Tick and flea season is rapidly approaching, and it is time to start thinking about prevention for your furry friend. Tick and flea control can be challenging for pet owners, especially when you are searching for a product that is natural and non-toxic.
Dogs Naturally Magazine breaks down the establishment of fleas and ticks on your pets body using this helpful graphic. This shows that 95% of fleas on your pet’s body start from eggs, and only 5% of pests affecting your pet’s body are “adult” fleas that are visible and recognizable. The key to flea and tick prevention is to target the eggs, larvae, and pupae in order to prevent future generations from being born.
Unfortunately, most flea control products are directed at the bothersome adults, and most of these are toxic chemicals that are poisonous to the pet and its person.
In case you’ve had only good experiences with putting topical pesticides on your animal, many of your neighbors have not. As a result, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is investigating.
This directly from the EPA itself:
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is intensifying its evaluation of spot-on pesticide products for flea and tick control for pets due to recent increases in the number of reported incidents. Adverse reactions reported range from mild effects such as skin irritation to more serious effects such as seizures and, in some cases, the death of pets.”
The good news is that there are effective, safe, non-toxic ways to address the flea population where it counts and not make everyone sick in doing so.
Prevent Pests the Natural Way
- Bathe your dog with a natural flea and tick shampoo. Nature’s Specialties is a favorite at Brookside Barkery and is a safe, non-toxic formula that deep cleanses and soothes skin irritations caused by flea and tick infestations. Leaving the lathered shampoo on for 5-10 minutes will drown out the “adult” fleas and leave your pet’s skin feeling less irritated.
- Spray a natural pest repellent on your dog and the outdoor area your dog spends time in. Biopel is a natural pest defense that repels fleas, flies, ants, and mosquitos, and is safe to use around pets, your furniture, and your bedding. BioPel also comes in an outdoor version to use on your lawn, trees, and gardens and does not contain any harsh chemicals. Another all-natural flea and tick killer/repellant is Wondercide, and it is safe to use around your home, around humans, and around pets.
Many pet owners may be concerned about the effectiveness of all-natural flea and tick preventative, especially if their dog is frequently outside, in different environments, or at a higher risk for attracting pests. Although it is not 100% chemical free, Seresto Flea and Tick Collars are a smart choice for pet owners that want long-term, less toxic flea control.
The active ingredients in Seresto are stored within the collar. They are released in low concentrations and are distributed over your dog’s hair and skin surface for 8 months. As active ingredients wear off over time, Seresto for dogs continuously replenishes the skin and coat with a new supply of active ingredients. Fleas and ticks are killed through contact with the active ingredients — no biting required.
If you have questions regarding your pet’s protection against pests, stop into Brookside Barkery in Lee’s Summit or Brookside, and ask an associate what will work best for your pet.