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Scary Facts about Flea Medicine
While it can be tempting to use commercial flea treatments, many of these are loaded with chemicals. They are so harmful in fact that the employees of the manufacturer must wear protective clothing & respirators.
Pet Flea collars will be phased out over the next year or two per an agreement reached by the EPA and several manufacturers.
What is topical flea medicine doing to your pet?
Many “popular brands” such as Trifexis & K9 Advantix as well as some essential oils have side effects such as staggering gait, lethargy, burns, respiratory disturbances, vomiting, salivation, muscle tremors, seizures, and more.
Flea medicine not working?
Many pet parents are reporting their topical (aka spot-on) flea treatments are not working at all or for only a few weeks vs. the month as stated on the package.
Package instructions: Years ago I recall a statement on the package stating the flea medication will not work properly if your pet has had a bath or went swimming 48 hours before and/or after application!
You don’t want to double dose and yet you need an answer right?! In our flea article, we have outlined the flea life cycle, cleaning tasks to remove fleas and natural ways to keep fleas away from your pets, home, and yard.
It is my belief that the toxic effects of flea treatments and the like have wreaked havoc on our pet’s immune system and fleas are becoming immune to these chemicals.
A strong immune system will play a key role in fighting fleas and protecting your pet from other health issues!
Currently have a flea bite that is “bugging” your pet?
Flea bite relief ointment comes with some side effects too. Some contain steroids that could suppress your pet’s immune system and cause problems such as liver damage, obesity, or heart attack.
This holistic vet-formulated spray will help relieve itching from bug bites or hot spots. I got a bottle for my dog but have used it on myself for a few cuts. I feel like it helped speed up the healing process.
A natural bite relief product you can use is coconut oil. If they lick it no problem, many holistic vets recommend coconut oil for its many health benefits. The only downside is it could rub off on clothes and furniture if you use too much.
Is flea treatment required for pet care?
All dog walking & pet sitting clients must meet two health requirements. Those are 1) proof of rabies and 2) be free of fleas. Please understand these requests are made in the best interest of your pet as well as other pets we may care for or encounter.
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