Natural Methods to Protect Pets During Flea & Tick Season

It’s flea and tick season and there are ways to help protect your pet naturally.

With the weather warming up pet owners can finally spend some extra time outside with their four-legged friends.

However, Spring can expose Fido to more than just warmth and sunshine.

Keeping pests away doesn’t mean you need to blast your pet with the strongest treatment on the market.

Some animals can have bad reactions to pesticides in tick and flea preventatives. Small dogs and cats seem to be the most sensitive to those preventatives.

Adverse reactions can include skin irritation, vomiting, diarrhea and seizures.

The environmental protection agency says no pesticide is 100 percent safe, which is why you should always follow the precautions and warnings on product labels.

Your vet may recommend specific EPA approved products, but for some pets natural remedies may be the best way to go.

“Essential oils like cedar, rose geranium, , lavender, lemongrass and peppermint can be diluted and sprayed on your pets or in the environment. There are even companies that sell cedar oil for use in your yard. Coconut oil, when fed to pets and when used topically, will repel and fleas and kill them due to its lauric acid content. Feed 1 teaspoon per 20 pounds of body weight twice daily. You can also feed garlic to your dogs but not cats. Feed no more than 1 clove of garlic per day for a medium sized dog per day or 2 cloves for a large dog. Don’t forget the old fashioned flea comb – it has teeth that are so close together it captures the fleas and their eggs and larvae when brushing your pet,” said veterinarian Judy Morgan.

Be sure to consult with your veterinarian to see what is the best product to use on your pet.  

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