Blog 7 Flea Treatments For Dogs
It’s summertime and we all know what that means: fleas. Each year they always come around and you can never find an easy solution. Fortunately, we have a few remedies that might help you out.
Capstar is a pill that will kill off all current flea and flea larvae within 24 hours. This works wonders and is a great source to start the debugging of your home process.
Comfortis is the first FDA-approved flea-control tablet. The best part about this tablet is that it is known to work very well.
Comfortis is the perfect solution for getting the fleas under control and it is even recommended that you use Capstar before this. Give your dog Capstar first to kill off all current fleas and flea larvae on the dog. After 24 hours, give your dog a Comfortis tablet in order to prevent fleas from returning.
A flea comb is a great home remedy for fleas that are currently on your dog. They can be purchased at any local pet store and most online sites such as Amazon and eBay. This is a very affordable and convenient solution. When used properly, the comb will pick up any fleas that may exist on your dog. After combing, it is recommended that you put the fleas in a bowl of alcohol or vinegar to make sure that they are killed and don’t reappear.
For more information on how to use a flea comb watch this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69-NtMnvUOo
Do they work? That is the common question that is asked when referring to flea collars. Flea collars bring up this never-ending debate and the trick here is not to buy one, but instead, make your own. It’s a lot easier than you may think. All you have to do is take your dog’s collar and add drops of eucalyptus, citronella, lavender, or geranium. Re-applying the same oil every week should do the trick.
Tea tree oil can also be used for the collar but with much caution. When using tea tree oil, make sure you’re very cautious when using 1% or less. It can cause nausea, vomiting, and lethargy. With this oil keep in mind that less is more.
Flea collars can also be purchased at your local pet store.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Mixing a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar into your dog’s water twice a day will help balance the PH levels. If necessary, increase the amount to a tablespoon twice a day.
You can also apply the apple cider vinegar by simply spraying or rubbing it onto your dog’s fur. This will also do the trick.
Dry Pennyroyal (liquid form can be toxic if ingested)
Dry Pennyroyal, a European herb, is perfect to place around your house and even your dog’s bed. However, if your dog has a tendency of eating plants, this is not a viable option. It is also not recommended when children are around.
We love this one and your dog may too! Fleas have a tendency to be repulsed by citrus. Applying a freshly squeezed lemon, lime, or orange to your dog’s coat can help keep the fleas off your best friend. The best part is that it is safe for your dog. If they lick it off there is no harm done. In fact, they may enjoy the citrusy taste.