Monday, June 26, 2017

Top 4 Ways To Keep Fleas And Ticks Off Your Pets

 Natural Remedies to Prevent Fleas and Ticks in Animals
Fleas and ticks are common in animals, and can be a menace when they get into your home. While there are plenty of over the counter remedies, they all involve chemicals and ingredients that are not necessarily the best for your pets’ skins. They also tend to be expensive.
Besides, preventions is often the best form of defence. The good news is that you can do that naturally. Here are the top remedies for naturally preventing fleas and ticks in your pets.
Make Your Own Flea Collar
Rather than buying a flea collar from the shops, you can make your own. With your pets’ current collars, you can just add some water and lavender oil to prevent fleas and ticks coming anywhere near your animal. This works on dogs, cats and any other creature that has a collar. You can even use a bandana around the neck if you don’t have a collar.
Just use a couple drops of the oil with three tablespoons of water to dilute the oil and make it safer for your animal. An eyedropper is the quickest way to just pop a few drops along the collar. Five to ten drops is enough. You can also add some olive oil to the mix and place a couple of drops at the base of the tail of your animal.
Regularly Bathe Your Animal
A regular bath will help to limit fleas and ticks in the house. It will get rid of the larvae and eggs, which will prevent the turning into adult creatures. You should also use a comb to get rid of the eggs that have stuck to the hair roots.
Warm soapy water is enough. There’s no need to buy anything special from the store. You can also use fabric detergent on the bedding of your animal to get rid of any eggs that may have fallen off throughout the night.
Add Apple Cider Vinegar to the Water/Food
Just a couple of drops of apple cider vinegar will be great for preventing fleas and ticks. It also helps to alleviate other allergies, aids with skin conditions and also helps the digestive system because the food and water have the correct pH level balance. Cats and dogs can both digest the apple cider vinegar.
You don’t need a lot, especially to start with. Just one teaspoon in your dog’s food, two times a day will be enough. You can increase to a tablespoon if necessary.
This is something you can also spray directly onto the skin, but it is best to dilute it in water first. It works as a great repellent while you’re out for walks with your dog.
Make Your Own Repellent Bag
If you don’t want to keep spraying your dog with apple cider vinegar, you can add a flea repellent bag to the bad. You just need a muslin or other breathable fabric, cedar chips, lavender buds and the some lemon peel. Mix the ingredients together and place in your muslin, tying it at the top to turn it into a bag. Sewing it shut will help prevent it getting opened by your pet.
Just place it under the bedding, and the scent will end up on your pet. The scent is enough to repel the fleas and ticks. You will need to replace this on a monthly basis to keep the smell there.
There is really no need to go out and buy expensive over the counter products. Opting for natural products will really help you because you know exactly what is in it. There is less risk to your pet, limiting allergies and skin conditions. The four above are great natural remedies to prevent fleas, and you likely already have many of the ingredients in your home to get you started. They’re all safe to use on the variety of pets liable to suffer from fleas and ticks.

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