My dog has fleas

Which protection is the best for my dog?

Fleas are a concern that every dog owner has had at least once.
Therefore, at least once we have considered using a product to get rid of these little things.
But what is best for our pet?

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You've probably heard of products such as < strong> Frontline, Advantix... They are everywhere, from your veterinarian, pet stores ... and are often the first recommended products by professionals.
We can quite understand why because their effectiveness is proven but at which price?

The goal of these products is to reach the insects on animals to kill them.
For this, we must put the product directly onto the dog's skin and that thanks to its systematic action enters the body which can, in the long term and in high doses can create serious undesired side effects some type of cancers in the most extreme cases.

Fipronil (the main component of a famous flea) acts directly on the nervous system of insects and kills them. Once again, this product enters the dog's blood.
In addition, this component is also harmful for us and especially for children, following the application, they might want to huge their best friends which can transfert some product and promote the development of cancer

E320 and E321 Danger

These two antioxidants ( or preservatives) are dangerous for us .

Avoid to be in contact with these products :
  • Try to wear gloves when applying them.
  • Avoid petting your dog after applying the product.
  • Avoid eating potato flakes for mashed as "ready" (small side note but I wanted to share with you :))

  • If your dog has a sudden epileptic seizures or permanent itching without explanation, consider changing your flea protection and prefer a natural solution (see below).

    Natural tricks

    Now here are some tips and "home made" solutions very easy to make and less expensive than chemical flea products.

    The bath

    Fleas don't know how to swim. Therefore, put your dog in your bathtub. With the head of shower, wet him by beginning with his neck (the fleas will not be able to take refuge on the head, access will be blocked) and rub his coat. If you wish, you can use a mild shampoo.
    If the fleas are attached to the coat, grab them with a tissue, they are often more visible and easier to get.

    Eucalyptus

    After a mild shampoo, rinse your dog with an eucalyptus decoction:

  • Boil 42oz (1.25L) of water.
  • Throw in 4 tablespoons of dried eucalyptus leaves.
  • Boil for about 5 minutes.
  • Let it cool, then use the water to rinse.
  • Mint

    If you are lucky enough to have mint in your garden, it will be very useful! Indeed, the minty odor repels fleas.

    Methode 1: Boil a handful of mint in 33oz or 1 liter of water. Once cooled, apply on your dog's coat .

    Methode 2: Rub your hands vigorously with fresh mint leaves then pet your dog. You will need to repeat this methode regularly to be effective.

    In addition, remember to put fresh mint leaves in places where your dog settles ( bed, carpet, etc.).

    Garlic

    Conceal the finely chopped garlic in your dog's food (Discover our poster full of advices Coming Soon ).
    By licking its coat, the dog will leave a garlic odor that will repel fleas. There is also granulated garlic or garlic juice for dogs.
    You can also lightly rub over his hair.
    Be carefull, garlic can irritate sensitive stomachs therefore start in small quantities and make sure all is well. For small dogs , prefer to give really small doses.

    You can also rub your hands of freshly cut garlic and rub your dog afterwards.

    Rosemary

  • Take two cups of fresh or dried rosemary and add 67oz (2 liters) of water.
  • Boil for 30 minutes.
  • Strain the liquid, discard the leaves and mix with a maximum of 118oz (3.5 liters) of hot water.
  • Pour this "potion" on your dog and don't rinse.
  • Let your dog dry naturally.

  • Prefer to make this application on hot days.

    Lavender

  • Same principle as the Rosemary (see above).
  • Rub a bouquet of lavender on your dog's hair. This operation will need tobe renewed regularly.
  • Pennyroyal

    Use pennyroyal as an ally. This plant discourage fleas. Plant it in around your home.
    You will be able to place in the basket of your dog also (in corner, under pillow...).

    Avoid if your animals tend to eat plants and if you have young children.

    Pennyroyal also exist in dog shampoo form. you can infuse as rosemary or lavender mentioned above.

    Lemon

    Lemon contains something called limonene, a chemical that kills and repels fleas, but safe for us or our pets.

  • You can add 2 or 3 drops of lemon under your dog's collar to help keep fleas at bay.

  • Make a spray lemon

    Cut a lemon finely, add 33oz (1L) of water and bring to boil.
    Place the cooling liquid in a spray bottle.
    Let it sit overnight and in the morning, spray the areas where you suspect fleas ( bed, mats, dog's rear... be carefull as this spray may leave a stain or discolor slightly on some fabrics) then rub the fur of your dog.
    Do not soak your pet but slightly moisten his fur.
    First, avoid using a lot in and make sure your dog does not have to worry digestive thereafter (in case he lick his fur).
    Ideally, use this spray once a month.

  • The flea comb.

  • You will need:
    - a sliced ​​lemon
    - a pan of cool water
    - a comb, a sponge or a brush.

