Once fleas are in your house and on your dog, you’ve got a lot of crappy work ahead of you …
flea baths for your dog, washing every bit of fabric in your house, vacuuming everything under your roof. And you’ll probably have to do this more than once.
Wouldn’t life be easier if those fleas never appeared on your dog in the first place? It’s a whole lot easier to prevent fleas from infesting your dog and your home than it is to get rid of them once they’ve taken over.
But I’ve got some good news. I’m going to give you my best home remedies for fleas.
But first, let’s start with the outdoors and try to keep the fleas out of your home and off of your dog so you’ll never have to use my remedies.
Keeping Fleas Out Of Your Yard
Nematodes are your best friend when it comes to keeping your yard flea-free. If fleas aren’t in your yard, they’re less likely to find their way onto your dog.
Beginning in mid-March through April, when soil temperatures rise above 45 degrees, if you start thinking about yard care you can stop fleas before they get your dog.
What Are Nematodes?
Nematodes are tiny wormlike multicellular animals found in the soil. There are a lot of different kinds of nematodes, good and bad. The good ones we’re talking about here are beneficial in controlling many garden pests like ants, termites and grubs — but they also eat fleas!
They can be found at many garden centers and online. They usually arrive ready to use; you just add water as directed on the package, and then you can spray them throughout your yard using a hose sprayer or even a watering can.
Since nematodes are a live organism, you need to use them quickly after they arrive. Apply them in the spring, and ideally again in summer and fall to keep your yard flea-free.
Other Tips For Your Yard
Most people who know me will tell you I’m not a fan of mowing or lawns in general. However if you live in a flea prolific area, you need to keep your lawn cut short.
But you should consider planting a container garden full of lemon balm, sage and rosemary. These plants can repel fleas and deter them from entering the house.
You can also make small changes in your house to keep fleas away.
Protect Your Home: 2 Steps
1. Steam cleaning your carpets in the spring can really get you off to a good start in protecting your home from fleas.
2. Vacuum at least once a week in all areas. Immediately empty the vacuum bags or throw out canister debris in an outside garbage container.
Plus, try these natural remedies to keep fleas away, in your yard, indoors, or on your dog …
Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a non-toxic powder made up of fossilized organisms called diatoms that break apart flea eggs and dry them out before they can grow into adult fleas.
Spread diatomaceous earth outside in your yard wherever your dog spends most of her time.
If you have carpets in your house spread the powder all over and vacuum after 48 hours. Do this once a month during flea season.
You can purchase DE at most holistic dog supply stores, health stores and garden centers. Make sure you’re buying food grade DE which is safe for humans and animals. Don’t buy pool grade DE which is heat treatedn and turns the silicon dioxide that’s in DE into crystalline silica, which can be toxic to humans and animals. Pool grade DE should only ever be used for filtration purposes.
CAUTION: DE can irritate your lungs so wear a mask when you’re applying it.
Fleas don’t like garlic, so it’s a natural flea repellent that’s safe to use in the yard and with your pets.
Here’s a recipe you can make to spray in your yard when flea populations are reaching epic proportions.
Garlic Water For Your Yard
What you need:
8 heads of chopped garlic (there’s no need to peel it for this recipe)
1 gallon of almost boiling water
How to make it:
• Place the garlic in an extra large soup pan and pour the water over the top
• Cover and let the mixture steep for 12 hours
• Pour through a strainer into a garden sprayer
• Lightly spray your lawn and garden area
Note: When treating your yard with garlic, just give everything one light spray. If used too heavily, garlic might harm some of those beneficial bugs you do want in your hard, so just give everything a light spray and don’t soak your grass or plants in the liquid.
Garlic For Your Dog
You can also use small amounts of garlic as an internal flea preventative.
Now you might be screaming, “No, I’ll hurt my dog!”
Yes, garlic can be harmful if you use really huge amounts (equivalent to 75 cloves of garlic for a 70 lb dog) but garlic is safe to use if you use fresh garlic and feed the right amount … and it has many health benefits for your dog.
Always use organic fresh whole clove garlic and avoid garlic supplements.
You can safely give your pet ¼ clove of garlic per ten pounds (use regular sized garlic, not jumbo).
