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!
Gor Reef Octopus
I have seen toys like this online and really wanted one for Jynx, I have to say she has taken to him something terrible. She refuses to let him out of her sight and he has gone straight to the number one toy list. One difference I have noticed is that she plays with this happy fellow a lot more than her other toys, which she tends to just carry about and look after.
Hungry Hector South Woof Coast Path
These are a fishy treat made of sardine and seaweed. Jynx instantly turned her nose up and them and wouldn’t even take a sniff. Bella however ate hers in one. She tends to do that a lot.
Billy + Margot Fish Skin Cubes
Again another fishy treat which neither dog seemed to like. Jynx did give this one a good smell and ultimately decided not to try it. We aren’t really too sure what Bella did with hers. She sniffed it for a while and then my mum just left it on the floor of my brother’s bedroom for her. It could still be there for all I know.
All in all the doggies were fairly happy with this box. New toys and some treats. I am very disappointed that the dogs are so iffy when it comes to fish based treats as I know they contain a lot of good nutrients. We will keep trying though and see if we can make them give them a go.
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Enjoy the rest of your weeks guys, my next post will be up on Sunday. I am going to be chatting all about PERIODS (eep)