How to Rid Dogs Of Fleas Naturally

dogs itchingSummer is almost over but is your dog STILL scratching like crazy? Fleas and ticks are still running around ramped outdoors, but how do you protect your beloved furry friend without giving them harmful chemical toxic sprays and harmful pills?

 

 

 

 

Here are a few natural suggestions to help your pup ditch their itch:

Use Pennyroyal

Make a citrus spray. Slice a lemon thinly, add it to a pint of water and heat to a boiling point

Make a vinegar spray. In a spray bottle, add: 1/4 distilled white vinegar to 3/4 water

Use basic table salt

Soak your dog in Dawn dish detergent for 10-15 minutes making sure he/she is fully immersed in the water and the suds have covered the coat.

Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a non-toxic powder made up of fossilized organisms called diatoms that break apart flea eggs and dry them out before they can grow into adult fleas.

Spread diatomaceous earth outside in your yard wherever your dog spends most of her time.

If you have carpets in your house spread the powder all over and vacuum after 48 hours. Do this once a month during flea season.

You can purchase DE at most holistic dog supply stores, health stores and garden centers. Make sure you’re buying food grade DE which is safe for humans and animals. Don’t buy pool grade DE which is heat treated and turns the silicon dioxide that’s in DE into crystalline silica, which can be toxic to humans and animals. Pool grade DE should only ever be used for filtration purposes.

Fleas don’t like garlic, so it’s a natural flea repellent that’s safe to use in the yard and with your pets.

Here’s a recipe you can make to spray in your yard when flea populations are reaching epic proportions.

Garlic Water For Your Yard

What you need:
8 heads of chopped garlic (there’s no need to peel it for this recipe)
1 gallon of almost boiling water

How to make it:
• Place the garlic in an extra large soup pan and pour the water over the top
• Cover and let the mixture steep for 12 hours
• Pour through a strainer into a garden sprayer
• Lightly spray your lawn and garden area

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