Pet people want a quick and permanent eradication of fleas. I understand; they bite us too. There is a shame that some feel about being unclean when a flea is discovered. And I’m sure you all know the drill on the life cycle and the things your vet can offer you to control fleas. I’d like to discuss fleas from the Naturopath’s point of view.
Fleas are a parasite (or not, to some fully natural thinkers). They take without returning anything, so their value to us is negligible, like a weed (again, a tome could be written on this philosophy). Fleas and ticks love a sickly animal; their blood tastes better. Or rather, a healthy animal’s blood tastes foul. Keeping your pet healthy is the base to keeping her parasite free.
A healthy pet has proper nutrition and lives in a low stress environment. When I say stress that includes freedom from physical stressors like chemical treatments, household items that are off-gassing toxins, synthetic air fresheners, and various smoking products.
Over vaccinating and using chemical parasite treatments are stressful on your pet. A stressed pet is more likely to gather parasites. See where this is going? We feel obliged to keep adding more poisons to our pets to overcome the parasites they wouldn’t have if we hadn’t poisoned them to begin with.
So now what? We don’t all have naturally reared puppies to start with and have the pets we have. First, get that diet sorted out so your pet is getting the fuel to fight parasites. Then we can add outside things. Clean the bedding and vacuum the house; this helps immensely with the eggs. Sprinkle food grade diatomaceous earth around the living areas once a week during flea season. Apply a quality essential oil blend to your pet to repel the little bastards.
Bathing is helpful, too. My dogs are bathed once a month with a regular dog shampoo. A toxic flea shampoo isn’t necessary, just leave the lather on the dog for a few minutes and any fleas with suffocate. Rinse with a diluted tea of yarrow and feverfew and you should have a flea free dog for a couple of weeks.
Use all of these things and you can fight off fleas forever. I haven’t used chemical treatments on my dogs for years and we are in a year round flea area. It can be done.
Logical Dog Animal Naturopathics