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What All Pet Owners Should Know About Tick and Flea Medications

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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.

Why is this?

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.

Why does this little bit of poison matter?

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?

What are other options for flea and tick control then?

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.

  • Does your pet get fleas or ticks often? If not, it is much healthier to avoid regular tick and flea treatments and only use them when necessary.
  • Pest-repelling herbs, diatomaceous earth, and natural flea baths are available for those wishing to try a more natural approach to tick and flea treatments.
  • Combing your pets regularly can help to remove adult pests from their fur.
  • If your pet spends a lot of time in your yard nematodes can be sprayed on the lawn to decrease the number of flea larvae by 90%.
  • If your pet sleeps in bed with you wash sheets and bedding as usual. The hot water and dryer will prevent the spread of fleas.

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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Lindsey Eadie, CNP
Lindsey Eadie, CNP
Lindsey is a Holistic Nutritionist who graduated from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Vancouver, BC on the Dean’s Honors list where she learned the true healing abilities of whole foods, herbs, and supplemental nutrients. After graduation she worked as a Natural Health Advisor for an integrative pharmacy where she used her nutrition and orthomolecular knowledge to promote the wellbeing of all her clients, including the furry four-legged ones. Her passion for natural health has directly benefited her allergy-riddled female Pyrenes/Bernese Mountain dog named Astro and her anxious Golden Retriever/Bernese Mountain Dog Bella. She is currently applying all her knowledge to her position at NaturPet Inc. as an Educator and Account Manager, spreading awareness of natural health alternatives for optimal pet health.

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