Natural Flea Treatment for Dogs: How To Kill Fleas On Your Dog Fast?
The first thing to do when your dog shows signs of fleas is to immediately take him or her into the bathroom and wash off all traces of fleas. You will need a towel, but not too big one because you don’t want your dog licking it up! If possible, use a shampoo that doesn’t contain any chemicals like lemon juice or tea tree oil.
Next, dry off your dog thoroughly with a clean towel. Make sure you don’t leave the towel on them too long though because they may lick themselves. Then place your dog inside the shower and turn it on full blast.
If possible, make sure there are no mirrors in the room where you plan to soak your pet so that they won’t see their reflection while bathing.
If you have a small child, put them in the tub with your dog and let them play with them while you bathe your dog. (Don’t worry if they start biting each other.)
After soaking your pet, it’s time to give the bath a try. Let your dog soak for at least five minutes before turning off the water. Be careful not to overdo it or else you could cause burns on their skin.
Next, dry them off with a clean towel. Rubbing them down gently with the cotton cloth should do the trick. Again, don’t leave it on them too long and make sure to get all the access water out of their fur.
Now, you will be left with a damp dog but that’s okay because the final part of this home remedy is to blow-dry your dog.
To do this, you will need to part their fur and start with their belly. Hold the blow dryer at least a foot away from their body and move it slowly up and down their body. Do this until all of their fur is dry.
This works because fleas don’t like the sound or the heat of the blow dryer so they jump ship immediately. Just make sure you are wearing shoes while doing this and keep your eyes on your dog as well as the floor around them because the fleas will be jumping everywhere!
The whole process should only take about 15 minutes. Be sure to place your dog in a sunny room after this and monitor them for at least half an hour. If you see any fleas still on them, you will have to repeat the whole procedure.
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