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 your dog, your house and those pesky yard fleas. How well they work is dependent largely on you and your understanding of the flea life cycle. Ready? Let's get started.
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, please stop and consider the impact of flea products on dog health. Especially topical flea "medicine."
There are hundreds of thousands of dogs out there with a flea infestation and misguided owners who buy the topical flea control through their veterinarian (who are also misguided). I remember my own vet assuring me years ago it would not hurt my dogs when I questioned her so I bought the stuff and found out first hand how wrong she was.
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 of the body (the skin) and is absorbed into the dog where it then hangs around and kills fleas without affecting the dog? Let's get real.
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 so now we're setting him up for even worse flea problems while his health deteriorates.
Makes you want to slap yourself for being dumb doesn't it? So what's the alternative?
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 in years. 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 and the connection between fleas and tapeworms.
Not sure you have fleas? Here's what fleas look like and their tell-tale signs. Sometimes you have to be a bit of a detective but learning their tell tale signs can save you a lot of grief.
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 and your new best friend.
Then my 'must do list' includes treating the carpet fleas in a
non-toxic way that will last up to a year - with borates. See
Fleas in the House. It's inexpensive and it works.
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. Nematodes won't hurt your dog, or any other visitors. It's even safe for butterflies.
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. I had to add it because I hate fire ants and it's free!
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 Food 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.
The most important thing to remember (as soon as you stop itching) is that healthy dogs don't get fleas. So please further your education on nutrition and learn how to avoid toxins that further deplete your dog's health. Check out my dog health courses. I did them for you.
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