Flea-stricken pets need a treatment that gives them immediate relief from their sore condition. But the treatments available in market have harsh side effects on pets.
So before looking for any chemical treatment, you must try out some homemade remedies. These remedies do not give any harmful reaction to your pet and prove to be very economical on your pocket.
All the ingredients used in these methods are easily available at home.
Flea Shampoos for cats and dogs
Glycerin and Cider Apple vinegar Shampoo
Glycerin is known for its moisturizing properties and cider apple vinegar is a good flea repellent.
Mixing them with mild liquid soap gives your wonderful and organic shampoo, which kills flea as well as clean your pet.
- Apple Cider Vinegar-2 cups
- Glycerin-100 gms.
- Mild liquid soap-2 cups
- Water-2 cups
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and store it in a clean and dry glass bottle.
- Whenever needed, shake the contents and apply on your pet’s fur before giving her a bath.
DE Dry Shampoo
Diatomaceous Earth is a fossilized rock made from algae called Diatom. This is dry treatment, so ensure that the DE is finely powdered. Its sharp particles are very harmful for the pesky insects since they penetrate the hard exoskeleton of flea and kill it.
- Diatomaceous earth (DE)
- Rubber gloves
- After covering your hands with gloves, rub the powdered DE into your pet’s fur.
- Let the pet powdered for few hours and bathe him to remove dead flea.
Natural Oil Shampoo
This is a natural remedy to cure flea infestation and it leaves your pet mildly fragrant after her bath.
- Choose any one essential oil from lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint (for both dogs and cats), citronella or lemon (only for dogs).
- Purified water
- In a thick bottomed pan boil 2 spoonsful of soapwort in 3 cups of purified water
- Reduce the flame and let it boil for 15 minutes. Cool it after removing from flame.
- Add the chosen essential oil to this solution, and store in a dry bottle for later use.
Oatmeal, cornmeal, or bran warm Shampoo
This is a very different but effective method with easily available kitchen ingredients
- Oatmeal, corn meal or bran
- Baking sheet
- Bake the oatmeal, cornmeal or bran on a baking sheet at low temperature to make it just warm enough to touch.
- Apply it on your pets’ skin with a gentle rubbing action. Remove it carefully from the skin with a bath towel.
- Brush your cat for any remaining shampoo.
Leave-on Vinegar Shampoo
This is a bit smelly method, but quite effective.
- White Vinegar
- Spray bottle
- Mix the equal quantities of vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
- Spray it on your pet’s fur and spread it evenly with hands.
- Comb thoroughly with a flea comb and remove dead flea. Repeat this process every day for two weeks.
You will be tempted to use many promising treatments available in market. But to protect your loved pets from harmful chemicals, try the above treatments at least once and you will find them quite effective.