Fleas on dogs can be a nuisance. Luckily, experts have come up with some remarkably effective ways of getting rid of them and stopping them from coming back. There are a variety of solutions available, including store-bought medications and products that you probably already have at home.

We love our dogs, they are family to most of us. So, when your beloved pet is miserable, and the biting fleas are jumping on your ankles, too, there is little else we think about other than eradicating them. But, where do we start? What are the best products, or are there natural ways to get the job done? What are the best methods to use for your home, yard, and pet? The questions are endless, but the information you need is all here.

Welcome to your comprehensive flea removal and prevention guide.

Prevent Fleas on Dogs Before They Start

As in many things, the best offense is often a good defense. You can save yourself and your canine a lot of stress by stopping fleas before they even start. You can use a number of home remedies to prevent fleas on dogs, and most require few tools and little time.

Rid the house of fleas

Raid your kitchen

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Rid the Yard of Fleas

Now that the inside of your house is flea free, it's time to tackle the area around your home. If not properly prepared, your yard can be a breeding ground for fleas and other pests. But if you follow these tips, then your property can be flea free.

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Plant an herb garden

As we learned from the rosemary trick, herbs are a good way of preventing fleas on dogs. Some of the other most effective herbs include peppermint, basil, lemon balm, and lavender. As an extra level of defense, place herb gardens around doors and windows. They will produce lovely scents and vibrant colors while keeping your flea problems at bay.

Flea Collars

While flea collars can do wonders against fleas on dogs, they're also a great preventative measure. Flea collars can actively repel fleas by releasing a frequency or a gas to keep potential fleas away and kill any existing fleas on dogs.

Frequency collars are electronic devices that emit an ultrasonic wave that works to “scare” the fleas away. The other, more popular type of collar emits a gas that is fatal to fleas but non-toxic to everyone else. The fleas cannot detect the gas until they come in contact with it, and by then, it's too late.

There are many different flea collars on the market. Do your research and try a few to find the most effective collar for your pooch.

Make your own flea collar

If you prefer to keep your flea prevention in-house, then you can also create your own flea collar. To make one, dilute between three to five drops of lavender or cedar oil in three tablespoons of water.

Next, use an eye dropper to apply up to ten drops of your oil mixture to a bandana or your dog's current collar. Then attach the accessory to your dog's neck, and you have an easy, and effective flea collar. Reapply the mixture once a week to ensure continuous flea-ridding protection.

Removing Fleas That Already Exist

While many of the flea prevention methods mentioned above can do wonders to keep fleas out of your home, there is always a chance that your dog will still be affected by the fleas. If you notice that your canine has been invaded then try these methods of removing fleas on dogs.

Apple Cider Vinegar

apple cider vinegar

Many people consider ACV to be a miracle cure for a plethora of ailments, including upset stomachs, sinus problems, and arthritis. Some also find it effective for removing fleas on dogs. There are multiple ways that you can remove fleas on dogs using apple cider vinegar.

Have your dog drink it

Spray it on

Flea Comb

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If you really want to do a thorough job of ridding your dog’s coat of fleas then consider getting up close with a flea comb and lemon juice.

Lemon juice contains limonene, which is a natural deterrent for fleas but is not dangerous to humans. To make a lemon flea comb, get a bowl and add one freshly sliced lemon to one quart of water. Mix it in and then boil the water. After the water has been boiled, cover the pot and let it sit overnight.

The next day, dip a pet-friendly comb into the lemon juice and run it through your dog's hair. Be sure to get all of their hair so that the fleas have nowhere to hide. If you have a short-haired dog, you can use a sponge to apply the treatment.

If you're short on time, then you can boil your lemon water for five minutes and then safely comb it into your dog's hair. But if you're serious about flea removal and prevention, then it’s better to take your time.

Flea Bath

You also have the option of giving your dog a bath. Regular water and shampoo bath may not be adequate for removing fleas on dogs, so you might have to modify your dog's bathing habits.

Store-bought flea shampoo

Make your own flea shampoo

See Your Vet

If flea problems persist or become more intense, then it may be best to visit the veterinarian.

The fact is, vets are the ultimate experts on pet health. And if you can’t shake your flea problem, then a vet can recommend specific medications for your problem. Plus, they know about the most updated preventatives and treatments and which of these are safest for your specific dog.

Say Goodbye to Fleas Forever

As dog owners, none of us likes to see our pooches tormented by fleas. But with all of the flea prevention methods available and the many treatments you can try, it is possible to keep your dog free of fleas permanently.