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5 Easy Natural Flea Repellents for Dogs Anyone Can Try at Home

Summertime is here and flea season is in full swing! If you’re fed up with giving your pet toxic flea medications that don’t work, you’re in the right place.

Here are five home remedies for natural flea repellents that will help you get rid of those nasty fleas and finally put your dog’s itching and scratching at ease.

1.  Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of the best tools to have in your pantry. There seems to be 101 ways to use it, but did you know that apple cider vinegar can also be used for one of the most common (and annoying) household problems? Fleas!

Due to its intense acidity and pungent odor, ACV is a natural flea repellent and is effective in keeping fleas away.

To use it, we recommend making a diluted spray using a 50/50 ratio of ACV and water. Load this mixture into a spray bottle and get ready to attack those fleas. Spray it onto your pet’s coat, especially before going outside to repel those fleas for good.

2.  Neem Oil

Neem oil is a non-toxic compound that is derived from the neem tree and has been used in India for centuries for its numerous benefits.

Today, many pet owners like to use it as a flea repellent. Fleas hate the smell of it, and just a little is enough to drive them away. What makes neem oil such an effective natural flea treatment for dogs is that it’s also an insecticide that can actually kill fleas.

To use neem oil for fleas, we recommend rubbing a few drops onto your dog’s head, behind their ears, and on their shoulders down to their tail. Neem oil is not an essential oil, so you don’t have to worry about toxicity and diluting it before applying. It’s also great for moisturizing dry skin and promoting a healthy coat.

 

3.  Homemade Lemon Spray

Fleas hate the smell of limonene, the chemical compound that gives lemons their citrusy scent.

Making your own lemon flea repellent spray is easy. Simply slice one or two whole lemons and add to a small pot of boiling water. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to steep overnight.

The next day, remove the spent lemon slices and pour the concentrated lemon water into a spray bottle. Spray this onto your pet’s fur, bedding, couch and any dark corners where fleas like to reside. You can also add a teaspoon or two of apple cider vinegar for added flea-repelling power.

4.  Rosemary Flea Dip

Flea dips are a great way to get rid of fleas. However, many commercial flea dip shampoos and mixtures are filled with toxic chemicals which aren’t so great for your pet.

One way to make your own natural flea dip is to use rosemary. Rosemary is a natural flea repellent and is a great way to put your backyard rosemary bush to good use!

To make your own natural flea dip, simply boil two cups of fresh rosemary sprigs in two pints of water for 30 minutes. Use the cooled rosemary water as a flea dip and allow your dog to soak in it for approximately 20 minutes (or as long as they’re willing to stay still!).

If your pup does not like the idea of being submerged, you can also use the rosemary water as an after-wash by rinsing your dog with it after a shampooing.

5.  Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is another amazing ingredient to have in your pantry. Many of us know about the numerous benefits of coconut oil but did you know that coconut oil can also repel fleas?

Coconut oil contains a chemical compound called lauric acid, which fleas hate. One of the best things about using coconut oil for fleas is that it’s great for your dog’s skin and coat. Simply rub a tablespoon or so into your dog’s coat and skin. Not only will it drive away fleas, it will moisturize itchy skin caused by dryness and irritation from flea bites.

 

 

About the Author:

Sherry Chen is the co-founder of Natural Pet Living, an online resource dedicated to educating pet owners about holistic pet care solutions. She lives in San Diego, with her very spoiled 9-year old pug, Pearl.

Is My Dog Sleeping Too Much, or Too Little?

Do you worry about your dog’s sleep habits? Just like humans, dogs have particular sleep needs, and often, different dogs have different sleep needs.

In general, dogs sleep about 12 to 14 hours each day. This total includes sleep at night and naps during the day. It’s about the same amount of time toddlers sleep.

But your dog’s sleep needs can vary by breed, age, activity, health and other factors. Puppies may sleep up to 20 hours per day and senior dogs may sleep more as well. Larger breeds typically sleep more than smaller ones. Sedentary dogs will often sleep more than working dogs or those with active lives.

When Sleep Is a Problem for Dogs

Unlike humans, sleeping too little is often not a problem for dogs. They are flexible sleepers and can adjust their sleep schedule. They may sleep while you’re away from home or as you sleep at night. They can stay awake for long stretches if engaged in activities. It’s not unusual for dogs to wake up before completing a full sleep cycle.

Sleeping too much can indicate a health problem for dogs. If your dog suddenly sleeps much more than usual, it could be lethargy, which is a common symptom of serious issues for dogs. It could be diabetes, Lyme disease, depression, hypothyroidism, or Parvo-virus. Or, it could be something more harmless and temporary, such as a change in routine, a death in the family, or moving to a new home.

How to Help Your Dog Sleep Well

Give Your Dog a Healthy Place to Sleep.

Dogs can fall asleep anywhere, but a healthy sleep environment will offer the best quality sleep. A dedicated, comfortable dog bed can provide a personal space, sense of security, and help keep the rest of your house clean. Consider your dog’s size, breed, fur, age, and medical needs when choosing a bed for them.

Keep Your Dog’s Sleep Environment Quiet.

Dogs don’t sleep as deeply as humans do. They are always ready to react, waking up ready to defend your home from an intruder or eat breakfast, so even small noises can interfere with their sleep.

Give Your Dog Exercise.

