How to get Rid of Fleas on a Pregnant Dog NATURALLY!

When it comes to flea control, it can be a little overwhelming when you see what is out there. Let’s face it, you can find anything from medicated to organic and a range all in between. However, figuring out what is the best flea treatment of your pregnant dog can be a bit of a challenge. In fact, it is something that many dog breeders worry about, what options are safe for their pregnant dogs, and are there any natural flea treatments.

Thankfully, what many breeders know, is that yes, there are natural flea treatments that you can make at home to combat fleas. These can be used both on your pregnant bitch, and other dogs in your kennel, and the kennel environment itself including the whelping area.

With natural, it is important that you do review ingredients. Avoid natural ingredients such as onions and garlic as they are toxic to dogs in large doses. While some swear by these, the risk to your dam and puppies is not worth it.

If you are interested in using natural ingredients in your kennel, then this is the article for you. Here are some of the best natural flea treatments for your pregnant dogs.

Natural Flea Treatments for your Pregnant Dog

While there are several commercial flea treatments out there that are safe for pregnant dogs, many breeders hesitate with using them. There is always the potential for a reaction to the medications in the treatments and that could result in the loss of a litter or serious conditions in the puppies, such as improper development.

If you are looking for safe home remedy flea treatments to apply directly to your pregnant dog, here are my top natural flea treatments.

Diatomaceous Earth Flea Powder

I will discuss diatomaceous earth later as a natural home remedy to treat your kennel environment, but it is also a great resource for treating your pregnant dog. If you are not sure what diatomaceous earth is, it is a powder that is made from grinding up/pulverizing fossils. It is a 100% natural. You can purchase both food grade and non-food grade diatomaceous earth but you should only use food grade on your dog. Make sure that is what you purchase if you use this as a flea powder.

What you will need:

What you do:

  1. Sprinkle the diatomaceous earth into your pregnant dog’s coat.
  2. Do not add it to the face but you can sprinkle it onto the head.
  3. Rub the dust into the fur. You can also brush it in.
  4. Leave on.

Not only will it help prevent fleas, it will also kill any fleas that are on the dog by dehydrating them.

Coconut Oil Rub

Another all natural treatment that works really well with preventing and killing fleas is coconut oil. In fact, coconut oil has a number of benefits including increasing the overall condition of your dog’s coat, which is a much needed treatment for a pregnant dog, since poor coat quality is often hand in hand with whelping a litter.

What you will need:

What you do:

  1. Using about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, more if you have a large breed dog, pour the oil onto your dog’s coat.
  2. Gently rub the coconut oil through the coat and down to her skin.
  3. Allow to dry.
  4. Reapply as necessary. I do every few days or once a week.

The coconut oil will help prevent fleas as well as treat flea infestations. Use pure coconut oil and nothing with added ingredients.

Apple Cider Vinegar Flea Spray

The final one is apple cider vinegar. It is safe for pregnant dogs and while I am focusing on the spray, which I love, you can also add apple cider vinegar (a few tablespoons) to your pregnant bitch’s water to help prevent fleas.

What you need:

What you do:

  1. In a bowl, mix together the warm water and apple cider vinegar.
  2. Add in the sea salt.
  3. Mix until the sea salt has disolved and it is mixed well.
  4. Pour into a spray bottle.
  5. Spray your pregnant dog’s coat until it is damp but not soaking. For longer haired breeds, run it into the roots of the coat.
  6. Allow to dry. Do not rinse.
  7. Reapply as needed.

And that’s it, when you are spraying into the coat, be sure to avoid your dog’s face, especially her eyes. The spray will kill any fleas in the coat and will also cause them to leave your dog. In addition, it will prevent them from reoccurring. However, whenever you use a treatment, be sure to also treat the environment she is in.

Dish Soap and Vinegar Flea Shampoo

This natural flea treatment is even safe enough to use on puppies.

This is one of my go-to’s when I am looking for natural flea treatments. It is pretty easy on the fur and you can use either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar if you can’t stand the smell of the former. There are different ways that you can administer this but I am giving you my preferred method that I’ve had ample success with.

