Here are a few of the best home remedies for fleas to avoid spending at the vet. Get rid of fleas naturally with these natural remedies for fleas, without all of the chemicals.
If you've ever tried to purchase Frontline Flea and Tick medication, you'll see that the prices are high. Not only that, but there is quite a bit of discrepancy on the safety of these types of products for fleas. Home remedies are something that are simple to do and very inexpensive.
As a pet groomer, cats and dogs fleas and sensitive skin are probably the two most common health problems I see with my appointments. They are also easily treatable at home!
There are a few effective things you can do at home to eliminate fleas from your pet and your home.
To start, you will want to bathe your pet two and four times per month with a high quality all natural flea shampoo. If your pet has dry and sensitive skin, be sure to do it less often.
1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Cup Unscented Dish Soap (No Dye)
1 Cup Water
1/4 Cup Aloe Vera Juice (For sensitive/dry skin)
The purpose here is to kill all living parasites, and dislodge their nests on a regular basis so new ones are unable to hatch.
The gestation period of a flea larvae is two weeks. Bathing your pet every week or two will not likely kill the eggs, but will effectively wash them down the sink!
If your cat or dog has sensitive skin, be sure to use a hypoallergenic shampoo, as it is very gentle and won't irritate their skin.
Keep in mind though, being bathed too often can dry a coat and irritate skin, so be sure to pay attention to how often your pet can handle.
Now the trick to killing the fleas is a little beyond just the shampoo. If your pet currently is suffering from a coat full of them, here is a little something you can try:
Diatomaceous earth. What is this, you say? Diatomaceous earth is a very soft, fine rock powder that is made from the remains of a type of hard shelled algae called diatoms.
Pure diatomaceous earth is safe for people and animals. Food grade versions can even be mixed into pets food to help control internal parasites. You will find this ingredient in toothpaste, flour, and grains that we consume.
Diatomaceous earth kills fleas and other bugs as it works its way into their joints. As the bug moves, the microscopic shards of fossilized remains cut into the bug's soft tissues, ultimately killing it.
For mammals, however, it is a harmless powder and we can rub it all over ourselves without problem. The only thing you should watch out for is to not inhale too much of it! When applying, try to do so outdoors or in a well ventilated area.
Food grade diatomaceous earth is one of the best all natural home remedies for fleas!