Dogs are wonderful pets to have, but many of them share a common, irritating problem. If you’re still wondering, I’m talking about fleas! These little parasites cause all kinds of discomfort for your four-legged friend, and can mean a lot of inconvenience for you. I’m sure you’ve had enough of your flea problem, so read on. Here are some great remedies for getting rid of fleas.
Perhaps you’ve got a flea issue which is real and present right now. However, you can avoid this in the future by taking preventative measures. While medications such as Capstar are highly effective, most of us like to avoid giving our pets pills if we can help it! One of the best ways to prevent your dog from getting fleas is by using a flea collar. You can pick one of these up at a pet store pretty cheaply, or even make your own. Simply make a mixture of 2-3 tablespoons of water, mixed with a few drops of oil. Then, soak a bandana in the liquid and tie it around your dog’s neck. This will give off a scent which is unnoticeable to us, but repugnant to fleas.
So, what do you do once the fleas actually get in your dog’s coat? One good remedy to try would be a lea comb. You can buy these with packs of a special lotion at most pet stores. Zero In do some pretty good ones, for example. However, if you wanted to save a bit of money, you can make your own flea-killing solution. Simply add some sliced lemons to a pot of boiling water, remove the lemons and then let the whole mixture steep for a day. Once the liquid has cooled, dip a fine comb in and run it methodically through your dog’s hair. There’ll be just enough acidity left from the lemon to kill any fleas it comes into contact with. If you’re lacking a comb, a sponge works well for short-haired breeds.
You can also use flea spray to get rid of your pet’s fleas. There are all kinds of brands which sell this, but I’m going to offer one more home remedy. Get a quart of water, a cup of white wine or cider vinegar, and a few drops of cedar or lavender oil. Mix all your ingredients together, and pour it into a spray bottle. Carefully mist your dog with the spray, avoiding their eyes and nose. The acidity in the mixture can be very irritable if it gets in the wrong places! The spray bottle will be fine for the dog’s rear and back. However, when it comes to their head and neck, spray the mixture into a soft cloth, and wipe it against the dog’s fur methodically. This will not only kill the present fleas, but repel any other ones that were thinking of making a home out of your dog.
There you have it. I hope these hints help you keep your dog free of fleas, and save some money in the process!