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 Post Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 10:09 am 
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Not sure if we have fleas..know we don't have ticks but no chiggers here. I keep seeing the dogs stratch but upon close inspection, no fleas. Maybe dry skin? Any natural methods to get property to stay flea free?


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 Post Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 10:31 am 
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Diatomaceous Earth (food grade) will help keep property free of the bugs. Are you raw feeding? Dry skin and allergies are often the result of grains in kibble. One other thing though, is that scratching can be a sign of stress. It isn't always a physical problem. Anything change recently that could cause stress?

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 Post Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 12:34 pm 
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TeaTree oil diluted with water in a spray bottle. about 10 drops to a 1/2 gallon of water.
Helps with dry skin as well as gets rid of flees...don't get it in their eyes
Its also a natural fungicide


DE is the best way to protect the entire property safely and effectively.

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 Post Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 7:21 pm 
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I 2nd Diatomaceous Earth. Betty had some good links, but stopped a lot of the ticks in our yard. I asked a similar question off of one of Betty's posts in the Vet section. Check out the link http://www.lacybreed.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=315&sid=fb125bcca459fe76b714a29dc8e93d4c


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 Post Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:00 pm 
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I use DE also, you can even rub it into the hair, put it in beds etc.
Sage was scratching and I couldnt figure it out till I ran out of some of the treats I was feeding him. when I stoped feeding him his treats he quit scratching.

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 Post Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 11:01 pm 
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Yeah, we sometimes forget that treats have some not so good stuff in them too!!

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 Post Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:29 am 
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Speaking of DE...I started using it a few weeks ago. We were having a BAD flea problem, and it seems to have helped. Last weekend, I used A LOT on all the dogs, and also in the kennels, dog houses, etc. Several days ago, I checked them all again, and they all had just a few fleas, except for Sunny. She looked like I hadn't put anything on her. I dusted them all again, then checked them again last night. No change. Sunny still has a lot, and the others just a few.

Any suggestions? Am I being too anxious and not giving it enough time? I'm guessing it could take a few more days since it doesn't kill the eggs. But why would it work on the others and not Sunny?

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 Post Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 3:25 pm 
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Some dogs for whatever reasons are more attractive to fleas..I've seen that myself first hand. I think certain colors are more attractive to fleas (that would be if they can even see). *shrugs* as for my situation, dogs bring in dust from outside. I can't even see the bugs....


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 Post Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:27 pm 
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Amber I`m not sure why DE would work on one dog and not another :-?
You might try the tea tree oil with her.

Fleas have a cycle so if you had a bas infestation it could take the DE a bit to get them all gone..

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 Post Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:59 pm 
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Im not sure on why it wouldnt be working, the way it works it to cut or lance the insect causing it to dehydrate and die?

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 Post Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:37 pm 
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The only thing that comes to my mind is that pests, of all kinds, will attack the least healthy of the species, which ever it might be, animal or plant.

When your dogs get healthy from the raw feeding, you will have less trouble with fleas. If you live in town and have neighbors who dont treat for fleas, you will send the fleas back to them, because your dogs will be less desirable than the neighbors dogs. If you live in the country, they will find other subjects to catch a ride on. I'm not saying that you might now have to use something for fleas, but, I expect you not to have to use so much. Like I have said before, my dogs get an occasional flea and tick, but I do very little treatment for them. I have taken one tick off of Larry so far this year. Lucy has gotten a few more. She would be more attractive because she was carrying the pups and then nursing them, so she was more worn down.

It will take a while for your dogs to get really healthy from the raw feeding. You will see results in a couple of weeks, but the cellular level will not be so noticeable and will be longer in coming.

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 Post Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 9:17 am 
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Update on the DE: It's working great. None of the dogs have fleas now (even Sunny)! I guess I was being too impatient.

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 Post Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:40 pm 
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Glad to hear it, Amber!

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