13 Oct '11, 7pm

Home remedies for fleas on dogs

Home remedies for fleas on dogs

Here, the “well, duh” first-stop, fast-fix is soap. That’s right, no flea medicine required. Wives’ tales recommend mixing up home brews of pet shampoo that include some combination of rosemary, eucalyptus, citronella, juniper, cedar, geranium, bergamot and a number of other aromatherapeutic herbal ingredients, but it’s actually the lather that’s doing the heavy lifting. It traps the fleas, which is likely why pet owners find leaving the soap on for a little while makes for a more effective, longer-lasting debugging. Soap itself is an established cell membrane disruptor, and some experts believe it might also work to kill insects by removing their protective waxes . The key is to get a really good layer of soap on rather than first rinsing down your dog. Intuitively this will make fleas jump off before Fido gets lathered up.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/stories/home-remedie...

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