In September the FDA stated that tick and flea medications are causing neurological issues in our pets. This investigation comes as the result of 45 000 potential adverse reactions to tick and flea medications reported to the EPA in 2008. Pet owners most commonly reported symptoms including muscle tremors, ataxia, seizures, and death.
Tick and flea medications work by binding to chloride channels and blocking nerve signals which paralyze and kill the pests. They are insecticides. These drugs work systemically, meaning that they affect the entire body. They absorb into your pet’s blood and become concentrated in the skin. When a tick or flea feeds on the animal’s blood they are in turn poisoned, become paralyzed and die.
The problem is that when poisoning ticks and fleas you first have to poison the host, your pet. This type of drug builds up toxicity levels in your pet’s body and creates real health issues. On top of this most vets recommend giving these medications monthly as “preventative”. These drugs work immediately after dosing, so why use something so harmful every month for prevention?
It can be very frustrating dealing with a flea infestation and ticks are carriers of disease. Medications that start to work immediately are great for these situations but don’t need to be used until there is an infestation. There are many natural options for preventing ticks and fleas from making a meal of your pet. Here are some tips for reducing your reliance on flea and tick medications and keeping the level of toxins in your pet as low as possible.
Some companies are starting to make natural alternatives to topical flea and tick treatments. NaturPet makes two such products: Outdoor Spray is a blend of essential oils that kills ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes but is 100% safe for you and your dog. Fleeze is a powdered alternative for cats without essential oils and acts to desiccate topical pests. This powder can be sprinkled in the fur, bedding, or litter to help reduce the occurrence of tick and flea infestations in your pet. Products like these can also be applied to your pet before they go outside to keep them protected.
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