Unhealthy chemical pesticides
Over the years, various studies have highlighted the harm being done to our family pets by topical pesticide treatments. Chemical pesticides being prescribed by vets up and down the country every day of the week. All in the name of dog flea & tick prevention.
It surely stands to reason that if you apply poison to the back of your dog’s neck to kill a flea or a tick, you’re poisoning your dog as well. Because your dog’s skin is absorbing that poison.
It doesn’t matter if you use a commercially available, chemical-based topical spot-on treatment or a spray for fleas or ticks. I’m sorry, but you’re unintentially harming your dog.
And these are pesticides by the way. They are not medication. That’s why they don’t produce such chemical treatments for people. They’re not safe. And if they’re not safe to use on humans, why on earth would it be okay to use them on man’s best friend!
Unhealthy instant solutions
Sadly for our beloved dogs, we live in a world where we expect instant solutions. And because we are so used to expecting instant solutions, manufacturers are more than willing to exploit those expectation. Especially if there’s a handsome profit in it for them.
And trust me, manufacturers and vets are making an absolute fortune out of poisoning today’s dogs. Not to put too fine a point on it, they’re making an absolute killing!
Health risks associated with topical pesticides
Studies have established the increased risk of various cancers as a result of regular chemical-based topical pesticide treatments. But there are other ways. Natural ways that won’t harm your dog in any way.
Okay, they may take a little time and effort and you may need to experiment to see which one works for your particular dog. But isn’t that better than knowing you’re increasing your dog’s chances of developing bladder cancer further down the line? Or worse, shortening his or her life exponentially!
In the USA in 2008 alone, more than 44,000 negative reactions were reported by pet owners, pet carers and veterinarians to spot-on products. They included everything from mild skin irritation and gastointestinal problems to seizures and no less than 600 deaths! Small dogs seem particularly to be at risk. Breeds such as the Bichon Frise, Chihuahua, Dachshund, Maltese, Miniature Poodle, Pomerianian, Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier.
Also at risk are mixed breed dogs, many of which comprise elements of these. Remember, what goes on your pet goes in your pet. Please don’t be fooled by the marketing hype. Topical pesticides are potentially very, very dangerous!
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And as for regularly vaccinating our dogs in case they get bitten by a flea or landed on by a tick, that is downright irresponsible. If you have been hoodwinked into taking on a subscription to poison your dog once a month in case he or she gets bitten, you need to think long and hard about the potential harm you’re causing your best friend.
Natural dog flea & tick prevention
On the bright side, you’ll find below a few tried and tested, perfectly natural flea and tick treatments I personally have successfully tried on my dogs.
Remember, as with most things dog related, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. What works on one dog may not work on another. So if my apple cider vinegar remedy doesn’t work for you, try my own hand-crafted Neem Tree Oil. If that doesn’t work, try cedar oil. Keep trying until you find what works for your dog.
That is what responsibile dog parenting is all about. Finding out what works best for your particular dog.
I promise you, you will feel so much better knowing that you’re taking responsibility for your best friend rather than taking the easy option and treating he or she with expensive, potentially harmful chemicals just like everyone else.
To begin with, be hands-on with your dog. Brush your dog regularly. Check for fleas, and check for ticks especially after a walk, and especially around the mouth, eyes, ears and face as a whole.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar and water is generally my first choice. Largely because all of us have a plentiful supply of water, for most of the year anyway. And most of us keep apple cider vinegar in the cupboard. Simply make a 50/50 mix of apple cider vinegar and water. Shake it well and spray it onto your dog’s coat before you set off for your morning walk.
Neem Tree Oil
Extracted from the fruit and seeds of the Azadirachta indica tree (an evergreen tree also known as the Indian Lilac or Neem Tree), Neem Tree Oil has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for more than 4,000 years. The tree is native to the Indian subcontinent. With anti-microbial, antifungal and anti-viral properties, it is used as a natural insecticide, pesticide and skin conditioning treatment for both humans and dogs. And it comes without the yeasty smell traditionally associated with neem.
Myself and my team have blended 100% natural, cold pressed, organic Neem Tree Oil with virgin olive oil to create a 100% natural flea and tick repellent for dogs.
Cedar Oil Spray
Cedar oil is a non-toxic, natural tick and insect repellent. Safe for both humans and dogs, it can be sprayed directly onto your dog’s skin and coat. Not only does cedar oil repel ticks and other irritating insects, but it kills them. Cedar oil spray can be purchased at most pet stores and online retailers.
If you’re familiar with the use of essential oils, rose geranium is sweet and strong smelling to us humans. But not sweet to ticks. They don’t like it. So another DIY natural tick repellent is a blend of distilled water, rose geranium essential oil and either vodka or witch hazel. You could swap the rose geranium out for lavender, citronella, eucalyptus or lemongrass. Just be mindful of the potential for sunburn because citrus-based essential oils can be photosensitive. They attract the sun to the oil.
And finally, by feeding your pet a balanced, species-appropriate, natural wholefood diet, you are making he or she much less appealing to parasites. A healthy diet supports a strong immune system. Good food is the absolute best method of dog flea & tick prevention.
And regularly brushing and frequent body inspections – being hands-on with you dog – will help you keep on top of any potential problems.