Best Natural Flea Treatment for Dogs

The Best Natural Flea Treatments for Dogs

Hopefully you’ve already read or know about the dangerous effects of flea treatments such as Frontline or Frontline Plus, Advantix and many other well known products. Now that you know that these products are not safe, you are probably wondering what is the safest and best natural flea treatment for dogs?

I’ve researched and found the answers for you (below) but first a few things to be aware of…

Don’t just pick something because it says it is natural and organic, I’ve read of dogs having very similar reactions to that of frontline plus when using organic neem oil.  Any strong chemical that affects the nervous system of fleas can also harm the nervous system of your dog and even you and your children and I will provide a list of products to avoid below. Luckily I recently discovered diatomaceous earth for fleas and some other safe and natural products you can use and I will tell you more about it after some general flea treatment tips.

How to eliminate fleas and ticks from your dog safely

Best Natural Flea Treatment for DogsAs well as using a safe natural product to de-flea your dog you will need to take a few extra measures such as flea combing. It takes more effort than flea collars, shampoos and spot on flea treatments for dogs, but is safer and if done right effective too.

All products containing pesticides and poisons are potentially harmful for you and your family.

If you feel that you really must use one of these products because you cannot manage the fleas and ticks with any other method, then the Natural Resources Defense Council recommend using Frontline rather than Frontline Plus or Revolution (selamectin).

Having said that, many of the dog owners I have communicated with have experienced the same problems with Frontline and other ‘safer’ flea treatments, so be aware that the risk is still present, especially if you have small children and in this case it is highly recommended that you stop using these products immediately and find a natural flea treatment for your dog.

If you want a fully safe method of flea and tick control for your dogs there are some simple steps you can take.

      1. Bathe your dog frequently, (ideally once a week).
      2. While bathing him or her, wash your dog’s bedding in hot water, rolling it carefully to avoid dropping flea eggs.
      3. Brush them often with a flea comb, particularly after walks. If your dog currently has fleas then do this twice a day.
      4. Vacuum regularly
      5. Keep grass in your garden short
      6. Use safe natural treatments on your dog such as correct essential oils (see below for what I use)
      7. Use Food grade Diatomaceous Earth (Amazon.com) in your home, furnishings, garden and even on your pet.

Buy Diatomaceous Earth (food grade)

Dangerous Herbal and Natural Flea Treatments for Dogs

Avoid citrus, cinnamon, clove, d-limonene, geranium, tea tree, lavender, linalool, bay, neem oil and eucalyptus and rue oils as these products can even have bad reactions on people, unless used very sparingly, and severe reactions similar to those from chemicals have been seen on cats and dogs. 

GreenPaws (organised by by the Natural Resources Defense Council) recommends natural flea treatments for dogs that contain cedarwood, lemongrass, peppermint, rosemary and thyme, but even with these products do test a bit first.  I use a spray with cedarwood and peppermint oil (see under the Diatomaceous Earth section).

Some people advocate adding brewers yeast and garlic to your dog’s diet to make him or her not tasty for fleas.  Brewers yeast works for a small percentage of dogs, but be aware that it is not safe to repeatedly give garlic to a dog as it is a strong natural antibiotic and causes them to get anemia.

Diatomaceous earth – Best Natural flea treatment for dogs

While searching for a good natural flea product for my dogs, I came across Diatomaceous earth for fleas and found that this treatment is the best, when used in conjunction with a natural essential oil spray treatment. This intriguing sounding stuff is actually a fine powder made from the skeletons of microscopic algae from millions of years ago!

Make sure you get the type which is suitable for pets (get food grade, not the glassified kind which is for pool filters).

How to use Diatomaceous Earth

You can put it outside in your garden if you currently have an infestation and also blow a bit into your soft furnishings and pet beds and mats, and your dog’s coat. It will quickly kill fleas, ticks, lice and also other pests like cockroaches, silverfish, bed bugs and more, as the skeletons cut the insects, but is completely safe for humans and dogs.  You can put this in your home an don your dogs at any time, but be aware that it will kill good insects as well so only use it in your garden when necessary.

DE can even be eaten for various health purposes (including killing internal parasites) but do be aware that it should not be breathed in when dusting your house.  So do cover your mouth and nose while applying, and cover your dog’s face when putting it on his or her body.

Many bottles of DE come with a puffer but I’ve found these often seem to come off, so the easiest way to dust over things like carpets and furnishing is to put it in a sock and tap it.

In flea season you can use diatomaceous earth one a week, hoovering three days after applying.  Try to get the product in all the little nooks and crannies in your house.

I’d advise covering up any computers or other electrical equipment with gaps (just while you are dusting, once its down its fine) as this stuff gets around.

Where to buy Diatomaceous Earth

I buy mine from amazon, the brand I get is Nature’s Wisdom, and the product is food grade D.E which means it’s safe to use around your pets and it works beautifully.

Buy Diatomaceous Earth for fleas – Food Grade

Other natural flea treatments to use with Diatomaceous Earth

You might find the DE solves your flea problem, but if you like me live in an area with lots of fleas (damn those beautiful but flea ridden deers!) then the best way to control these parasites naturally is to use a combination of methods. I’ve already covered keeping your house and pet extra clean and using diatomaceous earth, but if you combine that with these extra techniques below your dogs have the best chance of staying flea free!