What you will need:

  • 1/4 cup of Dawn Dish Soap (You can use other brands but I’ve found dawn works the best)
  • 1 tbsp of Baking Soda
  • 1/4 cup of White Vinegar
  • 1 cup of Warm Water

What you do:

  1. Place the baking soda and dawn into spray bottle.
  2. Add in the white vinegar.
  3. Pour in the water. You can play with the water levels a bit to fill the bottle or you can do it equal parts vinegar, dish soap and water for a more concentrated mixture.
  4. Close the bottle and shake vigorously.
  5. Spray on your pregnant dog until she is damp, rubbing the spray into the fur and down to the skin. Avoid her face.
  6. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. Wash off completely. I don’t apply additional soap as you want the smell to repel the fleas after the bath.

Make sure to treat her environment. Also, once she is dry, use a flea comb and remove any fleas or eggs that you find. And that is it. You may have to make bigger batches depending on the size of your dog.

Daily Flea Repellent

Sprays that work for the environment and your dog are the best natural flea treatments.

This last home remedy is perfect for a quick spray down on your pregnant dog before she even gets pregnant. It can be used to keep your dogs flea free and then you won’t have as many problems with fleas as you would if you didn’t try a preventative.

What you will need:

  • 1 sprig of lavender
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 sprig of sage
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 cups of water
  • Bowl with cover
  • Spray Bottle

What you do:

  1. In a large bowl, place the sprigs of rosemary, sage and lavender.
  2. Slice the lemon and add it to the bowl. It is best to slice them into rounds so that you will get the full fragrance from steeping.
  3. Boil the water.
  4. Once boiling, pour four cups of water over the lemons and herbs.
  5. Cover with wrap or a lid.
  6. Leave to steep overnight. About 8 to 12 hours.
  7. Pour into your spray bottle, removing the herbs and lemon slices.
  8. Spray your pregnant dog so that she is damp but not soaping wet. You can spray her once a day, before she goes outside, to keep it working it’s best.

And that is all there is to it. This spray lasts for about 2 weeks but you need to keep it in the refrigerator. You can also spray it on your furniture and in your yard as it doesn’t have anything that will stain in it.

A lot of sprays and treatments you can do on your pregnant dog are safe enough to use on puppies once they are born and on your kennel environment; however, I do want to take the time to look at natural flea treatments for your kennel environment separately.

Natural Flea Treatments for your Kennel Environment

Okay, now that we’ve looked at the commercial sprays you can use on your kennel and housing for your pregnant dog, it is important to look at some safer options. I do want to stress, again, that there are many commercial treatments for the kennel environment that can be used with pregnant females in the environment. However, these natural treatments are even safer if you are worried about using harsh chemicals.

Dish Soap Flea Trap

This is a great little trap that you can make for fleas if you suspect having them in your environment. It is safe for dogs and for pregnant females. However, I would keep it away from dogs so they don’t drink it.

For this treatment, I recommend using it a few weeks before you are expecting your puppies. This can be put directly in the whelping area so that you are catching fleas well before the puppies arrive. It needs to be done at night and you can do it for as many nights as you are catching fleas.

What you will need:

  • Flat Dish (a plate works best)
  • Dish Soap
  • Warm Water
  • Desk Lamp

What you do:

  1. Place the dish soap into the plate.
  2. Pour in warm water and make a nice sudsy mixture.
  3. Place on the floor in the area or rooms you have seen fleas. As mentioned, your whelping room.
  4. Plug in your desk lamp and shine the light down into the dish soap.
  5. Leave overnight.
  6. Dispose of the fleas where they will die and not get back into your environment.

The fleas are attracted to the warmth and light from the lamp and the soap acts as a type of glue. Once they go in, the fleas get stuck and either drown or can be removed and killed. As fleas are primarily nocturnal, these traps work best when used at night.

Diatomaceous Earth

Another great option for treating and preventing fleas in a natural way, diatomaceous earth is pregnant dog friendly. I wouldn’t recommend dusting the whelping area if the puppies are here as you don’t want puppies breathing it in, but before they arrive, it can help prevent fleas.

