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Keeping Fleas Off a Dog?

I was wondering what is a great idea to control fleas on a small dog (9lb)? I have never had an issue until this year and he gets 1 to 3 on him a week. I bathe him weekly in flea soap. Not only is Frontline Plus very pricey, but I am scared of putting chemicals on him. Does anyone know a safe way to keep fleas off of him?

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By Peggy

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December 11, 20110 found this helpful

Hi,
Frontline is the worst product to use. I used to use it all the time and I think they did something to the formula. It is useless now. Buy the other forms of flea topical treatments at the vet. None of them at the store are safe. Don't use frontline.

Also get a flea comb and go over your dog with it, and put the fleas in soapy water. Also when you bathe the dog put a drop of tea tree oil, (not ti oil) into your hand where the shampoo is and also a bit of dawn dish soap.

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Put this on your dog. The dawn and shampoo will kill any fleas on the dog.

Note: For cats, don't use the tea tree oil, their bodies cannot process this at all and it could kill them. Check out the pet section at earthclinic.com also for uses of vinegar etc.

I always sprinkle salt all in the cracks of the furniture and all places in corners where fleas like to hide. Also under sheets, under dog bed sheets, etc. Fleas hate salt.

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December 11, 20110 found this helpful

Hi. I have heard that fleas dont like the smell of lavender. Sprinking a little essence on your dogs bedding might help.

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December 11, 20110 found this helpful

Hi. I have heard that fleas don't like the smell of lavender. Sprinkling a little essence on your dogs bedding might help.

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December 12, 20110 found this helpful

Diatomaceous earth, garden grade, not pool grade. Found in most home improvement stores. Won't hurt animals or humans, just dust it on your dog. It is a dust so use some care that he doesn't inhale it. Totally organic, kills by scratching the outer skin of fleas and ticks, causing them to dehydrate and die. Recommended by The Garden Guy on Ch. 3 TV here in Phoenix. He also has a web site, it's Dave the Garden Guy.

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Dust all carpets (2 to 2 and a half cups for average room) with dry 20 Mule team Borax. Leave for 2 weeks before vacuuming to get all stages of fleas from egg on. Yard? spread inexpensive cedercide (Google to buy). Long time control that will not poison household. Winter freeze will kill most infestations outside. Carpets are the biggest attractive breeding grounds for fleas.

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August 22, 20120 found this helpful

Yes I agree with Pat that diatomaceous earth is excellent and 100% natural for getting rid of fleas, but please be sure and ONLY use the food grade Diatomaceous Earth and not the gardening kind like Pat said, and especially NOT the pool grade. The food grade Diatomaceous Earth is white in color. The other types are gray in color because there is clay in them. The food grade you can even feed to your pets and even take yourself as natural remedies for parasites, etc.

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The fastest way to get fleas OFF your pets is to go to your vet and purchase a pill(s) called Cap Star. They are approximately $5.00 per pill, and you give your pet one pill. Within 15-30 minutes all the fleas are gone! Best stuff I have ever used! Cap Star and Diatomaceous Earth food grade combined will take care of your flea problems fast, cheaply, and most importantly effectively! Take care:) xo Trisha E.

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