Cedarwood & Peppermint Oil Spray – good choice

This is one of the oils approved by the NRDC and smells great too – much better than Frontline Plus or Advantix! I’ve been using it on my three dogs for several months now and so far it has kept them flea free and smelling lovely!

It’s been proven to be effective in actually getting rid of fleas as well as preventing future ones, and I have used it with great success and found it to be up there with the best flea treatments for dogs. Even with this make sure to spray lightly on your dog and not get it into their eyes.

Cedarwood and Peppermint Natural Flea Treatment for Dogs – Buy here

Dog Bathing

Many dogs aren’t keen on an enforced shower, but one dog owner recommended using a shower chair (often used for the elderly) to make bathing much easier!

Dehumidifier

Fleas actually need a relatively high level of moisture to survive and breed and so a dehumidifier is one of the best natural and safe flea treatments for dogs. For the eggs to hatch it must be about 75% and for the flea larvae to survive it is 50%, therefore using a dehumidifier can work wonders on preventing dog fleas.

Best Natural Flea Treatments for Dogs – Summary

I wish you the best of luck in your search to make your doggies and your home flea free! I used to use Frontline Plus for Dogs all the time but now am too scared to which is why I have sought a safe alternative.  Although the methods above take more time and effort in the long run it is worth it!  Please feel free to share your experiences and recommendations for the best natural flea treatments for dogs below.

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  1. We invite you to try our organic non toxic flea control Best Yet. Kills eggs as well as fleas. Please, visit our videos on Youtube about the scientific testing that has been done about this product.

    • I have used endectrid in my 6 month old puppy and each time he is off his food and is lethargic and violently sick I feel really really guilty and won’t be giving it too him again I have been giving it to him in case he eats slugs and snails so I’m going to have a chat with my vet for an alternative, even though the packet says dogs might be sick.

      • I’m glad you were able to spot what is causing the issues on your baby dog. I hope he is better now. Just watch out that he stays away from eating bugs.

    • One of my shoulders as epileptic you can not use cedar any dog has epileptic if you cause him to have a seizure but thank you

    • I use two cups of vinegar 1 cup of water 3 tablespoons lemon oil 1 tbsp almond oil eighth of a teaspoon peppermint oil works like a charm with a lot of prayers. I had to look really hard and be really fussy because one of my girls is epileptic.

      • how do you apply this to the dog? I have a foster Pomeranian, He has a heart murmur( stage 4) had heartworms, and we treated them naturally with stuff called HWF. He is neg now, and he has had seizures since I got him, but he was hit in head by a truck bumper. So we are unsure if epileptic or from head trama. I have to use heartguard for him, he can not risk getting heartworms again so if I can do natural flea and tick stuff that would be better. He does not spend a lot of time outside , just a walk around the block each day. or potty in the yard. Any advice?

    • I use two cups of vinegar 1 cup of water 3 tablespoons lemon oil 1 tbsp almond oil eighth of a teaspoon peppermint oil works .

  2. I agree with this. People should be careful on products labeled as natural or herbal. Sometimes, the natural ways doesn’t work out that much. And though some are completely natural, it might cause an allergic reaction on your pet.

  3. Awesome. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I was preparing to apply Frontline Plus for the second time but got curious. I guess I’ll just throw the remainder away and feel lucky that my pups wont be further poisoned.

  4. I used the recommended dose for my 11 lb pom, since we were inundated with those nasty little beggars, and to my horror she had three small seizures during the night. Silly me, I thought that the treatment would be unpleasant but safe since I bought it from our vet. Never again. I just hope there is no lasting damage. She is very subdued this morning and won’t leave my side, but she ate a little breakfast and I haven’t seen another seizure. The vet and I are going to have a conversation to see if she needs any meds to counteract her reaction. I am going to wash her thoroughly as well, but it is probably too late for that to make a difference. I feel terrible that I did this to my Pearl. That little dog trusted me.

    • So sorry to hear that rosemary, washing your dog would help even if it’s late. Hopefully your dog will make a full recovery now that you have stopped the treatment. Don’t feel bad you have been misled by vets and manufacturers, its not your fault.

      • Hi Kathy I have been giving my dog spot on and she has been terribly sick I feel really bad
        This is the third time he has had it and each time he is sick and won’t eat his food and is lethargic

        • try diatomaceous earth. This can kill the bugs by destroying their wings and exoskeleton. Find the food grade kind. It is not harmful to your dog. I know we can really go through a lot to make sure our pets are happy and ok.

      • Sorry guys they keep stopping me just because I use the 1 word because so many things are bad for dogs that have that have a problem with a nervous disease I’m only trying to help

        • Hello! We are not blocking your post! All posts are for approval. Sometimes it takes us time to approve a post since this is site is not geared towards making tons of money but is made to help people looking for answers. I love your tips. We try to moderate comments to avoid spam like those just trying to put links here and advertise.

    • My dog has epilepsy and has had several seizures over the past year. He is on meds to try to control them. I have read a lot about seizures in dogs and one of the contributing factors is Rosemary which is found in most dog foods. I hope this helps.

      • Yes we need to be careful on what kind of food we give to our dogs and cats because a lot of things that are good for humans are bad for dogs. When I was a kid I had given my dog some chips not knowing it was bad.. good thing my dad caught me and stopped the dog from eating them.

