You don’t have to resort to expensive, artificial flea treatments, there are alternatives that are 100% natural.
Quick note – when it comes to treating your pet for fleas, be sure to place them outside for an hour if you can.
Fleas will jump ship if they have to and cling to the next available thing even if it’s you.
Leaving your pet outside, if at all possible for an hour just avoids the scenario of them mass exodusing to you and your family.
Whatever you do, resist the temptation to use human shampoo on your pets, their skin is different from ours and believe it or not can cause more irritations than just them having do deal with the fleas.
Even using what seems like a harmless, organic shampoo for humans can leave your pet with skin fungal infection simply because it wasn’t designed for their skin.
So please don’t use your Pantene or your Tresemme on your pets.
These are the most common problems for pet owners is to rid their pet of fleas.
A great way to suffocate fleas is by coating your dog with baby oil or a natural soap.
Leave on your dog for 15 minutes, this will cause fleas to rise to the surface desperately searching for oxygen.
In this state, they’re dying and will be discarded when you rinse them off.
This is great for smothering fleas and depriving them of oxygen. You can use a cup of Olive Oil, Canola Oil, Sesame Oil or Peanut oil. Any vegetable oil will do.
Make sure your pet is outside on the grass. Take a cup of your oil, dip your hand in scoop up a handful and rub it into your pets fur.
Get good coverage, all over their back, stomach, shoulders, rump, tail, legs paying special attention to their neck and back of the head, under the chin and chest.
The fleas will migrate to higher ground if they feel their life is threatened and that’s where you’ll corner them by applying to your pets neck and back of the head, the fleas escape route will be cut off and they’ll be trapped, desperate for escape.
Just make sure that you wash any clothes in hot water incase you bring any little escapees back into the house with you as they attempt to jump ship.
After you coat your pet with the oil, leave on for 15 minutes, get a fine tooth comb and comb their fur, one row at a time to remove any fleas. There should be plenty caught in the teeth of the comb, then rinse.
Use a good degreaser or vegetable based soap, lather into their fur to get rid of the excess oil and to prevent their pores from getting clogged.
Give them a bath prior to give your pet itch relief and to reduce some of the flea population currently residing in your pets fur.