Are you worried about the effects of chemicals on
your dog? Why not make your own safe, non toxic flea repellents?
CITRUS REPELLENT: Cut a lemon into
quarters and place in a pint jug. Cover the lemon with boiling water and let it
steep overnight. Next day you have a flea repellent that you can use in a spray
bottle. Spray all over your dog remembering especially behind the ears and
around the head generally (careful of eyes), around the base of the tail (once
again keep away from delicate bits) and under your dogís Ďarmpitsí.
Aromatherapy repellent. Using 10 ml. of sweet
almond oil as your base, add 10 drops of lavender and 5 drops of cedar wood.
Shake well and use 1 or 2 drops spread over the skin at least twice a week to
keep the fleas away.
A flea collar can be made by rubbing a few drops
of one of the following into an ordinary webbing or rope collar or even a doggy
bandanna: eucalyptus oil, Tea Tree Oil, citronella, lavender or geranium.
Donít forget to do this weekly.
YOUR HOME: Fleas spend most of their time
in your furnishings and only hop onto your dog or you for their next meal. Make
sure you wash your dogís bedding regularly because no flea ever survived a hot
wash cycle. If you add eucalyptus oil to the final rinse it will also kill 99%
of house dust mites according to research from the University of Sydney,
Vacuum your home very thoroughly and sprinkle a
fine layer of ordinary table salt over your upholstery and carpets and leave
overnight before vacuuming again to evict your unwelcome guests safely but
donít forget to empty your vacuum bag.
BATHING: A badly infested dog really needs
to be bathed so use your favorite dog shampoo. Rinse the dog off very thoroughly
and in the final rinse add a couple of drops of Tea Tree Oil or Lavender oil. An
alternative is to make your own herbal flea dip which will also work on ticks.
Steep two cups of fresh rosemary in two pints of boiling water for 30 minutes.
Strain the liquid, discard the leaves and make it up to one gallon ( 8 pints)
with warm water. Pour this mixture over the dog until itís saturated. Do not
rinse off and allow the dog to dry naturally so this is a remedy to use on hot
INTERNAL FLEA REPELLENTS: Garlic may not
be your favorite cologne and itís not the fleaís favorite smell either. When
your dog eats garlic, the smell is excreted through the dogís skin making your
dog less likely to be the fleaís next meal. In case you think you might need
to give your dog a breath freshener along with the garlic, my dogs, Mack and
Josh, eat a garlic clove every day and I donít find their breath smells from
it at all.
Brewerís yeast tablets will also help to make
your dog less attractive to fleas because once again the smell is excreted
through the skin.
Adding a dessertspoon of apple cider vinegar to
the water bowl will make the skin more acidic and unpleasant to fleas and ticks.
If your dogs donít fancy apple cider vinegar in the water bowl, dilute it
50/50 with water and use in a spray bottle instead of the citrus repellent.