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  6. My poor little 7 pound chihuahua has reacted badly to BioSpot. She was itching and I thought it was from fleas so I applied BioSpot. Her itching got worse, she started twitching and walk/running weird like something was wrong with her leg. I took her to the vet and he thought it was just allergies, like to something she was eating and/or rag weed season (even though I told him I had just applied BioSpot). He gave me allergy medicine & special shampoo & conditioner and said to bathe once a week for 1 month. I did this and she improved. However, now that I applied BioSpot for the 2nd time, right away those awful symptoms returned. I bathed her the next morning. Now I know what it is and will never put flea stuff on her again!

    • I’ve also used Bio Spot on my 70 lb. dog. She had a really bad reaction and her skin was red like it burned her where ever the flea stuff was. I wrote the company a letter, but never got a reply. That stuff should be banned!!!

      • Try to find where the company is registered and file a complaint. Put it to social media. Post the pictures of your dog. Your dog is a live sentient being that deserves the proper care. If this was a child the company would not ignore you. They choose to ignore you because your dog can’t speak. I hope your fur baby is doing OK now.

  7. Thank you sooo muchfor this article and referrence to DE. My hose and all 11… Yes 11 animals are infested. 4 dogs and 7 cats. It’s so bad that they all constantly scratch and bite themselves and the fleas have moved on to me and I am am bit up so bad it looks horrid. They are everywhere and I have a huge three story house!! Not fun at all. Can’t sit anywhere. I treaded everyone a year an a half ago with frontline and fogged my whole house. This used to be an annual ritual here because we are in Missouri. Bug country. But my dogs AND cats started having seizures and choking and couldn’t breath. So I have been scared to use anything. Also I now have a new baby and I just can’t risk it. But I can’t live like this either. I’m desperate. I pray this DE and other combigned treatments you mentioned fix our problem safely for everyone.

    • Look up apple cider vinegar and dawn dish soap and maybe salt and vacuum but don’t let the animals eat the salt –

      • I think it is fake for two reasons. Firstly, it appears to be a set up. Secondly, during the time we last see the puppy and the soldier appearing to throw it; my reflexes are very fast and yet I am unable to move my finger on the pause quicker than he can throw over arm. Theoefrre, I suspect an edited version of events. The flow is not natural.

    • Does it really work? My baby Snowball has been having seizures for about 4 yts and she is just about 4 1/2. She is on pheonobarbital, another med from the vet.. She went 7 weeks w/o a seizure and they started 5 days ago, every 2 hours, night and day. Went for one night sleeping all night peacefully so I thought the cluster was gone. I put flea med on her last night and she had a grand mal seizure that lasted 2 1/2 hrs around 1:30 am. It was around 4 am before I got her calmed down and of course had to get up at 6:30. Meanwhile I do not know if it is from the fleas or just hurting and crying whinning from the pain. Just looking for an alternative….Your posting sounds good. Pam

  8. I bought Hartz this past summer thinking I could save money and 5 days later my dog had his first seisure. The vet said that it probably wasn’t that since it took to long between the dose and the seisure. We did lots of tests and all came back fine. So, we figured epilepsy. My vet told me I could go back to using frontline so I did. He continued to have seisures (about 4 total). I pulled him off his flea meds and he has been seisure free for a little over two months now. He had never had a problem with his flea treatment being placed behind his neck but then when I realized I was supposed to draw it down his back that is when the problems started I think. Could he have licked it? Or would that not make a difference? Did any of your research show that there was a delay in the amount of time it took to have a seisure after being put on the medicine? Thanks!

    • Maybe he licked it, or maybe it was just worse because it was on a larger area once you were drawing it down the back, or maybe both. I mainly found out that the medicines have a cumulutive effect so a dog might be fine for the first few months of treatment but eventually there can be a tipping point and that is when we see the seizures.

      • I don’t understand all of this. I have 3 dogs, 2 large and 1 small. We’ve used Frontline Plus since they were puppies and have never had ANY of these effects. The small dog is now 7 one large is 10 and my newest is almost 3. My daughter is a Vet Tech and we have used other products, one is a pill that kills flea’s tick’s and prevents Heartworms and have had no problems with either product.

        • I may also add that after reading all of this I will be seeking a natural treatment as I don’t want to take any chances

          • HI Craig, I want to thank you for supporting our cause and now more and more people are becoming aware of the dangers of some of these poisonous products. I hope companies would come up with products that does not hurt our pets.

        • That is good news if your pets never get sick due to this products! There are some pets though as posted by some other people who commented here that did get sick with it. I am not generalizing that all commercial products are bad. On the other hand, some neural effects may not be evident on our pets. This is much similar to some stuff that humans use in their bodies that seem harmless but in the end can cause adverse effects on their bodies (like eating hotdogs).

  9. About 20 minutes ago our Havanese (F) adult dog had her third seizure 2 days after treatment for parasites. After the second seizure, we recognized the connection and were instructed by the Vet to drop only the heart worm preventive and Frontline Plus for fleas, ticks and lice was recommended. This morning’s seizure was 2 days after the Frontline Plus treatment for fleas, ticks, and lice. We will now seek a natural solution, as we lost a wonderful Lab to seizures.

    I would like to caution pet owners to study about seizures: how they look, what to do, how to protect them during a seizure time. Today we need to do errands, and we will take Sophie with us, in case she has further seizures.

