Effective Natural Remedies to Kill Fleas, Ticks and Mites in Dogs

Dogs start wagging their tails with excitement just at the mention of walks. However, with flea season starting we need to take precautions to protect them from creepy crawlies. It’s not really an option to keep our fur buddies at home for the fear of fleas and mites attacking them? These little monsters make our pets their hosts. They live and breed on our pets’ skin and hair. And to keep these monsters at bay, we may try anything. But we need to realize that chemicals are as harmful for pets as they are for humans. Hence, it is important that we use chemical free products to keep our pets healthy.

Let’s find out more about natural pet care

Fleas – Fleas are very dangerous. They are so small that it’s not easy to see them; especially when they are hiding in our pet’s fur. Fleas cause itching and rashes in dogs with small bumps that bleed. It’s advisable to use a treatment that’s chemical free for your fur baby.

How to tell if your pet has fleas – If your pet has been scratching him or herself, try a white sock test. Slip a white sock over your hand and run the sock over your pet’s body. If you see black specks on the sock, those are fleas. Do the same to their bed.

Flea Treatments

Try the following flea treatments to keep your pets and home flea free.

Flea Bath – Fill a tub with water. Add a generous amount of salt to the water and bathe your pet. Salt will kill all the fleas and its eggs by dehydrating them.

Flea Collar – A flea collar is a steady way to ward off fleas. Here’s how you can make one –

  1. Add 2-3 drops of cedar or lavender oil in 1-3 tablespoons of water.
  2. Use an eyedropper to apply 5-10 drops of the liquid to a bandanna and rub the ends of the fabric together.
  3. Tie it about your pet’s neck.
  4. Reapply the mixture to the collar once a week.

Flea Prevention

Get the fleas off the carpet and your pet’s bed with a high-powered vacuum cleaner. Prevent fleas from coming back by spraying the mixture of a few drops of eucalyptus or lavender oil and 1 cup of water on your pet’s bed and other areas of your home.

Copper pet beds are the most effective for a bacteria and fungus-free environment to sleep in. They have anti-odour properties and also prevent seasonal allergies. Copper pet beds absorb water without even a hint of bad odour. The thermo-regulating fabric of a copper bed keeps it warm and comfortable. It is also the best choice for arthritic dogs.

Ear Mites

Ear mites can cause serious skin irritation. Burrowing mites lay their eggs in pores of the skin. Mites highly aggravate pets, and what’s even scarier is that they become contagious. You can use these natural remedies persistently to kill ear mites:

Baking Soda and Water – Dissolve a teaspoon baking soda into a cup of warm water. Soak a cotton ball in that mixture and rub it on your dog’s ears. Repeat this every day until you’re sure that all mites are dead.

Antiseptic Tea Rinse – Being a natural antiseptic, green tea flushes out the ear mite debris. Steep a tablespoon of green leaves in a cup of hot water for 3 to 4 minutes. Strain it, cool it and use it once a day. Continue doing it for a month.

Oil Treatment – Take 3 or 4 garlic cloves, crush them in a cup of oil, and let it stay overnight. In the morning, remove the garlic cloves, and apply oil to your pet’s ears.

Ticks

Pets get ticks from outdoors, often from the long grass. It sucks the blood of dogs and causes itching and irritation. Since it buries its jaws in animals, it can be difficult to remove.

Ticks can also cause Lyme’s disease which causes arthritis-like inflammation and joint pain. Lyme’s disease can also lead to kidney and heart problems in dogs.

How to remove ticks:

Tick removal tools are available from most veterinary practices. These are ideal as the twisting action helps to ensure that no part of the tick remain in your dog’s skin.

Raising a pet can be very difficult. But if you’re being extra careful and following all the right steps, then you can be sure that your furry friends will live a long and healthy life.

Author Bio: Kunal is a young and passionate entrepreneur, fascinated by the workings of the human body and natural solutions for common health problems. He’s single-minded in his aim to make Copper Clothing a brand that’s recognised across the globe, by partnering with global brands to make these high-tech materials easily accessible for everyone.

Check your pet over

It’s important to check your pet’s coat after every walk, not just in grassy areas and woodland, but urban areas too. Ticks like to attach their mouth parts to skin with the least amount of hair, such as your pet’s belly, lower legs and especially around their ears and face. Often dogs will bury their nose in bushes, sniffing out those wonderful scents, and will come out with more than they bargained for – ticks attached to their skin!

Ticks can be removed by using a special tick removal tool. These can be purchased from pet shops or your vet. Follow the instructions carefully as ticks need twisting to be removed safely. When a tick attaches itself to your pet it secretes a substance to help anchor itself to your pet’s skin, so never pull or tug at a tick as this may leave part of the tick behind, which could lead to infection. If you are worried about a tick on your pet, contact your vet. For more information, click here.

Lyme disease in humans

Lyme disease in humans can be very serious and, in some cases, can have long lasting effects. Celebrities in the media such as Alec Baldwin, Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber and Amy Schumer have all been affected by Lyme disease and are raising awareness around the disease and its debilitating effects.

The true incidence of Lyme disease is unknown; however, it is estimated that there are 2,000 – 3,000 new confirmed cases of Lyme disease each year in England and Wales.

For more information on Lyme disease in humans, click here for the NHS advice, or here for the UK government’s advice.

The true incidence of Lyme disease is unknown; however, it is estimated that there are 2,000 – 3,000 new confirmed cases of Lyme disease each year in England and Wales.

For more information on Lyme disease in humans, click here for the NHS advice, or here for the UK government’s advice.

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