Dr. Becker, in her Mercola blog, has addressed fleas and ticks. She left the most important to last – by building up the health of your animals – voila! – no bugs!! Or fewer.
Information from her post –
“This does not mean you need to douse your pet in chemical flea and tick preventatives. In fact, I typically discourage pet owners from applying harsh chemicals to their pets for this purpose.Spot-on and similar pest-repellent products may lead to problems ranging from skin irritation to seizures and paralysis.If you apply too much to a small dog — or apply a product meant for dogs to cats — the result can even be deadly. The other issue is that many pests are becoming resistant to these widely used chemicals, which means applying one is not a guarantee of safety.”
and I totally agree with her caution about test results leading to uneeded treatments. Again, please work with integrative vets. “If you find a tick on your pet, she may have been exposed to tick-borne pathogens, but exposure is not the same thing as infection. This is an important distinction, because many veterinarians unnecessarily prescribe antibiotics when a dog’s blood shows exposure has occurred.Up to 90 percent of dogs may have exposure to these tick-borne pathogens, but most dogs’ immune systems fight off these infections all on their own. If your pet tests positive for exposure, it’s important to follow up with the Quantitative C6 (QC6) test, which differentiates exposure from infection.I see dozens of dogs each year unnecessarily treated with extensive antibiotic therapy because their veterinarian panicked after seeing a positive exposure. Please don’t let your vet do this!Another important point is that most tick-borne diseases take many hours to be transmitted to your pets, so removing ticks soon after they attach may help prevent illness. This is why it’s so important to inspect your dog for ticks regularly, especially after you’ve been to a high-risk area like a forest preserve.”
some ways to prevent fleas and ticks:
My kindle book, Fleas Be Gone, has over 60 pages of suggestions. Some that may not be in there include:
Shoo tags – now Zero Bug Zone company – are excellent if attached to the collars (even taped or sewn on flat and not dangling) early in the season, or even now if you are not seeing many fleas or ticks. Good for People, too.
Success with collars made from the gemstone, amber.
NONI – Steve and wife have sustainably harvested Noni on the island of Kauai for decades. When the Veterinary Medical Botanical Association had a conference there, everyone came home using noni for themselves and their pets with great reports of tick repelling.
Cedar oil products in the yard, around the house, and even on your animals.
Lots more information at this article on my site.
Please share below what you are doing for fleas and ticks – what’s worked and what has not.