    If/when you notice differences in your pet, such as difficulty walking, confusion, hyperventilating, dilated eyes, do not “continue to look for symptoms all day”. I’m not sure what to do about it, as I am not a physician. But the first time I saw Sophie have rather mild symptoms (difficulty in managing her legs as she woke up from a nap) I knew that it was a seizure. Read up on seizures so you will recognize even the smallest signal, have a good Vet on hand, and ask him/her what you should do as soon as you note ANYTHING unusual, especially movement difficulties, whether lying down or attempting to walk. This morning Sophie was unable to “walk a straight line”. We knew immediately, and her breathing rate shot up along with her body temperature.

    A seizure is never fun to watch. But, especially if you are using flea treatments, etc, watch your dog very carefully–on the second day, especially. I cannot speak about cats, but possibly the same problems could arise.

  10. We gave our 8yr old dog a Trifexis thinking tics were covered by it and had been using it for a few years. We were told by our vet that tics were not covered by it so she recommended that we use Frontline Plus on him. So we gave him Trifexis one day and 4 days later we treated him with Frontline on the Vets recommendation. Then 4 days later he had a seizure. He had never had a seizure before and we really don’t know what or if there is a correlation between the two. We are stopping the Frontline Plus and will consult with our Vet as to alternate treatments for fleas and tics and to whether it would be wise to go back to using Heartguard for heartworm treatment.

  11. I lost my 9 month old english bulldog which apparently started having siezures three days after applying front line, thats one hell of a coincidence ,the whole family was devestated, now I’m sitting here discusted in disbelief that this happened ,It crossed my mind that frontline was just applied three days prior but after reading this I,m most certainly sure it was the frontline So I’m writting this reply so everyone is fair warned .

  12. Recently my Maltese got very sick close to death. Vet said inflammation on the brain.She was blind deaf @ paralysed .She only 4yrs.Vet has put her on prednisone shes improving gradually @her dose will eventually stop @ then we will know if she has inflammation on the brain. however 4x days before she had her first seizure i used frontline plus.after reading your comments, maybe its not inflammation on the brain @ she could make a full recovery. Have you witnessed anything like this.

  13. My 4yr old Maltese/Bichan After 2 days treating her with frontline plus she became lethargic @took her to vet, blood test didnt find anything ,but vet thought it was the immune system attacking the brain causing brain inflammation. we brought her home after 2 days. thenshe had a seizures. She became blind deaf @ paralyses. on her death bed we gave her 2hrs @she did improve 2managed to save her. she been on prednisone tablets @ will know more when she finally taken of them. She will go down fast or a total recovery. please advise if theres any thing else we can do.

  14. I’m sorry I haven’t been replying to comments, I haven’t been able to check this blog for a while. I hope everyones dogs are ok. All I can suggest for anyone who’s dogs are having seizures is of course stop the Frontline plus or whatever you think has caused it and wash them with baby shampoo to make sure any residues are removed.

    Although so many vets don’t admit there is a problem with these ‘medicines’, it is of course still worth taking them if you suspect your dog is having seizures or any of the bad symptoms mentioned, but FIRST wash them!

    Please everyone keep sharing your stories here and anything you did or do that has helped.

    • I had a bad reaction myself when my husband applied Revolution to our dog six nights ago. I am still reacting with hives and swelling in my throat & tremors in the muscles of my extremities, despite taking Claritan & Benadryl regularly. I have been searching for information & help, but I haven’t found much yet. My husband noticed a bad smell when he opened the outer package (it wasn’t open to the liquid yet ) the company said it should’t have had a smell. I called the vet’s office and one of the staff opened one of the packages of Revolution ( from where I purchased mine ) & also noticed a bad smell. Maybe something else had contaminated those packages. Has anyone else heard of a bad reaction in people, even when they hadn’t touched it ? Or has anyone used Revolution lately & noticed a smell ?
      Thanks Sandra Sept. 14 2014

  15. Tried Frontline and then Revolution 3 days after each my Maltese had seizures. Diagnosed with Maltese Necrotizing encephalitis. Maybe. He’s on steroids and Phenobarbitol for the last two months. He’s totally seizure free until 3 days later. I’ve explained this to the vets, 2 sets and I get the fooo fooo from them. However, he will get no further flea treatments from these products. I’ve tried to find information on this disease and can find nothing on it. Would appreciate any information you have or any suggestions where to go for information.

  16. Not sure if this applies but I have a 2 year old sheltie pinscher mix. She has been have issues with pooping. We can get her to go daily with lots of water and pumpkin in her meals but it is a struggle and she cries every time she poops. We had a really good week and then she went bad again. It suddenly dawned on me that she improved the 5th week after Frontline Plus and when we treated her she went bad 48 hours later. Could this be related, she has never had issue until this spring after we started her flea treatments. We need to resolve this before she develops mega colon which is always fatal. The vets, several have tried everything and nothing else makes sense, here’s hoping this is it, no more treatments, two weeks in on this one and I only gave her a half dose. 2 more weeks we will know for sure.

  17. We have been using bugs away natural flea repellent for years, it does not kill anything, and is great for the pets coat, being 100% natural, it has no side effects and has been used for years by many dogs and cats. I would not use anything else, my dogs are all chemical-free from now on!

