remedy for fleas depends on where the fleas are. Usually if they're on the dog, they're in the house and in the yard so let's cover it all.
I know first hand the effects of a flea infestation can be brutal.
Here's Helen. Looks healthy right? Also pictured below, she taught me what I did wrong.
I have learned this the hard way, and I never want a repeat performance. Never ever. I hate fleas with a passion!
The healthier your dog is, the better outcome you will have with natural flea remedies.
Okay, let’s get started. A natural remedy for fleas list is here. For details about the benefits of each and exactly how to use them, click on the link for each one.
Now I’ll explain how well they work. Nematodes work very well. And as long as they have a cozy place to live in your yard, they will last forever. You don’t use pesticides out there do you? (I know you don't want to buy them and then accidentally kill them.)
I love diatomaceous earth and borax as a natural remedy for fleas. Both damage the flea’s exoskeleton so that it dies of dehydration. Borax cannot be used outside because of wet conditions.
Garlic, vinegar and brewers yeast will all deter fleas but not kill them and they will make your dog healthier at the same time. Deterrents are especially good when you take your dog away from the house where he might pick up fleas and bring them home.
Now if all this seems like too much work for you, let’s look at the alternative.
This photo is my dog Helen. The open sores are not from fleas. It's a reaction to a topical flea medicine! I told you I've learned things the hard way so please learn from my mistakes.
Here’s a scenario. Poor Killer (Max, Spot or Fido) gets really itchy dog skin. You notice fleas about the time you notice the hair loss and red sores and this is where allergies in dogs begin.
At the vet’s office he gets a steroid injection of cortisone. The side effects of cortisone begin inside your dog while your vet offers a systemic flea killer (poison that gets inside your dog). Please read about Commercial Dog Flea Treatment and look at the above photo of my dog.
Both these things make your dog even less healthy. Now you have stuff going on in the liver and kidneys as they try and filter this stuff out and can’t. To stop the internal damage, you have to stop the drugs and poisons. Even if she appears better externally, she is worse off than when you started!
When our dogs eat nutritious foods, a natural remedy for fleas,
do they stop getting bites from these nasty little critters completely? Usually yes, but even if they do get a few flea bites, they are healthier, so the affects of
the bites are lessened or unnoticeable.
Here's my analogy.
Let’s go to the immune system. Think of the immune system like the engine of a car. For the car to run, the engine needs gasoline. It won’t run on just oil and it won’t run on water, but if you give it gasoline, it runs just fine humming on down the road. And if you’ve ever put really cheap gas in your car and experienced, a knocking noise, a sputtering noise or had the engine just stop, you’ll understand exactly what I mean.
Think of our dog’s immune system like the engine in a car. It’s control central. If you put nutritious food in the dog’s body, a natural remedy for fleas, the immune system keeps the body happily humming along and taking care of business.
If you give it food (fuel) that’s full of cheap stuff it doesn’t need, it’s going to have problems. It may seem to be running okay, but there’s a buildup of sludge.
You notice, things like runny eyes, dry itchy skin, hot spots, an abundance of those little black/brown critters effortlessly swimming through your dog's fur... and often a flea allergy. You may not even think this has anything to do with the food you are feeding your dog, but it does.
There are problems that are genetic (handed down through the genes of the parents, grandparents, etc.) but even those can be lessened with nutrition.
Please look around this site for ways to improve your dog's diet, especially changing to raw dog food. Why? Two years after my Helen nearly died from a topical flea treatment, she was happier and healthier at age 10 than she was at five.
And guess what? This year we have NO FLEAS! Borax in the carpets and nutritious dog food as a natural remedy for fleas is all I've used.
For more information on fleas, go to my fleas on dogs page.
Non toxic products may add years to your dog's life and lower your vet bills. Healthy happy years - and both of you can stop scratching!