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Natural Pet Care for Fleas, Ticks, Bath Time and More

Natural Pet Care for Fleas, Ticks, Bath Time and More

Our human lives are full of choices. We often obsess over the ingredients in the lotions we buy and search for the safest cleaning products for our home. Our pets, on the other hand, live a largely choice-less existence. Whether you shine your floors with chemical cleaner or use a non-toxic vinegar and lemon solution is not a choice our cat makes. In fact, she doesnít get a choice when flea season rolls around and the collars and ointments come out, either. And her favorite bubble bath solution is left unknown as well. In the end, the choices that affect your petsí health are up to you, and many pet owners make health-damaging mistakes.

For example, flea collars often contain tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP) or propoxur, which can jeopardize your petís immune system and leave damaging lifelong effects. Flea collars that contain these chemicals can damage the nervous system, negatively affect the brain and even lead to cancer. These chemicals are especially damaging for children who may be in regular contact with your dog or cat.

You can avoid toxic chemicals†by taking the following natural and preventive measures:

  • Give your pet regular baths.
  • Wash your petís bedding and clean the areas where your pet sleeps, such as sofas or rugs. Clean these surfaces the same day as you wash your pet. This useful video shows you how to make natural cleaners.
  • Use a flea comb in between baths.
  • Do not neglect your petís oral hygiene. Regular brushing is necessary not just for you, but them, too.
  • If you have carpet, vacuum regularly and clean area rugs.
  • Boost your petís immune system with†herbs.
  • Create a natural flea and tick rinse with rosemary, wormwood, southernwood, lavender, pennyroyal or eucalyptus. Try out these other natural flea control methods as well.

Taking the time to consider natural pet care choices is worth it for the furry friends we love. Natural pet care is easier than you think and creates a cleaner, greener environment for every member of your household.

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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth NewsóNorth Americaís most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant livingówhere she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.

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10:23AM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

Yeast and garlic may work on fleas in Wisconsin in January, but they don't do squat in Louisiana.
I've also tried the herbal flea drops - they made the cats smell really nice, but neither killed nor repelled a single flea.
At my house, we alternate Advantage/Advantix and Frontline on the cats, and give the dogs Comfortis. One of the dogs and two of the cats have flea allergies and this regimen keeps them all clear of hitchhikers.

7:56AM PDT on May 3, 2013

thanks for the good info. I always want to keep my dog healthy and flea & tick free. =]]

7:44AM PDT on May 3, 2013

Fellow Care2 members - if you're an animal lover, please read this article too .....

http://www.care2.com/causes/this-man-is-running-out-of-food-to-feed-400-rescued-dogs.html

Teresa W started a petition on April 25 2013, to ask Care2 to make this a Butterfly Credits item. The link is below, please check it out, SIGN and tell your friends !!!!!!!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/309/014/262/introduce-butterfly-credits-to-help-a-dog-rescuer/

This is a great idea - a cause where we could actually SEE our credits working - ask Care2 to give us the POSSIBILITY to support this cause with our Butterfly Credits !!!!

Come on all you members who have been stockpiling your credits - SIGN Teresa's petition and get this project moving - then you'll have something really special to support !!!

The petition reached the first 1,000 signatures in this first week but we need MANY MANY more signatures if this is going to be taken seriously ....... so please spread the word !!!!!

Apologies for posting "off subject" but I really feel this merits it - Thank you !!!

6:59AM PDT on May 3, 2013

Thanks for the tips.

11:11PM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

Thanks~Natural is the best way!

11:03PM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

please only use herbs and essential oils under the guidance of a qualified pet professional as they are very harmful to certain species.

8:37AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Thank you.

9:11AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Thanks for the tips. Our cats and dogs deserve to be flea and tick free!!!

2:21AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

We've got to love our pets and our environment

4:09AM PST on Jan 8, 2013

i use the drops on back of the neck,and i hoover everyday,bought my girls a luxury matteress for cats,so they can still sleep on my bed,they rule the house not me.

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