  18. I do believe that Forntline is the cause of my newly adopted dog. He was given Frontline at the shelter and as far as I know did not have any reaction to it but, how do I know. Since I have had him I have applied Frontline twice and both times he has had a seizure. The first time I can’t remember how long it was after the treatment that he had the seizure but the second time it was within a 6 hour period. The Vet said after all the blood work was checked Ok that he had a epileptic seizure and recommended Phenobarbital. Well that is fuel for the fire as far as I am concerned. Not a solution. I think the Frontline is the culprit and taking him OFF it is the first step for the solution. I am looking for all natural remedy for the flea & ticks and maybe Nuroplex If he is actually having epileptic seizures .

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  20. I was just curious but should we also be concerned with products such as pet shampoos? Are there any recommendations for natural nonirritating shampoos and also ones that help to kill fleas and ticks but won’t harm our pets? Thanks!

  21. What about cats? There are no essential pools that I k ow of that can be pit on cats. I have 6 cats, 4 of them are barn cats, 1 indoor/outdoo, and 1 that does not go outside at all. What can be used on them to keep the biters away?

  22. We put Frontline Plus on our four year old Labrador and the next day she was lethargic and refused to eat for four days. We took her to our vet and he did blood work on her and gave her fluids, she had lost five pounds! He gave us an antibiotic to give her twice a day. Today I gave her the antibiotic and also a probiotic and a Prevacid, all approved by the vet. A few hours later, her stomach quit making rolling noises and we actually got her to eat some chicken and rice! The vet still does not think it was the the Frontline Plus, but I think it was too obvious that she was fine, running around happy and healthy and the day after the application, she was a totally different dog. She is still sleeping all the time, but at least she is eating some and drinking some water. I will never use another poison on my dog, I don’t care what they say. I have read that a spray made with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water will kill fleas. Please, everyone, be very careful and monitor your dog or cat after using a flea treatment.

  23. I’m so glad I found this blog. We have a 3 yr old terrier mix that just had a seizure. She hasn’t had a seizure in 4 months. We thought her seizures were from sliding head first into the door jam. Oops.. It dawned on me I haven’t had to treat my dogs for fleas all summer. Til a week ago. And today she had her first seizure in at least 4 months. I feel so bad, I know for a fact it’s from frontline plus. I will seek a natural preventative. Thanks

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  26. I took my 10year old boxer to the vet this morning after he suffered a seizure, the vet and I were worried he had cancer that spread to his brain… After blood work and tests and X-rays they could find no cancer, he is actually in great health… Yesterday evening I applied frontline plus (the small dose for small dogs since I had one left from my rat terroirs) which was a smaller dose than recommended, and this morning he had his first seizure ever and my gut is telling me it was caused from that! We never had a flea problem in 10years till we moved homes, so this was the third dose and it makes me sick to know I gave him something that caused such harm to him and could harm my other dogs. I’m washing all their stuff and he will get a bath as soon as I get him home tomorrow. Thank you for all this information I only wish I’d researched it sooner.

    • I’m so sorry that your beloved boxer got sick… I hope he is much much better now. I can understand the shock you must have felt and how scared you must have been. Try natural anti flea treatments such as Diatomaceous Earth. Regular bathing will also help to keep the fleas at bay. I’m glad your baby dog is getting better now!

  27. I’m not sure If I missed this on your web site, but what part of the region do you live; in which you use your natural flea/tick treatment. I am very concerned about fleas and ticks–but also concerned with the safety of Frontline.

  28. I used Sentry natural essential oil application on my 8lb. dog for a while,however,last time the dog became ill for 2days so I stopped. As she became infested, I paniked & used Fipronil,by Sentry. I noticed she became listless,lethargic,& body temp felt higher.The label states 10% Fipronil,prox, & “other ingredients 90%”, however those “other” ingredients are not listed,most likely proprietary. In researching PubMed, I found a experiment using about 38 essential oils & clove was the most successful on ticks as a repellant. Also , Mints kill the nervous system of fleas,ticks,etc. Careful to not overdose on mint oil. Checking on Sentry,the equivalent of peppermint oil in their formula in drops is 5 drops in about 1/2oz. Definitely not a fail safe,but better than killing the animal’s liver. In a emerg,w/o a vet available, activated charcoal or ‘NAC’ found at health food stores can be used to detox,however,use half the human dose,depending on weight. Research,verify,confirm,before proceeding.

  29. My cousin’s Yorkie had a major seizure after she put Frontline Plus on him. Thank God, she got him to the emergency vet hosp right away so he didn’t die. The vet told her all these spot-ons are poisons and to never use them; they can cause liver failure and also kill the dog. He gave her a recipe to make up a natural spray using essential oils and also told her that adding some blue Dawn liquid soap to the dog’s shampoo will kill the fleas. Leave the suds on for 3-5 mins and be sure to protect their eyes with mineral oil or Puralube ointment. Thank you for getting the truth out about these horrible products. There are so many people who think anything that’s sold is safe or good. That’s absolutely not true. We have to research everything for ourselves to protect our families and pets. Some people will do anything just to make money and that includes vets.

    • Thank you for sharing your story to us. I feel bad about these companies who have no regard for our precious pets. They need love and care as much any person does and not some poison that would be a quick fix for fleas and ticks. I mean you are a star for spotting that it was Frontline! You saved your dog’s life right away. We should all be vigilant about what we give our pets because they cannot really talk to us.

