Since I owned an elderly dog with kidney and liver problems and had recently been invaded by cat fleas by an onslaught of stray cats in the neighborhood, I set out on a search to find the safest and most natural flea treatments I could find. After extensive research, I was able to compile a veritable arsenal of flea treatments that I thought I would share with other dog owners, especially since most of us know how harmful insecticides and chemicals are. I, like many of you, absolutely refuse to expose my dogs to carcinogens.
My dog has a flea allergy, so it was crucial for me to find effective but safe solutions to this flea problem. A flea bite drives her crazy! Let me start by telling you this, if you want to be natural in your quest to remove fleas from your home and pets, you must understand that you will have to use various flea prevention methods, and you will need to arm yourself with a little patience.
My interest was piqued in herbal necklaces and I decided to investigate them a bit more. To my dismay, I found that most herbal necklaces include pennyroyal and rue. These herbs can cause liver and kidney damage (as well as many other health problems) when ingested, and while my old dog was unlikely to ingest his collar, I was not prepared to take the risk.
The next natural flea prevention solution I read about was borax or boric powder. People have been promoting the miraculous effect these products have in fighting fleas, and although I don’t doubt it, I soon realized that they were not safe products to use on my beloved pet. Borax is an abrasive substance, so imagine what can happen if your pet inhales it, also borates tend to concentrate in the kidney and can cause kidney damage.
Well to cut a long story short, aside from my always reliable flea comb, this is what I’m using:
1. Flea traps: The kind that works by attracting fleas to a sticky surface. They use small bulbs to attract fleas to a sticky surface. I caught several small insects and fleas. What I do is leave them on overnight when it’s dark for maximum effect. A good way to increase their effectiveness is to move them from time to time. I even put them on my dog’s beds (she has two, one in the living room and one in our bedroom, so at night I put the trap on her living room bed and during the day I darken the bedroom and set a trap on her bed at night.).
2. Dawn or Fairy dishwashing liquid: Dawn of Fairy Regular Dishwashing Liquid is great for bathing your flea infested dog, it is less harmful than specialty flea shampoos as it does not contain chemicals or insecticides and you will get a distorted sense of pleasure seeing the nasties creatures drowning. the bath water.
3. Herbal necklaces: There are some harmless herbal flea collars out there; the one I’m using contains lavender buds and cedar wood shavings. While I’m not a huge fan of cedar wood shavings, it’s only a minimal amount, just enough to keep those nasty pests away from my dog. The same company also makes a flea powder / dry shampoo using all natural (and safe) ingredients and the owner of the company is genuinely concerned about the safety of their products (I questioned her with all my concerns). Let’s say it’s definitely “good luck” for fleas!
4. Diatomaceous earth: Make sure to buy HUMAN FOOD GRADE D / Earth, anything else is potentially toxic. Sprinkle the D / soil under layers, beds, anywhere your dog is not constantly. Make sure the dog stays away while you do this, as inhaling the fine dust can cause problems, and wear a dust mask if possible. D / earth can be used indoors and outdoors, but I would advise against using it outdoors as it would also be killing a lot of “good” insects. Ants, if not a problem for you, eat flea larvae, so I consider them a valuable part of my flea safe arsenal!
Human food grade d / earth or fossil flour as it is also called is supposedly good for fighting internal parasites as well, I intend to try this because I am afraid to use commercial dewormers on my dog right now. I have tried to find out if it has harmful side effects, but I have not been able to find any; in fact, people use fossil flour on a daily basis and claim that it has many benefits. If you know of any harmful side effects of using it orally on a pet, please let me know!
5. Biological labels: There are a couple of companies that claim that their tags provide your pet with a magnetic shield to keep fleas and ticks away. There are good and bad reviews on the subject, but I haven’t been able to find any literature on harmful side effects, so I’m going to buy one for my dog. Worst case, I’m a few dollars short, I love my dog. and I would do anything in my power to make her feel comfortable and healthy, so I don’t care. I guess it won’t hurt and if it works, it’s great!
6. Sprinklers with motion detector: This is a great, humane way to keep flea-infested animals out of your yard.
That is all; I think I’ve covered it all! This is the culmination of my extensive reading and research and I hope it helps you get rid of fleas as well. Please let me know if you have safer flea cures!