Tips for Caring for Your Pets during the Summer Months

Stop Biting! 3 Ways To Keep Fleas Off Your Dogs

by Kirk Hernandez

If you're responsible for the care and nurturing of four-legged family members, you want to make sure their needs are met. Now that it's summer, and you're spending more time outdoors, some of that care includes protecting them from fleas. Summer can be uncomfortable enough for dogs – especially when the temperatures start to rise – without adding fleas to the mix. Here are three simple ways to keep fleas from chewing on your four-legged companions.

Create Fashionably-Effective Flea Collars

If you want to give your dog continual protection without the worry of a pesticide-soaked flea collar, you can create these fashionably-effective, all-natural flea collars. Place a small amount of water in a small bowl.  Add several drops of lavender essential oil to the water, and use your finger to mix the solution. Fill an eye dropper with the solution, place about 10 drops on a bandana of your choice, and tie it around your dog's neck. For continuous protection against fleas, reapply the drops about once a week.

Repel Fleas from the Inside Out       

If you want to keep fleas from coming near your dog, you might want to repel them from the inside out. Fleas don't like the taste or the smell of vinegar. Adding a bit of vinegar to your dog's water will make your dog's skin undesirable to fleas. Simply add about 1-2 tablespoons of raw organic apple cider vinegar to a quart of water and give your dog one bowl of the watery flea repellent each day.

Brush the Fleas Away

If your dog won't drink the vinegar water, you can brush them away with this natural brush-in treatment. For this treatment, you'll need a pan, water, one sliced lemon, and a dog brush.


  1. Fill a small saucepan with water and bring it to a full boil.
  2. Slice a lemon and place the slices in the boiling water.
  3. Turn the flame off under the pot and place the lid on it.
  4. Allow the lemons to soak in the water overnight.
  5. In the morning, dip the dog brush in the lemon water and brush your dog.
  6. Continue dipping and brushing until all areas of your dog have been brushed.
  7. Be sure to get under the neck and around its ears.
  8. Repeat the treatment once a week to keep fleas away.

You love your four-legged family members, which means you don't want them to be chewed up by fleas. Use the simple steps provided above to keep fleas away. If your dog continues to have a problem with fleas, be sure to speak to your veterinarian about other treatment options that might be available.