Dog fleas can cause a number of diseases and health issues not just in dogs but also in their human companions. Since conventional flea treatment for dogs usually consists of pesticides, it may be a good idea to consider making a homemade flea remedy, one that is free from chemicals that may cause allergic reactions or adverse side effects. Here are tips on making your own homemade flea treatment for dogs that is safe and effective:
Do a physical.
Petting and giving your dog a massage is advantageous in many ways – it helps build the bond between you, it relaxes the dog (and you) and allows you to inspect him for any signs of problems such as fleas and ticks. Check your pet regularly. If he has a thick, long coat, inspect his body more frequently. Pay close attention to the ears, neck, chest, armpits, tail and the spaces between the toes.
Comb out the fleas.
A flea comb has very thin, fine teeth that makes it perfect for removing fleas and most of the tiny eggs. Apply a small amount of petroleum jelly on the tines so the fleas will stick to the comb. Prepare a small bowl with water and soap or some oil and drop any fleas you might comb out into it. Use tweezers to pick any ticks you may find. Try to grab hold of the tick’s head so it is easier to pull out. Flush down the fleas and ticks in the toilet. Apply an antiseptic onto any bite marks you can find to prevent infection.
Make a drug-free and chemical-free flea treatment for dogs.
Used on dogs, certain essential oils make pets unpalatable to fleas and ticks. Some of these include lemongrass, citronella, peppermint, geranium, lemon, neem, cedar, rosewood and lavender. Dab a few drops of any of these oils onto the shoulder blades of your pet or on the collar.
Make a homemade flea remedy spray by boiling half a dozen cut lemons in 1 quart water. Let steep for about 4 hours, strain and transfer to a spray bottle. Use this solution to spray on your dog’s fur, avoiding the eyes and mouth. To apply on the head, cheeks and lower muzzle, spray some amount on your hands and apply the lemon spritz carefully. Fresh lemons may be replaced by a few drops of essential oils. Since oils don’t readily mix with water, shake the spray bottle thoroughly before spraying on your pet’s fur.
You might want to consider using an anti-flea rinse, too. Add about 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar to water and use this to rinse your pet during a bath.
Keep your pet healthy.
The healthier your dog is, the less likely it will succumb to health problems caused by fleas. Keep your pet on a healthful diet and use vitamins to help strengthen his immune system.