Often encountered cases of severe poisoning in dogs and cats due to the overzealous application of synthetic-chemical flea treatments. And many of those poisoned animals still have fleas |
The most important thing to know and remember about the flea is that the majority of its life is spent away from the host animal. Fleas invade our pets only when they need a transfusion. According to holistic veterinarian Tamara Hebbler DVM, a good quality, natural pet shampoo (I like this one) will kill fleas just fine so there is no need to use harsh, chemical laden formulations on a pet that has an infestation. Simply lather up your pet and leave the suds on for about 20 minutes before rinsing off.
While using essential oils around the house as a flea repellent may seem like a good idea, note that some cats are sensitive to essential oils so use cautiously and watch and observe your feline friends for any signs of lethargy or confusion which would indicate a reaction.
If you are not interested in using chemicals for dealing with these pests, here are a few options that are considered more nature-based. In some cases, you may have to first use a chemical method for dealing with a severe infestation, and then switch to natural methods to control the population of fleas. No single method is going to work 100 percent, so it may be necessary to combine a few different options to reduce the level of infestation present in your pets
If your dog spends lots of time outdoors, even just in a backyard, you will probably have more difficulty controlling fleas naturally, since they may be strongly established in the yard (or wherever your dog frequents) as well as in the home. Be aware that not every flea control method will work for every situation. You may need to use one method for the yard, another for the home and yet another for your dog's body.
Your dog can benefit from a simple rinse with cool water to expel some of the fleas from the body and hair. Water alone will not get rid of the fleas, though. You will need to use a shampoo that is made with flea repelling ingredients. A cedar, eucalyptus, lavender, or citrus-infused shampoo may help to keep fleas at bay following the bath. Cedar has also been suggested for repelling fleas from areas where dogs sleep, and some say that fennel leaves rubbed into the dog's coat is good for discouraging fleas.
Yes,it sounds ridiculous, but if your cat has a lot of fleas, bathing your cat with a non-irritating product such as unscented castile soap diluted fifty fifty with water will be very helpful. Before you bathe your cat, lather up some soap around his neck and ears to keep the fleas from fleeing to the dry ground of his head. Follow the bath with a thorough combing using a fine-toothed flea comb.
Put a dish of soapy water under a night-light near where your cat sleeps. Fleas will be attracted to the warmth of the light and drown in the soapy water. If you'd rather not put water dishes near where your cat sleeps, electric flea traps are another option.By washing your cat's bedding and blankets you use on your furniture in hot water and drying them on high heat, you'll kill flea eggs and larvae. Wash any cloth throw rugs, too.
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