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Summer is historically that time of the year when pets have to deal with the irritation caused by pesky parasites like fleas and ticks. In fact, this year has been one of the worst and due to the warmer temperatures, fleas and ticks are now out in the open with full force than previous years.

As a pet owner, you have limited options to safeguard your furry pal; and so you are always looking for safe solutions of flea and tick control that are not only natural, but also non-toxic by nature. Is the solution that simple? Let us try to explore the answer in this write-up.

There are two options available to pet owners:

Utilize chemical, over-the-counter flea and tick preventative treatments that require very limited effort from your part; but may have long-term consequences on the health of your pet.

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Employ natural solutions for flea and tick prevention that might not be too effective for your pet in preventing fleas and ticks; but are also extremely safe for your family.

Lots of research has been conducted by veterinarians in our country and it was found that several over-the-counter flea and tick preventatives can seriously affect the lives of pets and humans, leading to cancer and neurological conditions, even when you utilize them as per the instructions given in the product manual. Flea collars can seriously cause high levels of pesticide residue to remain on your pet’s fur for weeks after the collar is put on the pet. Flea and tick preventative treatments that come in oral pill form are deemed to be safer as there is very less risk of transferring the chemical to humans by touch.

So, what is the best solution? Is natural the best way to go or is there another option available? According to a reputed veterinarian technician of our country, the natural methodology does not work effectively on a permanent basis; because fleas can get out of control very swiftly. Hence, it is recommended to use a product like Frontline Plus, which is non-toxic and non-chemical. It gives 99% effectiveness when applied correctly. There are different pet owners who have varying opinions about the effectiveness of the product. But it is the only treatment that works without the need to flea bomb, which is neither good for pets nor you.

The best resort would be to use Frontline Plus in conjunction with a more natural way which will give swift results in controlling fleas and ticks. But before getting this product, check the packaging for warning statements like “Hazardous to humans and domestic animals.” If this quote is not there, get the flea and tick preventative treatment without any apprehensions. Along with the best flea and tick preventative treatment, it is important to make these changes to naturally prevent and get rid of fleas and ticks from your pets. These things exclude basics like regularly washing your pet’s bedding, brushing your pet with a flea comb and vacuuming:

Make Necessary Changes In The Pet’s Diet

Brewer’s yeast, originated from fungus, and often used to brew beer can be very helpful in getting rid of fleas and ticks from the pets. Just assimilate small quantity in your pet’s food; and see the magical effects. Also, note that brewers yeast is highly safe and healthy for pets. It does not have any adverse effect on the pet’s health. You can even add garlic, which assists in repelling fleas and ticks in your dog’s food. But never add it in your kitty’s diet, as it is not safe for her. Make these dietary changes before the summer season kicks-off.

Essential Oils

Strictly use essential oils on your pooch as it assists in repelling fleas, but never use it on your kitty because her skin is too sensitive. Use rose geranium oil or a mixture of Eucalyptus, apple cider vinegar and lavender as a spray to holistically repel fleas and ticks. But before employing it on your pet, get an opinion from your veterinarian. Utilize cedar oil or cedar chips in your pet’s bedding to keep these pesky parasites away from your doggy; and stay away from the worry of infestation.

Citrus Oil

Fleas hate citrus smell; and so use lemons, grapefruit and oranges to keep these pesky parasites in check. Rubbing a freshly squeezed orange or lemon on your pet’s fur not only makes him smell great, but also keeps fleas and ticks away.

Diatomaceous Earth

If your kitty cannot tolerate essential oils or citrus scrubs, diatomaceous earth is the best option. It is also a great remedy for dogs infested with fleas. Diatomaceous Earth powder is made up of micro-skeletons of deceased diatoms, a type of algae that works by dehydrating fleas. It can be applied on the carpet or directly on the pet’s fur. Although, this powder is organic and safe, ensure that you wear a mask because this powder can cause great damage to your lungs.

In the end, the ultimate decision lies with you; and we know that you will take the best decision for your pet. Discuss these options with your veterinarian; and then decide on the best one to prevent and treat these pesky parasites from affecting the lives of your pet.

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Author

Jesse McDaniel is an animal activist that raises concerns and spreads awareness regarding pet health issues. She is also a self-proclaimed pet lover who tends to support many pet shelters, assisting them with supplies and medical aid on a regular basis.