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NO MORE FLEAS PLEASE

Dear Dog'

It is that time of year again, I am scratching like an old hound. To make things worse I am allergic to some of the popular flea treatments, I break out in a rash that is worse than fleas! Can you suggest some natural solutions to help me stay flea free?

Magnolia

Dear Magnolia,

There are a number of natural solutions that will help relieve a flea problem. The best approach is to make sure both you, your home and, as much as possible, your yard stay flea free. Of course, your humans should consult with your vet, but here is a short list of suggestions they can try to treat the problem on many levels:

Frequent baths, or swimming followed by a good comb out using a fine toothed flea comb is a great first line of defense.

A Teaspoon of cider vinegar in your drinking water will help repel fleas.

Using a cleaning spray with 1/4 cup of vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon of mint extract to 1 pint of water helps repel all insects, and discourages rodents too.

Your doggie bed or blanket should be laundered regularly, a light spray of the vinegar & mint mix will help keep the fleas away.

A small lamp set down on the floor with a dish of water that has a few drops of dish soap in it creates an effective home made flea trap.

Diatomaceous earth can be dusted around just about anywhere and will control most insects, indoors and outside.

Your veterinarian may have some other suggestions that your family can use, please write back and let me know.

Your Friend,

Dog

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