Let’s Discuss the Best Flea Treatment for Labrador Retrievers
Making our Labrador Retrievers happy and healthy does not only mean giving them a balanced and high-quality diet, regularly grooming them, and giving them adequate exercise. It is also important to keep them bug-free. And when we talk about bugs, these include those nasty parasites called fleas.
Fleas are among the top dilemmas which every Labrador Retriever owner is faced with, and they are not the only ones that suffer from the discomfort these pests can bring about but owners too. These fleas can be in every corner of your homes and as they hide and stay on fabrics and they can start biting you including your visitors. Aside from the fact that these annoying parasites will give you and your Lab itchy bites, more often than not, fleas are a host to many other parasites like worms. And this can add up to the problem, putting your Labrador Retrievers health at stake.
Once these pests have made their way into your pets, you will surely have a hard time eliminating them because just like roaches, they can easily adapt to changes around them including chemicals and pest-control agents. True, there are a lot of products out there and are highly available at your local shops, all of which claiming to get rid of fleas at once but these can be harmful to your dogs. Chemically-laden products are obviously toxic to your dogs who might sniff and lick those areas applied.
While fleas are highly adaptable creatures, they feed on the same environment and the same host including humans. These pests would stay no matter what it takes them. Knowing their special abilities, it is, therefore, best to find out what can affect and stir these parasites to eliminate them out of your beloved dog’s fur. Flea repellents may work only for a short period because they just temporarily vacate your Labrador Retriever, adapt to the changes, and then return to their host. With that in mind, it is, therefore, best to make everything undesirable for fleas – not just your dog but the entire home including your yard and surroundings.
Is Going natural The Best Way?
As fleas easily adapt to chemical repellents plus these can pose harm to your four-legged friends, it is best to use natural solutions instead and these include the following:
- Known to ward off parasites including fleas, garlic contains sulfuric compounds that make your dog’s body undesirable for fleas to stay.
- Lemon Water. To prepare this liquid spray, boil about a liter of water and add a quarter of a lemon. Allow the mixture to cool before transferring the same to a spray bottle. Spray that on the corners and on your dog’s body to repel those dreaded pests.
- Apple Cider. Fleas do not want to stay in an acidic environment. You can use this as a spray on your dog’s fur and around possible hiding places, or you can mix a spoonful into your dog’s water. Ingesting apple cider vinegar will cause your dog’s skin to become acidic thereby discouraging fleas from thriving.
- Brewer’s Yeast. Just like garlic, brewer’s yeast is high in sulfur. When applied to your dog’s coat, fleas will surely be discouraged to thrive. Aside from effectively warding off fleas, brewer’s yeast also contains natural vitamins which are helpful in increasing the luster of their coat. These vitamins also improve their skin.
- To prepare your rosemary flea dip, boil for about 30 minutes a liter of water and 2 cups of fresh rosemary leaves. Take out all the leaves using a strainer. To produce a gallon of flea dip, only add 6 pints of warm water into the mixture then use that as a lukewarm bath for your dog. Allow that to dry naturally on your dog’s coat. Rosemary does not only repel fleas but is also useful for relieving itches from fleas due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Rosemary Powdered Repellent. To make your powdered repellent, grind the rosemary leaves and sprinkle around your dog’s favorite spots.
- Cedar Oil. A form of essential oil, Cedar or Cedarwood oil is known to repel pests such as ticks and fleas. It also contains anti-bacterial properties. To use, apply a small amount of the oil into your dog’s fur including the areas where your dog lives.
Flea-Proofing Your Entire Environment
Fleas do not only thrive in dogs all the time. They can hide among your dog’s bed, fabrics, rugs, curtains and even your bed. They can hide and feed later on. And there is not just one flea in your home. They multiply fast. It is said that the ratio between those that are found in your dog’s body versus those that hide around the corners of your home is 30. And that is not exaggerated at all. Can you just imagine the numbers? Here is another fact about fleas: their lifespan is only 90 days or about three months. But that is not something to rejoice upon. When those fleas die after that period, you expect that more and more fleas are coming if left alone unattended. Why is that so? That is because their eggs and larvae can survive for a year even without feeding on anything. They’re that tough. So before you experience a full-blown infestation, never take a single flea for granted. Take steps to eliminate these unwanted pests completely out of your dog, home, and environment!
Among the most recommended solutions for killing or deterring fleas and other insects is diatomaceous earth. It is all-natural, so you don’t have to worry about your pets including yourself. If you are unfamiliar with this, it can be bought from your local stores that sell livestock feed or swimming pool equipment. As to appearance, it resembles fine powder or sand. This comes from the remains of ancient fossilized creatures. Once fleas crawl into this, their bodies are torn apart, instantly killing them and in effect deterring others.
Good Luck if you have Flea Problems and write back and let us know what methods worked for you to get rid of these pests.