Flea and Tick Protection for your Dog – Is Natural Better?
Fleas and Ticks can cause big problems for your dog. Ticks can carry Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever as well as other diseases. Fleas can cause your dog to become anemic. And then there’s the constant itching and scratching. When your dog’s suffering, you just want to find them some relief.
If you have a heavy infestation of fleas, you may need to use a chemical Flea & Tick Product to rid your dog and home of fleas and ticks. Frontline is very popular and very effective against Fleas. A newer product, Bravecta is also very effective against fleas and ticks and 1 pill lasts for 3 months. As always ask your veterinarian what product they recommend for your dog.
While chemical Flea & Tick products will rid your dog of Fleas and Ticks, they may have some serious side effects. According to the website www.vetinfo.com the popular flea medication, Frontline, can cause skin itching and redness at the site of application on certain dogs. It is also not recommended to treat puppies under 10 weeks of age or pregnant or lactating females with Frontline.
So, how can you rid your dogs of fleas and ticks without using harsh chemicals? If you only have a couple of fleas or ticks on your dog, you may be able to get rid of them with a flea comb and a thorough vacuuming of your entire house. But if you have more than a few fleas, you need some other ideas.
Diatomaceous Earth has proven very effective at killing fleas. Make sure that you purchase food grade quality Diatomaceous Earth. It comes in a powder form and can be rubbed directly on your dog to kill fleas and ticks. Just take care not to get it in your dog’s eyes and take care that neither your or your dog breath it in. You can also sprinkle the powder on your upholstered furniture and carpeting. Let it sit for about 15 to 30 minutes and then vacuum the powder and dead fleas up.
Another thing you can try to repel fleas is a tea tree oil solution. Take an empty spray bottle and put about 3 drops of tea tree oil in in and then fill the bottle up with water. They spray the mixture on your dog and dog’s bedding, taking care not to spray it in your dog’s face. Never apply straight tea tree oil to your dog, always dilute it with water.