For any dog lover, one of the most frustrating problem when you got to take care of your dogs are probably fleas. There are many fleas medication sold on the store that you can get through the prescription of your veterinarian, however, most of those products are packed with harmful chemical substance which can cause various health problems.
In fact, all those product are the second most common cause of poisoning in dogs which can yield some serious health effect like seizures, skin irritation, and even death. Obviously, natural remedy is a more preferred option to take care of your lovely dog. Below you can find can natural remedy that can effectively help you in dealing with this flea problem.
Here are what you need to prepare:
- 1/2 cup of Neem powder
- 1/2 cup of yarrow powder
- 1 cup of food grade diatomaceous earth
- 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
Mix all the above ingredient and store it in a container with a shaker top.
How to use:
Apply the powder to the fur of your dog while it’s dry and brush it to allow it come into contact with the skin. Remember to avoid the nose and eyes areas.
In case of an active flea infestation, apply the powder every day until the fleas got removed completely. Also apply the powder on places where your dog loves to spend most of its time like on the carpet or its bed. Leave the powder for a few hours then vacuum it.
To avoid flea issue during flea season, apply this powder once a month.
This powder is powerful because of the properties of its ingredients. Here are the explanation for each of the ingredients:
Neem powder has been used to repel live, ticks, fleas, and other pests for a long time. This ingredient contains azadirachtin that can effectively prevent the development of insect larvae and inhibit new generations.
This powder also contains salannin that has been proven to repel pest better compare to DEET.
Yarrow Powder contain anti-inflammatory substance that can prevent the infection problem cause by the bites of fleas. It can also soothes the irritation cause by this issue.
Diatomaceous Earth is made from the silica from fossilized aquatic organism. You can use silica grain safely, but this ingredient is harmful to insects. When the grain gets contact with insect, it will dehydrates their skin and punctures them
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
CDC has confirmed the effectiveness of this oil. Experts have also shown how this oil is just as successful as chemical DEET in handling fleas. This oil contains antiseptic properties that can also accelerate the healing process after being bitten by fleas.