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My pet has fleas - what is the least toxic treatment?
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My pet has fleas - what is the least toxic treatment?
Published 29th May 2015
At the Woof we always opt for the least toxic remedies to flea & tick problems.
Why you ask?
Fleas & ticks have a nasty way of getting immune to chemicals and eventually becoming Super Flea. The well known spot ons enter into your pets bloodstream so that when a flea or tick bites the dog they ingest the poison and die. Wonder what that does to your pet - or ever ponder the instructions that tell you not to get anything on your hands? But you should put directly on your dog or cat? And how about don’t pet your dog while the stuff is on the fur? HMMM
There are a range of alternatives for dealing with Fleas & Ticks. Granted they may take more work and may not be as convenient but they are safer on your pet, safer for the environement and fleas and ticks will not develop a resistance to them.
Kleen Green Naturally - It is an organic blend of enzymes that works by dissolving the outer shell of insects. It works on fleas, ticks, roaches, lice, scabies, bed bugs, mites.
It can be used diluted in a spray bottle, used as a shampoo. Safe for use on animals, people, anywhere in the house.
One of the staff at the Woof has a dog with scabies which unfortunately transferred to one of the owners. Both the owner and the dog have been treated with great success by using Kleen Green full strength and dabbing on the effected areas.
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is another choice
DE Is made from groundup Sea Diatoms - a siliceous rock. Once ground it is like microscopic shards of glass. When insects come into contact with DE the shards puncture the outer shell of causing them to dehydrate and die.
Food Grade DE is safe to ingest and can be put on food to control internal parasites. - Which incidentally pets with fleas probaby have because flea bites deposit these nasty critters into the bloodstream.
Precautions: DE is very drying to the skin & if directly inhaled will cause discomfort. Use latex gloves to lessen the drying effect and avoid directly inhaling the dust. DE can also be applied outdoors to control fleas the yard.
How to use:
Directly on surfaces - floors, bedding. Sprinkle and let stand for a few hours so that fleas can come in contact with. Vacuum up and dispose of bag. You can also put some in the vacuum cleaner to kill any eggs that might get picked up.
Directly on Pet - I suggest putting some of the DE in a “puffer” bottle so that it can be applied in a controlled manner on your pet. Work the dust into the fur and repeat as needed taking care not to directly inhale the dust.
Staff Favorite - Shoo Tag
This is a small plastic tag with a magnetic strip much like a credit card charge stripe. It is attached to the pet’s collar and takes 24 hours to activate. It uses electromagnetic frequencies to create a protective barrier between the pet and fleas & ticks. It basically makes your cat or dog invisible these pests.
My personal experience has been great - For years our routine when returning from a lovely outing at Rock Creek Park was to check and remove ticks on our three dogs. We put the Shoo Tags on our 3 dogs and never found a tick.
Bug Zone (formerly called Shoo Tag) does not kill fleas or ticks - so if there is an infestation you will need to address that first.
Putting Bug Zone on early in the year will go a long way towards stopping a problem. Each tag lasts about 4 months.
Alzoo Collars & Spot-Ons for Dogs, Cats, and Horses
We used Alzoo's spot on with our cat who got terrible fly strikes on his ears every summer when laying in the yard. As soon as we used this product he was able to sun without having any insects biting. Highly recommend!
Still worried? Add fresh meat or fish to raise the taurine levels.
You don't have to go all raw but adding fresh, frozen or freeze-dried meat to your dog's diet will boost the taurine levels and help prevent heart disease. Both whole grain and grain-free foods are fine as long as the first five ingredients contain actual meat and not too many high-glycemic starches.
And don’t forget fish, which is high in taurine and also in methionine and cystine, from which dogs make taurine (unless they have a special problem and for some reason cannot do this).
Microbiome Monday: The canine microbiome is quickly becoming a focus by researchers to identify and manage chronic diseases. This short video is an overview of the basics in understanding the microbiome and its role within our canine companions.
Well into our 13th year of serving our extended Community as a local, independent business here in the District, we have been thinking about many of our customers and the life stages that they go through with friends, families and neighbors. In fact, how we engage and care for our community at large is what builds the fabric of our society, both here at home and across America.
As a small, local business we have watched our customers start new families with their companion animals, watched their children grow, and many of our customers are now moving into retirement, with the issues (even in good health) of starting to address aging in place. While we have multi-generations as customers, I think all of us go through periods where we may need help with our companions no matter the age, and so I thought we might discuss some resources that would be helpful from new parents to our seniors who are passionate about their pets and want to keep them healthy and happy through all of these life transitions.