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Home Remedies to Get Rid of Fleas on Dogs

By Alicia Bodine
 

Overview

Fleas are a common problem for dogs. They are an annoyance to your pet and can lead to intense itching. Furthermore, if your dog is infested, the fleas can spread to you and members of your family. It is best to begin treatment at home as soon as possible before the fleas have a chance to multiply.

Dawn Dish Soap

Dawn dish soap can be used to kill all of the fleas on your dog. Fill your bathtub with luke-warm water up to your dog's knees. Wet your dog's fur and apply Dawn dish soap like you would a pet shampoo. Rub it into your dog's fur and let it sit for five minutes. (Take care to keep the soap out of your dog's eyes.) Then rinse the dog thoroughly and dry him or her off with a towel.

Warning: This method will kill all of the fleas on your dog, but if you don't also wash all of the dog's toys and bedding, re-infestation could occur.

Citrus Flea Spray

Make an all-natural flea spray that will keep the fleas off of your dog. Slice up a lemon and set it in a cup of boiling water. Let it sit for eight hours and then drain the liquid into an empty spray bottle. Spray the citrus mixture all over your dog two to three times per day until you no longer see evidence of fleas. You can also spray this mixture on your dog's toys and bedding.

Tip: Be sure to vacuum frequently to get rid of the fleas that may be in your house.

Homemade Flea Collar

Make a homemade flea collar using a bandanna and several types of natural oils. Place three drops of each of the following ingredients on your dog's bandanna: eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, lavender oil, citronella oil and geranium oil. Tie the bandanna around your dog's neck. This flea repellent will work for seven days. After that you will need to wash the bandanna and add another dose of the oils.
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