Flea and tick prevention is a necessary part of pet guardianship. Especially if your pets are indoor pets as most are. You don’t want fleas and ticks on your pet or in your house. If you have ever had fleas in your home you know what a nightmare that can be. And seeing your animals suffer with scratching and biting at their fur is not acceptable either.
What are your options? There is the mainstream once a month spot treatment that is recommended by Vets. And those work to some degree but to what end? They are poisonous chemicals that you are putting on your pet and every time you touch your pet you are having contact with those poisonous chemicals yourself. Have you ever wondered why the instructions say not to get it on your skin? If it is not safe for your skin, is that something you want to put on your pet who lives and in some cases sleeps with you? Both over-the-counter and veterinarian-prescribed flea-killing topical treatments are pesticides that enter your pet’s internal organs (livers, kidneys), move into their intestinal tracts, and are eventually eliminated in their feces and urine. Not only that, but the humans and other household animals who closely interact with pets who have been treated with these chemicals, can be affected by the toxins. All the “active” ingredients in these spot-on preparations – imidacloprid, fipronil, permethrin, methoprene, and pyriproxyfen – have been linked to serious health effects in laboratory animals.
There are safe natural flea and tick options provided my Mother Earth. It makes sense to me that we are part of the Earth so it makes sense that the Earth would provide everything we need for health and well being. I have built a business on this premise and I continue to find alternative and sometimes far superior methods to conventional chemical and drug therapies.
You may have heard of this but not known exactly what it is or how to use it on your pets. Diatomaceous Earth is one of natures greatest gifts to us. Sprinkled onto your pets and brushed in it will eliminate all fleas, and ticks. It works by microscopically scratching the outer layer of the insect which causing it to dehydrate and die. Usually within 24-48 hours. It odorless and safe and can also be sprinkled into bedding and carpet.
Plants produce essential oils as their own survival technique to repel bugs. This makes essential oils great insect repellents for animals (and humans, too). Essential oils are all natural and will kill most fleas within a few seconds. They will leave your pets’ coat healthy and vibrant while working at a cellular level to boost the immune system. For centuries, they have been used in a variety of ways to kill and repel fleas, ticks and other biting insects. Some of the more common oils that act as flea and insect repellents are: lavender, citronella, cedar, peppermint, eucalyptus, geranium and lemongrass. Used by indigenous peoples for insect repellants, essential oils provide safe, long lasting protection against fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, flies and gnats. Diluted essential oils can be sprayed or wiped onto you and your pet with no worries about detrimental health effects.
Adding thiamin (vitamin B1) and or brewer’s yeast to your pets daily food can be quite effective at repelling insects. This will give off an odor that can keep insects away but you won’t smell anything. The biggest key to flea and tick prevention – and to your dog (or cat) having a strong immune system – is proper species appropriate nutrition. A healthy diet of fresh foods (NOT processed kibble or canned foods) will do wonders to keep pests away.
Bathing and Grooming
Use only natural shampoos that contain essential oils. Work the shampoo into a thick lather and leave on your pet for at least 15 minutes to kill all the fleas. Regular grooming with a flea comb will remove fleas easily and there are special tick combs for safe tick removal.
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