I’m not sure how many times I or rather “Shadrach” has posted here about using these “flea treatments” but I hope eventually the saturation on this subject makes a dent in thinking about these products as “protective” or “preventive“.
Let me start by sharing this article on a leading flea “treatment” product (treatment being a watered down marketing word for “pesticide“): Study Links Promeris Flea Treatment to Skin Disease.
So you get rid of the fleas but in the process your dog ends up with a skin disease. That isn’t a good trade-off in my opinion.
There are ways to keep the fleas in check, naturally, without resorting to the poisoning of our pets in the process:
1. You first, as always want to feed a species appropriate raw diet so that your dog’s immune system is fully supported and he can thrive. That will make your dog’s hosting capabilities less appealing to fleas.
2. You can use things such as FOOD-grade diatomaceous earth (DE) or herbal sprays.
3. Did you know that ants eat flea larvae? Oh yes, it’s the beauty of how things work in an awesome synergy in nature. So I don’t try and annihilate all the ants in my yard and somehow we live in harmony together – fancy that.
4. Allow a natural eco-system in your yards by not using toxic pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers. We use our own compost to fertilize, putting our own yard clippings into the composter rather than dumping it in the garbage. So it all cycles back on our property. And we never use any pesticides or herbicides. Nature has provided her own built-in pesticides: ladybugs, lacewings, preying mantis, etc. When your property is properly nourished it too will have a strong immune system lessening the overgrowth of pests and parasites. Whatever other products I do use (which isn’t many or often) I get from Garden’s Alive.
The key is to not buy into all the marketing hype and the recommendations for these products by your veterinarians. Nothing about these products promote health or prevent anything. They are merely pesticides but unfortunately they not only kill pests (and also increase the chances of resistant, more virulent evolution of these pests) they also can harm our pets in the process.
Have a pawsitively tail waggin’, NATURALLY healthy day!
Photo Attribution: Meshach the Great Dane by Dr. Kim Bloomer. Copyright 2012 All Rights Reserved.