How to Get Rid of Fleas on Dogs (Naturally)





Introduction: How to Get Rid of Fleas on Dogs (Naturally)

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When it comes to your pets, nothing can lead to more discomfort than fleas. In this tutorial, I am going to teach you how to get rid of fleas on dogs. The technique that we are going to use is safe, 100% natural and extremely effective. The amount of people that still use harsh chemicals to treat their animals is alarming. These toxic products can cause very serious side effects. Most people do not realize that there ways to kill fleas naturally that are just as effective.

The reason that it is so difficult to get rid of fleas is because of their various life cycle stages. The adults that you see crawling all over your dog only account for 5% of the total population. Half of a typical infestation is made up of eggs. The rest consists of pupa and larva. Your treatment plan needs to be versatile enough to kill fleas on dogs that are in every stage of their life cycle.

Interesting Fact: A flea is capable of jumping 160 times its own height! If humans were capable of that, we would be able to jump over tall buildings!

Where is Your Dog’s Flea Infestation Coming From?

The first step you should take in order to get rid of fleas on your dog is to identify the source of the infestation. Animals can easily obtain them form your yard or other animals. If you have a flea problem in your yard, you will need to spray that before you treat your dog. It is also possible that you broght them into your home yourself. Also, since eggs can remain dormant for many months, 2nd hand items also pose a treat.

Clean Carpets, Bedding and Furniture

The second step you should always take when treating an insect infestation is to clean. Isolate your dog during this process. First you should throw all washable fabrics into the washer. This will include pet bedding, human bedding, clothes, etc. You will also need a very thorough vacuuming session. Vacuum every single piece of carpet and furniture in your home. Just be sure to handle the contents of the canister carefully when you are finished. Make sure you empty it outdoors into a sealed trash bag. These steps will obviously not get rid of fleas on dogs but they will ensure that they do not come back. These steps will also help to kill a decent portion of the fleas in your home.

Best Way to Kill Fleas on Dogs

There is a simple recipe you can use to kill fleas on pets that most people don’t know about. All you need is water, a spray bottle, lemongrass and cedarwood essential oils.The flea spray is easy to make and is extremely effective. You probably don’t have lemongrass or cedarwood oil laying around the house but they are both very inexpensive. They also have many other wonderful health and pest control benefits. I always like to keep a bottle of each around my home.

Note: It is critical that you only use 100% therapeutic grade oil. If you are not sure what kind to use or where to get it, check out the video above for more details.

Natural Flea Spray for Dogs:

1. Add 4 ounces of purified water to a spray bottle

2. Add 5ml of cedarwood essential oil

3. Add 4 drops of lemongrass oil.

4. You can increase the ingredients proportionately for larger breeds of dogs.

Directions for Killing Fleas on an Animal

1. Brush your dog’s hair against the grain to expose their skin

2. Use your natural flea spray to mist their entire body. Avoid spraying the face or ears.

3. Apply some of the solution to your hands and carefully apply to your dog’s face and ears. Be careful to keep it out of their eyes because essential oils will irritate them.

4. You can repeat these steps until you kill every flea on your dog. This natural recipe is milder than toxic chemicals so it is safe to apply as many times as needed.

5. Spray you dog 1-2 times a week to keep them away permanently.

Controlling Fleas in Your Yard

In some cases, you may need to treat your yard before you are able to get rid of fleas on your dog. This is a very simple process. All you need is cedarwood oil (in a larger quantity) and a sprayer that attaches to the end of your garden hose. There are a few different brands that you can purchase in larger containers. Again, just refer to the video above if you need help finding the right stuff. Just apply a light layer of cedarwood oil to your grass, shrubs and other vegetation around your home. I treat my yard every summer to get rid of fleas, ticks and mosquitos.

Question or Comments?

Feel free to leave me questions and comments below. I will continue to update this guide with any new information that becomes available. I’d like to thank you for reading my guide about how to get rid of fleas on dogs. I wish you the best of luck!



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    Maybe a silly question, but here goes: How can you dilute oil in water? Seems like you would get a mixture that separates quickly. Wouldn't you need to add an emulsifier like in salad dressing?

    Maybe a silly question, bet here goes: How can you dilute oil in water? Seems like you would get a mixture that separates rather quickly. Wouldn't you need some kind of emulsifier - like in salad dressing?

