Dogs and people have been best friends for thousands of years. Unfortunately, both also gained a lifelong villain, the dog flea.
Fleas love to feast on your pet’s blood and can cause severe discomfort, skin irritation, and an increased risk of some diseases.
In extreme cases, dogs can suffer anemia from blood loss.
Dog fleas are also known to bite humans, causing bumps and skin irritation.
Treatment for dog fleas involves killing off all the fleas on your dog and property, then preventing them from returning.
You will find OTC products for every step of the process, but natural alternatives can work equally well.
Eco-friendly dog flea treatments use natural products that are known to repel or kill the parasites.
These can usually be found at your home, are widely available, and inexpensive.
A significant plus is that natural flea treatments are non-toxic for both dogs and their parents!
Mild and effective herbal shampoos can help you get rid of your dog’s fleas without the use of chemicals.
Adult fleas on your dog’s fur will be killed in any warm, soapy solution. Many essential oils have a very negative effect on dog fleas, so try adding a few drops to the bathwater.
Popular choices include eucalyptus, wintergreen, citronella, and tea tree oil. As a bonus, they leave your dog smelling pretty good!
You can even mix different oils to try out new fragrances for your dog, but go easy on the concentration: pure essential oils are not suitable for your pet’s skin.
A good pen will serve to keep your dog cleaner and longer.
In my experience, fleas are not quitters, and they’ll keep coming back after your pet!
What you need is something for your dog’s fur that keeps fleas at a distance. If you have a few minutes, you can create your home remedy for dog fleas.
Just add drops of your favorite essential oil to some water and spray your dog’s coat each day.
Homemade flea collars
Flea collars are essential in treating dog fleas since the neck is a favorite hideout for the critters.
Take an old scarf, pillowcase, or torn rag, soak it in your basic diluted essential oils solution, twist it into a collar, and you are done.
You’ll also need to keep adding more solutions every few hours, so use this eco-friendly flea treatment only if you are spending a lot of time with your pet.
Do your homework
Once you have the fleas on the run from your pet, make sure you get them in their other hiding places around your home.
Popular hideouts include carpets, drapes, sofas, and your dog’s bedding.
Vacuuming works well, but the fleas are still alive inside the dust container.
One solution is to seal the contents in a plastic bag and freeze it; the cold will kill any dog fleas and eggs.
Focus on your pet’s diet
It’s no secret that healthy dogs attract fewer fleas, especially if they have naturally healthy skin. A lot of this has to do with the food they eat.
I see this all the time in zoos, where animals thrive when fed food, most like their own diet in the natural wilds.
Now, we can’t expect your dog to go out and form a hunting pack, so it’s all up to you!
Take your veterinarian’s advice and plan out a healthier, more natural diet for your dog.
Even if it’s not possible to completely change the menu, consider adding some goodies.
For example, a few drops of flaxseed oil can do wonders for any dog’s skin.
Finally, a word of caution
While these safe, environmentally friendly methods work well with healthy pets, it’s essential to let your dog’s veterinarian make the final decision.
For example, a large number of fleas can mean your dog is sick or suffering from immune deficiency.
In this case, she will need more aggressive flea control combined with treatment for her underlying medical condition.