Safe solutions for Ticks and Fleas
Many people rely on commercial tick and flea solutions such as ointments, sprays, collars and even tablets. But did you know that these remedies could have adverse effects on your pets?
While not all pets will have a severe reaction to these traditional treatments, some owners have reported symptoms such as skin irritations, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle tremors, seizures and even death. And these are only the short term effects. Please take your pet to the veterinarian as soon as possible if you suspect an adverse reaction. It’s all important to do so, as other conditions may present with the same symptoms.
If you have a look at the ingredients, they are loaded with chemicals that seep into the pet’s skin and bloodstream. They could also be harmful to humans, as we may inadvertently come into contact with these toxins.
So if you are wondering what else you can do to keep your pets safe, prevention is key!
Firstly, it is important to regularly wash all pet bedding. In addition, it is advisable to vacuum carpets at least once a week, as this is the most likely place that fleas will lay their eggs.
Keeping your pet clean is also vital. Herbal shampoos or Castile Soap can be used once a week to bath them. Alternatively, you can also utilize natural sprays. Here are our recommendations:
Diatomacous Earth is an effective flea and tick repellent powder made from the fossilized remains of algae. It can either be applied directly to carpets and allowed to sit for some time before being vacuumed or it can be added to your pets food. Do not use pool grade diatomaceous earth as it is toxic. Make sure you also do not inhale the powder.
Many holistic pets advise that a healthy immune system can repel pests. This all starts with a balanced diet and exercise.In addition, probiotics, B Vitamins and omegas can assist in this regard. Apple cider vinegar has also been known to repel ticks and fleas. Pour half a teaspoon for every 10kg of your pet’s body weight into your pet’s water.
You can make your own insect repellent at home by combining five drops each of rosemary oil, citronella oil, eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil and peppermint oil. Mix in a spray bottle and apply directly to your pet’s skin.
Most importantly, check regularly for ticks and fleas. If you find a tick, always wear gloves before removing them so you don’t get bitten.
While preventing ticks and fleas requires some effort, we think it’s all worth it for our furry friends!
This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always talk to you veterinarian about the risks and benefits of any treatment.