Flea And Tick Prevention
In mid-March the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA offered a free public webinar entitled “Evaluation of Pet Spot-on Flea and Tick Products and Next Steps.”
This program was done after a 5 year study on flea and tick products. The reason was there had been a 60% rise in adverse side effects from the use of pesticides in these products when applied to our pets.
The side effects included skin irritations, to seizures, to death. Many other issues in between these 3.
Spot-on are chemical products that are applied to the neck or back of dogs and cats for flea and tick protection and prevention.
According to the EPA there is no chemical based pesticide that doesn’t have the ability to produce side effects. It doesn’t matter whether the product is in pill form, in a dip, a shampoo, or a collar. What goes on your pet also gets inside through skin absorption or ingestion.
Pyriproxyfen is a newer chemical that has been added to flea and tick products.
The EPA found this ingredient to cause a decrease in body weight and toxicity to offspring that were tested.
Another active chemical called fipronil is a relatively new broad spectrum insecticide that acts by disrupting the central nervous system of insects.
According to Pesticide.org, fipronil, disrupts the nerves in the brain and spinal cord of insects. This chemical also disrupts nerves in animals other than insects.
Besides kidney damage and alterations in thyroid function and aggressive behavior, this pesticide is a possible human carcinogen.
Fipronil lasts up to 56 days on pets. People are exposed by petting the dog or cat. My question is, could this possibly be a reason certain cancers develop in our pets?
Check out these helpful websites:
Environmental Protection Agency
SAFER AND EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS FOR TICK AND FLEA PREVENTION
The following list was taken from several sources. I included mainly what I found with the EPA and Dr. Karen Becker.
l. Natural, food-grade, high quality pet food which helps to maintain a healthy immune system. Healthy pets are less appealing to unwanted guests.
2. Cedar oil--a natural flea deterrent.
3. Cedar wood or pine oil. Put 4 drops in warm water. Take a brush with a towel wrapped around it and dip in the solution and brush your pets coat. This will collect parasites and eggs.
Bathing and brushing regularly to inspect the animals fur is essential to find any unwanted guests.
4. Fresh garlic. Work with your vet about how large of a serving size to give to your pet.
See my page, Pet Remedies, for more information.
5. A recommendation from “Natural Health for Domestic Animals” says to add a drop or 2 of lemongrass or citronella oil to your dogs shampoo. These essential oils tend to discourage fleas and ticks from making a home on your pet. These oils are very nice on the skin and fur of our pets and smell good too.
6. A product I use and recommend is “Natural Flea and Tick Defense for Dogs and Cats.” I found this on the mercola.com or on Dr. Karen Becker’s website with pet health. It contains all natural ingredients of lemongrass oil, cinnamon oil, sesame oil, and castor oil.
This comes in a spray bottle and it can be applied as often as you want. I have used it for 2 ½ months already. (No fleas or ticks and NO NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS).
7. Make sure your indoor and outdoor environments are unfriendly to unwanted pests.
Check out Dr. Karen Becker on Dr. Mercola's website!
Dr. Karen Becker
RECOMMENDATIONS FROM DR. KAREN BECKER IN REGARDS TO “IF YOU MUST USE A CHEMICAL FLEA/TICK CONTROL PRODUCT.”
l. Follow dosing directions on the label and if your pet is at the low end of a dosage range, step down to the next lowest dosage.
2. Be cautious with small dogs and never give cats dog products.
3. Don’t depend exclusively on chemical treatments. Rotate natural preventatives with chemical ones.
4. Watch your pet for side effects.
5. Dr. Becker recommends milk thistle to help detoxify the chemicals out of the animal’s liver.
6. Also chlorella, a super green food, is a powerful detox agent. Consult your vet/or holistic vet on how much to give of either chlorella or milk thistle.
A great article from the EPA on Tick and Flea Prevention:
EPA Dangers of flea and tick