• Karen Tatiana


Updated: Jan 23

As herbalists, we view the body as a whole. We look at the body's diet, daily activity, environment, and any other activity that may be causing stress on your pet's body.

For example, if your pet has an allergy. Maybe even long term drug therapies. So their immune system will already be compromised and their defense system may be low.

You should begin by strengthening your pet’s body and making your pet’s environment unwelcoming to fleas.

Gregory L. Tilford and Mary L. Wulff authors of “Herbs for Pets” suggest digestive enzymes and probiotic bacteria supplements.

They can help keep a healthy balance between the harmful digestive bugs and those that prevent them. As well as, the proper balance of antioxidant vitamins and minerals, exercise, and a clean environment. These will keep the blood and immune system healthy as well.


A strong and healthy pet can handle flea bites.

Start by strengthening your pet’s immune system and assure they have a healthy coat. This will prevent fleas from finding a home on your pet, or at least decrease the number.

Garlic can be found in most kitchens and will help your dog fight off fleas. You can add as a supplement to your dog’s diet no more than 3 times a week. With garlic, less is best. Start with 1/8 of a teaspoon per pound of food fed. Reduce the dose, or stop altogether, if your dog shows symptoms of digestive upset and gas.

Nettle, Urtica Dioica

Dogs with preexisting anemic conditions and puppies less than 8 weeks of age should not be fed garlic.

Garlic is toxic for cats so instead use the best brand of brewer’s yeast you can find to add to their meals.

Instead, substitute garlic with nettle. Nettle is nutritive support and reduces allergic responses. Start with a dose of 1/2 - 1 tsp for each pound of food. For your picky eater, steep the dry herb in hot water or salt-free broth to add to their meal. Avoid boiling the herb. It will burn away all the nutrition has to offer

Other herbs such as burdock root, dandelion, and *red clover can be added to nettle as dietary adjuncts. These herbs will help eliminate waste so your pet’s body can focus on tackling fleabites.

Start with a small dose when you work with herbs. Whether it's internally or externally, test a small amount. Watch your pet for any digestive upset or behavioral changes.

The amount of time you treat your pet with herbal remedies depends on them. Give your pet a break every few days. This way you can monitor your pet's response.

*Note: Red clover should not be fed in excess or to pregnant and lactating pets. It’s important that this herb has been dried properly as it’s easy for mold and fungus to grow on it.


Be prepared to clean often.

I know, I know, I’m not a big fan either but this is a crucial step. So let’s make it fun.

Turn on your favorite album, throw on your most comfortable wear, and light up your favorite incense or candle.

Here is a good playlist for you, if you’d like to listen to something new

Perfect, now you have everything to begin your To-do list:

✔ Vacuum

✔ Wash your pet’s bed

✔ Steam-clean your carpet

I kept it short, just for you.

Do everything on this list often. Flea killing products will be necessary to eliminate the fleas in your house. Natural pet product retailers often have products made with nematodes. Nematodes are perfect to help infect and kill fleas in your lawn and home.

Another product, which I personally love, is diatomaceous earth.

Diatomaceous earth is sand-like remains of ancient marine organisms that are sharp enough to kill the tiny flea bodies. Although, diatomaceous earth is FDA approved it should not be inhaled. It can cause a form of pneumonia. It’s purely to be added to your living environment. Care should be taken when spreading this substance because it can stir up dust that should not be inhaled. Because of the nature of this substance, it should not come in contact with your pet’s nose, eyes, or applied to dry, irritated skin.

Another thing we can add to your to-do list:

✔ Play with your pet

Have a friend or family member take your pet into the other room, or to play outside while you spread this substance.

Go outside and join them too, enjoy yourself!


It gets easier!

Once you’ve cleaned your pet's living environment and strengthened their body.

To take care of your next step you need organic compounds.They help eliminate fleas.

Compounds include:

  • Pyrethrins

  • Rotenone

Pyrethrins are common in a lot of brands of flea spray. They’re safe and can be effective at paralyzing fleas. But they only temporarily paralyze fleas. So taking additional steps is necessary.

A bath using a herbal flea shampoo and a flea comb will do.

A simple pyrethrin flea rinses to be exact.

Pyrethrins can be found in flowers of feverfew, oxeye daisy, and in any flower from the Chrysanthemum genus. They can easily paralyze the fleas, as well as help with soothing and healing your pet’s itchy skin.

Rotenone is another natural insecticidal compound. It can be found in the flowers of mullein. Fresh flower tops are best in a strong decoction. However, dried blossoms work just as well.

Be sure to not use these compounds in excess. Keep it away from fish and amphibians as it can be toxic to your aquatic pets.


As a pet parent, you aim to keep your pet happy and safe. It’s important for you to know that fleas aren’t just annoying little bugs that irritate your pet. Fleas can hurt your pet in many ways.

The itching and scratching can cause infected scars or hair loss. When this happens you can turn to a number of herbs that will aid with the relief and healing of your pet’s skin.

For the sake of this article, I will make a quick list.

These herbs are for external use only. I added the preparations to your free handout.

Relieve itching and promote healing: *Calendula, *aloe juice, peppermint, and lavender.

Heal infected scabs: Yarrow, rosemary, or thyme.

Apparent inflammation and hair loss: Astringent skin rinse.

Astringents herbs help reduce inflammations of the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes. They also treat the uterus, gastrointestinal, and urinary inflammations. Astringents herbs for the skin include nettle, raspberry leaf, and plantain.

Herbal flea and coat shampoos can also help soothe your pet’s skin. When you use shampoo do not overdo it. Overuse can cause your pet’s skin to dry out, irritate, or result in microbial imbalances reversing the effect we are aiming to accomplish.

Bathing your pet once or twice a week will be enough to help with your pet’s skin.

Note: When using aloe avoid products containing “aloes”. Aloes is the sticky latex extracted from the inner skin of aloe leaves. It’s strongly discouraged to use on animals as it can result in digestive distress and diarrhea. As stated by VCA animal hospital "Small amounts of salicylic acid may also be found in calendula. While the amount is extremely small and unlikely to cause any problem at all, care should be exercised when administering calendula to salicylate-sensitive species such as cats."


Take into consideration the body's diet, daily activity, environment, and any other activity that may be causing stress on your pet's body. I will help tremendously when treating your pet with natural remedies.

Herbs are used to strengthen and stimulate the natural functions of the body this way its recovery is quick and efficient. Without balanced nutrition herbal medicine is a waste of time, money, and plants.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Whether you’re using herbs externally or internally, always start at a small dose to test your pet’s reaction to the medicinal plant.

  • Don’t use herbs for the treatment of any serious illness, disease, or injury without speaking to a veterinarian.

  • Consult with your veterinarian or pet nutritionist for the best approach to treat your pet.

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Karen T. Gonzalez

Cat mom & Blogger

Writing to deepen the relationship between cats and cat parents by educating cat parents about cat care, wellness, and lifestyle.


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