How to Get Rid of Fleas on Dogs Cheaply

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How to Get Rid of Fleas on Dogs Cheaply
Flea infestations on dogs lead to discomfort and skin irritations. (dog image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com)

Exterminating fleas can be a costly task, especially when you have a dog who spends a fair amount of time indoors and may have exposed the rest of the home to the flea infestation. While there are many different powders, shampoos and sprays available for getting rid of fleas on dogs, these remedies can add up to a lot of expense. Natural home remedies are an effective and cheap way to get rid of fleas on dogs.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Cooking pot
  • 6 halved lemons
  • Hot pad
  • Strainer
  • Spray bottle
  • Lemon essential oil

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Pour 1 quart water into a pot and add six halved lemons. Boil the two ingredients, then remove the pot from the heat and set it on a hot pad. Allow the lemon mixture to sit for two to three hours.

    How to Get Rid of Fleas on Dogs Cheaply
    The scent of lemons naturally deters fleas. (lemons image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Hold a strainer over a spray bottle and pour the lemon mixture through the strainer, into the spray bottle so only the liquid goes through. Throw away the lemon rinds and pulp.

  3. 3

    Spritz the dog with the lemon spray starting at the back of the neck and working your way toward the tail and down toward the chest and stomach. Rub the lemon spray into the fur with your fingertips, making sure to get it down to the skin where the fleas are.

  4. 4

    Spray the lemon solution onto your hands and gently pat it around the face and head. Avoid spraying near the face or ears. Reapply the lemon solution spray once per week during flea season.

    How to Get Rid of Fleas on Dogs Cheaply
    A spray bottle makes it easier to apply the lemon spray. (green spray bottle image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)
  5. 5

    Place a drop of two of lemon essential oil onto the dog's collar as an additional form of flea repellent.

Tips and warnings

  • The lemon solution can also be sprayed on the dog's bedding, the carpet and other upholstered areas where the dog sleeps.
  • The lemon solution is safe for use on cats, as well, but avoid using lemon essential oil on cats as it can cause irritation or illness.

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