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How To Get Rid of Fleas on Dogs with Baking Soda

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There are a lot of anti-flea products you can use. Some are natural options while others include harsh chemicals. It can be a tough choice as some natural options do not work as effectively as the commercial ones with those strong chemicals.

The good news is that your kitchen may have the right natural product you can use on your pet and not put your dog at risk. Keep reading to find out what that product is. It will only take a couple of minutes to get this information.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda for Fleas

There may be some experts that claim that you can apply apple cider vinegar to your pet’s fur and bedding. They say this is a healthy way to get rid of fleas and kill them. The problem is that vinegar on its own is not strong enough to kill, let alone drive fleas away.

They also say you can give your dog a tsp. of vinegar to help get rid of fleas. But that option harms some of your dog’s essential organs and causes ulcers. Vinegar will need a helper in the fight with fleas.

Mix it with a little baking soda and the chemical reaction should kill those fleas on your pet. Just do not let your dog drink any of it. You can try sprinkling some baking soda alone on your pet’s fur. That should help dehydrate those fleas, eggs, and larvae.

Just make sure to brush the baking soda deep into the fur to reach those fleas.

Lemon and Baking Soda for Fleas on Dogs

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Lemons specifically and citrus fruits, in general, are strongly disliked by fleas. There is something about the acid in those fruits and their odor that fleas do not like. When you give your dog a nice lemon bath, they will smell nice as well as be flea free.

When you mix the lemon juice with baking soda, you have a proven flea killer on your hands. The baking soda provides the extra strength needed to kill fleas at all stages of life.

The only drawback to using lemon juice is that it is toxic, or it can be toxic to dogs and cats. You will need to give your pet a bath afterwards to remove any excess lemon juice. Keep the rinds out of the mixture as well.

You want to protect your pet, not expose him or her to more issues that may affect their health.

Can I Put Baking Soda Directly on My Dog to Kill Fleas?

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Yes, this is a possibility. Baking soda has many uses beyond cooking and baking. It is used for air freshener, stain remover, and also as a flea killer. The trick to using this product on your dog is making sure it is evenly spread out and gets to the fleas.

Without it getting the fleas you won’t solve your dog’s problem, but you will make them smell a lot nicer. When you are sprinkling the baking soda on long hair dogs, you will need a brush to help spread the baking soda out and get it down to their skin.

Once there you will have to leave it there for a few hours. Baking soda should dehydrate eggs, larvae, and adult fleas but it may take some time for the ingredient to work. Do a test to make sure the baking soda is active.

To do that, you just mix a couple of drops of vinegar in a little baking soda and watch for the reaction. If it fizzes, then the baking soda is active. if not, you have to open a new box.

How Long Does it Take Baking Soda to Kill Fleas?

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You got to have patience when using this product to kill fleas. You may not have to leave it on your dog as long as you do for your carpets, but it is not a sprinkle on and brush-off right away product. It needs time to work.

How much time you leave it on is up to you. Play it by ear as you want to leave it on until the fleas and their eggs, etc., are killed.

Some Final Words

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Baking soda is a safe product to use. There are no harmful chemicals in it so your pet is not going to be at risk if you use it. Just be careful not to leave it on for too long. Always ask your vet for advice on using this product. That way you can use it with some peace of mind.

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