Dog Days of Summer = FLEAS

Monday, August 15, 2016
Here in the south, we definitely suffer each year from the Dog Days of Summer. August so far has not disappointed on this fact. Temperatures in the high 90's with the heat index over 100 degrees. Whew Wee...that's hot! Even the ocean water here is warm. No, I'm not complaining about that because I love the beach!

Kona giving me the look...."I don't want a bath"
The dog days of summer not only bring almost unbearable hot temperatures and humidity, they bring out the FLEAS! With two dogs in our house that could mean a hot mess. I don't like to give my dogs the prescription flea pills or oils. My dogs have had some adverse effects from those. I make my own Flea Shampoo. The essential oils I use are flea deterrents. There are several oils that fleas do not like. Rosemary, clove, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree just to name a few. This shampoo is for dogs only, not kitty cats.

Just FYI: The Dog Days of Summer actually have nothing to do with dogs. Some folks think it has to do with days that are so hot even the dogs can't handle the heat....which actually is true when those 100 degree days hit!

The dog days actually have to do with astronomy. The dog days refer to the dog star, Sirius, and its position in the heavens. To the Greeks and Romans, the “dog days” occurred around the day when Sirius appeared to rise just before the sun, in late July. They referred to these days as the hottest time of the year, a time that could bring fever, or even catastrophe.

Having an infestation of fleas in your house can definitely be considered a catastrophe. Try the following safe homemade shampoo to avoid any flea catastrophes.

Homemade Flea Shampoo
2 cups water
2 Tbs Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap
    (I used the Peppermint)
4 drops Lemongrass essential oil
    (Buy here)
4 drops Eucalyptus essential oil

Mix ingredients and put in a recycled shampoo bottle or a jar.

Wet your dog thoroughly starting at the head and neck and work toward their tail. Suds up with the flea shampoo well and leave on about 5 minutes. Rinse well.

Kona does not love a bath

The flea shampoo has worked well for me. I follow the flea shampoo with a homemade flea powder, which can be used on your furniture and carpets. It is safe around kids too. All ingredients are actually edible. Get the recipe (HERE)


  1. Hi! I love your DIY homemade flea shampoo and will be trying this out for my dog this week. It's getting hotter in my part of the state and I want to alternate this natural shampoo with store-made ones that I've been safely using for a couple of years. I usually do give my dog a flea bath and it is very effective. I make sure that she is calm and reward her with positive treats and hugs afterwards. For more information on how to get rid of fleas, this excellent resource site is spot-on: