Fleas are the bane of any pet owner’s life. Aside from irritating your dog and causing excessive scratching (to the point where they’ll have extreme skin redness), once they get into your house, fleas can also lay eggs in your carpet, furniture, and anywhere they can access.
Fleas can become a serious problem for your pet and home, which is why it’s important to prevent them from spreading. One way to do that is by spraying natural flea spray on your dog. You can make some at home by using the following:
Here are a few tips to make the backpack experience easier for you and your dog:
Mix one quart of water, one cup of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, and one cup of baby shampoo. Pour everything into a spray bottle, shake the bottle to combine all ingredients, and bathe your dog using this mixture once or twice a month. Vinegar effectively kills fleas and ticks on contacts and prevents further infestations.
Lemon Wash Deterrent
Lemon juice naturally flees because they don’t like its smell. Harness the power of lemon juice by using it to create a natural flea spray for your fur baby.
For this mixture, you’ll need four slices of lemon, one tablespoon of salt, and six cups of water, Heat the water until it boils, then add salt and fresh lemons. Boil everything for another two minutes and remove the container from the heat. Allow the mixture to steep for 24 hours, and apply it to your dog’s coat after shampooing and washing them.
Since all the ingredients of this spray are natural and pet-friendly, you can apply it to your dog’s coat every day. Just make sure to avoid putting it near your dog’s eyes and any open wounds, and don’t let your dog lick or drink the mixture.
Certain essential oils are highly effective for protecting your fur baby against fleas. But since some are also toxic to dogs, it’s best to consult a vet first before making any flea sprays using essential oils and spraying them on your dog’s coats.
In general, the following essential oils are pet-friendly:
- Citronella: Besides protecting your dog from fleas and ticks, citronella also repeals mosquitoes and other insects.
- Eucalyptus oil: Fleas don’t like the strong smell of eucalyptus oil, so adding it to your dog’s bathtime routine is guaranteed to keep them flea-free.
- Lavender: This aroma is known to keep fleas and ticks away, as well as prevent eggs from hatching. Adding a few drops of lavender to your dog’s shampoo can also help soothe irritated skin and prevent infections.
- Lemongrass: The active ingredients geraniol and citral found in lemongrass are natural flea repellants. Add a few drops of lemongrass to a spray bottle, fill the container with water, and use the solution on your dog’s coat and other surfaces, like furniture and carpet.
- Peppermint: Diluting peppermint oil in water can help relieve skin inflammation and irritation caused by fleas and ticks. This mixture is also useful for killing flea larvae around your home and in your pet.
- Rosemary: Rosemary is a natural flea repellant and helps improves your dog’s skin after getting flea bites. To use rosemary, add a few drops to your dog’s shampoo and use the mixture no more than twice a week.
Never use essential oils directly on your pet’s coat. Always dilute a few drops of essential oil with water to lessen its concentration. This makes the oils safer for pets.
Ask Pros First
Using natural methods to protect your dog from fleas and ticks is one of the best ways to keep them happy and healthy. Since these methods are also eco-friendly, you won’t have to worry about causing any negative impact on the environment.
But as always, proceed with caution and consult your vet before you use any of the methods mentioned here on your dog. Get the professionals’ approval before applying any form of natural flea spray on your dog’s coat!