PetMeds® Natural Flea Control

Many animal guardians are often looking for more natural alternatives to some of the commonly available topical flea medication like Frontline Plus or Advantage. And while I’m always a supporter of more natural alternatives for our pets, product efficacy will vary,  as there is often a lack of controlled clinical trials and even safety of many of these products.  Many of these natural alternatives employ essential oils including tea tree oil, cedar, eucalyptus, citronella and others as their active ingredients.

Natural flea control alternatives often use essential oils including tea tree oil, cedar, eucalyptus, citronella to help ward off fleas

Some pets including many felines can be sensitive to some of these products, so be careful to always follow product label recommendations and precautions.  It is important to realize that using such products will likely require more active participation by pet owners in order for many of these products to be effective – as opposed to other simple “one drop” products. This is because many of the natural products don’t have a long term residual flea and tick efficacy which products like Frontline Plus and Advantage offer.

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  1. My Chihuahua had a severe and almost fatal reaction to Advantage II, even though it was a lower dosage than his weight called for because I am not an advocate of chemicals. I love in South Florida, and flea control is a must. What, if any, are alternative products for dogs who cannot tolerate Advantage?

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 15, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Try topical revolution or oral comfortis. However you could also consult with a holistic veterinarian like myself for a more holistic approach to flea and tick control. To learn more see info on my website http://www.doctordym.com Many homeopathic vets do offer phone consultations.

  3. I take my dog to the kennel a few times a year. Np problems with flees in the cold month but when I take him anytime from spring to fall he always comes home with flees because the kennel is next to a horse farm and there’s flees around. I used to buy a flee pill that I gave him a week before going and he hardly got any flees when I brought him home. I no longer can get it at my vet, can you give me any info on finding something that will work the same.

  4. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 28, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    The flea pill is probably comfortis I assume? You can get this at 1800petmeds but will need written script from your vet

  5. I adopted a cat which turned out to be feral in that she will not allow me to touch her. She, like my other cat, is an indoor cat, but somehow or another, she got fleas. I am able to treat my other cat with topicals and of course treat the household areas, but I have not been able to find a way to treat her. I have tried crushing Capstar into her food, but she knows it and eats around it, or refused the entire dish altogether. Any advice?

  6. Due to the doctor’s mention of Wondercede, the cedar and lemonbalm spray sold at that site, I have the flea issue under control; my dog is safe from chemical treatments that were nearly fatal, and there is a substantial cost savings from not buying chemical treatments. I am very grateful that I posted here. So is my Chihuahua.

  7. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 16, 2014 at 7:32 am

    You are very welcome Gerry Glad to have been of help to you and your canine companions

  8. Hi my family has 2 cats and we live in the PNW. They’ve always been inside cats, and we have had two dogs inside prior to getting the cats. Since the cats have arrived the dogs are outside dogs now and have never had flea problems in the house. However, we got the cats about 3 years ago and our house has never been so infested with fleas! We’ve tried everything, and cannot get rid of them. They are much worse in the summer than in the winter time due to temperatures I’m assuming. I guess what I am getting at here is, what is the best solution to de-fleaing our house? I can stand on the carpet for about 2 minutes and see about 4-8 fleas jump on me and feed off of me. My parents do not see this as an issue because for some reason the fleas love to bite me 100 times more than my parents; for every 20 bites I get they might get 1. So is there any kind of spray to make or buy that I can spray onto my own skin so the fleas don’t bite me? Or is bug bombing the house and vacuuming every other day the only solution? Because my mother fears that it will be too tramatic for the cats to be left outside in cat carriers in this heat, even if it is in the shade. I just really need help with this flea problem! It is literally driving me insane!

  9. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 18, 2014 at 4:25 am

    I would have house professionally exterminated for best chance at combatting fleas. Also see the great home natural treatment called Flea busters which you can find on line

  10. Where did you get the “Wondercede” from? I cannot seem to find it.

  11. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 6, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    http://www.wondercide.com

  12. I have been feeding a feral cat. I notice that she appears to have fleas. but will not let me get close enough to check. she is scratching all of the time. Is there some kind oral meds I can put in her food to relieve her scratching? She will eat the food that I leave out, but runs away when ever I come near>

  13. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 24, 2014 at 10:35 am

    You could try the product program for fleas which you can put in food or oral comfortis

  14. What oral program? I have the same issue.

  15. As a holistic veterinarian, how can you recommend products like Comfortis and trifexis, which contain spinousad?

  16. As a holistic veterinarian , how can you recommend products like Comfortis and Trifexis, which contain spinousad?

  17. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 25, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I honestly am not a trifexis fan, and always prefer more natural means of flea control, or the pet to be healthier on a more holistic level through constitutional homeopathy, so that they dont attract fleas, however there are situations where infestations and/or exposure is so high, such as here in Florida that the chemical pesticides are needed. Each situation is different and honestly the more natural measures usually are not effective when heavy infestations exist in my experience.

  18. With so few cats, you can totally get rid of the flea problem by combing them with a REAL Flea Comb. As you pick up fleas in the combing (ANYTHING that looks black!) – dip the comb & fleas into a bowl of soapy water (Hot is best, but, even cool soapy water will kill them). I like Ivory DISH soap, as it leaves a little creamy residue as you comb. As flea MUST spend part of their life-cycle on the animal – you can get all the fleas this way.
    If you feel you must get to areas in your home where eggs may be – spray some water + Ivory Dish Soap in those areas. Soap kill fleas AND Flea Eggs. This soap should not damage your furnishings, as it’s very mild. It didn’t damage any of mine.

  19. PS: RE: Add to my combing solution: You should comb all cats at least every 2 days. It will take a few weeks to get rid of all fleas, but, it will work. Keep combing for a while after you no longer find fleas on the cats – to get any stragglers.

  20. HI I BOUGHT MY MY MOBILE HOME A YEAR AGO AND THE FIRST WEEK THERE I FEELT FLEAS I DONT HAVE PETS AT ALL BUT RIGHT KNOW IST AWFUL WE HAVE THEM OUT SIDE MY HOUSE AND IN SIDE MY HOUSE I BEEN PAY FOR SERVICE FOR THE FLEES BUT ITS NOT WORKING AT ALL WHAT COULD I DO TO TREAT MY HOME I HAVE SEARCH IN THE WEBSITES AND TRY OTHER THING BUT NOTHING IS WORKING I KNOW THE FLEAS ARE COMING FROM RACOONS.

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