If your pet weighs less than ten pounds, cut a ¼ clove of garlic in half and give ⅛ of a clove.
No matter how big your dog is, I prefer not to give more than two cloves of garlic per day. So if you have a hundred pound dog, still give her only two cloves of garlic.
Start feeding garlic one month prior to the start of flea season and you should find the fleas stay away.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Fleas don’t like a dog that is pH balanced.
Raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (ACV) creates a more acidic environment outside and balanced alkalinity on the inside, making it a must-have for flea season success.
Feed your dog ½ teaspoon of ACV per day per 25 lbs. ACV contains important nutrients, vitamins, minerals, vital acids and potassium.
Tip: Test your dog’s urine with pH strips before adding ACV to their food or water. Dogs should have a pH between 6.2 and 6.5.
Apple Cider Vinegar Flea Spray Recipe
Your dog’s skin and coat should be slightly acidic for fleas to find him inhospitable. You can easily achieve this by spraying your dog each week with the following solution.
What you need:
4 oz warm water
6 oz ACV, unfiltered and preferably organic
¼ tsp of sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
How to make it:
Mix the ingredients in a small spray bottle and spray your dog’s coat and underbelly weekly, avoiding the eyes or any open wounds.
Everyday Flea Repellent
Here’s my favorite everyday flea spray that’s lightly scented and very effective if you use it consistently.
Mist your dog under the belly, tail and legs with this spray before she goes outside.
What you need:
1 organic lemon
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
1 sprig of garden sage (Salvia officinalis)
1 quart of filtered water
How to make it:
• Slice the lemon into thin rounds
• Place the lemon, rosemary and sage in a large stainless steel or glass bowl
• Make a tea by adding a quart of almost boiling water
• Cover and let steep overnight
• In the morning strain the liquid into a spray bottle
• Refrigerate (lasts 1 to 2 weeks)
Health Is The Best Defense
This last recommendation is probably the most important of all.
Fleas are parasites and parasites seek out the weak and unhealthy.
This means if your dog is healthy, fleas will leave him alone and jump on your neighbor’s dog instead!
The most important ways to keep your dog glowing with good health is to feed him a healthy diet full of fresh whole foods and unprocessed proteins.
Good diet is the foundation of good health.
In particular, supply him with plenty of B vitamins (found in most meats, organ meats, oily fish and eggs), probiotics (such as kefir or fermented vegetables), sulphur rich foods (garlic and veggies like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts) as well as omega-6 fatty acids (found in foods like poultry, eggs, flaxseed and hempseed) and omega-3 fatty acids (found in oily fish like mackerel and sardines as well as flaxseed).
Does Your Dog Have Fleas?
If you suspect your dog might have fleas despite your best prevention efforts, here’s how you can find out:
Stand your dog on moistened paper towels. Brush him, and if little specks of dirt fall onto the towels and turn red or brown, your dog has fleas.
Treating Your Dog For Fleas
During an active flea attack, wash your dog with citrus Castile soap each week followed by a final rinse with ACV. For this rinse, use one part vinegar to ten parts water.
Use a flea comb to comb the top and underside of the tail, neck, underbelly and legs when your dog displays any signs of fleas. Keeping your dog’s coat clean with daily grooming and a flea comb is essential to natural flea prevention.
Once a week, wash all of your dog’s bedding in hot water with a natural, unscented detergent. If your dog sleeps with you, make sure you throw your own bedding in the washer once a week too.
You’ll also want to continue your regular vacuuming of carpets and floors, paying special attention to any places your dog hangs out (along with his little flea companions); and an extra diatomaceous earth carpet treatment or two can also help.
Because the flea’s entire life cycle, from eggs to larvae to pupae to adults, can be as long as several months, you’ll need to keep repeating these steps to make sure the flea infestation is completely gone.
Living the All Natural Lifestyle takes a special effort especially when it comes to your sweet pooch. With a bit of spring planning, you can be well on your way to a successful flea-free season without resorting to toxic chemicals.
CONTENT FOR SHARED ARTICLE FROM … https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/best-home-remedies-fleas/
I hope you had as busy and exciting Christmas as I did with The Fluffy Puppy Mobile Pet Spa.
