Dog fleas are your most common villains. These are really disappointing for you and are also dangerous for your dog’s health.
If your dog has skin irritation, the first question that comes out from your vet’s mouth is “What flea treatment do you use?”
Whatever your answer is, make sure that you answer it truthfully.
Here are some of the easiest home remedies that you can try to treat dog fleas:
1. Use vinegar as a flea repellent
Yes, vinegar is an effective pet-friendly cleaning solution. Aside from that, you can also use it to get rid of pests.
Researchers believe that the smell of vinegar is sickening for fleas. And that’s really a wonderful thing, isn’t it?
Use it as an advantage!
Things you need:
– A clean and well-dried spray bottle which hasn’t used previously for chemical cleaning products
– White vinegar or apple cider vinegar (both are effective)
What to do:
1. Mix water and vinegar in a clean container, the best ratio is 1:1 (1 cup of water and 1 cup of vinegar). If you notice that your dog doesn’t like the smell, you can try 1:3 vinegar to water.
2. When the mixture is ready, pour it inside the spray bottle.
3. Spray it all over the fur and skin, make sure to avoid your dog’s eyes and any open sores.
4. Let it dry for a couple of minutes.
5. Repeat this treatment continuously for a couple of days.
Some dogs hate spray bottles. I
f your pet is one of them, you can try to soak a washcloth in the mixture and wipe it all over your little ones.
2. Let your dog drink a small amount of apple cider vinegar
You can mix an amount of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s water bowl so that the acidy taste coming out from your dog’s skin will create a barrier, making him less attractive to fleas.
Things you need:
– Apple cider vinegar (ACV)
– Your dog’s water bowl
What to do:
1. Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to ¼ cup of water. However, it’s better to consult your vet first to know the appropriate amount of vinegar that your dog can safely ingest.
2. At first, your little ones may even act disgusted to this new mixture. If that happens, start first with a smaller amount of apple cider vinegar, then add a little bit on the next round. Make sure that your dog gets used to the smell and taste first before adding a small amount of apple cider vinegar.
3. Maintain a flea-free and dog-friendly yard
One of the most effective ways to prevent fleas on dogs is to keep your yard dog-friendly and free from flea.
To make it possible, here’s what you need to do:
Use diatomaceous earth
Food-grade Diatomaceous Earth is safe and natural, which is made from fossilized remains of tiny organisms known as diatoms which have the ability to wound up the external skeleton of different types of insects and kill them through dehydration.
It is crumbled into a fine white powder which makes the appearance not bad at all. Using Diatomaceous earth outside is very easy, just sprinkle it in the hideout areas of fleas.
Fleas are the same as vampires. They hate the sun!
Keep your yard exposed to sunlight as much as possible.
Surround our garden with herbs
Plant some herbs that have a strong smell near the entrance of your doors or windows. It is an effective way to get rid of the fleas hanging around.
Try to grow some thyme, basil, mint, sage, clove, or lavender.
Tiny little fleas can be eaten by those scary yet helpful animals like ants, snakes, spiders, lizards, frogs, and beetles. Fleas are their food!
You can add some natural predators to your yard, such as nematodes. You can purchase them online, or you can buy them at your local garden store.
4. Use heat to clean your dog’s belongings
One of the best ways to keep your dog’s beddings, clothes, linens, and toys free from flea is by applying heat because fleas can’t survive high temperatures.
Choose all of your dog’s belongings which can be washed safely in hot water and can dry on high heat. Do this weekly, if possible.
5. Use natural homemade sprays to fight fleas
Vacuuming is one of the essential ways to fight against fleas. However, you need to give more attention to your dog’s favorite spots. Try using homemade sprays like:
To have a pleasant-smelling homemade natural flea repellent that is indeed safe to you and your pet, cut fresh lemons and let it steep in water overnight. Pour it in a clean spray bottle.
You can often spray it on your dog’s favorite spots, and skin!
Salt and water
When cleaning hardwood and tile floors, use a mixture of salt and water. Make sure that you also applied it around your dog’s bed.
Although the scent of lavender, rosemary, and tea tree oil smell good for humans, it’s not the same for fleas. They hate it!
Use these scents to keep a pleasant-smelling and flea free area.
However, use essential oils with caution, since not all of them are pet-friendly. It’s better to consult your vet to make sure that the scents you’re looking forward to are also safe for your pet.