If you want a happy and healthy dog, regular grooming, and good nutrition is the best way to protect your dog.
Frequent bathing and grooming of your pet will keep fleas away as well. You can find natural flea shampoos with some of the ingredients mentioned above at natural food stores. A lemon rinse after the bath is a helpful measure, leaving a citrus odor which fleas dislike. To make a rinse: Cut up a few lemons, cover them with boiling water, and let the mixture steep overnight. After removing the pulp, the lemon water can be brushed into your pet’s coat and allowed to air dry. Between baths, frequent use of a flea comb can be quite helpful.
Best home remedies to control fleas and eradicate them at the earliest.
Cut some lemons into quarters and soak them in boiling water. Now, keep the lemons soaked overnight, to make the repellent. In the morning, spray it all over your pet’s body; especially head, behind ears and armpits, to rid it of fleas.
Take a bottle and put 600 ml of water in it. Now, add 2 drops each of pure lavender oil and pure cedar wood essential oil in the bottle. Shake it well before spraying it over your pet’s body. However, remember, the effectiveness of the spray does not last much long, as the oil evaporates quickly and hence, it needs to be re-applied. You can also use pure almond carrier oil or eucalyptus oil as an alternative.
Include Nutritious Food
Fleas attacking your pet present a sign of its poor health. To fight this pest, make sure that your pet is strong internally, so that his body develops enough resistance. Including healthy nutritious food, such as garlic, in the diet will act wonders for your pet. The strong smell emitted through the skin, after the consumption of garlic, will make fleas’ stay inhospitable. The same goes with natural apple cider vinegar that can be included in its drinking water. Natural yeast will also keep the pest away from your pet’s coat.
Herbal Flea Collars
You can use nylon cloth to make the collar and add a few drops of essential oil of your choice, such as rosemary, eucalyptus, citronella or tea tree oils. However, do not forget to take the advice of your veterinary doctor, before putting on the collar, as some pets might be sensitive to it.
Essential Oils Bath
Give your pet a bath of essential oils, if the flea has infested it badly. Add a few drops of essential oils, like tea tree oil, fresh rosemary leaf oil and lavender oil, in the bath water.
Get a comb specially made for flea control and move it through your pet’s hair. It will definitely help reduce the number of fleas on its body. Vacuum clean your house to control fleas, especially the carpets and pets bedding. After cleaning, seal the bag carefully and dispose it off far away from your place.
Fleas prefer to attack malnourished dogs because of their poor and weak immune systems. That is why it is essential for pet owners to give their dogs healthy diets and maintain great nutrition. Try to avoid chemical preservatives in your dog’s food, and always look for meat as the first ingredient. And just like humans, dog needs vitamins to boost their health and immune system too.
There are natural supplements out there that are 100% pure, safe and effective. Vitamins can help strengthen your pet’s skin and immune system that can be caused by flea bites, or allergic reactions from the saliva of the flea, and other possible infections.
Published by Graeme Stephens owner of Pest Control Auckland and has proudly been providing the following professional services since 1987: pest control, fly control, flea control, insect, cockroach, wasp, bee, flies, fleas, bed bug control, ant control.
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