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Everyone you've spoken to - the staff at the pet store, your friends, your veterinarian... they've all told you the same thing. “You need chemicals to get rid of fleas.” Your dog is scratching like crazy, and all you want to do is help her, but you think to yourself -“There's got to be a healthier, more natural way!”. Well, you're right!
Many of us live with dogs which have compromised health or immune systems, or are sensitive to chemicals, and using a flea product containing toxic chemical pesticides can be very detrimental to the health of your pet.

So whether you have a dog which requires special care, or your aim is lead a healthy and natural lifestyle, following the steps below will ensure you rid your dog of fleas in a safe and healthy manner, without worry that you may be harming your pet, even while you’re trying to help them.

1) Use a gentle, all natural shampoo, preferably one with essential oils which repel fleas, such as lemongrass, peppermint, cedar and eucalyptus. Using thick, undiluted shampoo, make a ring around her face, so that it's in front of her ears, but behind her eyes and muzzle, being very, very careful not to get soap in her eyes. Put a couple more handfuls of shampoo on her anus and vulva (or his penis). These act as barricades to stop fleas from hiding in your dog’s ears, eyes, and business parts, once you get the rest of her wet, so be sure to rub the thick shampoo thoroughly through the coat and right down to the skin. You don't want fleas to pass through or under this barrier.

2) Wet her body, tail and legs, and apply shampoo. Use a generous amount of soap, and work up a real rich lather. At this point, you can spread the shampoo on her face, in case she has any fleas there too. Keep this lather going for 10-15 minutes, adding a little more water and shampoo as you go. Some dogs love the massage and the attention, but for those who don't, adding some warm water will help to keep them from getting cold. If you have a second person with you to help, you'll very much appreciate it!

3) After 10-15 minutes of bath time, the fleas will have drowned and most will have become trapped in the soap. Now rinse, rinse, and rinse again. Don't forget to rinse armpits, under the tail and between the legs (shampoo residue is very itchy!) Towel dry, and if she lets you, using a blow drier on a cool setting is the best way to find any dead fleas which didn't rinse away. Move it slowly and in a systematic pattern to find them, and you can then comb these out with a flea comb.

Whew! Now that your dog is free of fleas, you'll want to be sure her environment is as well, as eggs and fleas can be waiting to jump back on!

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