Fleas on dogs is a health warning signal. Learn all about flea control naturally. Treatment begins with non toxic methods and real food to boost the immune system so fleas hop the other way.
There are natural dog flea treatments you can make at home, order online or get at the store for dog, house and yard fleas. How well they work is dependent largely on you.
Once you read the ways I got rid of fleas on dogs in my house permanently and you think it's going to be a pain in the behind to follow my example, consider the following:
What really bothers me, is knowing there are thousands of dogs out there with a flea infestation and misguided owners buy the topical flea control through their veterinarian (who are also misguided).
Tell me how applying a product that causes nerve damage and kills an insect, does not damage your dog's health? Come on. It is applied to the largest organ (the skin) of the body and is absorbed into the dog where it then hangs around and kills fleas?
If you read the label, it will say to wear gloves when applying; keep away from fish and wildlife; and wrap the empty container to put in the trash. Hmmm. Doesn't sound toxic at all does it?
So now we have a dog who had a flea infestation because of poor health and we've bombarded it with chemicals. While the fleas die, the product is making your dog less healthy than he was in the first place.
Okay, now we'll get to some ideas that will help fleas on dogs disappear, while improving dog health. It takes time but I promise you, it is wonderful to not have even seen a flea this year. Life is good.
The following guide has underlined words which link to pages on this website with details on how to accomplish each goal.
Let's look at the flea life cycle to understand how quickly an infestation can happen.
Not sure you have fleas? Here's what fleas look like and their tell-tale signs.
Let me remind you that cleanliness is next to flea-less-ness. Knowing what and how to clean begins with flea control in the home.
Then my 'must do list' includes treating the carpet fleas in a non-toxic way that will last a year - with borates. See Fleas in the House.
How about a natural flea killer outdoors? A totally organic cure if your dog is picking up fleas in the yard. You can give yourself the gift of nematodes, whether you want to put them out yourself, or hire a professional.
Catching fleas yourself indoors can be done with either purchased or home made flea traps. It can also give you an idea of the size of your problem.
If you are itching too, here are a few quick ways to stop the itch. While fleas don't live on people, they don't mind a meal of one. See Flea Bites on Humans.
A bit off topic here, if you have bites that hurt instead of itch (especially in the Southern states), could it be from ants? Here is a free Non Toxic Ant Killer for your yard.
In Home Remedy for Fleas, there is a list of ideas including Brewers Yeast. This nutritional yeast can be fed to your dog and rubbed into her fur to make the fleas run. Be sure to use one that's not been debittered.
In Dog Flea Medicine and Commercial Dog Flea Treatment, there's some food for thought about topical flea killers. Whether you get them over the counter or through your veterinarian and what can happen to your dog. ( My story ).
I can't end this page without giving you information about Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth for fleas on dogs, in the house, in the yard and intestinal worm control!
And by all means, if you are wondering how to improve your dog's health, see Dog Nutrition.
The best thing I ever did for my dogs is change them to a raw diet. It scared me at first, but wow! What a difference in their health and energy.
Consider the book Naturally Healthy Dogs to help your dog be the best he can be. Once you understand, it will change your your dogs life, health and you will no longer have fleas on dogs.
Also, if you love making things that smell wonderful, there are flea remedy recipes in the book listed in the right hand column called Essentials for the Herbal Hound.
Late 2012 update: And last but not least, I have written a free flea control book which you can download at Flea Control Book