Chemical Free Flea Treatments? Why We Should Be Paying Closer Attention to What We Are Putting on Our Pets.

If you own a dog or a cat, you have more than likely been told that you should be applying a flea treatment, every single month.

Chances are this has been sold to you by your vet, someone you naturally trust, and chances are you’ve probably not paid too much attention to the actual ingredients of these products. It’s got be okay if you vet has recommended it, right?

You apply these products monthly, your pet doesn’t get fleas, it appears to be the correct thing to do, besides no one has ever told you otherwise.

But what is actually in these chemical flea control products?

The ingredients can range from a long list of unnatural ingredients, ranging from Permethrin, S-Methoprene and Fipronil.

There have been reports of severe adverse reactions after the use of these products, including reports of seizures, tremors, skin inflammation and in extreme circumstances, death.                      

Flea treatments account for around 50% of reported pesticide poisoning in pets.

These flea treatments work to disrupt the nervous system on the flea, but how do we actually know that these are not affecting parts of the nervous system of our pets. How do we know there are no long-term effects on our pets nervous systems?

We wouldn’t use any product on ourselves that could risk us having such shocking reactions, so why do we do it to our pets? After all a lot of packaging on these flea products states ‘wash hands after use’ and when a pet’s skin is thinner and more sensitive than ours it really doesn’t make a lot of sense as to why we would continue using these products.

Children may also be affected by being in contact with a chemically treated animal and can also be at risk of poisoning and adverse reaction. Scary right?

Once again, a lot of us are also applying these chemical products every month! Maybe you have been using these products for years and your pet has been perfectly fine. Unfortunately, a reaction can arise suddenly even if you’ve used the products in the past.

So, what should I be doing to control fleas on my pet?

Generally, a healthy pet with a good immune system should have the ability to naturally repel fleas. Fleas would much rather target a sick animal, with a poor immune system as they are much easier targets. So firstly, if you have a major flea infestation, it’s always a good idea to be sure the pet hasn’t got any underlying conditions. It’s also a good idea to take a look at your pets’ diet, after all their diet can have a huge impact on overall health. Apple cider vinegar can also be a great way to boost a pets immune system.

Of course, some fleas can come from the environment and every now and again when necessary, it’s a good idea to use some form of flea control.

But what type of flea control should we be using to minimise risk of reaction?

It’s best to opt for flea control products containing no chemicals. This could range from shampoos, (a shampoo containing neem oil is a good idea) herbal spot-on treatments and herbal collars.

Herbal and essential oil-based products still need to be used with caution, especially around cats, however if used correctly you can greatly minimise the risk of adverse reactions.

Ensure the products which you choose contain diluted essential oils and contain a carrier oil. Be careful applying undiluted essential oils to your pet.

Small amounts of garlic may also help repel fleas. Fleas do not like the taste of garlic and it will help to make the pets blood unpalatable.

Step back and think next time your vet offers to sell you your routine flea treatment, it could benefit your pet and your family.

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