I pampered, bathed, brushed, and trimmed every Furry Friend that I could possibly fit in during the busy schedule. Many of the Furry Friends became Reindogs, and helped Santa make his journey on Christmas Eve. You will find their pictures on this web site under the page of Smiles for the Camera.
I also participated in a customer appreciation event with Loyalist Veterinary in Belleville. Thank you Dr Angela and team for making me welcome at your event. It was wonderful !
For those who haven't yet visited The Fluffy Puppy Mobile Pet Spa to pamper their Furry Friend, I'm including some pics of the inside of the bus decorated for Christmas. A new addition to the bus is a music sound system, so be sure to let me know what genre of music that you would like played to help complete the spa package for your Furry Friend.
Enjoy these pics, and I look forward to seeing everyone in the not too distant New Year of 2016.
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Good Evening ..
If you are one of The Fluffy Puppy Mobile Pet Spa clients, you already know of the special " WATER MASSAGE " that your Furry Friends enjoy with each and every visit. Thought I would share with you a tidbit of information on why I use such a system, and the benefits for your pets. Should you wish further information, please visit my informational web site dedicated to this system. http://fluffypuppy.weebly.com/
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Woof ... Colleen
Myth 1: You are washing dogs with dirty water.
BUSTED. You use fresh water and shampoo on every dog. The dogs are rinsed after each wash, and then the tub is refilled with fresh water and shampoo for the next washing.
Myth 2: Bacterial and fungal infections are often transferred from the water to another dog.
POSSIBLE, but only if you are not cleaning the pump and draining it regularly.
Myth 3: Dogs are not clean.
BUSTED. The dogs are clean with less water and less shampoo usage.
Myth 4: I can get a dog cleaner by hand.
MAYBE. But I bet I can get that same dog just as clean -- faster, with less water, less shampoo, and none of the hand scrubbing.
Myth 5: These systems do not work well in mobile vans.
BUSTED. It may take some creative parking if your tub was not installed level, but many vans come complete with a super-sudser and the tub angled.
Myth 6: The systems cost too much and don't offer enough benefit to justify the cost.
BUSTED. Yes, the systems can be costly, USUALLY above the $500 price range. Yes, you can spend much time and money experimenting and trying to build your own system, usually less than $150 complete .. OR .. Save the time, shampoo, and wear and tear on your body that this type of washing system saves, and you will find it is definitely worth the cost.
Myth 7: It takes too long to fill the tub.
BUSTED. It takes less time to fill the tub to a level that the pump will turn on than it does to wet down a dog and then lather them up. The SIMPLY CLEAN system will operate with less than 1/4 inch of water in the tub. It is advised to use a couple of inches of water, dependant on the size of your tub.
Myth 8: The dogs don't SMELL clean, so they aren't clean.
BUSTED. We have been conditioned to associate fragrance and perfumes with clean. The more diluted shampoos used in the bathing systems result in very little fragrance sticking to the dogs.
Clean dogs will have no fragrance. They are devoid of smell. If clients want a stronger fragrance then you can add cologne.
Myth 9: These types of systems use more water than I would use if I washed by hand.
BUSTED. Because you are not filling the tub with water as you would when you pre-wet during hand washing, there is no added water usage. The dogs get cleaner in one wash than you can do with two washes in many cases with hand washing. Since the shampoo is diluted to the extreme, it rinses much faster, therefore, saving water.
Myth 10: It will not save me shampoo because a gallon of water needs a large amount of shampoo to dilute it correctly.
BUSTED. You are not pre-wetting, which means that one ounce or less of shampoo in a gallon of water will get dogs clean. No need to follow the dilution suggestions on the bottles. Those are for hand washing scenarios and are to be used on a wet dog, further diluting the shampoo.
Myth 11: The dogs will miss that hands-on personal touch that I do when I hand wash.
BUSTED. The washing action of the pump feels good to the dogs, like a massage. You just do not have to scrub to get them clean. If you still want to bond with the dog for ease of grooming,
feel free to use your hands for those all important touches.
Hello Everyone ..
