When looking for home remedies to get rid of fleas on dog, some stand out above the rest as a cheap and simple alternative to the expensive prescribed chewables or topicals! Thankfully, these are easy to find, often already available in your home cupboards.
Don’t want to pay an excessive amount or more for one month’s worth of flea medication from the veterinarian? Try these holistic treatments below!
Apple Cider Vinegar
Allowing your dog to drink ½ tbsp of fermented apple cider vinegar per quarter liter of water will cause your dog’s coat to become slightly acidic as a form of flea repellant and a fantastic home flea treatment for dogs.
Though apple cider vinegar doesn’t actually kill fleas on dog, it will create an unpleasant environment for the small insects. Apple cider vinegar is best used as a preventative measure as opposed to a treatment for active fleas, as it is not guaranteed effective 100% of the time.
For more in depth information on this fleas on dog treatment, check out Xu, Elizabeth’s article. “Apple Cider Vinegar: A Natural Flea Preventative” on PetMD
Citrus for Fleas on Dog
Citrus is a well known flea repellant, the oil extracted from the rind of the citrus fruit working to repel the insects! Be wary however; though citrus is one of the great home remedies to get rid of fleas on dog as well as used in many household cleaners, too much can be an irritant to the skin and ingestion can cause liver damage.
Don’t feed your dog lemons or citrus juice!
Home Flea Treatment for Dogs: Flea Shampoo
When fighting the battle against fleas on dog, many owners seeking a home flea treatment for dogs naturally turn to dog shampoo. Remember to work the dog shampoo within all of your dog’s fur and along hard to reach places, working thoroughly and carefully.
1 Quart Water
1 Cup White Vinegar/ Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Cup Baby Shampoo or Non Toxic Dish Soap (Dawn Recommended)
Bear in mind- bathing a dog frequently, in excess of once a month or so, can dry out the skin and cause undesirable irritation.
Vacuum, Wash, Vacuum Some More!
All those above are fantastic, inexpensive treatments to get rid of fleas on dog! However, they do nothing to get rid of the flea larva or fleas themselves burrowed within your carpeting, bedding, or clothes. Fleas can live for an excessively long time between meals, and have been known to bite humans, so it is a good idea to take other preventative measures.
In the end, it is best to consult a veterinarian, educated with the knowledge exactly why and how these things work, and what side effects can occur if your dog consumes something he shouldn’t, regarding your fleas on dog treatments….
PetMD. (June 10, 2015). Natural Home Remedies for Flea and Tick Control. PetMD.
Pena, Melvin. (June 19th, 20017). Three Simple Recipies for Homemade Dog Shampoo. Dogster. Retrieved from http://www.dogster.com/dog-health-care/homemade-dog-shampoo-recipes