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Best way to get rid of fleas on dogs

There are many different products, methods, and techniques that you can use to get rid of fleas on pets. Some products are chemical, other are non-chemical, and there are even completely natural options which can help you fight fleas.

Chemical products

Pet stores are full of different flea removal products, and many of them are chemical and contain toxins, just like other insect repellents. You can find pills, collars, sprays and even creams which are designed to kill and keep away flies, and many of these products do actually work very well. And not only are they efficient, chemical flea removals are extremely fast, too. However, it will take few days for the flies to be gone completely, as the flea eggs take longer to die and therefore are harder to get rid of. But, many pet owners have realized that exposing their furry friends to chemical products is not the best solutions, therefore non-chemical flea removal products are gaining their popularity very rapidly.

Non-chemical flea removal products

Non-chemical flea removal products are becoming more and more popular because many animal owners don’t want to be exposing their pet to toxic and chemical ingredients that are in regular flea removal products. So a lot of companies have introduced sprays, collars, and even shampoos, which are using natural substances in order to fight fleas and get rid of them. But, if you are not able to find natural flea removal products, you can get creative and create your own treatments.

Flea combs

Flea combs are one of the easiest and most effective remedies against fleas. They are not only simple and don’t contain any chemicals or toxins, but you can also easily make sure that all of the fleas and white eggs are out of your dog’s fur. On top of that, the flea comb gets out all of the pests and eggs but also keeps the fur of your doggie well groomed, healthy and happy. When purchasing a flea comb pay attention to the quality of the tool in order to obtain the best results possible. Be careful if you have a flea comb with narrow teeth and make sure you comb your doggies’ fur beforehand, so it is not tangled and you can easily get all the flees out of it.

Shampoos and soaps

There are many different special dog shampoos and soaps intended to keep away different pests, bugs, and insects, including fleas. But, if you have a regular shampoo, you can turn it into a flea shampoo yourself. All you have to do is add half a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice and two cups of water. Add the mixture to the regular shampoo and use this when bathing your pet. It will not only kill all of the existing fleas but also keep away any new intruders. But, if you own a larger dog breed, you can increase the quantity of lemon and add even more than half a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice to increase the intensity of the shampoo. Just remember that after giving a bath to your pup you comb out the fur thoroughly to make sure you get out all of the dead fleas and white eggs.

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Apple cider and vinegar repellent

If you want to use completely natural products as your pet flea control, you can also create your own at home. The recipe is very simple, add a teaspoon full of fermented apple cider vinegar to a quarter liter of water and mix well. Let your pet drink the apple vinegar water throughout the day. The vinegar will not cause harm to your pet but will mark the coat and skin of your dog with an acidic smell, which flees hate. And fleas will not be the only pests that will keep away from your pet if you decide to use this apple cider vinegar flea treatment, even many other pests like ticks will be repelled by the acid smell of your pet’s fur. However, don’t apply the mixture directly on the coat, as any broken skin will be harmed by the acidic liquid and your pet will be in huge discomfort.

Keep your bedding and house clean

If you are fighting fleas and they have become a huge problem in your household, remember that it does not end with your pets’ fur. You need to take care of the bedding and any other soft fabric or surface that might be appealing to your dog as well. Wash bedding, towel and even blankets with a strong detergent, and make sure you treat all of the surfaces and even floors with some type of flee treatment. If fabrics and bedding can be put in a dryer, definitely use this option as the heat will eliminate all of the fleas that might have lived through the washing process. And, if you have a steam vacuum, make sure to use it to go over your house neatly and get all of the corners as flees tend to hide in tight spaces.

Create your own flea collar

And to not only kill all of the fleas but keep them from coming back, you can create your own, natural flea collar. You will need two drops of lavender oil or even tea, and a teaspoon of water. Mix the two together and apply the mixture onto your pets’ collar. This collar will minimize fleas and other pests, like mosquitoes and ticks.

Vacuum floors regularly

Getting fleas out of your dog’s fur can be a time-consuming and complicated process. But, in order to avoid this unpleasant process, you can try to make sure that they don’t get into your pet’s fur in the first place. Fleas enjoy moist and warm conditions just like any other pest, so you want to make sure that your household is clean and taken care of in order to avoid flea invasion.

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