Whenever there is a warning to wash skin immediately on contact with a chemical yet the way to use the chemical is to apply liberally to your dogs skin I find myself shaking my head with incredulity. How can I in good conscience drip this liquid solution onto my beloved friends skin and wash my hands thoroughly after use to ensure I wont be harmed by any of the potential side effects?
Yet this is what we are asked to do time and time again with the many prescription (and non prescription) chemical flea solutions in our market. There is no denying that they work, but what’s the cost? Every liquid flea product contains at least one toxic chemical – imidacloprid, fipronil, permethrin, methoprene, pyriproxyfen, carbaryl or propoxur. All are listed as cancer-causing agents by the EPA. (environmental protection agency in the USA)
Aside from causing cancer, also doing the rounds on Facebook this spring have been photographs of a dog that suffered horrific ‘burns’ after a chemical flea treatment was applied, sadly a new story has been circulating of a poor westie dying potentially as a result of a conventional chemical flea treatment. For us personally, we used a chemical spot-on treatment once on a small dog of ours (a couple of years before we got chemical savvy) and our dog was visibly poorly and lethargic after her treatment. Unless we were in dire straits we would NEVER use a product like this again.
Now fleas are a problem that we don’t want our dogs to have and summer time out and about in the long grass fleas can be a problem. But is a bunch of chemicals the only way we can look after the flea situation for our dogs?
No, there are so many things that you can do to look after your dog this summer to help ensure that they don’t get a flea problem.
- Shampoo: Look for a shampoo that contains no chemicals and has a combination of flea-repelling essential oils to ensure that fleas don’t consider your dog a good host. Our Be Gone flea shampoo contains a blend of THREE essential oils, each one designed to keep all kinds of creepy crawlies at bay.
- Coat Spray: Before you go out it’s a good idea to spray your dog with a safe and effective coat spray to ensure that no fleas or ticks want to get on to your dog. Our Stay Away flea & tick spray contains essential oils AND Neem oil.
- Garlic – this is more of a controversial one, but anecdotally it’s thought that small daily amounts of garlic fed to your dog will prevent them from being attractive hosts to fleas. Please do your own research on this.
- Washing bedding, blankets etc. We have recently heard from a customer who washes her dogs blankets and beds in our flea preventative shampoo together with standard washing product. We love this idea and the essential oils will help deter fleas from living on the dogs bedding
- A home spray. This is something we are currently working on, a spray for your home that not only smells lovely, but has flea deterring essential oils to help keep your home fresh and help stop the bedding and furniture from becoming a home to pesky fleas!
We are currently working on a number of 100% natural improvements that are undergoing testing on our own dogs. Keep an eye on our flea and tick products as they are continually improving and expanding.
Have a look at our complete range here http://healthmutt.co.uk/dog-health-products/natural-dog-flea-tick-treatment