Physical activity and playtime throughout the day can offer stimulation and wear your dog out so they’ll sleep well at night.

Offer a Healthy Diet.

Good dog food can offer the nutrients your dog needs to maintain energy throughout the day.

 

Don’t Allow Your Pet to Sleep in Bed with You, Until S/he Is Properly Trained.

Many people think it is perfectly fine for their dog(s) to sleep in the same bed right at the beginning. However, this sets up a bad pattern of behavior according to Mark “Dogman” Castillero. “He says when there are leadership issues (just about all of my clients), having the dog share ‘The Throne’ can make getting the dog to listen to you much harder. Once there is NO question of who is the leader then, and only then, can the dog be allowed up on the bed . He must also immediately come off when told.  All social animals use location to signify power.

Keep Up with Health Care.

Stay on top of regular vet appointments to make sure your pet stays in healthy shape. A routine checkup can identify serious health conditions early.

Dogs often sleep a lot, and although they typically get enough sleep, sleeping too much can be a sign of a health condition. Offer your dog a healthy place to sleep and talk to your vet if you’re concerned about how much or how little they’re sleeping.

About the Contributor

Mary Lee is a researcher for the sleep science hub Tuck.com. She specializes in sleep’s role in mental and physical health and wellness. Mary lives in Olympia, Washington and shares her full-sized bed with a very noisy cat.

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Cannabidiol May Greatly Improve Your Dog’s Health

Is CBD right for your dog? Read more about the latest in cannabidiols for dogs.

Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is a cannabinoid — a compound produced by the cannabis plant. We’ve identified more than a 100 different cannabinoids (113 to be precise) all of which could play an important role in balancing out the neurological, psychological and physical processes inside the bodies of all mammals.

Just to give you a quick background:

All mammals have an endocannabinoid system, which is simply a network of cellular receptors and activators, which regulate communication between many processes in our bodies, like pain perception, inflammation, appetite, sleep, anxiety response and a few other.

To stimulate the proper response of these functions, the mammal body produces endocannabinoids, which in turn activate the receptors in charge of each process. Sometimes, however, things don’t work that well and the only way to go is to somehow supplement with cannabinoids and balance out the system.

This can be done in two ways: you can go for either synthetic or natural cannabinoids.

Natural cannabinoids are best when they come from plants and we call those phytocannabinoids. When it comes to phytocannabinoids, there is only one plant that can be used for extracting these compounds and that is cannabis.

Now, cannabis has a lot of cannabinoids, most prominent of which are THC and CBD. THC, as most of you know, is the one that gets people high and has found its use among many medicinal marijuana patients in search for pain relief and an increase in appetite.

Dogs, however, are special in this regard and the only cannabinoid that can be safely used for their health is CBD.

When properly administered, CBD helps dogs boost their appetite, reduces inflammation and allergic reaction and, when combined with behavior modification therapy, helps reduce aggression and other behavioral issues. Recent research shows Cannabinoids are improving additional health concerns in dogs and cats.

This infographic by Greencamp will educate you more on the topic and help you take the first step in improving your dog’s health once and for all.

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Welcoming Your Adopted Dog into Your Home

Dogs adopted from a local shelter make some of the best lifetime pets.

Congrats on your new family member…you must be brimming with excitement! By deciding to adopt a pooch, you have made one of the most rewarding decisions of your life.

And you have certainly made a world of a difference to this wonderful creature you’re about to welcome into your home. However, for those among you who are new to the notion of pet parenthood, the following tidbits of advice will be handy to make the transition as smooth as possible!

Structure a Dog-Friendly Routine

Dogs coming from shelters will often need extra time to adapt to their new environment. They’ll need to get used to all the smells, sounds, people, and their fear of abandonment might still be strong. Depending on the age and type of dog you have adopted, consider creating a schedule of regular walks, when the feeding times will be, as well as a safe spot for them to rest.

Keep in mind that youngsters don’t have the same bladder control as adult doggos, so following proper potty-training rules is a must! Consistency is key.

Make sure you consider the financial costs of dog ownership before you adopt.

Stock Up on Pooch Essentials

Make sure you place the water bowl in an easy-to-find area and that you acquaint your dog with this area. Choose a a crate and perhaps a dog bed. It’s also wise to find premium dog food in order to keep their immune system strong, and help them develop properly with the right balance of micro nutrients like calcium.

Develop a Training System

While it’s always a great idea to have delicious treats with you when you teach your dog the basic commands of obedience, you can also consider other rewards such as verbal praise or a belly rub.

However, many dogs, no matter their size, require professional training, so in order to prevent rather than correct unwanted behavior, you can always talk to a qualified dog trainer to help you bond with your new pooch and build a strong connection of love and respect.

Consistency is key!

Stay Consistent

To help your little furry friend understand the expectations in your home, you should be consistent in what is allowed, rewarded, and what is forbidden. That means that other family members should enforce the same rules, so that the pooch doesn’t get confused about whether the carpet is a safe pee place, or if they are allowed to munch on the sofa. If you have kids in your family, teach them the best and most appropriate ways to interact with their new family member!

Find Balance

Just like with people, every pooch has different needs, and the sooner you recognize what they need, the sooner your routine will become more of a natural flow. No matter if you have adopted a mixed breed or a purebred, certain dogs love to sleep more, while others need ample amounts of exercise such as running, walking, agility work, and stimulating toys to develop their intellect, too.

 

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