July 4, 2012

Natural Flea Control

Filed under: Fleas on Cats,Fleas on Dogs — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 6:06 pm

Natural Flea ControlWhile most of us enjoy the hot summer heat, it can mean an influx of fleas in our homes and on our beloved pets. Many of us will head to the vet’s office in vain to relieve our pooch from flea irritation. But, remember that you can use non-toxic solutions to get rid of fleas without spending a fortune.

The easiest way to find fleas on your pet is like this. Start by standing them over a white towel. Give them a good brushing, then check the towel for brown flecks that look like dirt.

If you put the “dirt” in rubbing alcohol and it turns red, it’s flea feces.

The most common store-bought flea products are Frontline or Advantage. These contain chemicals like fipronil, permethrin and imidacloprid.

According to PETA, these chemicals are not safe for pets and have caused some adverse health problems in lab tests. The chemicals are absorbed by a pet’s skin and can cause everything from a rash to vomiting to seizures.

 

 

Here is a checklist for natural flea control

  • Brush your pet daily if you don’t do so already. This can often nip the problem in the bud before it even starts.
  • You should also be giving Grover regular baths. This drowns fleas and soothes skin.
  • Launder everything. Wash your pet’s bedding in hot water. Clean carpets, curtains and blankets near where your pet sleeps. Clean your own bedding too. Keep your dog’s kennel sanitized.
  • Set flea traps. An easy and natural flea trap is as simple as placing a bowl of soapy water near your pet’s bed. Keep a light on near the bed–preferably one that gets quite warm. Fleas are attracted to the warmth and will end up drowning in the water. This won’t be enough on its own, but it’s a start.
  • One of the best non-toxic methods of controlling the flea population in your home is by sprinkling Diatomaceous Earth throughout your dog’s sleeping area and in your carpet. Place it in his carrier kennel too. You can even sprinkle it right on your dog. The powder-like substance is actually razor sharp for small insects but harmless to dogs and humans.
  • Add a bit of brewer’s yeast to your dog’s food. Rhizo Garlic Extract Flea Relief also does the trick. Fleas won’t be as attracted to him.
  • Don’t make your yard a flea haven. Dogs pick up fleas outdoors, so take an extra step to prevent a flea infestation before it starts. Pick up some nematodes from your local garden store. Put them in the shady spots close to your home. The nematodes eat flea larvae. Nematodes don’t survive in the sun, so this method is not recommended for Florida residents.

Above all else, keep your dog healthy. The best flea prevention method is to give your dog good food, plenty of exercise and regular brushings. Fleas love to feast on unhealthy animals, so it benefits both you and your dog to keep him in tip-top shape.

February 23, 2012

Flea Control For Pets: Think Twice Before Using Them

Filed under: Fleas on Cats,Fleas on Dogs — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 2:20 am

Pet owners should think before using the popular, over the counter flea and tick shampoos, sprays and collars found at most stores. Many of these products contain highly toxic and harmful ingredients, which are associated with the harm of tens of thousands of animals, and thousands of deaths. For example, pyrethrin, pyrethroid and phenothorin are often found in these products, and they are suspected to cause the harm. Other dangerous insecticides found in these shampoos and sprays include organophosphate insecticides and cabamates. These aforementioSick dog with bandages lying on bedned products are linked to brain damage, endocrine system problems and cancers.

Bio Spot has been on the receiving end of great controversy. One of its ingredients is responsible for killing the insects by paralyzing their nervous system. However, the product neither distinguishes between an insect’s nervous system, an animal’s nervous system nor a human’s nervous system.

Something to think about: flea control product labels may warn not to get these substances on your skin, to wash your hands after applying it, and to keep it away from children; yet, the chemicals are absorbed by your animal’s skin!

If your pet does experience a pesticide overdose, they may experience symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, trembling, seizures and respiratory problems. Thus, if your cat or dog displays these symptoms after the application of a pesticide, immediately wash the product off and seek veterinary care.

There have been more than 75,000 complaints of pet injury and death reported to EPA. In December 2011, a class action suit was brought against the makers of pesticide-based “Spot-On” (topical) flea and tick products, due to the dangers associated with products.

While fleas and ticks are an inevitable problem for cats and dogs, controlling them is a matter of choice. The pesticide solution seems to be wrought with problems. In 2008, more than 1600 pet deaths were attributed to spot-on treatments.

The alternative to these pesticide laced products are, of course, natural products. To soothe your pet’s skin when it is experiencing itching and irritated skin, try our natural flea remedy. Other superior and safe treatments include preventative pills, which are prescribed by your veterinarian. The best method is to probably give your animal preventative pills and then have the all natural flea spray on hand.

Check out our blog on natural flea control for more all natural alternative flea control methods.

Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.