Flea Season is upon us, and can be quite a battle if you are unsure what to do. The following are some tips and suggestions, both chemical and home remedies, to help make your summer with your pet enjoyable.
Lets start with Chemical solutions. You can buy flea drops and area spray at any department store, but the best and most effective is the kind you get from your vet. The drops last one month and you usually can get them in a 3 to 5 month supply. The area spray lasts up to 7 months.
If you choose to go the chemical route, be sure to read the directions very carefully, as these things are pesticides and can seriously harm your pet if not used properly.
If you choose to go the home remedy route, it does involve a bit more work and time but is just as effective as the chemicals and definitely less harmful to your pet.
This article will focus on home remedies for dogs.
The best thing for dogs is Brewers Yeast. Depending on the size of your dog, will depend on how much and how often to give it to your dog. If you have a small breed dog, a small pinch in their food every other day should work. Mid size to large breeds can get 1/2 tsp in their food daily.
To treat the areas in your home for fleas, white vinegar works. Place vinegar in a spray bottle, and spray the areas that your dog frequents most. The smell will dissipate within a few hours.
If you have an infestation of fleas, vinegar will still work but you have a bit more work to do, such as washing all bedding in hot water, and thoroughly vacuum your home before spraying. For the things that cant be washed or vacuumed, such as stuffed toys and pillows, place them in a black garbage bag and tie tightly. If you have a chest freezer and have enough room, place the bag in the freezer for 48 hours. If no freezer, leave the things in the bag for 14 days.
Should you not like your home smelling like a fish and chip stand, you can substitute the white vinegar for apple cider vinegar.
Watch for the next article on how to use home remedies for fleas on Cats.