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Natural Flea Treatment for Dogs

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Many commercial flea treatments are made of harsh and sometimes toxic chemicals. There are some natural alternatives. This is a guide about natural flea treatment for dogs.


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By 10 found this helpful
December 8, 2014

Before I share my recipe, I want to mention that I have an 8 pound Pomeranian who is hyper-sensitive to fleas. We recently moved into a new-to-us home that was obviously a home to fleas. In desperation, I took my Pom to the vet who gave him a Capstar that did not help, by the way, and has caused him to chew himself raw ever since we gave the pill to him! She also sold me an $80 flea collar which was basically a complete waste of money. Frontline makes my Pom aggressive and since he already has aggression issues, and the fact that it is highly toxic to dogs, I steer clear of the stuff.

Through this process, I learned several things:

  1. Boost the dog's immune system. Fleas won't bother a healthy dog. Our groomer recommended NuVet Plus vitamins to restore my Pom's coat and it made a huge difference.

  2. Eliminate fleas from inside/outside of house. Our vet recommended Beneficial Nematodes for outside. They are microscopic worms that eat flea eggs. We bought a batch and sprayed in October. We'll do another application in the spring. For the inside, I plan to start using Cabin Cove's recommendation (the recipe posted in this topic) to treat our carpets starting today!

  3. Eliminate fleas from pets. In my pursuit of natural alternatives, I found a spray at the local farmer's market that worked like a charm. Unfortunately, the folks who sold it have not been back to the farmer's market so I searched online for a recipe that included the same ingredients. Below is very close, and I believe, even more effective than my original purchase.

The flea spray consists of essential oils that work beautifully. Here's my recipe:


  • 1/2 cup witch hazel
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 12 drops of lemon tea tree* (kills fleas and ticks)
  • 4 drops of eucalyptus* (flea repellant)
  • 4 drops of cedar wood (flea repellant, skin and coat conditioner)
  • 10 drops of lavender** (anti-bacterial, anti-itch, and calming)

*Palo Santo is also an excellent essential oil. One drop kills ticks dead. My Boxer had a blood-filled tick latched on to him and my husband wanted to pluck it out. I suggested we try the Palo Santo. We put one drop on the tick and it died and fell off our dog. My husband was blown away. In the recipe above, you can replace the lemon tea tree and eucalyptus with 10 drops of Palo Santo instead.

**Lavender is the best oil to use for about all common animal ailments. It is a great first aid oil soothing to skin irritations, such as rashes and hot spots.

We also bathe our pooches with Animal Scents Shampoo by Young Living (I am not a Young Living distributor so I buy it on Amazon) and I add a couple of drops of lemongrass essential oil to the shampoo. I squirt about half a tablespoon into my hand and then add 2 drops of the EO, rub my hands together and the shampoo the dog.

Oh, another thing to mention. I dry shampoo the dog. In other words, I lather him up while he's dry - starting from the top and working my way down - so that the fleas can't climb up to his head or around his ears. I then massage the shampoo for as long as he'll let me - usually around ten minutes to kill the fleas - then I start to rinse slowly, massaging to make sure I get all through his long Pom fur.

The battle to find a natural flea killer for our dogs has been won; however, the battle to kill the fleas in and outside of our house is another story, and this is crucial. I'm trusting that Cabin Cove's recipe will be the winner. (Fingers crossed!)

Good luck yall!

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May 7, 2018

I have 3 outdoor Chihuahuas, of one is a mommy of 3, 3wk old males. So 5 Chihuahuas. The poor babies are infested with fleas. I mean covered! The yard has been treated several times, bedding area is cleaned, I know I can't use toxins on any pet if around mama and especially the babies. I've bathed them with Dawn and combed them all many times.


As soon as I put one pup down and when I'm done with the second, it is covered again. I'm combing all 5 dogs at least 4-5 times daily. It's taking a lot of time and I'm sure they are getting tired of it. But I can't let the fleas be biting on them. I can't afford a vet. I'm considering letting the new owners of the pups take them like now at 3wks and care for them. I don't want them to get sick.

So I guess I'm asking for any suggestions. The mama is gonna get spayed after she stops nursing. That's a must. I have saved up the money for that when she got pregnant. Please help me help my pets. This infestation has never been like this in the past. Home remedies, OTC, anything, please!


May 7, 20180 found this helpful

You need to treat the kennel, yard, and then spread out cedar chips. Complete instructions are here:

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May 7, 20180 found this helpful

I have a friend who just swore by garden nematodes. These are critters that eat fleas. She put a few in her yard and her flea problem just dissappeared!


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May 9, 20180 found this helpful

It sounds like your yard treatment did not work. You need to call them back and have it redone. Can you take mom and puppies in the house for awhile? It is very difficult to control fleas outside. You are right to be concerned. Heavy flea infestations can kill small puppies. Check their gums for anemia (pale color). 3 week old puppies cannot leave their mother. They are not weaned yet. Weaning can begin at 3 to 4 weeks and is usually completed at 7 to 8 weeks. Then they can go to new homes. I think your best bet is to bring these puppies and mom into the house , bathe them and give them new bedding. Watch the gums for loss of pink color. Your local Vet may have other suggestions.

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