Flea and tick products are killing pets, here are alternative natural remedies that work.
Many of the chemicals found in flea and tick products have been assigned risk levels by the EPA as hazardous to pets and humans. Permethrins are “likely to be carcinogenic…” and pyrethroids have been reported in “more than half of the ‘major’ pesticide pet reactions…” to the EPA. The most serious reactions have been heart attacks, brain damage and seizures.
Other chemicals to be aware of on the ingredient list in flea and tick products are: organophosphate insecticides [Ops] (like tetrachlorvinphos) and carbamates (such as carbaryl or propoxur). Though some of these chemical have recently been banned for use in ‘new’ products the existing product stock can still be sold.
Children’s nervous systems seem particularly sensitive to the carbamates, while cats react worse to the OPs. Symptoms of pet poisoning may include: excessive drooling, dilated pupils, vomiting, shaking or shivering, unusual hiding, and/or skin rashes or extra itching.
Avoid all this label reading for chemical risk and make your own safe remedies with the suggestions below. Share what worked best for you and your pet.
Flea Remedies for Dogs:
- 3-5 drops of cedar or lavender oil
- 1-3 Tbls. Water
- eyedropper [optional]
Directions – Mix 2-3 drops of oil with 1-3 Tbls. water. Apply 5-10 drops of the mix to the bandanna rubbing around well. Tie loosely around the dog’s neck. Reapply the mix once a week. In addition mix 1-2 drops oil with 1 Tbls. Olive oil and place at the base of the dog’s tail.
Flea-deterring Drink (can use with other remedies)
Directions – For every 40 pounds, add 1 tsp. of vinegar to 1 quart of drinking water. The apple cider vinegar also improves the dogs skin and coat condition.
Directions – Mix 2-3 drops of oil with the vinegar and water in the spray bottle. Mist the dog being careful not t get it in their eyes/face. Use a mixture damped cloth to get around their ears, neck and chin. Spray the dogs bedding and area as well.
Flea Repellent Sachet Bag
- 2 – 6 inch squares of breathable fabric (like muslin) OR similar size cloth bag
- ½ – 1 cup cedar chips
- 1-2 tsps. dried lavender buds
- peel of 1 lemon
Directions – Sew the 2 squares of fabric together on 3 sides and turn seam edges inside. Fill the bag with the cedar chips, 1-2 drops lavender and peel of 1 lemon. Tie the bag off then place under of near the dog bedding to repel fleas. Change mix monthly.
Caution: Always dilute the essential oil before using them on your animals. Let the dog smell the essential oil before you put it on them. Dogs smell thousands of times better than humans so pay attention to their reactions to the scents and try to use the one they seem to like.
P.S. – Check out the Everyday Roots Book for more than 215 all-natural alternatives to toxic products and medications for you and your family.
Thank you Everyday Roots
Some ingredients can be obtained at Thrive Market or Mountain Rose Herbs
For a printable “Eddie’s Healthy Pet Tips” from EWG
Source for chemical concerns The Humane Society