Non Toxic Flea and Tick Prevention
Some days it seems as if ticks are taking control of our backyards. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes a growing list of diseases that are carried by ticks. In addition to Lyme, there are now 12 other tick-borne diseases identified in the United States and the areas in which the deadly ticks inhabit are spreading at an alarming rate. “There has been an increase in tick populations over decades, but in the last 10 years, they have really exploded,” suggests Susan E. Little, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVM, professor and Krull-Ewing chair in veterinary parasitology at Oklahoma State University. “And it is not just more ticks, it is more ticks in more places.”
The challenge to protect our furry friends from ticks, safely, can be daunting. Many pet-owners are concerned, and with good reason, with chemically based prevention routines, like powders, sprays and skin treatments. There is growing evidence that the chemicals used in many of these treatments, from the family of chemicals called organophosphates, are effective because they interfere with the transmission of nerve signals, which is harmful to the pets they are meant to protect.
These same chemicals are now credited for thousands of acute toxic poisonings at local poison control centers throughout the country, according to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). These chemicals affect not only pets, but people too. According to the NRDC, “evidence suggests the possibility of worrisome long-term effects for children exposed to these products at an early age, including later-in-life cancer and perhaps Parkinson's disease.”
But there is hope with a number of nontoxic alternatives to protect our dogs and cats, as well are their owners. One of the most effective new tools, with a 97 percent protection rate (and a guarantee by the manufacturer) is the Pet Protector (FleaFreePets.info). The small disc is made of high quality steel alloys and is charged with a specific combination of magnetic and scalar waves, which, after being triggered by the animal’s movement (blood circulation), produces an invisible field around the entire animal’s body.
The Pet Protector’s scalar waves are totally harmless to people and animals (they go absolutely undetected by humans and animals alike) and they are effective against external parasites, repelling them from the shielded area. It drives fleas, ticks, as well as mosquitoes away before they get the chance to infest the pet. Topical preventions only kill external parasites after they have already infested the pet.
Another approach to prevent fleas and ticks is garlic. Dr. Richard Pitcairn, author of The Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, suggests that adding raw-pressed garlic or organic garlic juice into the dog’s food up to five days a week will stop fleas and ticks from biting your pet. The amount of garlic depends on the size of the dog—with dogs under 15 pounds requiring a half a clove, while up to three cloves are needed for dogs over 100 pounds. The added benefits is a boost your pet’s immune system. For thousands of years in Chinese and ayurvedic medicine, garlic has been used to help conditions from fighting infections, enhancing liver function, boosting the immune system, lowering blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, a cardiovascular tonic, as well as a tick or flea repellent.
A third approach it so make a flea color with essential oils for the trendy pet. Three to five drops of either cedar or lavender oil can be diluted in one to three tablespoons of water, placed in an eyedropper and rubbed in to the pet’s collar or onto a bandana to hang around the pet’s neck. The oil mixture should be reapplied to the bandana or collar weekly.
It is important to protect all your loved ones, including those with four paws, from deadly diseases. The summer is high season for fleas and ticks, so dog- and cat-parents need to be extra vigilant against the exploding tick population, as safely as possible. Fortunately now, there are effective options to do so.
For more information about the Pet Protector, visit FleaFreePets.info.
Lara Chapin has loved pets since she was two and has been the proud owner of four dogs, six cats, one Angora rabbit, two ferrets, countless hamsters, one snake and two cockatiels. She now shares her home with her pups, Max, Piddle and Betty, and her cats, Leon and Ada.