As pet parents there is nothing more annoying than discovering fleas or ticks on your fur babies, and with summer in full swing along with high humidity we want to keep our pets protected from those nasty blood sucking parasites. One can’t deny that there are many options out there from pills to collars but some can pose health hazards to both the pet and its owner. Many pet parents are reluctant to use these harsh chemicals given the side-effects and are in search for more natural ways to keep their pet safe and free from fleas and ticks. It is always recommended that you to do some research and consult with an expert before you administer it on your pets.
So, here are 4 tips of all -natural remedies suggested by our MPB Vet line team to keep your pet flea and tick free this summer!
1) Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar works for many things and has incredible health benefits. It also does a good job at repelling fleas and ticks. One of the simplest ways to use this natural repellent is to make a solution out of equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. It is recommended to use organic, raw apple cider to ensure that there aren’t added chemicals. Add the mixture to a spray bottle and spritz it on your pet before he heads outdoors. You can also spray his bedding or use it as a rinse after bath.
Note: always start slow to ensure that you pet is not allergic to it or has any aversive reaction to it.
2) Use of Essential oils
Essential oils are the concentrated versions of natural oils in plants, that are distilled or cold pressed and then bottled in high concentrations. While some essential oils are toxic to dogs and/or cats, there are some that have proven to be beneficial to repelling pests. Diluted essential oils can be used to create spray-on repellents, added to your dog’s shampoo, or brushed into your dog’s coat. Some of these essential oils are lavender, lemongrass, rosemary, peppermint, cedar, neem etc.
It’s important to speak with your veterinarian before using essential oils in your home or on your pets to determine safe plants, brands, and concentrations. If you have a cat in your home, ensure that any oils you use on your dog aren’t toxic to cats. Essential oils should also never be ingested by your pet, never be applied directly in a concentrated form.
Garlic can act as a chemical weapon against fleas and ticks, . Garlic is safe to feed to your dog in an appropriate amount. So make sure to research it before feeding it. It won’t kill the fleas and ticks, but those little buggers don’t like the taste of it. One sniff and they’ll be making their way off your dog. And of course, vampires will stay far away as well. So many blood-sucking benefits!
Note: It’s all about the amount, make sure that you do your own research. Too much of anything isn’t good and can be toxic. Do not feed your cat garlic!
4) Brewer’s Yeast
Perhaps the least obvious way to treat fleas/ticks on dogs and cats naturally is to start from the inside out. It remains true that healthy dogs and cats are less likely to host fleas/ticks, and one way of improving the health of your pet while warding off these parasites is to add a small amount of brewer’s yeast to their food. Just a half teaspoon of brewer’s yeast mixed in with your pet’s normal meal makes for an effective remedy.
Note: always start slow to ensure that you pet is not allergic to it or has any aversive reaction to it. If you aren’t sure please consult with your vet.
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