Fleas can be very bothersome especially if you notice that your dog is scratching non-stop. Worse, this may lead to skin irritation and infection. These ectoparasites can increase your dog’s risk of having some serious health problems.
If your dog is going through such a problem, you probably want to know ways on how you can help your dog. The good thing is there are home remedies for these annoying little parasites. Here are some of them:
Materials you need:
- Spray bottle: Use one that does not have any chemicals in it. Much better, use an unused spray bottle.
- Vinegar: You can use either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar; take your pick.
Preparing the solution:
- Mix the vinegar and the water in the bottle in a 1:1 proportion. If you find the smell too strong and your dog is not comfortable with it, dilute the solution by adding more water, with a maximum of 75% water.
Using the solution on your dog:
- Spray the solution, making sure to avoid your dog’s eyes and any open wounds.
- Your dog may not like the spray; if this is the case, use a washcloth instead to apply the solution.
Apple cider vinegar for your dog to drink
Aside from using as a spray, you can also use ACV to prepare a liquid mixture that your dog can drink. This homemade ACV drink helps keep fleas away from your dog.
Materials you need:
- Water bowl
- Mix approximately 15 ml or a teaspoon of ACV with a quart of water. You can also ask your dog’s vet for the optimal amount of ACV that your dog can safely ingest.
- Gradually introduce the liquid mixture to your dog. Start by giving the mix in small amounts until your dog becomes familiar with the smell and taste.
Keeping your yard free from fleas is an essential preventive move. Here are steps on what you can do:
- Sun: Fleas hate the sun, so it is better if you keep your yard shade-free if possible.
- Herbs: The smell of herbal plants helps in keeping away the fleas.
- Nematodes and other natural predators: Nematodes are parasites that are fatal to larvae of fleas. Also, lizards and frogs eat insects.
- Diatomite. Also called as diatomaceous earth, diatomite is a natural, safe product that can lacerate and kill fleas.
Inside your house, vacuuming is a way of keeping the fleas out. Make sure to pay attention to places where your dog usually hangs out. Also, here are homemade sprays you can use to repel these bothersome insects:
- Salt. Clean your floors (hardwood or tile) with salt/water liquid mix.
- Essential oil. You can choose from tea tree, rosemary, and lavender oils, as they don’t smell sweet to fleas. Be extra careful though as there are oils that may be unsafe for your dog.
Flea-free dog items
You should also keep your dog’s items free from fleas, including his clothes, linens, and toys. You can do this by washing them with hot water, as long as this will not damage your dog’s things.