One of the worst things that your dog can pick-up outside can lead to some serious problems. Fleas are disgusting parasites that feed on your dog and a severe infestation can be started with just a couple of the tiny little bugs. According to an article on AnimalPlanet.com titled, “Home Remedies for Dogs with Fleas,” by Shanna Freeman and Dr. William Fortney, the authors explain the horrific negative effects of fleas on your dog—and on you.
Fleas bite your dog, which can lead to severely itchy and irritating lumps. Your dog may also be incredibly sensitive to the saliva of fleas, and even just one bite can lead to flea-allergy dermatitis (FAD). This is a condition is which the raw, bitten skin becomes even more susceptible to bacterial infections and your dog may develop hot spots, which are areas of infection on the skin that can continue to spread. Fleas also carry parasites and tapeworms, so it is a very good idea to try to eliminate a flea problem the moment that you think an infestation has occurred.
You can find over-the-counter products that you can buy for your dog’s fleas or you can go to the vet to get prescription medications. The medications that you get from your vet will be much more effective than the stuff that you buy from the store. Prescriptions will also work a lot faster and will be safer for your dog’s delicate skin. There are also natural, home remedies that can work to kill the fleas and get rid of the eggs so that no more fleas are produced. Natural options include:
- Lavender Oil
- Cedar Oil
- Organic remedies that you buy from the vet
If you opt to use vinegar, you should do so after you wash your dog with a mild dishwashing soap or baby shampoo. Then, apply a mixture of vinegar and either lavender oil or cedar oil, and leave this product on the dog for at least 20 minutes. Afterwards, wash the mixture out thoroughly and then use a flea comb to comb through all of your dog’s fur. You should get as close to the skin as possible, to loosen up eggs and dead fleas.
If for any reason your dog seems to be in serious distress after applying the flea repellant, like is he is shaking or drooling heavily, call the vet immediately. You should also wash all fabrics in the house and vacuum carefully to get rid of any fleas in the home.