Dog fleas cause itching and discomfort in your dog. Not only are they annoying, they can cause serious health problems. There are a number of different symptoms to look for when dealing with a possible flea infestation.
It is important to understand how fleas work and what to look for before starting a treatment. A veterinarian will also be able to help you with treatment options and recommendations for ridding your house of fleas.
There are a number of ways you can reduce, prevent, and repel fleas from your dog and your home. Most home remedies are simple and effective, but may require patience and time to see results. Flea infestations can be a task to control, but should be dealt with as quickly as possible. Avoiding the use of chemicals around the house is the best alternative for you and your dog when it comes to getting rid of fleas.
Symptoms Of Fleas
- Itching and biting the fur; a flea’s saliva will cause your dog to itch and scratch his skin. Similar to a human reaction to a mosquito bite.
- Allergic reaction; including swollen areas where the flea bit.
- Hot spots; these are red, open wounds caused by licking and biting the skin.
- Flakey skin; similar to dandruff, caused by excessive scratching.
- Flea debris; these look like coffee grounds. Flea debris is feces or dead fleas that fall off of your dog when brushed or stroked.
Natural Remedies For Fleas
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.
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.
Aloe vera juice – Combine one cup of aloe vera juice with cayenne pepper and mix into a spray bottle. Using essential oils with aloe vera juice is also one of the most effective home remedies for fleas on dogs.
Lavender oil – Lavender, along with sweet almond and cedar wood oil 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 of sweet almond oil in a spray bottle. Shake well before using.
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.
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 available for helping treat dogs with fleas.
Other essential oils such as tea tree, eucalyptus, citronella and geranium oils can be applied to your dog’s collar as a natural flea repellant collar. One thing to keep in mind with essential oils and other home remedies need to be continuously applied because they do not last long.
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