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    ACV is great for repelling fleas.

    OT taking Vitamin B keeps mozzies of you aswell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSDs4Ever View Post
    I may get jumped on for this, but what the hell ..... I put a cap full of Apple Cider Vinegar in each dog's breakfast as a natural anti-flea treatment & I brush them every day to keep the fur bunnies in the house down. They don't have fleas.
    I used to give Sumo ACV (organic with "mother") to help him with his skin and allergy problems. His body became complete out of balance eg ph and he ended up with bleeding from the bowels etc.

    I wash their bedding in ACV though...don't use any soap based product

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau View Post
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    OT taking Vitamin B keeps mozzies of you aswell.
    Hi Beau

    I tried the vitamin B thing - doesn't work for me, the mozzies still want me. Soaking my clothes in pyrethrim based chemical works better.

    There's a significant amount of research debunking the vitamin B repels mozzies idea.

    For fleas - I love the spot ons - about to switch from Frontline to Revolution.

    Shannon Lush recommends using mint tea for repelling and killing? fleas. I haven't tried it.

    Frosty occasionally gets red spots on her belly from excessive commando crawling - for that I use Aloe Vera - split the cactus leaf open and wipe the gel directly on. It tastes horrid so it cuts down on the licky chew problem too. Too much is supposed to be toxic for dogs so I don't recommend letting the dog chew on the leaf though it probably won't want to.

    If the dog is in the tropics, you may also want to check for ticks and other nasties. The wrong kind of tick can kill a dog.

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    If the dog is in the tropics, you may also want to check for ticks and other nasties. The wrong kind of tick can kill a dog.
    thats true.. we always check Boss after we have been walking in the bush or being up north

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau View Post
    ACV is great for repelling fleas.

    OT taking Vitamin B keeps mozzies of you aswell.
    So you're talking about fleas on dogs & mozzies on me, not fleas on me as well .... right ? Just checking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Shannon Lush recommends using mint tea for repelling and killing? fleas. I haven't tried it.
    I LOVE her books. And the tips work.

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    I use ivermectin for all the general nasties and tick collars against paralysis tick because bordering on the bush we get them badly.

    Frontline/advantix etc works well on fleas but for ticks it takes approx 3 days for the tick to die on the body of the dog so if the dog gets multiple ticks attach it's not effective.

    Never had a flea problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Hi Beau

    I tried the vitamin B thing - doesn't work for me, the mozzies still want me. Soaking my clothes in pyrethrim based chemical works better.

    There's a significant amount of research debunking the vitamin B repels mozzies idea.

    For fleas - I love the spot ons - about to switch from Frontline to Revolution.

    Shannon Lush recommends using mint tea for repelling and killing? fleas. I haven't tried it.

    Frosty occasionally gets red spots on her belly from excessive commando crawling - for that I use Aloe Vera - split the cactus leaf open and wipe the gel directly on. It tastes horrid so it cuts down on the licky chew problem too. Too much is supposed to be toxic for dogs so I don't recommend letting the dog chew on the leaf though it probably won't want to.

    If the dog is in the tropics, you may also want to check for ticks and other nasties. The wrong kind of tick can kill a dog.
    we have paralysis ticks here and I am in Newcastle. Sumo has had a paralysis nymph on him. Spot-on tick treatment works

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    Boxerini

    If you have cats - you need to treat the fleas on them too. Cat fleas and dog fleas are supposed to be different but they have been known to share briefly, and cats can be great at bringing dog fleas home to share.

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    I used the spot on types for years until Gemma ended up in the vets being treated for paralysis tick even though I'd applied fortnightly Frontline.

    I was finding the ticks daily and removing them but because she had a succession of them & because as the vet explained it can take a few days for the frontline to kill the tick once attached to the dog.

    I have found it good enough for the whippets short coat, but anyone with a long coated dog should not rely on it, or for any matter any product.

    Since putting on the tick collar I haven't had any attach to her.

    Also once ticks get to the next phase they become even tougher.

    Last year I moved to acreage with more open mowed lawns and have less ticks now - phew.

    I got a paralysis tick on the side of my face near my ear and ended up having to take antibiotics and I estimate it was only on me for an hour.

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