In addition, you can sprinkle it anywhere in your kennel environment both inside and out.

What you will need:

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (make sure you only use food grade and not the other types of Diatomaceous Earth)

What you do:

  1. Sprinkle a thin layer over the areas you have seen fleas. You can sprinkle it on carpets, floors, and even furniture.
  2. Leave for 2 days.
  3. Vacuum or dust off the areas.
  4. Repeat as necessary.

Diatomaceous earth works very well as it will cause the fleas to become dehydrated, which will kill them. Be sure to empty your vacuum into an outside trash can to prevent reinfestation. If you use it outside, just let it settle and leave, don’t clean it up.

Salt Treatment

Another safe treatment that you can do in whelping areas and all over your kennel is the salt treatment. I wouldn’t generally use it outdoors as salt can hurt some plant life. Also, don’t use it when you have puppies in the whelping area as you do not want them ingesting any of the salt.

What you will need:

  • Salt (Finely ground, food grade salt)

What you do:

  1. Sprinkle the salt over the areas where your pregnant dog is going to be.
  2. Leave on for one to two days.
  3. Vacuum and empty the vacuum in an outdoor garbage can.

Salt works similar to Diatomaceous Earth but it will also dry out the flea eggs that are in the treated area. You can reapply safely several times and it shouldn’t affect your pregnant bitch. If you find she is licking the salt, you may want to remove her from the area until the treatment is finished to keep her from getting sick from the salt.

Lemon Home and Kennel Spray

Lemons smell great to us but horrible to fleas.

If you love the smell of lemons, then you will love this spray. Thankfully, fleas do not so it is a very effective spray for your kennel. In addition, it is safe enough for you to use on your pregnant dog.

What you will need:

  • 3 large lemons
  • 4 cups of hot water
  • Bowl with cover

What you do:

  1. Cut up the lemons. Place them into a large bowl.
  2. Boil the water.
  3. Pour the hot water over the lemons.
  4. Cover with wrap or a lid.
  5. Allow to steep overnight, about 8 to 12 hours.
  6. Pour into a spray bottle and spray on furniture, flooring and even your pregnant dog.

Fleas do not like the scent of lemon and are repelled by it. It doesn’t kill the fleas but it does send them packing, which is a great alternative.

Herb Garden

Herbs are a great way to add natural flea treatments to your kennel environment.

This is a great preventative to put around your garden when you are trying to treat fleas naturally. There are a lot of herbs that are safe for your dogs, pregnant and not, to have in your garden. If you have outside dog runs, you can plant the herbs on the outside perimeter of the runs to help keep fleas away. If you have a regular yard for your dogs, you can plant them throughout your garden.

What you will need:

  • Space (Make sure you have good space so that your plants can flourish)
  • Herbs: Choose plants that are safe if your pregnant dog is grazing on them. These include:
    • Basil
    • Sage
    • Thyme
    • Mint

What you do:

Simply plant your garden. I try to keep them around the areas my dogs frequent. The plants listed do repel fleas and ticks and can keep them out of your outdoor areas. Lavender is also a good flea repellent, and while it can be safe, if they ingest large quantities of lavender, your dog can become sick.

And those are all excellent treatments that you can use for your pregnant dogs…and really any dogs in your kennel. If you want to see some great videos on how to make some excellent natural flea treatments.

Easy DIY Flea Treatment Videos 

For quick and easy homemade flea sprays, this video has three that are excellent…she even does a twist of the apple cider vinegar recipe I posted above.

This video has tips for both the yard and dog that are all natural and not likely to harm your dog. It does recommend essential oils and I always test spot dogs, well before they are pregnant, before introducing any essential oil.

The final video is a quick one on how to make the excellent dog shampoo for a natural flea treatment. I make mine into a spray, allow it to sit and then wash off, as described above, but this is also a great way to treat fleas.

As you can see, there are a lot of ways that you can treat your pregnant bitch naturally. You don’t need to use harsh chemicals or medications that could be detrimental to the health of your pregnant dog or her unborn puppies. Remember, as with anything you do for your dogs and your kennel, choose the natural flea treatments that work best for you.