There are many good, chemical-based dog flea treatments available. However, if you are a conscientious dog owner who would rather not expose your pet to these chemicals, there are natural dog flea treatments – both those that you purchase and those that you can make yourself.
Only Natural Pet All-in-One Flea Remedy
For example, Only Natural Pet All-in-One Flea Remedy is a natural flea powder that safely eliminates adult fleas on your dog and in your home. Its manufacturer says the product is completely non-toxic, and chemical free. Price: $14.99
TripleSure® “For Responsible Pet Lovers”
This product works three ways: it kills fleas and ticks on contact; repels fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, flies and bees; and retards new insect infestations. The manufacture of this product says that it is a combination of cedar and peppermint oil. Price: $39.95 – buy one get one free.
Do-It-Yourself Natural Dog Flea Treatment
There are also a number of ways to rid your dog of fleas that you can do yourself. However, do keep in mind that these all-natural flea treatments may not be as effective as those that contain a good insecticide.
One such flea treatment is to bathe your dog with a solution containing 3 drops of lavender, 2 drops of lemon grass and 3 drops of citronella essential oil.
Another natural dog flea treatment is to take an old spray bottle, fill it with water, and add eight drops of lavender essential oil and then spray your dog’s fur, especially its back area, neck and the base of his tail. Be sure to cover your dog’s eyes when spraying the neck, as their eyes are just as sensitive as ours.
This may sound a bit far out but another possible way to get rid of fleas is to coat your dog with natural olive oil. Many people feel this will not only kill the fleas, it will get rid of them for good. Of course, after you have used the olive oil, you will want to give your dog several baths with an approved shampoo to get rid of the olive oil.
Natural Flea Repellents
You can also make your own natural flea repellent. One of these is a citrus repellant. All you do is cut a lemon into quarters and place the quarters in a pint jug. Cover this with boiling water and let it steep overnight. The next day you will have a flea repellent that you can use in a spray bottle – spraying all over your dog – especially behind the ears and around the head. Again, be careful of your dog’s eyes. And don’t forget to get under its “armpits”.
You can also make an aromatherapy flea repellent using 10 mL of sweet almond oil as your base. Add 10 drops of lavender and five drops of cedar wood to the oil shake well and use one or two drops spread over your dog’s skin at least twice a week to keep those nasty fleas away.
Give Your Dog A Good Bath
If it appears that your dog has been badly infested, you will need to bathe it using your favorite all-natural dog shampoo. After you have shampooed the dog, rinse it off very thoroughly and, in the final rinse, add a couple of drops of Tea Tree Oil or lavender oil.
When you do bathe the dog, remember to pay close attention to areas like at the base of its tail, the back of its ears and between its paws.
An All-Natural Dog Flea Collar
Store-bought flea collars can pose a hazard to your dog because of the chemicals they contain. However, you can make your own all-natural dog flea collar. Just rub a few drops of eucalyptus oil, Tea Tree Oil, citronella, lavender or geranium into ordinary webbing or rope collar or even a doggy bandanna. You will need to do this weekly.
Internal Flea Repellents
You may not think of garlic as a wonderful eau de‘cologne but the good thing is that it’s also not a flea’s favorite smell, either. What happens when your dog eats garlic is that the smell is excreted through its skin making your dog less likely to be a flea’s next meal. The good news is that your dog’s breath will probably not have a garlicky smell.
Another thing that will help make your dog less attractive to fleas is brewers yeast tablets. This is because once again, the smell is excreted through the dog’s skin and fleas do not find it attractive.
Finally, if you add a teaspoon spoon of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s water bowl, its skin will become more acidic and less appealing to fleas and ticks. If you find that your dog doesn’t take well to apple cider vinegar in its water bowl, just dilute the vinegar 50-50 with water and then use it in a spray bottle.
Have you ever heard of Diatomaceous Earth (DE)? It is a substance that fleas can’t tolerate it and it’s actually lethal to fleas.
This substance is made up of finely milled, fossilized shells of tiny organisms called diatoms. These little creatures have fine, sharp edges that dry out the flea’s outer shell on contact and the fleas then dehydrate and die within hours. Plus, the fleas will also die when they eat the dust.
You can purchase DE as a powder and sprinkle it on your pet and around your home. Be sure to sprinkle your floors, carpeting and furniture. Also sprinkle your dog’s bedding and any other places where it likes to hang out, as this is where most fleas will be found.
Treating Your Home For Fleas
Wash your dog’s bedding and basket regularly; use 2 to 4 drops of eucalyptus essential oil in a very hot wash, as you will eliminate both fleas and dust mites in your pet’s bedding at the same time.
To treat your home, vacuum regularly, especially areas that are dark, warm and harbor dust, as these are ideal breeding areas for fleas. Examples of such places are under furniture, beds and under carpets.
Use lavender scented detergent mixed with 4 to 8 drops of lavender essential oil to clean your floors. Pay special attention to where the floors meet the walls, as these crevices are another place where fleas can exist undetected and breed successfully.
Advantages And Disadvantages Of Natural Flea Treatments
The main advantage of these natural treatments are that they are, well, natural. So, if you’d rather not treat your dog with harsh chemicals, natural treatments are a way to go. They are also inexpensive. As you have seen, you can even make some yourself. Finally, bathing your dog can be a nice, bonding experience for the two of you – assuming your dog will sit still for a bath and shampoo.
The down side of these natural dog flea treatments is that there is no scientific proof that they work. Natural flea treatments such as non-insecticidal flea controls, flea combs, eucalyptus oils, flea traps, natural collars and so on may work with your dog and your house or they may not. There are people who swear by these natural dog flea treatments so there is anecdotal evidence to support their use but no real proof.
It certainly wouldn’t hurt to try some of these natural dog flea treatments but, at the same time, you should keep a close eye on your dog to make sure it does not fall prey to a flea infestation or tick bite.