Customers are always asking about natural flea control – without using the spot-on chemicals or the once a month pill. It is something that has to be thought about holistically to fully understand how to address the flea issue.
We cannot stand to see our dogs and cats with fleas. Often our pets do wind up with some pretty bad flea allergies, that can complicate the situation.
The bad news is the flea & tick medicines being sold by our veterinarians are dangerous toxic chemical pesticides- this chemical cocktails are being put into our pet’s sensitive little systems, without through about side effects.
A healthy dog with a great immune system can resist parasites as a general rule.
It may seem difficult to imagine being able to change overnight but if you are determined you can control fleas naturally- it is not as hard as it seems.
In today's shrinking world, fleas have become ubiquitous and impossible to avoid. To many of us, the thought of our pets having fleas is loathsome. However, for me, using topical flea and tick treatments is not an option. The concept of using a poisonous pesticide on dog's skin or giving them a monthly flea-killing pill which contains ingredients so deadly that within hours they wipe out fleas for an entire month is an abomination to me! My mind boggles imagining what it could do to dogs' internal organs.
Here are the ways to set your pet up for natural pest control:
Always feed a raw species-appropriate diet. See more info here about the raw food diet.
Remove all chemical pesticides, chemical fertilizers, all toxic cleaners – stop using spot on topical or flea pills.( these not only have toxic side effects they also lower their vibration and make them more susceptible to pests in the long run)
Stop vaccinating your pets and wean off all pharmaceutical drugs. More info on vaccination.
Give organic garlic every day. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes before adding it to your dog’s meal. A large dog can eat two decent-sized cloves of garlic daily while a small dog or cat can have one small clove.
Add B-Vitamin supplements to their diet- nutritional yeast is a popular form.
Bath your dog frequently when fleas are present. use a non-detergent shampoo like a Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap-or an organic dog shampoo.
Essential oils that help for dogs: Lemongrass, rosemary, cedar, geranium oil for ticks. Mix with a carrier oil and apply to their collars, bandana, wipe them down with it before going out to tick and flea infested areas. Take the collar off after returning home so dog doesn't have to inhale essential oils all day.
Vacuum your house and pet’s living quarters daily if possible
Sprinkle carpets with borax and let set for 2-3 days or so before you vacuum it up to kill the fleas.
Diatomaceous earth is best used outside around yard in cracks and crevices.
Purchase a batch of nematodes for the yard area ( search online for best place to order)