If you have a dog with fleas, you are probably wondering about the best way to treat the problem without having to expose your dog to products with less than pleasant substances. There are certainly plenty of tales of woe to go around when talking about flea treatments. Something has to be done, though, as fleas can cause skin discomfort, anemia, and allergic reactions in your dog.
Chemical treatments for fleas come with a host of potential side effects, such as tremors, nausea, irreparable nerve damage, breathing problems, and skin discomfort. Eucalyptus oil is a natural way to remove the fleas without having to expose your dog to substances that may do all kinds of damage. The oil is also good for the coat of your dog, whilst serving as a protective barrier against a number of other insects that do not like the scent.
Getting rid of the fleas:
What you will need is a 32oz bottle of no-tears pet shampoo, eucalyptus oil, and a clean towel. You should consider using a dropper for the eucalyptus oil, as this will help you get the perfect amount of oil needed to treat the fleas. Use the dropper to add 7 drops of oil into the shampoo, and then shake up the bottle to ensure that the ingredients are well mixed.
Adjust the running water temperature in your bathtub to a comfortable level. Place your dog in the tub, a cotton ball in each ear for protection, and then soak him with the water.
Once he is well soaked, use the shampoo to create a nice soapy lather from head to toe, making sure to keep the soap away from his eyes. Allow the lather to rest on his body for about 5 minutes before you rinse. Repetition delivers the best results, so repeat the process one more time before allowing him out of the tub.
Use the towel to dry him off, and then use a blow dryer and a brush or comb to complete the whole process.
If you want to add another level of protection, mix 3 drops of eucalyptus oil with 16 ounces of water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto your pet after bathing and allow it to air dry. You can also rub the oil into his collar to add an extra protective barrier.
Be sure to follow the exact instructions above, and never use undiluted oil on your pet.
Keep an eye on your dog to make sure that the fleas do not return, and also consider treating your home and outdoor area, as failing to do so can mean that the flea problem will persist.