Fleas are a pest to you and your pet. It is battle that most of us have to face each spring and summer. Up until last year I used medications that I brought at my vetâ€™s office. Last year my dog got a server rash from the medication so we stop using them and looked for alterative for the poisons that we were using. It is important to us to find a great flea preventive since one of my dogs is allergic to fleas and that allergy has caused several other injuries. So here is what I have found to work for us and for others.
1. Keep your pet healthy and strong and they will not be affected by fleas. Make sure that you feed a diet of whole, natural ingredients free from hormones and pesticides. Try a frozen, Raw, or premium food, we have a list of several companies on our site click here.
2. Use Flea repealing supplements, which are also good for their health.
Add Salmon or Flaxseed oils to their diets. This keeps the fleas away and promotes healthy hair and skin.
3. Add a clove of Fresh Grated Garlic to your Dog’s Food. (Do Not Give Garlic to CATS). Instead of Garlic you can also use Brewer’s Yeast, which is also a good source of Vitamin B1.
4. Grooming you pet removes dead hair, mats and tangles that are a good place for fleas. Invest in a fleas comb as these combs will grab adult fleas.Â Pay attention to the following areas: Under the legs, around the head and tail and on their belly. These areas are where fleas like to congregate.
5. Bathing you dog regularly will keep fleas off your pets. Use a shampoo with all natural ingredients as these will not dry out your pet’s skin as much. Try finding one with Aloe and Oatmeal if possible (unless your pet has an allergy to either). Keep the lather on for at least 10 to 15 minutes to drown any living fleas. Then rinse them thoroughly.
6. Use essentials oils on dog only. You can find a shampoo that contains them or you purchase them to be used. Some great ones are lavender, rosemary, tea tree, mint, need and citrus. Essentials are toxic to cats so do not use them on CATS
1. Try an all natural topical for your pet that contains essentials oils (ONLY ON DOGS). Tea Tree Oil will prevent fleas but it will also kill existing fleas. Be careful when using essentials oils since they are strong and it is best to dilute them with water before use.
2. Do not use Essentials on cats, but you can use aromatic hydrosols instead.
3. Herbal flea powders and collars provide a good alternative but use a natural product
Inside the House
1. Vacuum all your carpet and upholstery, including any dark corners, along baseboards and crevices where they may hide. Get rid of the bad when done. If you have a canister vacuums (like I do, then put it in a plastic bag and get rid of the bag).
2. Laundry everything that can be put in the wash with hot water to kill the fleas
3. Wash all the pets bedding’s; put either cedar chips or lavender around or in their bedding to keep fleas from coming back.
4. Sprinkle diatomaceous earth around your to kill the fleas and disrupt their reproducing cycle.
Outside the House
1. Clear your yard of piles of leaves, brush and all other debris.
2. Buy beneficial nematodes that kill fleas by infesting their larvae. Look for Steinernema (SC or SF) are the best
If you keep up prevention and treat early your pet will have a great spring and summer. Some of the things that we do are:
1. In the dog house outside we keep cedar chips in and around their house.
2. We bath the dogs ever week.
3. We use cedar and tea tree oil to get rid of and prevent fleas.
4. We spread diatomaceous earth throughout the yard all year round
5. Last but not least we keep all the piles of leaves, pine straw and any other debris cleared out of yard.
I hope that all of these tips are useful for you and your pet.