Fleas and Pests
Steps to getting rid of dog fleas:
1. Create dog salad dressing:
In a spray bottle make a solution of about 50% water/ 50% red wine or apple cider vinegar. Add a dash of olive oil, and a drop of dishwashing soap. Crush a clove of garlic and throw it in the mix.
Spray your dog down with the mixture and work it into their fur. Use a flea comb to get the undesirables that didn't take off as soon as they got a whiff of the vinegar.
2. Add vinegar to your dog's water. A few teaspoons will do. (This is fine to do everyday for the rest of your dog's life) Farmers often give their animals vinegar in their water to help ward off fleas, flies and other pests.
3. Add garlic and brewers yeast to your dog's food. You can pick up brewers yeast at your local dog supply store. Dogs love garlic... cut up a clove each day and add it to their supper.
4. Kill the fleas in your house and wherever your pet goes with salt. Sprinkle salt everywhere in your home, corners especially. Make sure you get the spot where your pet sleeps well. Allow the salt to sit for as long as you can, then vacuum it up. You can also add salt in your vacuum bag so that when you vacuum up the fleas, they die and stay in the bag. Salt dehydrates fleas and eliminates them.
Fleas (and other pests) hate the taste of brewers yeast, vinegar and garlic. Plus the vinegar and garlic boost the immune system. And vinegar itself soothes your dog's skin from the bites.
Don't worry about the smell from the garlic and vinegar, the "dog salad dressing" mix will actually remove "dog stink", and the vinegar smell will be barely noticable. It also gives your pet a shiny healthy coat.
Home Made Flea Collar (for dogs only)
- 1/2 cup rosemary essential oil
- 1/4 cup citronella essential oil
- 2 tablespoons white cedar essential oil
- 2 tablespoons peppermint essential oil
- 2 tablespoons eucalyptus essential oil
Soak a natural fibre rope in this mixture for a few hours, then let dry overnight. Tie around your dog's neck.