Having home Remedies for Fleas on Dogs and cats on hand can prove to be extremely useful when you finally need it.
Did you know that among all insects, fleas can jump the furthest?
If we had the same jumping abilities, our jump would be over 800 cm or 290 feet!
That is just crazy, and quite scary as well. we do not want any jumping things in our homes feeding off of the blood of our beloved pets.
5 Great home remedies for Fleas in Dogs you can make yourself
Knowing how to prevent and quickly cure our pets of any flea infection is such an essential thing for every pet parent out there.
The best thing about flea home remedies is that they are very easy to make, most of them are as simple as consisting of only two ingredients.
The key here is to constantly apply the treatment until the fleas are gone, so you might need to stick to applying the remedies for about 4 to 6 days.
A very simple yet effective recipe consists of a mixture of Vinegar and water
You can use apple cider vinegar or white vinegar, both are equally effective and it is up to your preference.
Ideally, the mixture should be 1 part water to 1 part vinegar. but the aroma can be too hard on your dog or cat so you can dilute it up to 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water
You can put the mixture in a spray bottle and spray your dog or cat as well as the surfaces or you can damp a washcloth and apply it to your pet’s coat directly.
You must never apply the mixture to your pets ears, eyes, or any open wounds.
2) Lavender Oil
Aromatic essential oils are so not fleas favorite. even planting their plants will help ward the fleas off your yard and home
When it comes to applying lavender on your pet, you need to be careful and apply it correctly.
Just simply apply drops of lavender oil to a spray bottle with water and spray your pet with it.
Again you should be careful not to spray his eyes or ears. and you can also substitute spray bottle with a washcloth.
If you have tried the above methods but the fleas just keep coming back, then maybe your house or yard are infested with fleas
So you might want to make some flea traps and plant some plants that ward off the fleas like lavender
If you believe you have a more advanced and serious issue of flea infection. then do not hesitate to contact flea control companies that would help you get rid of fleas at your home. You can also learn how to bathe your dog to get rid of fleas here.
3) Use Diatomaceous earth
So what is diatomaceous earth?
It is a microscope remains of fossilized algae, diatoms.
So how does it help in eliminating fleas? The cell walls of Diatomaceous earth are made of silica which is very sharp and a component of glass.
Thus, the hard shell of fleas is still vulnerable to the diatomaceous earth. The diatomaceous earth will cut through the hard shell of fleas and dry them out.
This leads to the death of fleas and the main advantage is that it doesn’t hurt humans or animals.
Steps to eliminate fleas from your dog’s hair
1) Take a small amount of diatomaceous earth and directly sprinkle on your dog’s back.
2) Massage your dog to evenly distribute it everywhere in your dog’s coat. You have to avoid your dog’s eyes.
3) Let the diatomaceous earth remain on your dog for a while.
4.) Repeat the process every four days.
Steps to eliminate fleas from your house
1) You have to keep your house clean through regularly vacuuming the house and wash everything that can’t be vacuumed in your washer.
2) Sprinkle the carpets and bedding with diatomaceous earth so that they don’t jump into your dog.
3) Leave all the diatomaceous earth on the places for 12-48 hours.
4) After the time has passed, vacuum all the powder and put it in a vacuum bag.
5) You can also use it in your yard as a way of eliminating all the fleas that may jump into your dog.
Important tips to know
- Put a mask while putting the diatomaceous earth because it may cause eye and throat irritation.
- Don’t buy the Diatomaceous used for pool cleaning. The main reason to not get it is that it is dangerous when inhaled.
4) Flea collars
Flea collars are effective in eliminating fleas. You can make flea collars at home using a certain substance.
- 3-5 drops of lavender oil
1) In a small bowl, dilute the lavender oil with a small amount of water.
2) Take the bandana or collar and damp all of its parts in the mixture.
3) Place the bandana or collar into your dog’s neck.
4) Allow your dog to wear the bandana or collar for one week.
5) After the one week, follow the same process again.
5) Bathe your dog into a flea dip
This is a natural flea dip that you could use on your dog when they are taking a bath.
- 1/2 a cup of freshly squeezed lemon
- 1/4 cup of mild pet shampoo
- Empty jar or bottle
- 1 1/2 to 2 cup of warm water
1) Using the empty jar or bottle, combine lemon, water, and shampoo.
2)Gently stir the mixture.
3)When the mixture is combined properly, wash your dog with it ideally once a week.
4) Allow the flea dip to stay on your dog for a few minutes.
What are fleas?
Like we said before, fleas are small insects that can jump long distances, and they feed off of the blood of their victim, in this case, your dog or cat
As if that is not bad enough, they do multiply very quickly where females layoff their eggs at least 3 times a day with an average of about 6-10 eggs in the time, so they can spread quickly in many numbers affecting the overall health of your pet and household members
So, needless to say, quick actions are required if you found out there are fleas in your house
Not only that. you should also do regular check-ups and apply prevention methods every now and then so your pet and house will remain flea free
How can you know if your pet has fleas?
There are many telltale signs for flea infection. S
The clearest sign of an insect are their bites and flea are no exception
their bites leave red marks and pump especially if your pet has a thick coat of hair or fur like most dogs or cats
Then you will notice them scratching themselves or biting their skin
this most likely means that they have fleas, but you can check with your vet to confirm that they are flea bites and not another issue
Another easy spot-on way to find out if there is flea infection or not is checking your pet yourself
The most common places for flea infection in your pet would be around the neck and legs so check these areas in your pet to see if you spot anything there
If you couldn’t spot any fleas that don’t mean the coast is clear yet. You should check for another clear give away of fleas which is their droppings
Now the flea droppings are not only found on your pet, but also on the areas where your pet reside, like on the floor or his bed, etc.
They will look like small flecks of pepper and they are essentially dried blood, just like you can see in the picture above.
How dangerous are fleas to dogs and cats?
Don’t be fooled by the flea small size, they can cause so much damage to the health and well being of your beloved dog or cat.
Fleas feed on the blood of their host. so the constant blood loss cannot be any good to your pet.
Plus, the flea bite itself is itchy, it causes redness and great discomfort to your pet
The constant scratching and biting is a great indicator of your pet’s discomfort, not to mention that your pet can hurt himself/herself in the process.
As if these issues are not bad enough. there can be even more serious complications to flea bites.
You will find that some pets are actually allergic to flea bites, to be more specific to the saliva of the flea.
In this case, their reaction to the flea bites would be even more severe than usual and it will lead to hair loss and skin infections.
The scientific name for it is flea allergy dermatitis and it is a rather common skin issue among dogs in the states.
Fleas are a common problem for dogs. They make them scratch a lot harming your dog.
You can eliminate your dog’s fleas when you use certain homemade flea repellant solutions.