We hate fleas and ticks but we hate the toxic chemicals to eliminate fleas and ticks even more. Fidose of Reality is all about sharing safe ways to prevent fleas and ticks. Fidose of Reality is all Here’s our reality: A topical chemical flea and tick preventative treatment burned the hair off my dog (it never grew back) and caused what I believe to be the beginning of her end.
That’s a harsh reality and why we inform dog parents what works for us. Fleas and ticks are horrible, on this we all can agree. No matter what method of prevention you choose, the reality is you must do something as a responsible dog parent. We will no longer use topical preventatives that are laden with chemicals nor will I administer a pill that “takes care of it all.” I want nothing toxic, chemical, nor dangerous to my dog on his external body nor affecting his internal system.
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Safe Ways to Prevent Fleas and Ticks
For close to 15 years, I did apply chemicals to my first Cocker Spaniel. It’s what we all did: A magic vile of awesomeness that will ward off any nasty fleas or ticks. The chemical does seep into a dog’s skin and into their bloodstream, and yes, the fleas and ticks mostly stayed away, but the price she paid…I want to do it all over again, but I can’t.
What I can do is teach dog parents safer ways to prevent fleas and ticks, and so here we go. A few caveats:
This is not a one and done solution. It involves sometimes daily preventative treatment, but it is quick and easy.
Assess your dog’s risk factors for fleas and ticks: If he or she ever goes outside or you ever leave the house and come back in, they are at risk. Fleas and ticks love you as their host. Fleas and ticks love dogs who potty outside as their host.
Fleas and ticks aren’t fond of a dog who is generally healthy, so a good diet is part of the plan to keep fleas and ticks away. It isn’t the panacea and only factor.
These are the products that I use, have had success with, and always keep stocked up so we never run out:
The Only Natural Pet EasyDefense Flea & Tick Tag is part of a 4-step system we use for safe flea and tick prevention. The EasyDefense Tag is treated with a powerful bio-energetic process and sealed in an electro-magnetic shielded envelope. Just place it on your pet’s collar and it will use your pet’s own inherent energy to send out pest repelling frequencies. It starts working within 3 weeks. It remains effective at preventing biting insects for a full year. I am just now changing my dog’s flea and tick tag after using it successfully for a full year. Using state of the art holistic technology, theEasyDefense Flea & Tick Tag utilizes your pet’s own bio-energy to create a natural preventative to biting insects, including fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. There are no dangerous chemicals or harmful pesticides involved. It is completely safe for pets and humans in the household.
Use this as part of the flea and tick prevention system! Click the photo or link below for more information and to get yours.
P.S. I am not easily sold on a little metal tag that claims to ward off pests. We’ve been using this tag since 2014 as part of the process I am explaining here. No fleas. No ticks. A bit pricier than other treatments, but I am of the ilk of pay now or pay later.
Only Natural Pet EasyDefense Flea & Tick Tag
The Only Natural Pet EasyDefense Squeeze-On Dog Flea Control utilizes natural active ingredients to repel fleas, ticks and other biting insects from your pet. You just spread the hair between your dog’s shoulder blades back until you see skin and apply the entire tube of EasyDefense Herbal Flea & Tick Squeeze-On. That’s enough to keep your dog protected for an entire month. Now, I am not a chemical topical applier and there is nothing in this spot-on that is chemical based. I will tell you that until it works through the dog’s coat and skin, you’ll want to protect your bedding or furniture with a sheet. It has a strong scent but it goes away. It is pleasant and not annoying in scent.
Why I use this: I no longer use products on my dog I wouldn’t first use on myself, and this herbal defense fits the bill. Three vials costs under $20 and we are very happy with the product, having used it since 2014. I go through 6 vials in a season because after a bath, I do like to reapply to my dog. The combined, naturally occurring repellent properties of the Geraniol and Peppermint oil will keep the bugs away while leaving him unharmed.
Click the photo or link below for more information and to get yours; just pay attention to the size of the dog you are treating to get the right vial size package.
THE SOMETIMES SPRAY
SO why would I need one extra spray if the spot-on is there? Because I live in a woodsy area. I live in an area where I take my dog to the park. I take my dog for walks. My dog travels. I want extra protection. Wondercide is made with non-toxic, food-grade ingredients, it is safe and effective for pets of all ages and sizes: including puppies! Available options are cedar or cedar and lemongrass scent. I did not want my dog to smell like the inside of my storage closet. Guess what? He doesn’t! We use this a few times a week from April through October. It all depends on where we are going. If the dog is going to the curb and back, then I don’t use it. Otherwise, a few spritzes a day worked into the coat and he is mega protected!
Wondercide Natural Flea, Tick & Mosquito Control Spray for Pets + Home – 32 oz – Cedar is not oily, the smell dissipates with time but the efficacy remains. It is not overpowering and yours truly actually put some on her arms and legs. I came back to the car with not one mosquito bite after a nice long walk near woods and deer! You can even spray this onto a flea and watch it go bye bye.
Click below and snag yours in a variety of sizes. Oh in terms of how long you’ll have the bottle, I still have my bottle from last year. It all depends on how many dogs and how big your dog is. Plus I use it!
Last but not least, we love powder that keeps the nasty ticks and fleas away. Powder for the home, yard, and even on the dog if needed. Extremely versatile, All-in-One Flea Remedy can be safely applied to your pet’s fur and bedding, as well as your carpet, furniture, and even your yard. I sprinkle this on the dog’s bedding and run it through him with a comb after a heavy park session. I do this outside.
That’s it! That is our system to keeping ticks and fleas away. I won’t put anything on my dog I would not use myself. Does it take more time? Sure? Is my dog safer? Absolutely.
BONUS: THE TICK KEY
I also carry a Tick Key with me, just in case. This $5 investment pays for itself the first time you use it. This will remain our routine unless we exchange something out or something else comes out that is safe and effective against ticks and fleas. Here’s a 2 pack: I gave one to my spouse.
All of the above are DEET free – never use DEET on a dog. There are no gloves needed to apply, and fleas and ticks are staying away. My dog is healthy, I am happy, and chemicals are no more!
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QUESTION: What are you using to keep fleas and ticks away from your dog(s)?
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