Thursday, January 10, 2013

Holistic Flea Treatment

Before reading further, it is important to know that I am not a vet, and I advise you to speak with your vet before testing this on your pet. All animals are different, and some may have reactions.

Now, there are 2 recipes I made; both are topical (for skin), and both should not be ingested. And both need refrigeration.********

These treatments do not work like frontline, vectra, advantix or any of those. For best results, it needs to be applied weekly. If you are using a once a month chemical treatment, and your pet got fleas, you can also use this topical treatment (ask your vet first)

This first recipe, is extremely potent, and should only be applied from the neck to the start of the shoulder blades. Make sure your pet CANNOT reach this area to lick it, especially cats.

When I made this I didn't measure, but here are the basics of it, (all approximations):
recipe #1, potent, toxic if swallowed

  • ·       3 tablespoons Garlic powder
  •       1/2 cup Concentrated bottled lemon juice
  • ·       1 teaspoon Tea tree oil
  • ·      3 teaspoons Peppermint oil
  • ·      2 tablespoons  Vinegar
  • ·       1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ·       1 tablespoon Baking soda
  • ·       1 tablepsoon Almond oil
  • ·       1 tablespoon Eucalyptus oil
  • ·       1 tablespoon Cloves or clove oil
  • ·       1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • ·       a pinch Black pepper
  • ·      3 tablespoons Sunflower oil (or other oil)
  • ·      1/2 cup- 1 cup water Water


I use this, and the other recipe on my dog, puppy, and cat, with no problem. I only treat at the back of the neck so they cannot lick it. This recipe will kill fleas on contact, and repel to some extent. I have also heard that lavender oil, and any citrus oil will help against fleas.
After you speak to your vet about tea tree oil, also know symptoms of toxicity
And if you have a little pet, dilute the recipe with water, and only use a small amount of it. 1-2 militers for a small dog, 3-5 milliltiers for a big dog. This recipe will also be effective without tea tree oil, lemon juice, peppermint, clove and eucalyptus are all very effective against fleas. DIRECTIONS: SHAKE WELL. Using a topical (needle-less) syringe suck up as many milliters as you need. Carefully select a part of the back of the neck/shoulder blades that the animal cannot reach. Part the fur and put the syringe directly on the skin, push gently, and apply in your safe 1-4 inch zone. (depending on the size of the animal) KEEP OUT OF EYES AND MOUTH

recipe #2, non toxic, (use all over)

  • 1/4 cup concentrated store bought lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons peppermint oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves or clove oil
  • dash of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 3 tablespoons water
Now, technically if ingested in small amounts this should not harm your pet, however, always consult with your vet when trying something new. DIRECTIONS: SHAKE WELL. spray directly on fur, skin, and fleas. Or treat directly on the skin with a needle-less syringe. KEEP OUT OF EYES AND MOUTH

If your animal has fleas and has already been treated;
  1. call vet and talk about options, and trying new treatments, hazards of tea tree oil
  2. Give your pet a flea bath with an all natural flea shampoo.Sentry Natural defense has a good one. Follow directions carefully! make sure you let shampoo sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Use a flea comb to evenly distribute shampoo.
  4. Rinse, and blow dry using a flea comb as you go
  5. (after speaking to vet) Use recipe #1 on the back of the neck to shoulder blades (only where animal cannot reach) 
  6. Use recipe #2 as a spray on the dogs body, or with a needle-less syringe draw a line against the skin, from the shoulder blades to the base of the tail, and from the chest to belly.
  7. Vacuum your carpets, couches, rugs, floors, furniture, beds, and wash as much as possible. If necessary look into an all natural flea powder for your home.
  8. If possible, keep your pet out of tall grass and wooded areas.
  9. Limit your pet to only certain areas of the house. (ex: no bedrooms)
  10. Brush pet with flea comb and check for fleas every few days
  11. treat with both recipe every few days to every week
You should immediately see improvement in a few days, if you followed the directions.
If you find 1-2 fleas, you should remove and kill them, and re-treat. If your pet is re infested, restart from #2, or think about other options, such as outdoor flea preventatives.

We did not have an infestation, but our inside cat kept getting fleas, and then our new puppy also. The cat seems to be flea-less, the puppy only had 2 (that we found), and our doberman never had fleas that we could find.
This recipe works better on short haired dogs, fleas don't love short hair. Which is why I think our doberman never had any on her. The cat we had to shave, and bathe, and treat weekly. But this problem has been under control :)

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