HELP! Fleas on my Poodles - Natural Remedy??

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by TipsyDog, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    I just saw a flea jump off my poodle. My husband saw one too. I checked the dogs and don't see any, but where there's one, there are definetely more! I know it's from all the wild rabbits I have around here lately.

    My question is - does anyone have a sure fire method of getting rid of these naturally? The flea shampoo I used to use (Sargent's) has been recalled and pulled of the market. I was going to try DAWN dish soap and afterwards wipe them down with white vinegar. In 25 years of owning dogs, I've NEVER had fleas (more than a few) and I don't want to deal with them now!

    Fortunately, they are poodles, so a complete crew cut usually gets rid of them, but it was 36* here this morning and it would be a last resort to remove their coat this late in the year. Thanks for any suggestions!
  2. gavinandallison

    gavinandallison Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2010
    Matthews, NC.
    I would not suggest Dawn dishwashing liquid - it will dry out the dogs skin - I have used Adams flea shampoo for years and I think it is the best = also if you have carpet , get you some boric acid ( you can get this at any store - name brand stuff is called Roach Prude - or even in laundry detergent has it ) .. sprinkle on your carpet and let it lay for a day or more , then vacum it up - kills all the life stages of a flea and is safe for dogs - I would not use it on the dog direct only on the bed and or carpet.
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I would never use a Sergeant's product; I have not trusted them for years.

    For me, the vet is the answer. Drops dropped between their shoulders are very effective -- talk to the vet -- there is more than one kind. Not natural but also not a nasty poison. They recommend monthly. I am in the country with rabbits, mice, etc. everywhere. I probably use it every 3 months.

    Adams flea and tick spray or powder is available at the vet or from WalMart. etc. Very effective but only for the short term. Also not natural but also not a nasty poison.

    Don't let anyone tell you DE. Might cut down the number but will not stop an infestation.

    There is one very effective natural remedy for the environment: Borax powder, in the laundry section. I used to sprinkle it around the floors of an unused building that was frequented by feral cats. Before I did so, my legs would be covered with fleas just walking in there. After, no more fleas. Also have used it indoors on carpets. Sinks in after a day or two, so you won't remove all of it with a vacuum. Great stuff.
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  4. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

    Jan 4, 2009
    Claremore, OK
    I've used Dawn for years...worked great as a cycle-stopper. Killed the adults and got rid of "most" of the eggs.

    Adams stuff seems to work REALLY well, the spray has a "clean" scent.

    I use Comfortis now as a monthly treatment. Works great!

    I don't know of any "natural" stuff, but our outdoor dogs always got the Sevin treatment.
  5. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    If you want something natural - you can try to find a tea tree oil based shampoo. Be careful though - tea tree oil can be irritating to a dogs skin (although mine never had any problems with it).

    I use Comfortis every month now - works AMAZINGLY well. We had nothing but problems with fleas when we moved to Texas and after about one week of Comfortis, no more problems.

    Good luck!
  6. emvickrey

    emvickrey ChowDown Silkie Farm

    Mar 5, 2009
    Hornbeak, Tennessee
    Quote:I agree, I've used Dawn dish liquid for years. It kills on cantact. I had a chihuahua that her hair was so thin I could see the fleas and I would mix a small bowl of Dawn and water and just dab my finger in it and then touch the flea. Dead on contact then I just removed the dead flea. I wouldn't bathe them everyday in it due to the loss of natural oils to their skin but once a week should be fine. Thats how I did my chihuahua for the 3 years I had her with no problems. I also bathed my chow mix for many more years than that the same way. No problem with itchy dry skin. I don't know if Poodles are more sensitive than a chihuahua but thats what I used.
  7. Avla

    Avla Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2010
    Why not try comfortis? It's a little pill you give your dogs and it keeps fleas killed for a month+, works wonders.

    But, Dawn is a good flea killer.
  8. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    Thanks everyone. You guys are great! [​IMG]

    I checked two of the dogs very close and couldn't find a flea anywhere. I'm hoping the one I saw just hitched a ride inside from the yard. I've already cleaned the house, washed up the floors, the dog bed and vacuumed everything. Luckily I don't have many carpets. They will get a quick bath with Dawn tomorrow (it should be a nice warm day) and then I'll shave them down, but not all the way. The good thing with poodles is you can shave off the fur and the fleas leave. [​IMG]
  9. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I heard of somebody that puts a couple drops of peppermint oil on the dogs collars, apparently it is supposed to work very well. I use a natural spray on my dogs, with different herbal oils. So far I haven't seen a flea or a tick this year on them.
  10. noahsgeese

    noahsgeese Border Collie

    Nov 30, 2009
    Frontline works as well!

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