and fleas love a wet dog.   It is OK and even beneficial for them to roll in dirt BEFORE they take a bath.

I prefer to give my dog a bath outside because it makes less mess.   I give her a bath about once every week with my cooking oil/dog shampoo mixture -- this kills the fleas and can often eliminate the need for a commercial flea product.

After the bath, I encourage my dog to shake and then take her for a run so she doesn’t get cold:

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(SOME OF THE ITEMS COVERD IN THIS ARTICLE)
BATHING YOUR DOG FOR HEALTHY SKIN
FLEAS ON DOGS
ITCH AND SCRATCH BITE AND LICK!
ITCHING AND SCRATCHING IN DOGS
HOME REMEDIES FOR DOGS WITH FLEAS

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