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How to fight fleas naturally on dogs?

 

It is always essential to maintain prevention against these parasites because they
are carriers of diseases, which affect not only our furry friends but also ourselves.


What are fleas and ticks?


Both are parasites that live only by feeding on your pets blood, and this, as
mentioned above, can lead to various problems, from skin diseases to severe
infections. It should be taken into account that a single adult flea can deposit up to two-hundred eggs in its entire life cycle and that an adult tick can lay from two
thousand to four thousand eggs throughout its life.

 

What can I use to combat them?


Well, it is true that in the market, there are numerous methods for the elimination of these annoying ectoparasites. It is always good to remember what type of natural remedies we can apply to our pets if we do not have access to commercialized products.

Note: We must bear in mind that if the pet has skin lesions, we will have to be
extremely careful with what we apply to these areas. Also, always consult your family veterinarian about using what you think to put it on your pet. Veterinary professionals will still know how to advise you on what you should correctly and what you should not apply or give to your pet.

 

Traditional methods:

How can it be made from home? We will introduce you to several ways below. 

  • ANTIPARASITIC SCARF
How to fight fleas and ticks naturally on dogs
Photo by Mareefe 

    What will we need?
    • Lavender oil.
    • Water.
    • White vinegar.
    • Fabric scarf.


    Instructions:

    We will put half a glass of water in a container, a quarter of white vinegar, and five
    lavender oil drops. We will mix everything very well, and after a while, we will immerse the scarf until it is entirely soaked, squeeze the excess, and finally adjust it around our pet's neck.


    This same method can also be applied to clean our faithful companion's bed and
    carry out extensive cleaning for every corner of our house. We can use an atomizer, and inside we place part of this mixture. We can spray our pet when removing them through the area of ​​the legs, tail, and belly; thus, we will avoid possible fleas ticks from jumping up to our pets.

     

    • ANTI-TICK SOLUTION 
    How to fight fleas and ticks naturally on dogs

      What will we need?
      • Water.
      • Rosemary oil.
      • Coconut oil.
      • Apple vinegar.
      • An atomizer.

      Instructions:
      Place a glass of water in a glass container, five drops of rosemary oil and five drops of coconut oil, and finally, two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Mix everything and place it in the atomizer. Apply this mixture weekly on our pet twice a week until the infestation is finished.

       

      • ROSMARY BATH 
      How to fight fleas and ticks naturally on dogs
      Photo by Narda Yescas 

        What are we going to need?
        • Rosemary leaves.
        Heat the water in a pot and add the rosemary leaves before it begins to boil, remove from the heat, and let it cool for a several minutes. Bath the dog with
        this water, repeating the process as many times as necessary. It should be clarified that we will have to wash our dog several times until we get rid of fleas.

        • A solution with chamomile, rosemary, and apple cider vinegar.

        In a container over medium heat, add half a liter of water, half a cup of apple cider vinegar, and the chamomile branches, as well as the rosemary leaves. Once it has boiled, we will remove and let it cool completely, we will take this mixture to an atomizer, and we can use it after bathing and then every eight days. It can also be used for cleaning the house, and thus the infestation process ends faster.


        If we do not have chamomile on hand, we can exchange this ingredient for half a
        lemon, and in this way, and previously in a pot, and we add half a liter of water, the rosemary leaves, half the juice of a lemon, and half a cup of vinegar of Apple.
        More additional tips for fighting fleas and ticks.


        Some additional tips that we can provide you are that, if you have seen wounds on your pet's skin, whether caused by fleas or ticks, you can apply aloe vera creams, calendula, or lavender essential oil. These three will help heal and heal more quickly.


        At the same time, you will be providing nutrients to your pet's fur and skin due to themany benefits these natural elements provide. It is vital to remember that the fight against these parasites is not overnight.

        We must be very constant in cleaning our home, the places where our pet sleeps (the sofa, our beds, carpets, corners, their beds). Even the brush with which we comb it, the towel with which we dry it, all these places can be carriers of these annoying ectoparasites, and for that reason, we must take care to maintain proper hygiene of everything. Thus we avoid unwanted visits to the vet because our pet has become seriously ill.

        We must treat our pets as part of our family, and there is no better way to show our love and affection than freeing them from all the ills that afflict them. Keeping their rest areas and toys properly clean is a way of saying:

        "I love you, and I want to see you happy"

        dog love

        Photo by Narda Yescas from Pexels


        If you have a patio in your house, check in every corner that there is no possible rat nest. These small rodents are carriers of fleas and, therefore, if there is at least one, your dog likely end up with fleas.

        Mowing your lawn is also an effective way to keep your yard and home free of these pesky parasites.


        For cleaning your porch and external doors, we recommend citronella. It is an
        excellent liquid since its pungent smell is an efficient repellent against these
        obnoxious and annoying parasites. 


        You can prepare this efficient infusion in a pot with plenty of water and pine needles. You can clean the floor with it and, in the same way, leave it in a spray bottle and spread it in every corner of your home.


        If you are a great lover of animals, indeed, it occurred to you to caress a dog 
        on the street on more than one occasion. It can also be a considerable focus of fleas since these furry friends do not have adequate protection nor the proper hygiene to ward off.


         These tedious parasites, fleas, can quickly jump onto your clothes, or you can carry them home on the soles of your shoes without knowing it. Whether your dog goes outside, there is always the possibility that ticks or fleas decide to feast on your pet's blood.


        How long can a flea last?


        Without proper treatment to combat them, a flea without a host can last up to a week without feeding. That is, if you think that by bathing your pet just once with any of the remedies that we leave you above, they will stop getting on fleas or ticks, you are very wrong. That is why constant cleaning will make you feel calm and eliminate these annoying critters.


        Suppose you suspect the presence of fleas or ticks on your mattress, furniture, or any difficult-to-clean surface. In that case, you can use a vacuum cleaner. If you have a vaporizer on hand, we can use pine leaves, eucalyptus, mint, or citronella essence to clean the fabric of this furniture and mattresses.

         

        How can I know if my pet has fleas or ticks?


        The exact symptom of the presence of these annoying parasites is that they
        continuously scratch in certain areas.  Some pets resort to biting in a desperate attempt to get rid of the stress caused by the itching, reaching the point of pulling off their fur or, in some more severe cases, part of the skin. Fleas usually leave small black residues on our pets skin. These are their feces and are highly transmitters of diseases.

        Unlike fleas, ticks can be identified because we can feel small brown or black lumps when passing our hands over certain parts of the animals body. Remember that ticks do not Chemicals must be applied directly to them since this cuts off their breath and activates a mechanism in them to release toxins that ultimately end up in our pet's body.

        The saliva of ticks is loaded with toxins, leading to paralysis or intoxication in our furry four-legged friend.