It’s just a fact of life being a dog owner, at one time or another you’re going to have to fight off fleas.

The good news is, there are a now more ways than ever to help you combat these unwanted intruders. In fact there are now so many methods to tackle fleas and ticks that it can sometimes be confusing for new pet owners what steps to take.

In this post we’re going to examine three key treatments when it comes to flea and ticks. We’ll look at how they differ, and ultimately how effective they are of ridding your dog of these undesirable parasites.


Using a flea shampoo is perhaps the most popular method of treating a dog for fleas. Shampoos work by cleansing your dog and removing fleas and ticks that have made your pet’s skin and fur their home.

The biggest win when it comes to using a flea shampoo is that it fights off all fleas and ticks on contact. You can see just how effective a high quality shampoo is by checking the bottom of your tub after giving your dog a flea bath as it is likely you will see the fleas that once infested on your dog floating in the tub.

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Flea collars and shampoos are effective keeping fleas at bay

However, one drawback of flea shampoos is that they are not as long lasting as some other methods. This means you may have to repeat the process often if you’re looking for a long lasting impact.


Flea collars for dogs work in two separate ways. The first way collars work to kill off fleas is by emitting a flea repellent gas that will combat any ticks or fleas residing on your pet, particular around the neck area close to the collar.

The second way that flea collars work is by being absorbed into the fat layer of your dog’s skin. This method is considered more effective for fighting off fleas but even flea collars aren’t without their drawbacks.

Flea collars kill only adult fleas meaning they will not prevent eggs and larvae from developing and hatching after you have used the collar. This means you don’t break the cycle of the flea infestation, instead you kill only adult fleas that come into contact with your pet at that time.

If you’re looking to completely break this cycle and eradicate fleas from your home a nonconventional way to use a flea collar is to place it within your vacuum cleaner in order to kill any fleas or ticks that are vacuumed up when cleaning.

Alternative Treatments

There are also a number of ways to treat your dog for fleas using alternative methods if you have already tried traditional products such as shampoos and collars.

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Flea repellent home remedies like coconut oil and apple cider vinegar can be effective against fleas

One of these methods is through the use of coconut oil. Coconut oil can be used to fight off fleas by massaging it in your dog’s coat as a natural repellent. You can do this by simply spreading a small amount of coconut oil in the palm of your hands than running them through your dog’s coat. You will see for yourself just how much fleas dislike the use coconut oil when you apply it and watch them leap from your dog.

Apple cider vinegar is another home remedy you can use to fight fleas. Another natural repellent, you can use apple cider vinegar by mixing it with water and then applying it to your dog’s coat through the use of a spray bottle.

Whatever method you use to tackle fleas and ticks it is vital you show patience and also reward your dog throughout the whole process. The infestation isn’t their fault and fortunately with the treatments now available you should have your healthy and lovable dog back to normal in no time.

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