Having a dog with fleas can be like that friend of yours who’s a magnet for awful and draining people.
What’s more, a lot of flea treatment products lead to various health problems, from skin irritation to seizures and even death, due to the harsh chemicals in their content. As a matter of fact, the second most common reason for dog poisoning are the flea treatment products.
Nevertheless, it’s because of these dangers that many pet owners are encouraged to search more safe and natural solutions for their pet’s problem.
We present you one such solution that made many holistic veterinarians talk about it.
Instructions for Flea-Be-Gone Powder
½ a cup of neem powder
1 cup of diatomaceous earth (food grade)
1/2 a cup of yarrow powder
20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
Mix the ingredients, and place the mixture in a shaker top container. Make sure the fur of your dog is dry before applying the powder, and do it by brushing it so that the prepared powder touches its skin.
Be careful not to get the powder into their nose or eyes. During the flea season, apply the powder once a month. However, apply it every other day if your dog has an active flea infestation. Do this until you ensure the dog has no traces of fleas.
Furthermore, spread some powder onto the pet’s bed or other areas where it spends most of its time. Allow it to stay for several hours before vacuuming.
How Does the Powder Work?
All ingredients of the powder possess flea-repelling qualities which will keep fleas away from your pet.
People have used this ingredient for centuries to repel ticks, fleas, lice, and other crawly pests. The compound azadirachtin in neem powder disrupts the larvae development, preventing a new generation. Salannin is another compound found in neem powder, which has been proven to be more successful at repelling pests that DEET.
This ingredient is made up from fossilized remains of small, aquatic organisms. Silica grains are completely harmless to people and pets, but quite dangerous for insects. When diatomaceous earth touches the fleas, their skin is punctured and they dehydrate.
Yarrow powder has anti-inflammatory properties which prevent possible infection from flea bites. It also soothes the skin irritation of your dog.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
This essential oil has been confirmed to be as effective in repelling pests as the chemical DEET according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Eucalyptus essential oil is an antiseptic which helps insect bites heal faster.
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