Summers are arriving in the U.S. which means it’s the season of fleas. Dog-parents dread these parasites as they put our beloved fur-babies on the risk of various illnesses. The most common ones include flea bite dermatitis, tapeworms, and anemia. Ticks are even more dangerous as they can transmit diseases such as Canine ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, etc. Well as they say “prevention is better than cure!” So if you want to protect your pup against these tiny blood-sucking parasites, you will have to take preventive measures. There are various tick repellents available in the market, but you can use these natural home remedies to help your pooch without using any chemicals. However, if your dog is already infested, I would recommend consulting the veterinarian regarding the correct course of action.
Make Your Flea Collar
Instead of having to buy a flea collar, you can now create one at home. Here are the things you will need:
Dilute 2-3 drops of essential oil in 1-3 tablespoon water and create a diluted mixture. Take the collar or bandana and apply 5 to 10 drops of the mixture on it. Rub the sides of the bandana, and your flea collar is ready for use. Now tie it around your dog’s neck, the lavender essential oil will aid in preventing your pup from flea attacks.
Use Essential Oils
Not all oils are safe to be used on your dogs, but some can be quite beneficial. Among the most useful oils is the Lavender essential oil that doesn’t only make your pup smell pleasant but also provides protection against fleas. You can make a deterrent spray using 1 cup apple cider vinegar along with one-quarter of water. Mix both liquids and add 2-3 drops of the lavender essential oil. You can spray the mixture over your dog’s body avoiding his eyes and nose. Another useful option is to add lavender plants in your garden to ward off fleas and ticks.
Create Your Flea Repellent Sprays Using Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider vinegar has plenty of benefits even for your furry companion. It acts as a fantastic flee deterrent and can keep these parasites away from your pooch. There are multiple ways to utilize the benefits of apple cider vinegar; the easiest is to make a flea repellent at home. Just mix equal quantities of the vinegar & water, and store it in a spray bottle. You can either use it to kill fleas or spray it on your dog’s coat before he heads out to safeguard him against flea and tick bites.
Use Diatomaceous Earth
Although home remedies do tend to work, you can’t always be 100% sure. Therefore to be on the safe side, it is best to keep your yard and home free of the parasites. Diatomaceous Earth is also known as DE is just what can help you out. Before you use the product in your yard, locate the areas with high flea populations. These will generally be the shady and moist spots in your lawn or where your dog spends most of his time. Once you have located the area, dust DE all over and let the product do its job. However, make sure that your purchase the “food grade” DE only as that is safe for your pets and is useful for killing fleas.
A Flea Comb Can Help
The constant scratching may annoy your dog and become painful for him, in such situations using a flea comb is a more natural way to provide relief. Make a mixture of hot soapy water (to dip the comb in) and begin the cleanup mission. Comb your dog’s fur, the crucial areas of the body are the underside, top of his neck and the tail as this is where the fleas hide.
Use Lemon as a Repellent
You can utilize the power of citrus to deter fleas and ticks. There are different ways to use lemon; you can cut it into quarters and soak the pieces in boiling water overnight. Strain the liquid and spray it on your dog the next morning. If you feel your dog can't tolerate it, then rub the juice of a fresh lemon over your dog’s fur. The amazing smell of the lemon juice will help keep fleas away from your pooch. However, make sure that while using the spray you don’t get any into your pup’s eyes as that may irritate.
Jenny Perkins is an Animal Behavior Specialist and a passionate writer. She loves to write about the nutrition, health, and care of dogs. She aims at providing tips to dog owners that can help them become better pet parents. She writes for the blog HerePup.