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Natural Flea Remedies for Dogs

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Natural Flea Repellent Spray Recipe

8 oz apple cider vinegar
4 oz warm water
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Mix dry ingredients first then slowly add the mixture to wet ingredients as the vinegar and baking soda will react slightly. Pour into spray bottle and spray pets down. Be careful not to get in your pet’s eyes.

Flea Repellent Made with Essential Oils

Another natural flea repellent for pets that many people have success with is rose geranium oil.  Apply this to your dog’s collar.  (This is not recommended for cats though as they can have a bad reaction).

Natural Flea Remedy with Citrus

Fleas are also known to be repelled by citrus. A freshly squeezed orange or lemon can be rubbed onto your pet’s fur, without harm to your pet decides to lick it off.

Bathing Your Dog to Kill Fleas

Water can put a dent in the flea population as some fleas do not grasp onto the hair shafts and subsequently fall in the water and drown.  Using a gentle shampoo,  perhaps one with a citrus base can also be helpful.

Grooming Your Pet to Reduce Fleas

Long and thorough brushing on a regular basis will go a long way toward ridding your pet of fleas and ticks.  Follow up with a flea comb will add that extra bit.

Housekeeping – The Key to Getting Rid of Fleas

Regular vacuuming, laundering, and floor washing ,  particularly any of your pet’s living spaces will help to control the flea population.  Sprinkle  Borax throughout your household carpets  and let sit for a few hours, then vacuum thoroughly.  This should also help kill the fleas and ticks in your home.

Killing Fleas In Your Yard

You might consider adding a natural predator of fleas to your yard. Nematodes are small worms that feed off on flea larva that can be found at garden stores or pet shops. Keep in mind that the type of nematode that is being recommended is specified as a “beneficial” nematode and is not the type known for infecting animals and causing heartworm.

 

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