To prevent flea and tick bites from affecting our pets we must first understand where they come from. In simple terms fleas and ticks come from other animals such as deer and hedgehogs. They can attach not only to our pets, but to us as we enter our homes. So, if we keep our yards free of these pesty bugs we have a much better chance of keeping them from getting onto our pets and into our homes.
Keeping your yard free of fleas and ticks can be a key factor in keeping them off your pets. There are several easy methods to use. For a natural way consider spreading cedar chips or planting the herb tansy around the perimeter of your yard, especially where your pet walks and lays down. There are also sprays that you may treat you yard with to kill and prevent flea and tick infestations. Always wash your pets bedding in hot soapy water. It also helps to add eucalyptus oil in the final rinse. Steam cleaning your carpets is also recommended and vacuum them often.
There are several options in preventing flea and tick bites. First, let’s consider the natural remedies for our pets. According to Dr. Richard Pitcairn, DVM, there are several safe and effective ways to prevent flea and tick bites. It is very important to have good grooming techniques. Brush or comb you pet often. This will help the oils come to the skin’s surface. Fleas and ticks are more apt to attack dry skin than oily skin. There are natural flea repellant shampoos too. Bathing your pet often can dry out their skin so he advises to add a natural oil to the water when rinsing your pet. Adding just a couple of drops of tea tree, lavender, or rosemary leaf oils to the rinse water will help keep the skin from getting too dry. There are other natural repellants to prevent fleas and ticks from jumping on your pet. For fleas you can use lavender, peppermint and citronella oils. For ticks you can use lavender, lemongrass and geranium oils It is as easy as applying a drop of any of these oils just between the shoulder blades. They are safe and effective. Another preventative measure if you can deal with garlic breath is to add a little garlic to your dog’s food. Not too much though because too much is not good for your dog’s digestion.
The most important thing you can do to prevent flea and tick bites is to be sure your pet eats a very balanced healthy diet with vitamins and supplements. Also be sure your pet drinks a lot of water and exercises often. This will boost their immune system. A healthy immune system deters fleas and ticks from being attracted to your pet’s body. Keep your pet up to date with vaccinations – another great way to keep your pet healthy and prevent flea and tick bites.
Now let’s consider the other options you have to prevent flea and tick bites. There are certain medications that must be purchased through your veterinarian, however; there are also many over the counter products. Products such as Frontline, K9 Advantix and Advantage have proven effective. This is not an endorsement for these particular products, just an example of the many that are available. There are also collars, shampoos, dips, sprays and powders that are available in the retail stores.
So, whatever you choose to use please use something to prevent fleas and ticks from biting your pets. Both you and your pets will be happier!
Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
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