Natural Treatments to Rid Your Dog of Ticks and Fleas

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Natural Treatments to Rid Your Dog of Ticks and Fleas

by Paul Duxbury

Not only are ticks and fleas an annoyance for your dog and for you, unfortunately they can cause health problems. There are many different powders and sprays out there, but with their chemical-based formulas, they could be harmful to the pet?s health or to yours.

As we become increasingly conscious of the chemicals contained in many of the items we use for ourselves so more and more people are growing concerned about what is in the treatments they use for their dogs.

Don?t worry though those powders and sprays aren?t your only means of defense against these tiny and horrible tyrants. You can now fight them off with natural remedies that are safe for everyone and can be effective for your dog.

Do make sure to check out your local pet store. You will find that they offer many different products for your dog in respect of flea and tick care that are made from all natural ingredients. They have no chemicals that could be unsafe for your pets or family, but they have ingredients that are very effective in getting rid of the pesky pests.

They have powders and sprays with no harmful chemicals. You can find shampoos and special flea brushes to remove them from our dog?s coat. There are some treatments that you can apply directly to the dog?s skin that won?t harm the dog in any way, but will kill the fleas.

Another option is the special-made flea collar that helps repel the fleas but doesn?t have any harsh chemicals that could seep through the dog?s skin so there?s no risk with other pets coming in contact with the collar.

Keep your dog and your home clean. Bathe your dog at least once a week and brush out their fur daily if possible. Vacuum the carpets in your home and keep the pet?s bedding clean as much as possible.

Fleas and ticks thrive in warm, humid areas and they will lay their eggs in these places, so it?s best to vacuum these areas often. You can use products like borax or some dry powdered laundry detergents to sprinkle on the carpets to let sit for a few minutes. This kills the fleas and their eggs, so you can vacuum them up and be rid of them. Make sure your pets and any children aren?t around when you do it. They?re not known to be harmful, but it?s always best to be safe.

There are some homemade treatments that many pet owners claim to work very well. I would also recommend that you consult your veterinarian to make sure these treatments really are safe. Please alway use these treatments with caution. It?s also very important that you keep your lawn mowed and keep any foliage within the yard trimmed back, so the fleas have a tougher time getting to your dog.

If you take all of the preventative measures possible, you can eliminate the need for chemical-based treatments that could be harmful for your dog. Along with that, use environmentally safe products and your dog will be much healthier.

Paul Duxbury writes extensively about Dogs and their health and care at Ask About Dogs and has a range of Dog websites including Essential Dog Training

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