I have been searching high and low for a totally natural product to rid my dogs of fleas. I do not want to spray them with the numerous 'poisons' available, neither do I want to give them medication. I have tried lemon juice (citrus repellent), a weak vinegar solution and also bicarbonate of soda - which are all supposed to repel fleas and it does, but only to a certain degree. I also feed them raw garlic every night with their food and that too I believe does help a bit. But I am looking for something a bit more potent?
Another problem is that my female dog, Bella, a rescued 'child' has an extremely sensitive skin and as soon as I put something on it she starts scratching even more. So the amount of fleas decrease but then her skin gets all enflamed! She has an extremely dry skin and I do put a bit of oil in her food daily as well, but again, the problem still persists to a degree.
Anyone have any solutions for my fluffy kids? I, and they, would be most grateful!
From someone who had this problem, all I can say is....
Clean your house. If the fleas are not in your house, they won't jump on your furbabies.
Put on white socks and walk through your house. Then check your socks for fleas. If you find even one - that's one too many.
Buy Diatomaceous Earth. Sprinkle it on the pet bedding, carpets, under furniture, baseboards, especially closets and rooms that are not frequently used. Wait a day or two and vacuum. Remove bag imediately and place in plastic bag and discard. Remember, even if you no longer have fleas, there are eggs laying around. These can take up to two years to hatch. Fleas will survive a long time without food. The DE will take care of them. Do this weekly till it's under control- then monthly. You can even sprinkle it outdoors.
Some claim that you can feed your pets or rub it into their fur but I wouldn't do that as it is a drying agent. Bathe your pets instead. You do not have to use the harsh flea shampoos. Plain water is fine. Dogs that are swimmers rarely have any fleas.
You might as well "bomb" the house once and then use the Diatomaceous Earth as a preventative afterwards. No need for the furbabies to sufer longer.
What is Diatomaceous Earth?
It is a non-toxic, safe substance made up from crushed fossils of freshwater organisms and marine life. Crushed to a fine powder and observed through a microscope, the particles resemble bits of broken glass. Deadly to any insect and completely harmless to animals, fish, fowl or food. Most insects have a waxy outer shell covering their bodies, INSECT STOP scratches through this shell causing the insect to dehydrate leading to eventual death.
As to your furlady, try a chamomile spray on her skin. A diluted Tea Tree oil spray might help also- the smell might deter fleas.
I was cleaning house and came accross stuff I have and I thought it would be perfect for your furlady in distress.
There's a product by Ark natural. It's called Neem Protect Spray and can be used for all pets including humans :) The ingredients is neem and citronella. it does not contain pyrethrins, synthetic pyrethroids or permethrin.
From the bottle label:
"Ark Naturals neem oil comes directly from the seed of the neem tree (Azadirachta indica). Neem oils and extracts have anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties. Neem Protect Spray is specifically designed to soothe not irritate skin inflamed from insect bites, hot spots and other skin and coat issues. Regular use may help reduce the risk of infections, itching and dermatits caused by insect bites or other skin and coat conditions."
There's also a dog shampoo that works well with this spray. it smells great and leaves the fur silky smooth. It's the only shampoo I use on my dog then tease him that he smells like a girl. BTW he hates water.
I buy this at mothernature.com in the pet dept. While you're there you might as well get the jerky treats. I give those to my dog as a reward for being a very brave boy when being bathed. He expects it now every time.
Dr Smith's product in the post below sounds interesting. I may give it a try for the outdoors. Come to think of it, it may be easier on the vacuum cleaner filter and create less "dust" in the house.
Adahlia, many thanks for all the info you have submitted. Yes, I have heard of the Neem Oil (see below some further info I have gathered since starting to research natural flea control). So much to learn, so many different possibilities! However I shall take it one step at a time until I find the right thing for my Bella. The answer is definitely out there!
Hello, I currently have a cat and have had dogs all of my life. My family has been using a natural way to keep the fleas out for years (almost 20 years) and we have never had a flea problem.
I agree with the other posting as far as cleaning your house well, that will help, but here are a few other suggestions.
My family has always purchased many natural and organic products and the stuff we have for ourselves works very well for our pets.
First, put medicinal grade melaleuca oil (T36-C5) on your fingers and dab it behind the ears, under the chin and at the base of the tail. There is also a spray you can make combining 3 products (sol-u-mel, tough & tender and T36-C5 melaleuca oil) that you can spray on their coat to repell fleas. Sol-u-mel will also kill fleas in your yard when sprayed there and on your carpet and furniture. Sol-u-mel is made with natural ingredients and has no harmful chemicals...you can drink it and nothing will happen....it is actually good for a sore throat. All of these products are VERY affordable and can be purchased online. The cleaners cost less than stuff you buy at Wal-Mart. The melaleuca oil is affordable as well and has a million uses.
If you would like more information about the company I purchase these things from, please let me know through email and I will send you the website and additional info.
Yes, I think that it only works on live fleas, not the eggs. The melaleuca oil also works on ticks. You just have to put a drop of it on the tick and it will usually back right out....sometimes you might need 2 drops. Also, to prevent fleas and ticks you can make a solution 10:1 of water and T36-C5 melaleuca oil and put it on your pets coat after it has been washed. This keeps the coat shiny and beautiful and prevents the fleas and ticks.