Protect and Care for Your Pet the Green Way

By Doreen Pollack, Intent

Yesterday I wrote about taking care of your pet from one end to the other. Most of us hope that’s all we ever have to worry about. Unfortunately sometimes there are health issues that concern us. Fleas and ticks may be a nuisance, but they also carry diseases that can affect you pet.

One of the best ways to treat these concerns is with a natural solution or preventative care. Just as with humans, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Some of the solutions below may surprise you, but they are proven to work – just ask Annie!

Flea Care

Too many soaps and sprays are toxic to the animal and the environment. Consider more natural solutions to problems like combating fleas the natural way by frequent and thorough vacuuming (disposing of the vacuum bag afterwards), bathing and combing your pet often, using herbal flea repellents such as pennyroyal, and adding garlic and brewer’s yeast to your pet’s food. All Natural Pet has some great natural products for flea control. I use their Brewers Yeast tabs for Annie, my loving spaniel. She thinks it’s a treat and gobbles them down


Some natural home products can also be used on pets. Shaklee’s Get Clean products are safe on pets. Its H2 concentrate can be used to wash the dog and for flea baths. Additionally, Shaklee products are completely safe for them to walk on (wet or dry) without risk of damaging their liver or other internal organs.


Too many medications aren’t good for Fido anymore than they are for you. Many homeopathic remedies used on humans can be used on pets. Flower essences work on the emotional, mental and psychological aspects of health. And since pets don’t have the ‘inner skeptic’, the flower essences usually work quickly and easily! There are many sources online. Some vets also treat pets holistically. I have used a pet chiropractor for adjustments and acupuncture for my dog instead of surgery (as recommended by a traditional vet).

So truly what’s good for you is good for your pet. All it takes is a little focus on how to shift your shopping and regular practices to accommodate these new habits. Not only will the earth be better off because of them, so will your pet.

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Doreen Pollack owns Down 2 Earth Gardens, a garden consulting business in Phoenix, AZ. She is also a Permaculture practioner, author, speaker and educator. provides content and community for who you aspire to be–personally, socially and globally.


Nona E.
Nona E4 years ago

Allergies prevent me from having pets (didn't know earlier that, as loved as they were, they helped cause the red nose, wheezing and sneezing). However, these are good tips- combined with comments - to pass on to family and friends who do have pets. Thanks.

Cherie U.
Cherie Unsworth5 years ago

I've been looking for information about getting rid of fleas without chemicals, I already vaccum every day and dump my bagless vaccum and wash my dogs pillows and blankets all the time but I just can't seem to get rid of them.... going to have to try Shaklee products hopefully this works.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W6 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Maggie Obrien
Maggie Obrien6 years ago

Thanks girls are in tip top shape!!!

Mary Beth M.
MaryBeth M6 years ago

Homeopathic treatments are highly successful in treating many problems, in both humans and animals, and far more safely. I have used homeopathy, with the advice of a homeopathic specialist and holistic physician for myself, my kids and my pets. We have seen great improvement in many conditions.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Dianne Lynn Elko
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Green Girl
Green Girl7 years ago

VERY, very informative. Thanks! By the way, I love the image, so cute!

kenneth m.
kenneth m7 years ago

good info. thanks

Irene MacMillan
Irene MacMillan8 years ago

This isn't a comment but rather it's a question. Which brand name cat food is recommended, and how does a person determine which is the best one?