    • I am sick thinking I made my dog sick. She has been scratching terribly. So much her hair has come out. I don’t know if it’s the frontline or the horrible fleas. This is horrible. I won’t give her another dose.

      • There is a big probability that it is either the fleas or the Frontline that is causing your baby dog to scratch herself into frenzy. Try giving her a bath if the scratching stops then it might be frontline. Comb her hair to see if there are any fleas or flea eggs. You need to buy diatomaceous earth which is food grade. This kills bugs and is VERY SAFE for pets because you can even eat it. I hope your darling dog gets well soon.

  30. My Aussie has seizures when I use any kind of flea treatment. Topical or oral. Pet Pride No Flea helps but I’m a little leary of long term use as it contains garlic. Trying to bath him regularly but sometimes it is not possible. Going to try the DE method this season. May try some of the oils. Also a good grade of dog food helps. To much corn in his food causes scratching and hot spots. 5 dogs and 8 cats keeps me from being able to afford all natural or grain free food. If the first ingredient is corn (which is the case with most dog foods) avoid it if possible. I feed Diamond Premium. Affordable and better than most store bought food.

    • I’m sorry that your doggie got sick with this flea treatment. I hope he is OK now. I understand that dog and cat food can be pricey and we all want the bet for our fur babies. I hope You can give DE a try for your pets, it is cheap and safe. Take care always!

  31. after using frontline on my 8lb long haired chihuahua she stared running around and tried rubbing her head on the floor, against the couch, outside in the dirt. She was trying to rub it off, it was obviously bothering her. I Also noticed that a small drop had touched my finger nail and it actually took my nailpolish off. I gave her a bath and washed it off . I will never use this again ! Anything that takes nail polish off, can’t be good for you . I am very annoyed at the vet for recommending this toxic product.

    • It’s good that you were able to catch it early on your baby dog; if it had been later she might have had a worse situation. Yes giving her a bath was a life saver for her. I agree that anything that removes nail polish can act like acetone which can cook up the body if ingested is bad.

  32. OMG! I can’t believe the stories I’m reading! We have a 13yr old Bichon, for yrs we believed she was just a neurotic dog with her trembling, shaking, staring at the floor/wall, & loss of appetite. It only lasted a few days at a time & shamefully we’ll admit that it took us all this time to put 2 & 2 together!! We’ve been giving her Frontline for years!! We are so ashamed that we’ve never thought to research the side effects before until today. SHOCKED!!! How has the FDA not taken this Fipronil off the market completely??? It is POISON!!! Our poor little sweet Gigi has suffered on a monthly basis for years. We’re just sick about this!! So relieved I found this blog. I’ll be posting this on FB as well.

    • Don’t feel bad, we all trust in our vets, after all they have the degrees and qualifications and we don’t. It’s hard to believe that a product sold everywhere and touted as safe is not in fact safe. Many times I have had issues like this with my doctor as well, but now I know I will always check things out for myself and so can you. So glad that Gigi can feel better now!

      • Kathy if you could direct some of the persons who have responses here to join our fight against Merial, the makers of Frontline Plus to our website it would be so appreciated. They do not have to testify or anything, just post their story on our contact us page in the comments. We need more people to be able to have a court case. I am so happy that you got the word out about this poison. We all need to stick together to make this work. I am hoping it will be soon before we lose any more precious pets. Thanks for all your work in getting the word out. Our website is frontlineproductssilentkillers.com We also have a Facebook page. The address if Frontline/Frontline Plus a neuro-toxic poison. PLEASE WE NEED MORE PEOPLE!!!

    • Hi Amy,
      So happy that you put two and two together. There are literally thousands of products out there that are sold merely to make money, that’s it, that’s all. They all see a market for it and they brainwash (one way of putting it) the public into thinking that these products are safe for our pets.

      I’ve been researching the past 6+ years on all aspects of pets and I can tell you, please read ALL labels!! I’ve come to the conclusion that these companies don’t care about our pets, they only like to watch the money coming in. There are companies pitching in on the act and practically selling products because they sell, not because they benefit our pets.

      I’ve also learnt that the pet food and veterinary associations have a lot to answer for and anything with an ingredients list, I don’t give my pets because most of the time, they don’t evern list all the ingredients!.
      Everything my pets eat etc, I know exactly what’s in it and I’ve learnt what foods benefit our girls. I’ve also come to learn at pests prey on low immune pets too and so it’s imperative that our pets immune is 100% so that their bodies can fight anything that hinders their system. Keeping their gut bacteria balanced helps in more ways than we realise.
      In reality, there are quite a few things can affect the intestinal bacterial balance in a pet’s gut:
      Stress, poor diet, prescription drugs, pollutants, treated water, environmental changes, chemical fertilisers, pesticides, vaccinations, worm and flea treatments (chemicals) etc
      soil sterilisers in agriculture (which damage the soil ecosystem and the natural flow of bacteria found in the food chain).
      Our pets suffer enough without us putting more chemicals on them or in them. Feeding them toxic food is another culprit. Feeding them processed pet food isn’t the way to keep their immune strong. All this food manufactured for our pets are compromising in some way, shape or form. Can you imagine if we had to eat processed kibble etc every day, for the rest of our lives?

