Natural Flea Treatments for Dogs – are they more effective than chemicals?

Natural Flea Treatments for Dogs – are they more effective than chemicals?

Those pesky fleas can be a nightmare for both our pooches and for us. They can cause real problems but they are easy to control with regular flea treatment.

But how?

Do you reach for one of the chemical remedies available from the vets or on all pet shop shelves?

Stop!

Let us tell you why…

It has become so ingrained in us that these remedies are the right thing to do, month in and month out. Most of the commercial flea remedies contain chemicals that might be good at getting rid of fleas but at a cost to our dog’s health. Adverse skin reactions are common, making your pup sore and uncomfortable. More frighteningly, the science says that these chemical remedies can make our dogs lethargic, give them chronic itching, depression or, even more worryingly, they can be linked to liver and kidney toxicity, lung tumours and other cancers and heart disease. If your dog already suffers from certain conditions, they are considered to be in a higher risk category of developing a serious chronic illness as a result of using chemical flea remedies.

Also, think about how some of these remedies work with consideration for our own health. For example, the flea collar. These are designed to release a toxic chemical onto our pet’s fur. It can also get on our bedding and possibly on the hands of our children. Insecticide ingredients are commonplace in flea treatments which can cause dizziness, vomiting and breathlessness in humans. Do you really want to expose yourselves (as well as your pets) to this?

So, as you can probably tell, we hate chemical flea control. It’s time to get rid of those expensive and poisonous flea remedies and opt for toxin-free natural solutions instead.

There are many natural products available to help. We recommend you try our Flea Off Powder* or Flea off Tonic*, both natural repellents made from a combination of herbs to discourage any unwanted visitors without upsetting the tummy.

*Flea Off Powder should be used as a preventative only, this is not a treatment.

*Flea Off Tonic can be used both for prevention OR if your dog already has fleas, can be used as a treatment.

Use with our Apple Cider Vinegar to help repel pesky mites when you are out for walks. Apple Cider Vinegar is an age-old natural flea treatment and due to its pungent odour and strong acidity, fleas hate it! It won’t kill fleas, but it is a great preventative measure.

Top Tip – Use Apple Cider Vinegar in a hot wash for your dog’s bedding and to clean your hard floors.

Diatomaceous Earth can be mixed with your dog’s food, rubbed on their coat or even sprinkled over their bedding. This fine powder, made from the build up of fossilised water plants, will kill off larvae and adult fleas within hours.

You can accompany your natural flea remedies with our Natural Dog Shampoo containing tea tree and peppermint – tea tree is an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and natural flea repellent. Bathing your dog kills the majority of fleas and this shampoo is a great way to help get rid of the rest and deter fleas all year through.

Fleas are a nuisance and need to be dealt with but think twice about what you use.

Hope you found this useful.

Laura, Dolly & Reggie xxx