There are times when you will notice that your dog does not stop scratching. They would be so itchy that they would go as far as injuring themselves from how hard they were scratching. At such times, it is wise to consider tick/flea treatments for your dogs that go beyond the dog flea treatment brands and straight to the origin of any treatment, that being nature.
Before treating your dog for fleas, however, you must make sure to clean their bed, their hut, vacuum clean everything and thoroughly bathing your dog. Do not forget to clean all of your clothes, towels, furniture, and so on.
Natural flea treatments for your dog
9. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is a good fatty oil that helps smother fleas due to its lauric acid abundance. With their entire bodies covered, fleas are incapable of breathing, moving, and clinging to the dog’s skin any further. The process of asphyxiation takes little to no time, and it is most helpful in relieving your dog’s pain.
To use coconut oil to treat your dog, take your dog outside. After that, spray your dog’s fur with coconut oil. The application, coupled with the suffocation brought upon by the coconut oil, will more than likely lead to the fleas jumping out, hence the forethought of going outside. Make sure to rub the oil in so as to allow it to penetrate their coat for maximum effect.
8. Lavender essential oil
Lavender is quite known for being a sublime flea repellent, treatment, and poison. The heavy smell of lavender hinders fleas from ever getting close to your home.
Lavender oil is an effective flea treatment for large dogs and smaller breeds alike, with a slight difference in dosage only. To use it, simply put a single drop on your dog’s muzzle. The smell will repel the fleas and you will see them jumping out of the dog’s coat as soon as the smell hits them. For larger dogs, add another drop to the base of their tail to make sure the smell reaches everywhere.. This is one treatment that beats flea drops for dogs due to how effective it is.
7. Brewer’s yeast
If you want to get rid of fleas, you will have to equip your dog with an inner method to get rid of them. Brewer’s yeast comes to the rescue with its pest repellingproperties. Brewer’s yeast is available in both powder and tablet form, and it is quite harmless to your dogs.
To use brewer’s yeast effectively, after receiving your dog’s vet’s approval, mix some brewer’s yeast with your dog’s food. The yeast will make your dog taste rancid to fleas, which will keep them off of the dog for good.
6. Apple cider vinegar
As proven above, fleas can be quite picky when it comes to their food. With brewer’s yeast ruining your dog’s taste to them, apple cider vinegar is pretty much the same. Apple cider vinegar is a flea treatment as potent as any flea topical for dogs. Its strong taste and potent smell make it hard for fleas to even attempt to approach your dog. It makes it so that fleas are immediately repelled by the dog’s taste as soon as they try it, therefore keeping your dog flea free.
To use apple cider vinegar, consult with your vet beforehand. Per permission, add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s food to make them walking flea repellents.
5. Flea spray
There is nothing quite as effective as a potent natural flea spray. With its lack of chemicals, it is ideal for treating your dog as it is quite harmless to them. It is, however, only a temporary solution that is the first step to dealing with the entire infestation. It would help in killing the majority of the fleas on your dog and around the house.
You must purchase a 100% natural, 0% chemical flea spray. Once that it done, spray it on your dog’s coat, around your home, and in cracks whenever you find one in the wall. That way, you will be able to temporarily full the infestation while preparing a more potent solution.
Natural home remedies
4. Diatomaceous earth
One of the most pet friendly flea treatments is diatomaceous earth. Completely void of any toxins, it can manage the spread of adult fleas on your dog and your home. Diatomaceous earth is comprised of diatoms, an assortment of natural minerals, and silica, which give it a powdery texture. Diatomaceous earth functions as a moisture absorbent. It penetrates the fleas’ exoskeleton and starts drying them up bit by bit until they die out.
To use diatomaceous earth, make sure you have purchased the food grade version first. Sprinkle some of it on all your home’s appliances, including any furniture or bedding. Let it sit for a few hours, then vacuum it alongside the dead fleas.
Using citrus to get rid of fleas is not as easy as it sounds. It is not just sprinkling lemon zest all around and hoping for the best. It is, in fact, lemon extracts that do the work. The latter, such as linalool and D-limonene have proven to be incredibly effective flea repellents that destroy both the adult fleas and the eggs. It works in the same way as diatomaceous earth, puncturing the exoskeleton and absorbing moisture out of the pests. It penetrates the exoskeleton by melting their protective coating away, which renders the possibility of maintaining moisture non-existent for the fleas. The dehydration process does not stop until the fleas are dead, and continues well after that.
2. Light trap
Flea traps dotea yellowish green light bulb that makes it attractive to bugs, especially adult fleas, that is set up above a sticky mat that traps the bugs. Upon lighting it up next to your dog, fleas will come out of its coating and head for the light trap. Once they touch the sticky mat, it is game over for them as they can no longer move.
This is not advised for use on dogs or inside your home. Use sulfur strictly outside like in your yard. Use it in powder form around the yard to stunt the reproduction of fleas and destroying the nest altogether.