    Boil a pot of water and add freshly cut lemon slices.
    Turn off the heat after adding lemon and cover the pan then let the mixture overnight. The next day, dip a comb or brush your pet in the liquid and pass in your dog's hair. The sponge also works very well especially if you have a short haired dog.

  • The no-flea bath

    Take:
    - half a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
    - 1 ½ à 2 cup of water
    - 1/4 to 1/2 cup of soap or gentle dog shampoo

    Mix half a cup of lemon juice, a cup and a half of water and a quarter cup of shampoo and bathe your dog regularly helps to keep fleas away.

    Coffee grounds

    Apply it with shampoo and massage your dog with this solution and then rinse. Fleas will not settle and the hairs of your dog will be even softer!

    Vinegar

    Vinegar has the ability to scare away fleas and particularly lavender vinegar .
    Rub your dog with a mixture half vinegar half water, let sit for several minutes and wash it.
    If you do not have lavender vinegar, you can use white vinegar and (in a bottle) add a few mint leaves (which repels fleas) or sprigs of lavender, 2 to 3 days before using (add a little more water for sensitive or irritated skin).

    WARNING for dogs that scratch a lot and may have small wounds , vinegar is a disinfectant that stings .

    You can also make a lotion as follows:
    Pour 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle of 6oz/8oz(200ml/240ml), few drops (5 to 15 depending on the size of your dog) of eucalyptus essential oil (ou de lavande) et de peppermint essential oil and fill the rest with mountain spring water.
    Always shake well before use.
    If you have a cat CAUTION essential oils are NOT their best friends.
    Do not spray near the eyes, nose, mouth and sexual parts.

    Essential oils

    Always dilute essential oils before using . Several oils are available to you so make your dog smell them and see with him he prefer. It will be more pleasant for him :)
    Create a trendy flea collar

  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil of lavander , eucalyptus, of lemongrass , of geranium or cedarwood
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons of water
  • a bandana OR pet collar
  • a pipette (optional)

  • Dilute 2 to 3 drops of the selected oil with 1-3 tablespoons of water. Drop with the pipette 5 to 10 drops of this lotion on the bandana and rub the fabric for the product to spread.

    Repeat this process once a week .

    You can also mix a drop or two of essential oil diluted with at least 1 tablespoon oforganic olive oil and place them at the base of the tail of your dog.

    Note: Essential oils (used only externally) should be used with caution on the animal that is much more sensitive than us and should never be used neat on the skin but diluted.

    If you want to get some of the essential oils online, you can click on the folowing links:


    Lavander Essential Oil
    Eucalyptus Essential Oil
    Lemongrass Essential Oil
    Geranium Essential Oil
    Cedarwood Essential Oil
    Peppermint Essential Oil
    Pennyroyal Essential Oil

    Yeasts

    Use some yeast (beer yeats for example or other like Baking Soda as a weapon. Fleas do not like the taste. Les puces n’aiment pas son goût.
    You can rub the yeast on your dog's coat or put in small quantity in his wet food.

    Turmeric

    Turmeric has many beneficial properties for our dogs . One of them is to kill parasites.
    Sprinkle Turmeric Powder directly on the "visited" areas.
    To find out more about this amazing spice please visit my article: The benefits of turmeric for your dog(coming soon).

    Talc

    In a Talc bottle, add about 20 drops of essential oil of lavender and 20 drop of citronnela (java), shake and leave it sit for about 10 days. Sprinkle regularly your dog. You can also use some Baking Soda.

    The no-flea comb

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    Some special grooming comb exist that you can use to catch the fleas.

    The pure and natural amber

    Amber contains aromatic properties called terpines, they produce a resinous aroma.
    When your dog wears a amber collar, the warmth of his body and the rubbing of its fur cause amber to release its resinous smell. And it is this smell that repels ticks and fleas.
    To learn more about amber, see my article The amber for your dog?.

    A healthy and natural diet

    A healthy and natural diet as RAW or BARF diet with a garlic supplement and vitamin B can help repulse fleas. (For the garlic, ask your holistic vet for the best doses as too much is never good)

    When the fleas started to invade your home
    1. The fern is a solution (to find in the forest). Place in the basket of your dog (check that the fern does not see insects tics in its branches) as well as the locations of regular parts of your dog. Treatment duration 15 days
    2. Remember to ventilate the room in the evening or the morning to make it cooler and wash the floor with diluted vinegar should help.

    Products ready to use

    There are more and more natural flea control products on the market, ask your petshop (I will add online links as soon as possible)

    Conventional protections

    If despite all your efforts, no natural tricks are working, do not leave your pet in this state and prefer to buy a classic product, but careful not to do it regularly, once is enough at the height of the season.


    Tablets

    There are also flea tablets available, ask your veterinarian for advice.

    Home Protection

    You can also buy a product to protect your home


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