Over the past year our household has incorporated a MAJOR reduction of sugar in our meals. We have found that Xylitol (although costly) is an excellent substitute and is used in baking the same as sugar. I came across this article and was totally awe struck with the content. IT IS WORTH THE READ !!!!
Very Important: Never Let Your Dog Get at Any Product Containing XYLITOL
June 27, 2014 By Dr. Becker
Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol extracted from certain fruits and vegetables. Because of its sweet taste and plaque fighting benefits in humans, xylitol is a common sugar substitute found in a diverse assortment of products. These include sugar-free gum, mints and other candy, baked goods, nicotine gum, chewable vitamins, certain prescription drugs, and dental hygiene products. Nontoxic amounts are even included in some pet dental products.
Because xylitol has a low glycemic index, it's also sold in bulk as a sugar substitute for baking and in-home use -- which is why the Pet Poison Helpline has fielded calls from owners of dogs that became very sick after eating homemade bread, muffins and cupcakes made with xylitol.
Where Else Is Xylitol Found? According to the Pet Poison Helpline (PPH), xylitol – which as many pet owners know is quite toxic for dogs, causing hypoglycemia and hepatic necrosis – is showing up in an ever-increasing number of surprising places. New products on the market, including some nasal sprays, over-the-counter sleep aids, multivitamins, prescription sedatives, antacids, stool softeners, and smoking-cessation gums, contain "unexpectedly large amounts" of xylitol, according to Dr. Anna Brutlag of PPH.
Dogs who sample these products get a double dose of toxicity, first from the active ingredient in the product, and secondarily from the xylitol. This potentially deadly combination can greatly complicate the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis for these animals.
According to Dr. Brutlag, the following "atypical" products contain xylitol. Some may surprise you…
Toxicity of Xylitol Is Species- and Dose-Dependent While xylitol is safe for human consumption, the same can't be said for pets. In 2011, the FDA released a consumer alert on the dangers of xylitol ingestion in certain animals. The sweetener's effect varies by species. In people, rhesus monkeys, rats, and horses, intravenous (IV) xylitol causes little to no insulin release. However, it has the opposite effect on baboons, cows, goats, rabbits, dogs, and ferrets. Its effect on cats is unknown.
Humans absorb xylitol slowly, and the sweetener when ingested orally is absorbed at from about 50 to 95 percent. However, in dogs, xylitol is rapidly and completely absorbed within about 30 minutes. Just a small amount of xylitol can cause a dangerous insulin surge and a rapid drop in blood sugar.
The toxicity of xylitol in dogs is dose-dependent. The dose required to trigger hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) is approximately 0.1 grams/kg, while the amount needed to cause hepatic necrosis (liver failure) is approximately 0.5 grams/kg. As a point of reference, most chewing gums and breath mints typically contain .22 to 1.0 gram of xylitol per piece of gum or per mint. This means just a single piece of gum or one mint may cause hypoglycemia in a 10-pound dog.
Determining the Amount of Xylitol in a Product Product manufacturers aren't required to list the quantity of xylitol on package labels, and while some companies will reveal the amount in their products, many are reluctant to do so. Incredibly, some have even asked veterinarians to sign a confidentiality agreement before divulging how much of the sweetener is in a particular product.
Fortunately, the Pet Poison Helpline has been working to get this information from manufacturers, and has been relatively successful. So if you need to know the amount of xylitol contained in a specific product, the Helpline suggests you call them first at 1-800-213-6680.
In some cases, you might be able to use the placement of xylitol on an ingredient list to estimate how much is in the product. In the U.S., ingredient lists for foods must be organized in descending order based on weight. The ingredient that weighs the most is at the top of the list. According to Dr. Brutlag, in most chewing gum ingredient lists, xylitol appears in fourth or fifth place, making it clinically insignificant. She says if it appears as one of the first three ingredients, however, extreme caution should be taken.
I'll go a step further and recommend that dog guardians avoid or very carefully secure any product that contains any amount of xylitol, no matter how small.
