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Herbal Remedies for Fleas

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Many people want to avoid chemical flea treatments on their pets. Some homemade herbal treatments can be effective in deterring fleas. Here are some natural remedies for cats and dogs.
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By 0 found this helpful
June 17, 2005

I would like to know if anyone has a receipe for a homemade herbal remedy for flea on cats and dogs. I do not want to use chemicals, and since I have quite a few cats. I thank you for any help you can give me. Also something for ticks would be nice.

Evelyn from GA

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By Peggy (Guest Post)
June 17, 20050 found this helpful
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You could try a spray bottle with some Olive Oil and add a couple drops of Peppermint or Lavender essential oil. Mist the animal a couple of times and then rub the oils in with your hands. For some reason fleas and ticks don't like Peppermint or Lavender.

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June 18, 20050 found this helpful
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Add nutritional yeast to their food (sprinkle it on) and also pill them with a small pill sized piece of garlic once a day. Then you won't need any other treatments.

Pennyroyal oil is great; you put a dab of the oil on the base of the tail and under the neck,but it's ery strong smelling and will make the pets' eyes water and yours too.

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If they lick it, they will froth because it's "hot" like fresh cinnamon oil. It is not to be used around pregnant women as it can cause miscarraige.

By the way, pennyroyal oil works to repel termites as well so if your neighbors have a problem, sprinkle it around your house.

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By karensbirds (Guest Post)
June 21, 20050 found this helpful
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I just bathed my feral kittens then rinsed with vinegar. Do not rinse the vinegar off - just dry them - put in bathtub - vinegar does not kill fleas it just gets them off the kitten. I went in every 5 minutes and picked up the fleas (flushed them down) after 15-20 minutes remove kittens and clean tub (washing fleas down the drain). Will have to repeat but this can be used on young kittens - keep kits from draft until completely dry.

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July 8, 20130 found this helpful
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I use Texas Cedearwood oil on their coats (not any other cedar oil like western cedar as those can be toxic to pets). Texas Cedarwood oil kills fleas, ticks, chiggers, etc. do NOT put it in their food, use it externally.

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Do not use garlic except externally or in very small amounts. Onions and garlic are toxic to dogs, just like chocolate, grapes and avocados.

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By 0 found this helpful
May 6, 2011

Does anyone know of an herb that works to keep fleas off dogs and cats? I have 9 cats and 9 dogs and live in the south.

By gbk from Folkston, GA

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May 6, 20110 found this helpful
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Buy a big cheap bottle of dish soap lather them up and leave on a couple of min then rinse off repeat everyday until you don't see them anymore. It's a lot of work but it's a cheap way to get rid of the fleas and it works quickly, you will see a major difference.

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May 6, 20110 found this helpful
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Use apple cider vinegar for fleas and ticks. Just rub your critters down with it. It also says you can put it in their drinking water.

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Start with 1 teaspoon and work up to 1 tablespoon. This is per quart of water. Also pennyroyal mint is used as a flea repellent, and is very easy to grow.

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May 9, 20110 found this helpful
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Please do an internet search about toxicity and internal diseases that can be caused over time by feeding your pets garlic (or anything in the allium family for that matter) in any form whether fresh, powdered, etc.

There are some really good ideas here other than the daily bathing of so many babies, LOL, and the garlic that has been suggested so give each of the others a try.

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May 11, 20110 found this helpful
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Years ago we fed our cats & dogs brewers yeast tablets to help combat fleas. After a a week or so on brewers yeast, the animals' blood tastes terrible to the fleas & they look elsewhere. Not all the pets liked the tablets, so they had to be crushed into the food, but I had one cat that liked the tablets so much, she would pick it off her food & eat it first!

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It's worth a try. Brewers yeast is available in tablets or powder at health food stores.

You will also have to take measures to eliminate the fleas from the house (rugs, crevices, etc.). There are some plug-in traps that help with this, that are not terribly expensive. I've seen them in mail order catalogs, like Whatever Works (www.whateverworks.com). Good luck!

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By 1 found this helpful
June 4, 2011

Did I read somewhere that rosemary oil mixed with lemon juice was a good flea deterrent? If so, what are the amounts of the two to mix together? Has anyone else heard anything about this herbal treatment? Please help if you can. Ever since I put Hartz Ultraguard on them they seem worse and haven't stopped scratching or licking. They do it constantly.

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The black kitten I took in because she was either in a fight or a car had hit her. One of her eyes is out and her ear torn up, but the vet said that she was going to be fine. My other cat took her in and has really accepted and loved her.
Anyway, these fleas are driving them and me, crazy. I'm also treating my carpet with borax, salt, and daily vacuuming.

By candybones from Stuttgart, AR

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June 4, 20110 found this helpful
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Please do yourself and your fur-babies a favor and either get it locally or online food - grade only Diatomaceous Earth, and dust them down really good with it after bathing them in the original Dawn dishwashing liquid. It's the blue one. There is nothing better, I don't care who sells or promotes it. You can also sprinkle a little on their food all the time and they'll never ever have the intestinal parasites that sicken and kill so many pets.

I am very afraid of any of those flea and tic meds that are put on the animals necks, and flea collars have their own dangers especially for cats. You would understand this if you'd ever seen a dog or cat hung by the neck. It's something you don't ever forget.

Make sure you specify food grade though. Very important. All vets should be making it available, but I guess it just doesn't cost enough to make it worth their while to do so. The other stuff they're selling makes more money for them. What a shame, and shame on them.
Good Luck with your kitties.
Pookarina

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June 5, 20110 found this helpful
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It's probably the worst smelling idea but it actually works almost instantly. We were infested with fleas one hot dry summer. Our poor animals, no matter what we did were just swarmed with them. Our vet actually told us to spray them down with vinegar. Also, since they were house pets, we sprayed the carpets, curtains, anything we could with vinegar The smell goes away in a couple of days but it does work.
Hope this helps.

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January 10, 20120 found this helpful

Does garlic or variation like powder work on cats? I have a boy who sprays so is out most of the time and is allergic to fleas and Frontline, etc. Midnight looses most of his fur in warm months and breaks out in scabs. I mostly see dog solutions, but my guy is 11 pounds and clearly a feline.

By SueBob from Midlothian, VA

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January 12, 20120 found this helpful
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No garlic in any form for cats or dogs! Depending on their size, age, health, length of time and amount given can be lethal (causes Heinz Body Anemia among other things)! The same goes for anything ingested from the allium family of plants including onions, chives, leeks and even flowers such as lily's. Actually, most root vegetables are a no no.

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January 12, 20120 found this helpful
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My wife and I use food grade diatomacious earth exclusively on our five cats.
Just take a handful and sprinkle it lightly all over kitty and massage it in.
We have never had any problem with fleas, ticks and other bugs.
It can also be used as a wormer, as it works by destroying the soft parts of the bugs/worms.

Use only food grade diatomacious earth. Find it at your local farm supply store.

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