In a TEOTWAWKI situation, family pets can be invaluable for both protection and food gathering. Not to mention the feeling of companionship many people get when they have their pet with them, especially dogs. After all, it has been known that seniors with pets tend to live longer than non-pet owners. While many people plan their food storage around their pets, many people don’t think about fleas. With many cats and dogs on flea medication, it won’t be long until that supply runs out and fleas can present their own problems, such as transmitting diseases and biting humans as well. The last thing you want is a flea infestation!
If your pet gets fleas and the medication is used up, or if your pet just never got fleas prior to the emergency situation, there is a natural way you can treat your pet for fleas.
Take one pint of water and bring it to a boil. Add 1 tsp of dried rosemary – or you can use 1 tbsp of fresh rosemary if you happen to have it – then simmer on low for about 20 minutes. Strain the rosemary, allow to cool, and add the liquid to a spray bottle and spray the coat of your dog or cat, rubbing it into the coat, being careful not to spray near the eyes. You should also spray the dog’s bedding and other favorite places they like to go inside the house. The rosemary water does keep for a while to use in again.
It doesn’t hurt to throw some dried rosemary into your survival kit, although you might want to label as to what it is for… you might forget and you don’t want to find yourself without it when the flea medication runs out.