When it comes to medications and dietary supplements, U.S. regulations do not require manufacturers to list xylitol by name on package labels. This is because the sweetener is often categorized as an "inactive" or "other" ingredient, and such ingredients don't have to be listed in order by the amount contained in the product. To confuse matters further, when xylitol is named in these products, it is often part of an alphabetized list, which could lead pet owners to assume – perhaps in error – that there is a very small amount in the product.
So I'll repeat my recommendation to dog owners to either avoid or very carefully store any product that contains xylitol in any amount.
Symptoms of Xylitol Poisoning and Required Treatment Symptoms of xylitol intoxication in dogs include vomiting, weakness, lethargy, loss of coordination, seizures, and collapse.
Hypoglycemia is usually evident within an hour or two after a dog ingests xylitol, but symptoms are occasionally delayed for several hours. Treatment depends on how quickly it is given. Vomiting is induced in cases where the xylitol has just been ingested. Once a dog develops hypoglycemia, IV dextrose must be administered until the animal can self-regulate his blood glucose concentrations, which typically takes from 12 to 48 hours.
In dogs who ingest enough xylitol to cause liver toxicity, liver enzymes must be closely monitored, as evidence of hepatic necrosis can show up one to two days after ingestion. Should the liver begin to fail, the dog will require IV fluids, dextrose, hepatoprotectants (substances to help support and repair the liver), and regular monitoring of blood clotting activity.
When xylitol exposure is caught early in a dog and treated effectively, the prognosis for a full recovery is excellent. The prognosis for dogs that develop hepatic failure is less optimistic.
I just had to share this with you, especially the pic. Every morning I wake up with Rozie-Roo staring down at me, then a BIG wet one, just like the pic below. Enjoy - And Thank you for Reading. Colleen
Pet Kissing Hazards....
There has been much written of the hazards of having a pet lick you with their tongue.
In one articel I read, a few “experts” talked about some serious diseases… then they made the assertion that these diseases can be avoided by staying away from wet kisses.
Dr X talked about ALL of the bacteria in dog’s mouths – but in fact we humans have an even greater quantity of disease causing bacteria… huh… perhaps people should stop kissing?
Dr Y talked about 2 diseases that can cause diarrhea – Campylobacter and Salmonella.
But here is what the Center for Disease Controls says about contracting Campylobacter:
How do people get infected with this germ?
Campylobacteriosis usually occurs in single, sporadic cases, but it can also occur in outbreaks, when a number of people become ill at one time. Most cases of campylobacteriosis are associated with eating raw or undercooked poultry meat or from cross-contamination of other foods by these items.
Infants may get the infection by contact with poultry packages in shopping carts. Outbreaks of Campylobacter are usually associated with unpasteurized milk or contaminated water.
As you can see… NOT from dogs and cats.
But what about Salmonella?
Here is what is on the CDC website:
How do people catch Salmonella?
Salmonella live in the intestinal tracts of humans and other animals, including birds. Salmonella are usually transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with animal feces.
Contaminated foods usually look and smell normal. Contaminated foods are often of animal origin, such as beef, poultry, milk, or eggs, but any food, including vegetables, may become contaminated. Thorough cooking kills Salmonella. Food may also become contaminated by the hands of an infected food handler who did not wash hands with soap after using the bathroom.
Once again… NOT from dogs and cats.
Can you get sick by contracting something from your pet?
Yes, but VERY UNLIKELY.
As stated by in the CDC website bout theses diseases – the primary way that you contract them is through CONTAMINATED and UNDERCOOKED meat – usually poultry.
If you’re really worried – well, become a vegetarian.
My point of this newsletter is 2 fold:
1. Because it’s in a glossy magazine and has PhD behind it STILL does NOT mean that it is a TRUE story.
QUESTION the conventional beliefs that you hear and read.
Do some of your own research.
Clearly the magazine article I read was NOT well researched…. the writer started with the premise that it is NOT safe to have your pets lick you, then went out to ‘prove’ it.
Of course a few seconds of research proves otherwise.
2. The BENEFITS of having a dog or cat ‘kiss’ clearly outweigh ANY risk…
When I get woken up in the morning with a big wet kiss from Lewis… well, I start my day in a GREAT frame of mind…
Heal Your Pet At Home!
Dr Andrew Jones, DVM