- Flea saliva is one of the most allergenic substances known to man. Some 10% of cats and dogs will suffer from Flea Allergic Dermatitis, a skin condition that causes major irritation and hair loss.
- Fleas are the way in which a common species of tapeworm is carried from one animal to another, and occasionally to humans. If you kill the fleas, your pets cannot get tapeworms.
- When fleas bite, they consume a small amount of the host’s blood. That won’t usually cause a problem for healthy adult cats and dogs. But a heavy infestation of fleas can remove enough blood to kill a small puppy or kitten.
- The most common species of flea on both cats and dogs is the Cat Flea. Cat Fleas will not live on humans, but they certainly will bite us.
If you’re leery of using chemical products on your dog or home, there are a number of plant, vitamin, and herbal-based natural flea treatments available. Adding garlic or brewer’s yeast to a dog’s food has long been thought to help keep fleas from alighting and biting. Since both are ordinary food products and not harmful to dogs, there’s really nothing to lose by giving them a try. Herbal flea collars and powders are also popular and widely available.
Eucalyptus, fennel, rosemary, rue, wormwood, and yellow dock all seem to act as flea repellents. To make your own herbal flea powder, combine equal amounts of these herbs and mix them well. Sprinkle a small amount of the powder on your dog’s coat and massage it in thoroughly, making sure to work it all the way down to the skin. You can also use a drop or two of the essential oils of eucalyptus and rosemary on a plain canvas or fabric-covered collar.
As with any flea collar, though, watch for signs of hair loss or skin irritation around the neck, and be careful that the dog doesn’t chew on the collar. You can also buy ready-made herbal flea collars at pet supply and natural food stores.
Here are several Natural ways to get rid of fleas on your Doodle
Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon SolutionThings you’ll Need:
- Apple cider vinegar
- Spray bottle
- Mix a solution of 1/3 apple cider vinegar to 2/3 water. After regular shampooing and rinsing, pour this solution all over the dog. Squeeze out the excess water and towel dry the dog vigorously. He will not smell like vinegar very long, except to the fleas who will stay away.
- Feed the dog very small amounts of garlic or brewer’s yeast in their food. Some will advise against using garlic, garlic is not only good for fleas, but it helps with other ailments as well.
- Seep a cut up lemon in 8 oz. of water for a day. Pour this into a clean plastic spray bottle; spray the dog’s coat. You’ll need to brush it through if the dog has long hair. The dog will smell fresh to you, but fleas will not like the smell.
- Repel the fleas with the scent of lavender. You can add several drops of lavender essential oil to the dogs regular shampoo bottle or its bath water. Be careful not to get essential oils in the dog’s eyes. Mix a spray bottle with eight ounces of water and several drops of the lavender oil. Mist the lavender water over the dogs coat either after bathing or on a dry coat every couple of days.
- Comb the dog with a flea comb. The teeth are very tight and will trap the fleas as you comb. Dunk the comb into a bowl of soapy water to dislodge the fleas and continue combing. You can also add a couple drops of the essential oil to this bowl.
- To remove a severe flea infestation, shampoo the dog with dish liquid. Suds the entire body up and let it soak several minutes. Rinse the dog exceptionally well to remove all traces of the dish liquid.
- Keep the dog bathed, groomed and healthy. Fleas will thrive in long matted hair that may contain dust, debris and skin irritations. A regular routine of grooming helps you be aware of fleas before they become overpopulated.
Ingredients are full strength oils:
- Tea Tree Oil
- Rosemary Oil
- Sage Oil
- Cedarwood Oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Orange Oil
- Eucalyptus Oil
- Citronella Oil
- Pine Needle Oil
Mix 4-6 drops of each with 32 oz of any natural shampoo and now you have a natural flea shampoo
OR Mix 2-3 drops each with 16 oz Water in a spray bottle. Shake before each application and spray light over entire body. Health food stores in your area sell the oils or you can purchase online.
You can use Rose Geranium, by putting a few drops—no more!—on dogs’ collars, to see if it would repel ticks. The second best essential oil for repelling ticks is American Pennyroyal (also called tickweed).
Rose Geranium – Natural Flea Repellent Recipe #3INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons vegetable or nut oil (almond oil contains sulfur, a repellent
in its own right)
10 to 25 drops Rose Geranium essential oil
Combine the ingredients in a glass jar; shake to blend.