    Hi, what is this 5MI? if were to add by drops how many would it take. I already have the oils, like to get this mixed as soon as possible my one dog is 17 and alligeric to the other flea things. please if u could tell me this as soon as possiblei'd full appreacate it. thankimg u in advance. gail hinton

    Its really dangerous to spray essential oils on animals. It could kill them. Please Do not do this. On funiture is fine.

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    This is simply not accurate. There are many essential oils which are safe and even very beneficial to dogs. They need to be pure and properly diluted though. The following essential oils are Safe for dogs:
    Angelica Root
    Black Pepper
    Carrot Seed
    Clary Sage
    Sweet Fennel
    Juniper Berry
    Sweet Marjoram
    Orange (sweet & blood)
    Ylang Ylang

    Thank you for the list. I use doTerra lavender oil on my fur baby diluted with fractionated coconut oil and I’ve also used lemongrass. As others have said quality is the important thing.

    I'm totally with Kevin! The brand of oils from which we get our oils is of EXTREME importance. Most essential oils out there really are toxic for our pets and our babies. We need to fully research the company from which we purchase our oils, not just get any brand out there. My family has used the Young Living brand since 2007 and there has been absolutely no poisoning. In fact, we have all, including our pets, ENHANCED our health by using them.

    Call your local vet and ask how many dogs and cats have come in with essential oil poisoning.

    I've roomed with two vet assistants. I'm familiar with situations they deal with. Essential oil poisoning happens when it's not properly diluted or when the wrong oils are used. Just like alcohol poisoning – a beer will not be a problem, but 12 or 13 might.

    I use peppermint and lemon grass on my dogs diluted with a carrier oil and it has not killed my dogs lol..get your facts straight, I have asked my vet and she said it was fine..but for cats I wouldn't use it on them...

    What about the flea bites on humans. I've been bitten all over by fleas and they are leaving welts on me. The thing here is they don't stop itching. I've tried Avons skin so soft , benedrayl, hydrocortisone and oatmeal. Nothing seems to help me and I must have over 50 bites on me presently. I'm going nuts.

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    I use doTerra lavender oil for all kinds of insect bites. I’m very allergic to insect bites and that seems to help the most. I hope you have found something that works for you.

    Hopefully you have found something by now.... but what works best in our home is lavender. Make sure you pick a brand that is completely unadulterated, though. The brand I personally trust the most is Young Living. They ship directly to your house

    1.I want to try cedar oil for my yard, applying with a hose end
    sprayer. I've done one application of Wondercide Lawn concentrate
    (active ingredient is 90% cedar oil, inert ingredient is 10% ethyl
    lactate ) but I want to switch to plain cedar oil, so much cheaper. The
    Wondercide package says for a 1000 sq ft yard to use 2 oz Wondercide
    concentrate with the hose end sprayer set for 1 tablespoon. Should I use
    the same amount and settings for my lawn when I apply cedar oil?

    I'm going to use it on my dogs and cats, too. To make sure I'm getting
    cedar oil that will not harm my pets, what do I look for? Is it being
    certified organic enough?

    3. How much cedar oil should I put in the rinse when I use my carpet cleaner to help eliminate fleas?

    My dog had a seizure after using this mixture of essential oils. We thought she was going to die and was terrifying to watch her go through that. She's ok now thank god but I have been in contact with others who have said lemongrass is toxic to all pets. Hopefully everyone reads this comment and can avoid this possible life threatening situation.

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    That is why we need to choose the brand of essential oils properly.... A lot of oils out there are very toxic for us, our kids and our pets. I use only the Young Living brand.... There's a few other good brands, but we need to really research the companies well first, before purchasing any essential oils. The process they use from the seed all the way to the sealing of the bottle is of extreme importance - it's truly an art.

    How about picking some lemongrass from the garden, bring to a boil and spray on your dog?

    If you are nervous about using essential oils you can easily make a hydrasol (google it). I've used essential oils on my dog and he has always been fine but on y cats I use hydrasols as they are much less aggressive.

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    Which herbs do you use on your cats?

    Dogs can metabolize most of the things we can, but cats cannot, especially phenols. so you there are a very limited number of herbs you can use with cats without extreme care. Catnip repels mosquitos & so likely would repel fleas as well.