Fleas. We all hate them, right? Loath, Detest, Despise, or Abhor would work here too.
They’re a nuisance, they quickly reproduce and most of all – they annoy – and can harm – our four-legged kids. And they’re so bold to bite us too.
So, what do you do? How can you SAFELY deter them and keep your pets healthy without harsh chemicals and messy topicals?
Here are 4 natural remedies that you can use to help discourage these blood suckers!
Tip 1: Apple Cider Vinegar.
You can use Apple Cider Vinegar three ways – In your pet’s water, in a spray, in their bedding. Here’s the breakdown.
- In your pet’s water: Dilute 1 teaspoon of Raw, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar in a Quart of water and have them drink it. (You may need to start with a bit less ACV and build up to a teaspoon if your pet won’t drink the water at first.)
- Make a spray using a 1:1 Ratio of Apple Cider Vinegar and Water in a spray bottle. Before the pets go outside – lightly spray them with the solution from the neck down – avoiding their face.
- If you bathe your pet in a tub – add a cup or two (depending on the size of your pet) onto them and into the tub. You’ll see the fleas start to come off.
Tip 2: Coconut Oil.
Make sure you use Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil! Fleas don’t like the lauric acid that’s in coconut oil.
You can feed your pet 1 tsp per 20lb of weight. Or you can melt a little coconut oil in your hands and rub it near the skin of your pet. A little goes a long way here and you don’t want oily dogs or cats. Rubbing on bellies, legs, hind quarters and paws is good here. It is beneficial for their skin and coat while helping keep the fleas away.
Tip 3: All-Natural Shampoo with scents that fleas avoid
Fleas don’t like soapy water. So most anything that lathers is going to help deter fleas. But even better, you want to pick an all-natural shampoo so it helps your pet’s coat and doesn’t dry it out with chemicals. Here’s my favorite shampoo – http://bit.ly/petshampookiwimango. Complete with some scents (rosemary and sage) that fleas don’t like. It smells amazing and makes coats so soft while providing a natural way to discourage fleas!
The trick here is you need to leave the suds on your pet for 3 to 5 minutes to do what it needs to do to get the fleas off. Keeping your pet still and sudsy for up to 5 minutes is another challenge for another day. LOL.
Tip 4: Essential Oils.
We want to be extremely cautious here. Animals sense of smell is much greater than our so a little goes a long way. And you want to be sure to use PURE Essential oils and not the ones that may be synthetic. (Ask me which ones I use and recommend!)
I’ll discuss the difference between essential oils in another post. Please be aware that some you see on shelves are NOT true essential oils. If you want more info on the essential oils I use – please ask.
Make sure you DILUTE the essential oils in a Carrier Oil (olive oil or sweet almond oil, for example) or add to their shampoo.
Cedarwood, lavender, bergamot, lemongrass, lemon and peppermint* are typically safe scents to use. Be EXTRA CAUTIOUS with essential oils and Cats. *Peppermint is NOT good for Cats.
Introduce the oils slowly with small amounts and PAY ATTENTION to their reactions to see their sensitivities. If you have questions – please ask me or do some research!
Now, because I love y’all – I’m going to share a DIY spray for annoying fleas so they don’t pester your pet.
Recipe for Homemade Go Away Fleas Spray
a glass spray bottle.
1 quart of fresh water
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2-3 drops lavender or cedarwood pure grade essential oils*
- Mix fresh water with apple cider vinegar
- Add in your 2-3 drops of oils and mix it all up
- Mist your dog/cat, being careful to avoid the face, ears, eyes and nose.
Tip: to apply to the neck or back of their ears – spray mixture on soft cloth and wipe it on. You can also spray or wipe it in and around your pets bedding – giving it enough time to air out a bit before nap time. No need to soak the pet’s fur or the bedding. Light sprays help.
Please use caution with any homemade flea deterrent. Whereas these are all very helpful and good sources of natural remedies to flea issues, your pet’s safety comes first. KNOW YOUR PET and WATCH them and their reactions. If you’re dog or cat and home are already infested – please contact your veterinarian for guidance on what to do. These remedies help deter – but you may need extra help with an infestation and if your pet is covered in fleas.
If you have questions – please ask as this is very general information. I’m always happy to share more.
The safety of your pet is very important to me – so be a responsible pet parent always. If you don’t know or aren’t sure – make the recipe without the essential oils.
*Please Ask me before you buy just any essential oil – it DOES make a difference and your pets are Worth it! Go to The ESSENTIAL OILS PAGE under SHOP HEALTHY for the Essential oils I use and trust.