Make: 2 tablespoons with a shelf life of about six months.
Dab a few drops on your skin or clothing, making sure to avoid eyes.
Skip the Pennyroyal if there is anyone pregnant (including pets) in the home, as it can induce miscarriage. And as always, use essential oils with caution as they can burn the skin and harm eyes. Don’t use these essential oils around cats.
Want to Kill fleas instantly?Dawn dish washing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog’s bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Goodbye fleas.
Rainy day cure for dog odor… Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.
If you are having problems with your puppy or dog chewing, I suggest using “Vicks Vapor Rub”. Rub some of this onto the surface that you want your pet to avoid… the smell of it usually keeps their sensitive noses far enough away that chewing isn’t an option! I have used this safely with my Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs for years! The Vapor Rub last longer than most other products, too. This keeps from having to re-apply so often!
Homemade Natural Dog Flea Collar (and Mosquito)A flea collar can be made by rubbing a few drops of one of the following into an ordinary webbing or rope collar or even a dog bandanna.
Use Eucalyptus Essential Oil , Tea Tree Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil or Geranium Essential Oil. Don’t forget to refresh weekly. This collar and the Herbal Heartworm Prevention Programwill give you a safer option for your dog to avoid heartworm’s.
CITRUS FLEA REPELLENT:Cut a lemon into quarters and place in a pint jug. Cover the lemon with boiling water and let it steep overnight. Next day you have a flea repellant that you can use in a spray bottle. Spray all over your dog remembering especially behind the ears and around the head generally (careful of eyes), around the base of the tail
(once again keep away from delicate bits) and under your dog armpits.
AROMATHERAPY FLEA REPELLENT:Using 10 ml. of sweet almond oil as your base, add 10 drops of lavender and 5 drops of cedarwood. Shake well and use 1 or 2 drops spread over the skin at least twice a week to keep the fleas away.
A flea collar can be made by rubbing a few drops of one of the following into an ordinary webbing or rope collar or even a doggy bandanna: eucalyptus oil, Tea Tree Oil, citronella, lavender or geranium.
Don’t forget to do this weekly.
NATURAL WAY TO PREVENT FLEAS IN YOUR HOME:Fleas spend most of their time in your furnishings and only hop onto your dog or you for their next meal. Make sure you wash your dog’s bedding regularly
because no flea ever survived a hot wash cycle. If you add eucalyptus oil to the final rinse it will also kill 99% of house dust mites.
Vacuum your home very thoroughly and sprinkle a fine layer of ordinary table salt over your upholstery and carpets and leave overnight before vacuuming again to evict your
unwelcome guests safely but don’t forget to empty your vacuum bag.
NATURAL FLEA BATH:A badly infested dog really needs to be bathed so use your favorite dog shampoo. Rinse the dog off very thoroughly and in the final rinse add a couple of drops of Tea Tree Oil or Lavender oil. An alternative is to make your own herbal flea dip which will also work on ticks. Steep two cups of fresh rosemary, in two pints of boiling water for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid, discard the leaves and make it up to one gallon (8 pints) with warm water. Pour this mixture over the dog until it’s saturated. Do not
rinse off and allow the dog to dry naturally so this is a remedy to use on hot summer days.
INTERNAL FLEA REPELLENTS:Garlic may not be your favorite cologne and it’s not the flea’s favorite smell either. When your dog eats garlic, the smell is excreted through the dog’s skin making your dog less likely to be the flea’s next meal.
Brewer’s yeast tablets will also help to make your dog less attractive to fleas because once again the smell is excreted through the skin.
Adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to the water bowl will make the skin more acidic and unpleasant to fleas and ticks. If your dogs don’t fancy apple cider vinegar in
the water bowl, dilute it 50/50 with water and use in a spray bottle instead of the citrus repellent.
This article has been written and presented strictly for informative and educational purposes only. The information contained within is based on pharmacological and other records, both ancient and modern. No claims whatsoever as to any specific benefits accruing from the use of NATURAL REMEDIES are made herewith, this is strictly for informational purposes based upon research and freedom of speech. Please seek advice from a medical or veterinary professional.