      As a result of my studies, I started a Facebook Group called As Nature Intended and I share my findings with other pet parents.
      I’m an advocate of natural raw feeding in pets. I’m not a vet. To cut a long story short, I’ve now researched pet nutrition for almost 6 years and been feeding our girls raw since they were 8 weeks old, the eldest is now 6 years young and I’ve weaned and raised 5 puppies onto raw. Now, I love to help others and their pets make the transition to a natural raw diet. It isn’t hard and it’s not expensive. If you think it’s expensive, then you need assistance. I run a Facebook group “As Nature Intended”.

      This group is a huge part of my life, the researching and helping others takes up a lot of my time. It has personally helped me immensely. All our dogs are fed an all natural diet with no processed food whatsoever.
      I have had holistic vets, researchers, trainers, breeders, whisperers, nutritionists and, of course, carers from all over the world join the group.
      If you’re looking for advice on when and what to feed, considering on making the transition, or looking for guidance, hints and tips on how to make the transition. If you wish to learn the benefits of foods and alternative medicine and much more, then this informative group is there for you and your pets, 24/7

  33. Kathy, Blessing for your post, wonderful information!!!!
    I was wondering would rose geranium E.O. properly diluted with coconut oil be ok for dogs to repel ticks and mosquitos?

  34. Hi Kathy was also wondering if sweet orange oil mixed with carrier would be ok put on dog for ticks, or maybe make a spray with the sweet orange oil? Thank you, Pamela

  35. I found this page whilst googling for a natural remedy for fleas as I have a small infestation at the moment and refuse to use Advocate or Frontline on my dogs anymore. I am shocked to read the amount of pets that have seizures after using flea treatment. My old vet once gave me Frontline Plus as a freebie to use on my Chihuahua – she got so sick, she nearly died and the vet bill was huge. Of course the vet would make no connection! She now suffers from epilepsy and there is no way I would use toxic flea treatments on her ever again. I have had 3 dogs now suffer from epilepsy over the years and I definitely blame the flea treatments and vaccinations – no doubt whatsoever. Sadly our dogs are being slowly poisoned from puppies onwards and us owners trust we are doing the right thing. Awful.

  36. Weather you chose spot on or oral flea treatment which are the two safest treatments for you dog and you, just be careful that it is effective. There are a number of options available and all you need to do is find the right one that meets the need of your dog or puppy.

  37. RE: “Don’t just pick something because it says it is natural and organic”.
    Just had a good laugh. It’s amazing how stupid hippies are.
    Yes, EVERYTHING is natural and organic. Lead, Arsenic, and Cyanide just to name a few.
    Go have a poison oak salad, or smoke some.
    It’s just so obvious, I am glad to see someone else say it. Hippies are generally so mentally deficient, that they just don’t get it. It’s one hell of a marketing ploy. They will buy ANYTHING labeled organic or natural.
    People need to use their heads, or at least have a few smart friends if you are unable.
    There are plenty of natural and organic things on this planet that will kill you real fast.
    Thanks for the good laugh at the expense of stupid people.

    • That is right! We need to find a balance between natural and scientific. Rosemary, grapes, garlic and onions are natural or even organic but we cannot give them to dogs. Some dogs get stomach problems with lemons. Not everything natural is good for our dogs and cats. They are like children they will take what we give them and rarely complain so it’s up to us to make sure that they are well and do not get sick.

  38. I appreciate the comments that have been made regarding the commonly used anti-tick/flea meds and anti-heart worm meds. However, no one has suggested anything to use in their place. We live in a heavily wooded environment and ticks are everywhere. I have to find something. Also, heartworm is a problem in our area. Again, what can I purchase to replace the products I have been using? My 8 year old rottweiler has seizures.

  39. Looking for natural medicine to Seizure without any side effect Dr. Leonard is the best because it has no side effect, After my son being diagnosed of epileptic seizure in 2010, I have used numerous medicine for him with no improvement. He spent most of the summer in the hospital. I remember him feeling abandoned and terrified of the many injection needles that seemed necessary to keep him calm. All Western Medicine used in the past did not have any noticeable difference until he started using Leonard Herbal Medicine. That is what he have been using, though it is not a permanent cure to Seizure but has keep him calm always, for more info contact (drleonard288@gmail.com)

  40. Please, please, please all of you, please check out these tags. They last for four years. Yes, they do work. I also wear one to ward off the mosquitoes when I garden. I live in Florida. The bug state!
    I’m not a sales person. I am a professional dog trainer and dog foster Mom. I used to be a vet tech, but I couldn’t stand how we were all brainwashed to push all these pharmaceuticals for our dogs.
    I don’t use any poisons of any kind for any reason. I eat only organic and my dogs eat a raw diet. Took me years of searching before I found out about the Pet Protector tags. I have many happy customers. And you know what? If you break down the price, it only costs $1.53 a month for flea and tick and mosquito prevention with our tags.
    Just check it out http://www.PetProtectorTags.info

