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Flea and Tick Collars

Flea and Tick Collars

While flea collars seem tempting to use, read the ingredients carefully and check the chemicals for safety at Scorecard, the Environmental Defense Fundís database of chemicals. According to the Cancer Prevention Coalition (CPC), ingredients on some flea collars are carcinogens, neurotoxins, or both. An effective and natural collar can be made using repellent essential oils.

Choose an absorbent collar for your pet, such as the widely available heavy-duty woven nylon collars. The collar will absorb essential oils, and no additional collar is needed. Essential oils that repel fleas and ticks include citronella, rosemary, and rose geranium. Buy only 100 percent pure essential oils, and using an eyedropper, put just one or two drops on the collar. Repeat each week. Some animals are very sensitive to the strong smell of essential oils, so start with just one drop and increase to two if they seem to tolerate the smell. If ticks are the biggest problem, use rose geranium; for fleas choose citronella if for a dog, but not for cats.

Pennyroyal shouldn’t be used around pets, especially pregnant pets.
Cats are sensitive to citrus, so avoid citronella.
Make sure not to get the essential oil in the petís eyes or directly on their skin.

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2:33AM PST on Feb 12, 2013

I've often thought about those purchased collars --- they smell so bad for me I feel so very sorry for the poor pet wearing one ---- they're smell is so much greater then ours.......thanks for helpful info!

1:12AM PST on Feb 12, 2013

helpful info..thanx for sharing...

2:22AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

We've got to be very careful and if vet's advice is needed

8:54AM PST on Dec 6, 2012

my holistic vet doesn't use flea deterrents. she believes that they're more harmful than helpful. she said most animals don't get fleas and if they do, treat the animal at that point. my regular vet, which i no longer see, thinks the opposite. i guess you just have to go with your gut.

2:28PM PST on Dec 5, 2012

really good info.

4:23AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

My cat had for a short time flea collar. She didn't want to eat and drink anything so we took it off. She also had allergic reactions. Apparently these measures flea concentration is low but she hated that smell.
Not everyone pet can wear those things. Besides collars shoudn't be worn as soon as something starts to itching your cat but only as the fleas do not persists after multiple washes.

10:55PM PST on Dec 23, 2010

I have just had my 13yo staffordshire bull terrier put to sleep thanks to a tumor on the spine - right where we have applied the advantix & frontline her entire life. Do yourselves a favour. Don't use frontline. Don't use advantix. They contain pesticides which are KNOWN carcenogens. Do your research. :(

4:45PM PST on Nov 7, 2010

I learned the dangers of flea collars the hard way when my kitty went into convulsions. It wasn't until I had her at the vet's and he took the collar off that I even suspected it as the culprit. Her neck was raw and blistered under the collar, she'd reacted so badly. It took months for her fur to grow back on her neck. I've never put a flea collar on a pet since then.

6:21AM PDT on Sep 23, 2010

Just spend the money and get Frontline. Vet recommended. Works quickly. Just a few drops.

12:55AM PDT on Jun 25, 2010


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