Kelly McEachern

It's FLEA season again and these creepy pests love your precious dog! I know this looks and sounds gross but once fleas make their home on your dog, they can lay up to 2000 eggs in their lifetime.

Not only do they live on your dog but they also live inside your home, and their favourite places to camp out are on your carpets, furniture, baseboards and you and your dog's bedding!

If left untreated fleas can cause health problems in dogs and people.


1 - Brush your dog's coat with a flea comb at least once a day. The best place to do this is in your bath tub, you'll have an easier time seeing fleas against the white surface and you can easily wash them down the drain.

2 - Bathe your dog at least once a week if you suspect fleas are present, this can help to wash away fleas and eggs. Because bathing a dog once or more than once a week, can lead to dry skin and skin irritation. Using a moisturizing shampoo that contains oatmeal can help prevent your dog's skin from becoming to dry.

3 - Apple cider vinegar is another flea repellent for dogs! Mix together a 50/50 solution of apple cider vinegar and water, than spray it on your dog's coat. Apple cider is also great topically it can help relieve the itchiness from flea bites! However it can sting if sprayed on an open wound, so avoid spraying that area if your dog has an open sore or wound.

4 -  Spray your dog's coat with a citrus solution. This can deter fleas for up to 24 hours. Slice a lemon and add it to a pot with 1 pint of water(470 ml), bring the water and lemon to a boil, then remove it from the stove and cover it overnight. Strain the liquid into a spray bottle and spray your dog's coat and massage it into his or her fur. Avoid spraying near your dog's face and only apply every 3 or 4 days, because daily use can irritate your dog's skin.

5 - Coconut oil can also help get rid of fleas! The lauric acid in coconut oil is a natural flea repellent for dogs! It can also help soothe flea bites and soften your dog's skin. Take a glob of coconut oil and work it into your hands until it liquefies, than massage the oil into your dog's coat and skin, next run a flea comb through your dog's coat and as you do this you'll notice the fleas will stick to the oil on the comb. It's best you do this treatment outside because any fleas you don't get with the comb could  jump off your dog and into your home. Try this method once per week.

6 - If your dog has long hair you might consider shaving his or her coat during flea season, it will help you to see the fleas and treat your dog easier with shorter hair!

If you have a natural remedy that you use for your dog, share it in the comments below, we'd love to hear from you!





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