To get rid of dog fleas in the gentlest way when treating a parasite invasion on your treasured pup, try a natural approach first.
While popular spot-on treatments may work to get rid of dog fleas, they do rely on
pretty strong chemicals that have been known to cause health problems.
Just a peek at the the label warnings is pretty scary. The point being -
these products are toxic!
Natural flea control methods provide safer alternatives when it comes to getting rid of fleas and we'll describe that approach in just a minute.
You've no doubt heard the expression "breeding like rabbits". Well that should more aptly be changed to fleas.
The rabbits have nothing on them in the breeding department. Just a drop in the bucket - which, by the way, is where the fleas and eggs should go after you have combed them out of your dog's coat - a bucket of soapy water that is.
Tip - Dip a fine-toothed flea comb in the water first, then the fleas won't be able to escape while you comb them out and dunk into the water to drown.
To "find" the flea dirt (in other words feces):
If your dog has been attacked by fleas, then they are in your home also. Sorry!
While fleas may tend to jump on and off their host, the eggs they lay on a pet's coat usually fall off into areas he frequents.
Look for them in your dog's favorite carpeted areas, warm
cozy corners, couches and chairs in your home, and of course in his bed
and your bed.
It's really important to interrupt their life-cycle and kill both the fleas and the eggs. So let's get to it.
When it comes to planning an attack to get rid of dog fleas, the natural control method is a three step approach involving:
- all of which need to be
treated at more or less the same time to solve the problem.
A healthy dog has a lot more natural immunity to a flea attack. Diet is so important to a dog's health, that the biggest favor you can do for your dog is to feed him the best dog food!
Not only will this provide the nutrients for a strong immune
system, it will also help your dog avoid skin problems that weaken
the skin and make it very attractive to parasites.
Apply an all-natural flea and tick control product for ongoing protection and/or for longer term use, consider a botanical collar which safely repels ticks and fleas for five months.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Diatomaceous earth for use in pool filters is not the same thing and should not be used for natural flea and tick control purposes.
These beneficial microorganisms which consume flea larvae, are harmless to pets, plants or humans. They are also very helpful in destroying other plant-destructive insects in the soil.
Ticks can carry a host of diseases, including lyme disease, which can be transmitted to dogs. Ticks like to hang out in grassy fields or wooded wilderness areas, but dog parks and even areas your own back yard are also potential habitats.
There are numerous remedies available to do battle with parasites, but our preference is for natural products, that do not contain harmful ingredients or toxic pesticides.
To get rid of fleas using natural approach may take a little
longer to work, but the advantage is that these products can be used
safely for year-round protection of our pet's health when dealing with parasites.
While you are treating the dog and the house, don't forget yourself.
Essential oils are a natural way to repel fleas and other bugs. The following ones are frequently used for this purpose:
They can be blended together with a carrier oil such as jojoba and rubbed on arms and legs for protection.
Take preventative measures to get rid of dog fleas year-round. Some ongoing recommendations to consider:
Dog fleas - aargh. They are a menace for both pets and people and once they check in, they are hard to check out.
Left untreated, a dog with fleas will suffer from irritating skin conditions, including dermatitis. These parasites also carry the tapeworm, which can be transferred to your dog if he successfully bites into a flea.
Fleas and ticks have been around for millions of years - if you have a dog, spoiled or otherwise,
sooner or later you will encounter them. And what's worse, these cooties are
strong survivors so you have to be very diligent to protect your pet from them.
It only takes a few female fleas a very short time to multiply into a staggering colony if their eggs are not destroyed.
And while an adult flea can't live but a few days without a meal, fully developed fleas can remain inside the pupal cocoon for several months without eating - just lying in wait for an innocent food source - host - to come their way.
How do you know if your dog has fleas? Well the most obvious sign is that you see a flea jump off your dog or you spot an embedded tick on his body, but before that happens, here are some other telltale signs:
It's an ongoing process to get rid of dog fleas as long as you have furry companions in your home.
Tip - For a periodic flea check on the inside of your home: Put out a flea trap - this one- is a popular choice and gets rid of them without the use of chemicals. You'll get the jump on them so to speak and be able to attack the problem before it gets worse!
Remember, while these natural methods can help with flea control, they might not be as effective as commercial chemical products. For severe flea problems, have a consult with your veterinarian. You both know your pet and between the two of you can decide on the most suitable solution for your dog's specific needs and your peace of mind.
Whatever products you select to get rid of dog fleas and help your pet with other parasites, make sure to precisely follow the label directions for use.
And, please keep an eye on your dog for any allergic or adverse reaction. Even dog flea products that are regarded as very safe for most dogs, may cause an unwanted reaction in some dogs.