Fleas are a big problem for dogs and cats alike during the warmer months. Your dog can contract fleas by simply walking in the grass outside. This does not mean you should keep your dog indoors until cool weather, but you can take precautionary measures just in case your dog has fleas. If your dog already has fleas, these same directions will get rid of them for you in a natural manner. Fleas cause many health problems for all animals but, if treated promptly, can be less of a nuisance to you and your pet.
Things You'll Need
- Lemon Juice concentrate
- Cayenne pepper seeds
- Spray bottle
- Common cooking oil
- Water source
- Dog with fleas
- Measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
- Bathing materials
- Dog brush
- Fine tooth comb
How To Get Rid Of Fleas On Your Dog Naturally
Measure out three tablespoons of the lemon juice concentrate, and then place this into the spray bottle. Now you will want to add one teaspoon of cayenne pepper seeds to the spray bottle, along with one teaspoon of oil. Measure out and add one cup of water to your spray bottle and place the lid back onto the top.
Shake the bottle vigorously for one minute and then sit in the sun for a few hours. You should leave the bottle in the sunlight long enough for the seeds to begin to soften and dissolve around the edges. Open your bottle periodically to check the status of your seeds.
Bathe your dog as you normally would, using your normal products. Towel dry your dog but do not completely dry the fur by using a blow drier or air drier of any kind. Spray this mixture onto your dog while he or she is still damp. This gives the treatment time to soak into the skin as well as adhere to the hair.
Brush your dog out completely until dry. Once this is complete, use the fine tooth comb to pull the hair against the direction of growth to remove any dead fleas that may be hiding in the undercoat. Repeat this until you no longer see fleas on the comb.
Spray the dog again with your mixture and allow him to dry. This will provide a barrier of protection to your dog from fleas for 24 hours. You can repeat this as many times as you want, as long as your dog shows no allergic reactions. Your dog's coat will have an oily appearance and a strong odor of spice. This will dissipate when you bathe your dog again.
Tips & Warnings
- Prior to using this treatment, spray a small amount of your concoction onto the dog's head and rub in against the direction of fur growth. Leave on for half an hour to find out if your dog will have an allergic reaction.
- Common allergic reactions include rash and redness due to the lemon juice being introduced to the scraped skin after combing. Do not allow your dog to lick its fur until this spray is dry because it will make him extremely thirsty and can cause dehydration.
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