All About Dog Allergies

During 50 years of owning and loving dogs, CaroleCurtis has
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Welcome to all about dog allergies

Home Flea Remedies - the natural way to stop
fleas, ticks, mites, moquitos biting dogs

Anyone who owns a pet knows that fleas, ticks and mosquitos can be a real pest. As well as being pests they can also present serious health problems for your dog.

This section of our website focuses mainly on Home Flea remedies, however some of our suggestions will also erradicate ticks and mosquitos as well.

Next time you are in your grocery store or local hardware outlet, make a note of how many different products are on the shelves to kill fleas and ticks and other insects. The trouble is, most of them are toxic in one way or another, both to people and pets.

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Fortunately, there are natural and much healthier ways to get rid of fleas, ticks, mites and mosquitos than using toxic chemicals. Here's a list of some very effective home remedies for stoping these pests in their tracks:

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

If used on a regular basis ACV is a safe, effective and natural remedy for getting rid of fleas on your dog.

Ideally, choose an apple cider which contains the "mother" (core of the apple) and then dilute it half and half with water.

Tips on Application of ACV

Always dilute ACV half and half with water - it can then be used as

  • A full body spray before letting your dog outside or going for a walk. Please note, it is important to sheild your pet's eyes from any spray.
  • Drops in your dog's drinking water.
  • One teaspoon given orally each day daily, either directly from a teaspoon or a syring.

African Daisy Flowers

African daisy flower powder (pyrethrum) is a relatively safe and moderately effective treatment for getting rid of fleas . The idea is to sprinkle the powder on your carpets and rugs and then work it through with a broom, concentrating in areas where your pet likes to frequent and sleep. Leave it for 3 days and then vacuum, if your infestation is bad, repeat the process. Don't put African daisy flower powder directly on your pets.

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Boracic Acid

Boracic acid sometimes referred to boric acid is a naturally occurring chemical. Its been used for 100's of years in the Middle East and China as:

  • An antiseptic.
  • A cleaning agent.
  • A food preservative.
  • A pesticide.

Boracic acid is a white crystalline powder and non toxic to people and pets. As a flea and insect repellent it is perfect for sprinkling on carpets, and furniture. Its particularly ideal for putting under fridges and along the base of boards and dark areas where fleas and other pests like to hide.

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Cedar Wood Chips

Cedar Wood Chips placed in mulch outdoor and strategically placed indoors will act as a repellent to fleas and ticks too. Ideally place chips under furniture or near doors ways leading in and out of the house.

Some pets can be allergic to cedar wood and if this is the case, obviously this option isn't for you.

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Essential oils

Citronella, Lavender and Lemongrass oils are part of the "essential oils" family and all can be used in a highly diluted form as an effective flea repellent spray. The suggested dilution is 1 drop of oil to 25mls of water.

The sprays will also have a calming and soothing effect on your pets, which is an excellent way of getting them to settle and relax after being traumatised by flea bites.

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Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus leaves work particularly well at keeping fleas away. Most health stores sell them, or alternatively you could try buying online.

Fleas and ticks hate the smell of eucalyptus, so go ahead and plant out a few seedlings in your garden/yard. The "silver dollar" variety is particularly suited to growing indoors, so if you have the space, try placing 2 or 3 small pot plants in rooms where your pets like to mooch or sleep.

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Garlic and Yeast Tablets

When it comes to flea control, garlic and yeast tablets can be beneficial to cats and dogs in veterinary recommended doses. Once pets have digested the tablets the smell of their skin becomes unpalatable to fleas. If you haven't tried this remedy before, to be on the safe side, check this one out with your vet first.

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Herbal shampoos, conditions, sprays

Bathing your pets with a herbal shampoo/conditioner and finished off with an herbal spray is a very effective way of keeping your pets free of fleas the natural way.

The key to success with herbal shampoo is working it up a soapy-like lather, and then leaving it for at least 5 minutes before rinsing it off. It takes this long to kill fleas, larvae and eggs.

Its a good opportunity for you to give your pet a relaxing massage while waiting for the shampoo to work its magic.

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Pennyroyal Plant

Pennyroyal plants are poisonous to humans and animals, although some cultures do use the leaves sparingly as a herb in cooking. There are 2 varieties of pennyroyal plants and both have a very strong fragrance similar to spearmint.

Leaves from the plants both fresh and dried are especially noted for repelling fleas and other insects. When treating flea infestations, the plant's essential oil should never be used directly on humans or pets; this is due to its toxicity, even at extremely low levels.

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Regular Vacuuming

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And finally, your best weapon against stopping fleas bitting is using your vacuum cleaner regularly. Fleas simply hate vacuum cleaners. Just to finish them off properly put a flea collar in your vacuum cleaner bag and once the bag is full, seal it and dispose of it off your property.

 

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Please enjoy this video about safe natural home remedies you can make at home to rid your home and pets of fleas

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