This page was last updated on Thursday 18th of September 2014
Getting rid of fleas on dogs is something that almost every dog owner needs to deal with at some point and although there are all sort of products out there which can indeed get rid of fleas, there are also less expensive, less toxic and natural methods of dispatching these pests and giving your pet – and you – relief.
The best flea treatment for dogs is also one of the easiest – giving your dog a bath. Actually, it’s even simpler than that. Coat your dog with a natural pet soap (baby shampoo is also OK, but NOT any other kind of human shampoo). Don’t be shy about using a lot of it – what you’re trying to do here is to suffocate the fleas under a thick layer of soap. Leave it on your dog for at least 15 minutes; you should see fleas rising to the surface in search of air. You can then rinse off your dog and let the now-drowning fleas be washed down the drain.
After you rinse off your dog, it’s a very good idea to put them outside for an hour or two if possible. Any fleas which manage to survive will likely jump off of your dog to safety and this could mean the beginning of a whole new infestation. You should also put a flea collar on your dog before putting them outside to prevent new fleas from getting on your dog.
You can also smother fleas on dogs by using vegetable oil – canola, peanut, sesame, olive, any kind of vegetable oil will work fine. You’ll want to do this outside to prevent a mess. Rub the oil into your dog’s fur, making sure to cover their entire body – they’ll jump off your dog to escape, so change as soon as you get inside and wash your clothes in hot water just in case any fleas have taken refuge on your own clothing.
Leave on the oil for 15 minutes and then comb your dog with a fine toothed comb; a lice comb works well for this. After you’re done combing, wash them thoroughly with mild natural soap or baby shampoo to remove the oil, put a flea collar on them to prevent re-infestation and leave them outside for an hour or two to make sure they’re flea-free.
Getting rid of fleas on dogs does take some work, but the best flea treatment for dogs doesn’t have to be expensive or involve toxic chemicals. All it takes is a little patience and a little elbow grease to give your four legged friend some sorely needed relief from the torment of a flea infestation.