An all-natural flea, tick and mosquito repellent for your pet
This information comes from the Mercola Healthy Pets website which we frequently mention in our Revolution section of the blog. Today, we are talking about a way to avoid using chemical pesticides as flea and tick repellent.
Why is Dr. Karen Becker so against using chemicals on pets?
“As a proactive Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who is also trained in homeopathy and acupuncture, I consider it one of my missions to help educate people on the advantages of natural animal care. My goal for your pets is to keep them in glowing good health rather than be forced to treat them for disease.
Every day in my practice I see dogs and cats suffering from the side effects of drugs or other toxic chemicals they’ve been given. Even worse, many of these poor animals still suffer from the condition the drugs were supposed to cure.
Applying harsh toxic chemicals to rid your dog or cat of annoying pests shouldn’t be your only option. But for many of you, it has been.
In April of last year, the EPA issued an advisory about “spot-on” chemical pesticide products. These are products applied to the neck or back of dogs and cats as a flea and tick preventive.
The advisory was issued due to a significant increase in reported adverse reactions – everything from mild skin irritation to seizures and death. In 2008, over 44,000 reactions presumed to be tied to spot-on products were reported by pet owners, veterinarians, and other animal caretakers.
And the 44,000 reported incidents in 2008 was a significant jump from the 28,000 the prior year, and included 600 deaths.
In my opinion, the risks of these products are simply too great to warrant their routine (monthly) use. I encourage dog and cat owners to avoid these pesticides in favor of safer,more natural alternatives.
One suggestion is Natural Flea & Tick Defense. The natural oils and ingredients found in this spray are:
- Lemongrass oil
- Cinnamon oil
- Sesame oil
- Castor oil
- Purified water
For a more in depth discussion about fleas and ticks, please visit the Mercola Healthy Pets Newsletter.