  41. Everyone’s stories touched my heart with you and your little ones having seziures….my email is tatortotm20@gmail.com. ..let me start over my name is Taylor meason and my babies name is yaqui ….just like a yaqui indian ….my baby way attacked at 6 weeks only weighing a lb….she was seziure free until late I brought her home ….I came to the conclusion to take her back to the vet and realized the had told be the wrong time on the pain meds….she was 6 hours late on the pain meds….plus the gave her an antibiotic the wanted to start her on seziure meds…..but being the worried mother I refused ….the vet wanted me to put her to sleep and says I was fighting a losing battle….however if a tiny thing could make it 72 hours I had to reevaluate the situation plus I didn’t have another grand to give these people…..please have open mind here….I do reki healing and yoga so I tend to listen to mediations every night I myself am yaqui indian and conviently had a CDMA in my car of thier drum lines…..I denied the vets other and told them I would be back….I took my baby rushed the car and started playing the yaqui drums….I wrapped her up and set her in the seat and rushed home…..not a sound the hold way home almost soothing…..my baby was blind paralyzed many people questioned if I was crazy or not…..it was those eyes and they were telling me they weren’t ready to leave me ……as soon as I got home I made her a safe pen with padded walls incase a seziure broke out……I studied sound frequencies all night……oh yeah the drums seemed to work so for 24 hrs straight that’s all we listened to you …..I have done a whole study on sound frequency and I have came up with a life changing therapy ….yaqui and I are in the process of writing a book to help save animals every where …..every since the night of the drums we have been seziure free….but most of you are right there is high precautions when dealing with a seziure baby…..do not just try going to YouTube and trying it on your dog I’m warning you there is high precautions and every animal is injured….there are different frequencys for different part of the brain…….if you have no more options and are interested please email me alot of you on the board I feel like yaqui and I can be of assistance…..and who knows maybe yaqui isn’t the only onexception who deserves to be in the book…… please email your seziure stories to yaqui’s email at Yaquispirit911@gmail.com. …..we would love to see if we can help…..after reviewing your story I can send you the links to the right frequency we think will fit you personally……bless all you pet lovers out thier ….if you know anyone I mean anyone with animal that has seziures do not hesitate to pass this email on….trying to stop seziures one animal at a time ….hope to hear from many of you soon…..I forgot one thing yaqui wanted me to put she is no longer blind….no longer paralyzed and she took up bunny hopping skills

  42. KATHY
    THANK YOU FOR CARING & MAKING A SITE LIKE THIS SO THAT PEOPLE WHO LOVE THIER PETS AND ARE TRYING TO TAKE CARE OF THEM KNOW THAT FRONTLINE & OTHER PRODUCTS LIKE THIS CAN BE DANGEROUS.
    I HAVE LEARNED FROM READING HERE ON YOUR SITE THAT:

    IF YOU HAVE USED FRONTLINE OR ANY OTHER SIMILAR PRODUCTS AND ARE SEEING ANY STRANGE BEHAVIOR IN YOUR PET

    WASH THEM IMMEDIATELY WITH BLUE DAWN DISHWASHING LIQUID & DISCONTINUE FRONTLINE

    AGAIN THANK YOU FOR CARING.

    IT OBVIOUSLY HAS MANY SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS FOR SOME DOGS & THE DIAMASC

    • We really have to treat our dogs like children. They cannot really complain about what we put on them and it is a our task to make the right choices for them.

  43. So many pets are becoming ill or dying from many flea and tick products, even the prescription ones. FDA isn’t getting all the reports, so the statistics are wrong. FDA continues to allow these products to be sold..what a crying shame. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that a poison that neurologically paralyzes a flea, these same chemicals in the product are going to have some sort of negative and dangerous health effects on our animals systems in one way or another. Poison was never intended to be for animals, because it will poison them too. When I was a child, we never used such products because they were not invented yet, and I remember most of our pets ( and we had a lot ), lived long years mid teens for our dogs and into 20’s for the cats. Didn’t give them vaccines or rabbis shots ever either back in the day. We are dumping way too many chemicals into our animals…the results are sickness and shortness of life for so many. This is too sad and frustrating reading stories of pet owners. Every pet lover and owner has to take a stand, it’s the only way it’s going to get attention, because these big Pharm producers and profiteers are not going to allow FDA to take them down. I believe FDA is getting paid off by these big companies. Multi million dollar companies like Hartz and Sargents has been harming pets for years and when pet owners report incidences, they are accused of not putting the product on correctly or following directions These are the excuses these companies use. Shame Shame on them!! 1000’s of reports since 2000 and the same products that cause harm are still on the market. ! It’s all about the profit folks, so do your research and come up with a good, safe way to help your pet. Pet Big Pharm, doesn’t give a hoot, they are going to turn their ear and blame the consumer..meanwhile FDA marches on allowing these things to happen. If u love your pets, seek info, get informed, do research, and be very careful what u chose to treat them with. Just because it is on the shelf or being sold by a vet, or says it is all natural or organic, in no way means it is perfectly safe or won’t have an ill affect now or down the road on your pet.

  44. Hi -Thank you so much for helping me to decide on what to use as a flea preventative for my 2 cocker spaniels. I had a very bad feeling about using spot on products and did notice a negative response on both my pups when it was given by the vet who insisted I use it otherwise my dogs would get sick from fleas and ticks. Well they became sick all right, my 2 year old female still has tremors ever since I gave her the 3 month applications. Ever since that happened, Something inside me was just stalling on getting anything else except for natural and safe repellents. I lost my first cocker 2 years ago to a huge tumor in her lymph gland under her arm, it was inoperable and grew to the size of a football before we had to mercifully let her go, which nearly destroyed me. She really was my best buddy. I do have some of the natural items you say could be bad so I will replace those and only get the DE and p-mint oils. Thanks again for solving my indecisiveness of what to do.

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