It is undoubtedly true that flea treatments are necessary at some point and no other option may really work for your pets, especially in the summer. But, what about the sensitive pets that are allergic to chemicals used in flea and tick treatments? It may become crucial for you to use some chemical free techniques to get rid of the pests from your dog’s body.
According to the research of several naturopaths there are some effective natural ways to deal with fleas and ticks for your dogs that cannot take the harshness of chemical treatments. Using these natural remedies do not guarantee you a flea free pooch, but may definitely help. It is recommended to use flea treatments, if your canine is not allergic to its composites.
Let’s have a look at 8 chemo-free tips to deal with fleas and ticks!
- Neem oil- An Ayurvedic Approach
You can make your own topical spray using natural resources like neem oil. It is derived by crushing the neem seeds and acts as a strong killer as well as repellant. Rubbing this anti-parasitic on your dog’s coat may help you make the pooch free from parasites. If your canine has a sensitive coat, you may dilute this oil with carriers such as almond oil and rub on it. To use it as a spray, you may add the content in the spray bottle and spray it on your pooch’s coat. Cedar wood, Tea tree, Lavender, Rose geranium, Patchouli, Geranium and Thyme are some of the other oils that could be used to make the solution stronger. Make a customized pest killer for your furry friends and kick off the fleas and ticks, naturally!
- Flea comb- The oldest approach
Did you know that the teeth of a flea comb are smaller than a flea’s body? Fleas can be easily caught by these combs, especially if you have a short-haired dog. Discard these removed fleas by flushing them down the toilet and make your canine free from the parasites.
- Vitamin B supplements- Least known approach
If your furry friend is prone to fleas or other insects, he may have a deficiency of vitamin B. Supplementing him with B complex, especially B1 can help your pooch to stay immune to these pests.
- Diatomaceous earth (DE)- An earthly approach
Diatomaceous earth is made up from crushed fossils of freshwater organisms and marine life. Its non-toxicity is deadly to insects, but does not harm canines. This substance pierces the outer shell of the pest and dehydrates them, which leads to death. The only thing that you may need to take care about is that you buy Food Grade DE and not the industrial product, as it is toxic to pets. Sprinkle it over your canine’s bedding and through the coat. It can also be mixed with your pet’s food and its intake for 4 weeks may certainly help.
When your pooch can eat and get rid of fleas, then why not?? Here are some edible flea repellants!
- Garlic- A tricky approach
Garlic and onion contains thiosulphate, a substance responsible for “Heinz Factor” anemia in canines and felines. What makes garlic tricky is the presence of this substance. Though the quantity of thiosulphate in garlic is much lower than in onions, you may need to plan proper dosage for your furry friend. ½ – 1 clove per day, depending on your pooch’s size may be enough. Chop, crush, bruise or mince the fresh garlic clove and keep it at room temperature for almost 10-15 minutes. The presence of Allicin in garlic makes it a strong anti-biotic, anti-parasitic, anti-cancer and a heart healthy approach. If given in the right amount, garlic can be super beneficial for your canines in shooing fleas and ticks away.
- Apple cider vinegar- A popular approach
½ – 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar daily may control fleas and ticks along with maintaining your dog’s healthy digestive system.
- Coconut oil- An immunological approach
Using 1/4th tablespoon of coconut oil per 5kg food may help in building up your dog’s immune system. It also has anti-parasitic properties, which may help your pooch fight the pests. Stronger the immune system of your pooch, less likely they are to be harassed by the parasites like fleas and ticks.
- Black Walnut- An herbal approach
Also known as Juglans nigra, Black Walnut is an herb growing mostly in the eastern North America. This herb has many advantages, but is best known for its anti-parasitic property. It works excellently against fleas, ticks and intestinal worms.
So, these were some edible and non-edible, but chemo-free tips to deal with fleas and ticks found on your dog’s body. It is recommended to use flea treatments like Capstar and Frontline Plus, in case of heavy flea infestation. Follow these tips to get rid of fleas and ticks off your canine and let them enjoy their pest-free as well as chemo-free days!