As a dog owner, you understand the constant battle against your pup’s fleas. Not only are they a nuisance, they can be harmful to your pup’s health. It can start as small as skin irritation and grow as large as anemia. If you notice your dog scratching more than usual, it’s probably a sure sign of pests. You need to take action quickly, relieve their itchiness and purge the tiny fleas! There are plenty of different courses of treatment to choose from. There are natural remedies that you can make yourself and, of course, medical treatments. Today we’re looking at a mixture of both.
Regular grooming – First of all, regular grooming can help keep the pests at bay. You pup’s coat is very important, and it’s vital that you keep it healthy. A daily brush will help keep it tidy and free of knots. It will also help you spot the signs of fleas early. If you do, use a flea comb to get rid of eggs and larvae before the develop. One fantastic trick we’ve learnt over the years is to soak the comb in lemon juice first. Fleas hate it!
Regular washing – Getting your furry critter in the tub isn’t always the easiest task! Some dogs love the soapy water and, unfortunately, some can’t stand it. There are plenty of tricks to lure your dog into the water, and it’s essential that you learn. Regular baths with soapy water and a squeeze of lemon will help keep your dog happy and healthy.
Flea collar – A flea collar is a simple thing you can make yourself with little trouble. You can use a typical dog collar or even a bandana or piece of fabric. Then dip it in a cocktail of well-known flea repellents. Some of the best are cedar oil, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. We find that a drop of cedar oil mixed with water is sufficient for a flea collar, but try for yourself.
Drinks – There are certain natural drinks that will help ward off fleas. We’ve found that distilled vinegar is a fantastic way to repel fleas, so this will form the basis of our drink. Just a small drop of distilled vinegar (or apple cider vinegar) mixed with water is perfect. Make it part of your dog’s diet every morning. The bonus here is that it helps improve their skin and fur coat.
Medicinal drops and tablets – Often, the medical treatments are the most powerful option. They work quickly and directly to reduce the likelihood of fleas and remove an existing colony. Visit www.petfleas.co.uk to see the full range of treatments on offer at the moment. In general, treatments range from tablets to drops to creams. Experiment and see what works for you.
Smelling bags – Finally, a simple bag full of smells could do the trick. Try stuffing a small bag full of cedar chips and lavender. Lay it with the dog while they sleep and it will keep the fleas at bay.
There you have it, folks. Each of these remedies is effective in treating fleas, so find the one that works for you and your pup!