You know the scenario… you take your dog to the park where he romps and plays in the dirt and grass and you later realize he’s brought home some unwelcome tag-a-longs. Fleas. I’m itching just writing about them! Did you know that you can use coconut oil as a natural flea killer?
I had reluctantly used Frontline in the past to get rid of fleas on our dog, until I read about all of the chemicals in it once and realized that I was basically putting pesticide on my dog. Seriously?!
The side effects of Frontline and other similar flea preventive medicines can include rashes, vomiting, diarrhea and seizures, to name a few.
I knew a more natural flea killer needed to be found and started doing some research.
Some people say to give Brewer’s yeast and garlic to your dog to kill fleas, but I know from my days running an organic dog treat business that garlic is bad for dogs. It can cause anemia and liver damage over time (it builds up in your dog’s system over time).
There are some other natural remedies, but after much research I found out that one of the most safe and effective, organic flea killers is coconut oil! How awesome that I didn’t have to look any further than my own pantry, not to mention that I was already sold on the many other benefits of giving coconut oil to dogs!
How to Apply Coconut Oil as a Natural Flea Killer
It’s always best to use virgin, un-refined coconut oil. All you need to do is take a little and rub it into your dog’s skin. You can wipe the excess on their fur.
If your dog already has fleas, you’ll want to do this treatment outside somewhere, perhaps away from your yard because you may find that the fleas jump off your dog almost instantly. You don’t want any survivors lurking around, although the coconut oil kills fleas quickly.
Another method is to mix a little coconut oil with water in a spray bottle. Spray your dog every day, followed up by a nice rub down.
Keep in mind that most dogs love the taste of coconut oil so don’t be surprised if yours tries to lick it off. If he does, it’s perfectly ok since coconut oil is safe for dogs to ingest, but I recommend putting an old t-shirt on your dog after application to prevent them from licking it off before it has a chance to soak into their skin.
Because coconut oil is an organic way to kill fleas, and not some nasty chemical that lives in the body, you may need to reapply frequently as a preventative measure, and as needed to treat any existing fleas, but the benefits are worth it.
The application to their skin can also benefit them in many other ways, not to mention it will make their coat shiny and it smells wonderful!