Natural flea killer for dogs

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Get rid of fleas with a natural flea killer for dogs, using products you have around the house. Here’s how to get rid of fleas on dogs the non-toxic way!

How to get rid of fleas on dogs

DIY flea repellent for dogs

Have you been looking for natural ways to kill fleas? Look no more cause I’ve got the perfect natural flea killer for dogs! So effective, quick to make and inexpensive, you’ll never go back to the store bought version that is toxic and unsafe for your pet, your family and the environment!

Until about 10 years ago I was terrified of dogs, their simple presence used to trigger severe panic attacks on me! It never ever crossed my mind one day I’ll get to bring one into my house, let alone looking for ways to create a natural flea killer for dogs! But I got to meet Ozzy, the most joyful, loving, full of life Labrador who belonged to my brother in law until a few years back. Thanks to a certain chain of events, Ozzy had to change families and we brought him into our house. Soon our family has extended even more, with the addition of two adorable, restless (and quite cheeky I might add) cats and a super fluffy ball of fur aka the bunny named…well…Fluffy!

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But with pets comes greater responsibility, because they’re family too so they should be treated like family, right? They bring so much good into our lives they sure deserve us to take good care of them! So we’ve been looking for the best flea killer product on the market, only to end up being completely disappointing!

Flea and tick medication is full of chemicals and I hate using those on my beloved pets as much as I hate these products being around our household. Plus pets get in contact with humans, especially kids and I can’t bear the thought of my little girl touching those chemicals! It’s bad enough she has to put up with the flea bites!

Flea bites

So I thought I should adopt a healthier, more natural path to get rid of fleas and since I love essential oils, I decided to include those in my flea repellent for dogs. Please note: I wouldn’t recommend using this natural flea killer for dogs on cats as they are too sensitive to use essential oils on them. I’m still working on ways to fix this problem for them. But at least I found a way to train them (can you believe that miracle actually happened?), by using this repellent constantly until they got the message: I am the master of this domain! lol

Young Living oils

I turned to my beloved Young Living kit and decided to use lemon and lavender oils for this natural flea killer for dogs. Needless to say the house smelled amazing too! And the doggy boy seemed super relaxed and finally at peace as you can notice from the photos. He’s been scratching like crazy for a couple of days until we figured out what to do and this spray offered so much relief to him! This flea killer spray was a gem! Luckily he didn’t have any open wounds and we were able to apply this spray liberally!

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  1. Shelly Kerestesy says:

    Unfortunately, due to these popups, it is very hard to read your article. I would love to read it. Also where is the flea repellent recipe for the dogs?

    1. The recipe is on the second page, Shelly!

  2. Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us your findings on the flea condition. I’m looking forward to reading other articles that you have posted on here. I do have a question for you, your ingredients for the flea repellent says fresh squeezed lemons, can I use lemon juice from the bottle ?

    1. Hi Violet! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment! I haven’t tried bottled lemon juice and I wouldn’t use anything other than natural products as they’re chemical free, safe and proven to work.

  3. Darlene Egan says:

    Just wondering where is the recipe for the flea repellent for the dog. Every time I click on a link it takes me somewhere else

  4. Denise Allen says:

    Dear Petro,

    Would you have a recipe for a flea reellent for cats as i have a adorable cat and i don”t like using the stuff from the pet shop or vet ad they have so many chemicals anf i worry about it being good for her.


    1. Hi Denise. Thanks for stopping by. I use a similar solution for my cat too but not exactly as I do on the dog cause I’m afraid it might harm her since cats are more sensitive than dogs. I slice half a lemon, cover with water and boil in the microwave for 10 minutes on high. Then I let it sit over night and strain through a sieve. Then I dip a bristle brush for grooming, like this one, just a little bit, shake well and brush my cat’s fur, avoiding the eyes and mouth. I also regularly clean her bed and spray the surroundings with vinegar and I place rosemary and lavender in the vicinity. Not sure if these truly work but she seems to deal better with flea. If you decide to apply these, please test first on a small area on her fur, not all cats react the same.

  5. Dorlis Grote says:

    How much borax, salt, etc. do you use?

    I have lemon grass plants in my house and the cats graze on them daily. I also have catnip. No fleas, ticks or other pests, they hate the smell.

    1. The ingredients are specified in the article.

  6. Oh P.S.
    I know this post is old but the picture looks like hand, foot and mouth.
    Well, from my experience.

    1. Thanks for your thoughts, Karen. We checked with our doctor first and it wasn’t hand, foot & mouth. Unfortunately Ellie is one of those few people who develop severe reactions to bug bites of any kind (you don’t want to see the spider bites on her skin, it’s really scary!). But she’s had it since she was a baby so we’ve learned to deal with it with calm and patience. We did manage to reduce the episodes though as we clean the house regularly with the flea repellent for home I made and spray the doors and windows every few days with my spider repellent When she’s outside, I get her to wear my bug repellent

  7. Thank you for posting this. I live in Florida and fleas are outrageous year around.
    When my children were younger I used coconut oil overnight followed by a nit comb the next day for headlice.
    All the other mommas looked down on me but I seemed to be the only one wiping out this problem in one shot while they were having to do 2 or 3 applications of Nix poison.
    I haven’t found an all natural so far that really took care of fleas and still use the chemicals. I will be mixing this up tomorrow..
    Thank you

    1. Hi Karen. I’m positive this will work for you too, it’s done wonders for us! Our poor dog was in so much pain from so much scratching, he barely ate anything and he wasn’t in the mood for playing or going outside. As soon as we applied this spray, the scratching stopped and he was a totally different dog, happy and playful again.

  8. will this also work on ticks?

    1. It should. Lemon essential oil is also a tick repellent.

  9. Brenda Jerles says:

    Can you use Lemongrass oil instead of the lemon oil?

    1. They both have similar antibacterial and antiseptic properties, they both repel insects and both have same benefits for the skin so I presume lemongrass oil should work well too. I just never used it myself in this recipe, I can’t guarantee it will work the same as lemon oil.

  10. Gloria clark says:

    What essential oil can I use in the flea repealant for my dog ? She has sores on her from biting. I also concerned about the lemon juice burning her because of the sores

    1. Hi Gloria. I’m so sorry to hear about your flea problems. Poor thing, she must be in so much pain. I personally use lemon, peppermint or lavender for my dog but I only use a couple of drops on his collar, on the outside of the collar, not straight on his skin or fur. Using too much would affect their olfactory system which is how they see and feel the world. Chamomile and lavender are great flea repellents so I would make some chamomile or lavender tea and give the dog a bath or apply a little on the sores until they get better, in addition to the essential oils on the collar. Chamomile will also help with the sores. You could also try and add some vinegar to her drinking water (1 tsp to 1 quart water). Also make sure you clean and disinfect your dog’s bedding.

  11. Please remove the pop-up that jams the screen so that I cannot read your article. I cannot get rid of it at all.

    1. I’m sorry, Brenda but I don’t see any pop up other than the newsletter on the bottom right hand side which you can easily turn off by closing that small window. I have no other pop up installed on my blog, it might be your computer or firewall.

  12. Jess Benoit says:

    I am trying this flea repellent recipe as well. Do you know if lemon juice in a bottle will work as good as a freshly squeezed lemon? Thanks!