With the summer approaching we not only have to worry about keeping our dogs cool and hydrated, but we also have to aware of the fast approaching flea and tick season. When picking out flea and tick treatments for your dog, you should consider avoiding chemical and artificial treatments as they have both short term and long term effects on your dog’s internal organs, digestive track, and overall health. Most commercial options contain pesticides and other toxic ingredients that have been linked to diseases and deaths.
Flea treatments do not have to contain chemicals to be effective. Using natural remedies is the safest way to keep fleas and ticks away for your best friend. I have compiled some natural flea and tick treatment alternatives specifically for dogs. The key is to get ahead of the problem by addressing it before it becomes an infestation.
There are a few natural herbal flea collars that you can find in pet boutiques, but you can easily make your own. To make your own flea collar, apply 10 drops of cedarwood or lavender essential oil to a cotton bandana or collar. Other essential oils that can be used including eucalyptus, peppermint, citronella, tree tea oil, geranium and lemongrass.
With natural flea sprays, you have the ability to apply them to your dogs coat and skin as many times as needed. The goods news is the dog can lick their coat without the worry about consuming chemicals. Make your spray by steeping 2 lemons and 1/2 a cup of lavender in 2 quarts of water overnight to make a potent flea spray. Alternatively, you can use 2 cups of water and 2 cups of apple cider vinegar.
Herbal Flea Dip
Pour 2 cups of rosemary leaves into 2 pints of water and boil for :30 minutes. Strain and discard the leaves. Take the liquid and mix it with a gallon of warm water. Pour the mixture on your dogs coat until saturated. Allow the coat to air dry.
One of the best and simplest ways to get rid of fleas, ticks, and their eggs is by running a flea comb thoroughly on your dogs coat. Make sure you kill the fleas that are on the comb as they can jump off and infect the area. Use a bucket of hot, soapy water to clean off the comb. Combing your dog once a day everyday can make a huge difference.
You may find an all natural neem shampoo at your local pet store but you can make an alternative remedy with basic household items. You will mix 2 quarts water, 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 cup rolled oats, and 8 drops peppermint essential oil. Shake well before using as the product does separate. Be sure to wash the neck first so the fleas don't jump up during the bath. Massage the shampoo into your dog’s coat and skin to get the full effect of the flea shampoo as well as combing the coat. When you start seeing dead fleas, rinse your dog and repeat as many times as needed.
Giving your dog a bath often will help dramatically in the fight against fleas.
Combing several of the methods will be most beneficial.
Upholstery should also be treated. Make a citrus spray by slicing a lemon thinly, adding it to a pint of water and heating it to a boiling point. Let it sit overnight spray it in areas where suspect fleas can be found. Be aware some materials may stain from the spray.
Discuss natural flea and tick remedies for your dogs with your veterinarian.