Keeping dogs free of fleas is sometimes a full time job. The easiest thing to do is to reach for the remedies that are sold in chemists and stores. However, these don’t always sit well with everyone because they are full of chemicals. It is sometimes worthwhile considering alternative remedies and a more natural approach. We will go through a few natural flea remedies in this article.
One of the best remedies is a good old-fashioned flea collar. What you need for this is:
- 3 to 5 drops of lavender oil
- 3 tablespoons of water
- a bandana or your dogs ordinary collar
- an eyedropper if you have one.
Dilate 2-3 drops of the oil in 3 tablespoons of water. This should be diluted because this makes the mixture even more natural. Try and find a bandana rather than the dog’s collar because the dog will have to use the collar later, and it may not like it if it is smelly.
Use an eyedropper if you can to apply up to 10 drops of the mixture to the bandana and rub the fabric together. Then tie the bandana around the dog’s neck. Apply the mixture to the collar once a week until the fleas are gone.
You can also make your own flea spray, believe it or lot. You need:
- one cup of white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- about half a litre of fresh water along with 2 to 3 drops of lavender seed oil.
- A spray bottle that is of a good size.
Add the cup of white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar to the freshwater and fill up your spray bottle. If you manage to get some lavender seed oil, add that that too as well, around 2-3 drops.
Use a spray bottle to apply it to the dog, whilst trying to avoid the eyes and nose or any other sensitive areas. Use a cloth around the neck and behind the years.
You could try a flea bath, which is one of the most natural ways to reduce the flea coverage on the dog. Use half a cup of lemon juice, freshly squeezed. Add one and a half to two cups of fresh water and then add one quarter to a half cup of dog shampoo.
Stir together that cup of lemon juice, the water and shampoo so that they all form a mixture. Bottle it and then you can use it every week to give your dog a bath. This flea bath should work over a few weeks to completely rid your pet of fleas.
Try these natural remedies to rid your dog of fleas. It’s infinitely preferable to using the more chemical based solutions that you find in shops. It also treats your dog better in the long run too. And if you have the opportunity to use essential oils you get a nice overall smell