When I first got cancer, my Mom kept putting Frontline on me, because we had ticks and fleas bad where we used to live. Even though she wondered if maybe that’s what caused my cancer in the first place, she was afraid that the diseases I could get from fleas would be far worse than the risk of getting sick from chemicals that are supposed to be “safe” for us.
But when my lung mets showed up, Mom had to know: Is flea medication safe? Can it make me sick?
She talked to my oncologist, a pet nutrition guru, about flea prevention. My oncologist believes that dogs with “compromised immune systems” shouldn’t have more chemicals in their bodies. Since my great diet keeps my body strong, she said that fleas shouldn’t be a problem for me. She recommended that we stick with natural flea solutions.
During our stay here in the Colorado high country, there are two natural flea killers that we are putting to the test this summer: Flee, Flea! All Natural Anti-Flea Spray for Dogs and Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth …
Flee, Flea! Anti-Flea Spray for Dogs
Did you ever wonder why you can’t get flea repellents on your skin, but they’re OK to put on your dog?
This natural flea killer not only smells great, but is natural, safe and non-toxic. Dogs can lick it and not get sick. Unlike harsh chemical products Flee, Flea! Will not harm you or your dog if it gets on the skin! This product is not absorbed through the skin and is completely safe if your dog licks it! It is effective but gentle enough to not cause irritation and hot spots! Safe for dogs 6 weeks and older.
Here are the ingredients:
water; citronella oil; sage extract; eucalyptus extract; rosemary extract; yellowdock root extract; fennel seed extract; lemongrass extract; clove extract; grapefruit seed extract; eucalyptus oil; catnip oil; penyroyal oil; soybean oil; lemongrass oil; germaben II; Neem oil; polysorbate 20; cashmere fragrance.
Diatomaceous Earth is the fossilized deposit of microscopic shells created by one-celled plants called Diatoms. These tiny shell particles have sharp edges that tear an insect up from the inside out. DE is not harmful to humans or other large animals because they can not do enough damage in our mostly liquid bodies to harm us.
Unlike the commercial products like Frontline, fleas can’t become immune to Diatomaceous Earth. It is the natural and safe way to kill parasites without chemicals. In fact, many farmers deliberately mix Diatomaceous Earth with animal feed to kill internal parasites in farm animals.
You can start by dusting a light coat of DE into your tripawd’s fur – 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight is recommended. Be sure to spread it throughout their furry coat, using a fine toothed comb.
If fleas do set up shop in your home, you can sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth on your dog’s bed or the carpet to kill them quick. It’s a fine powder, so it gets into cracks and crevices quite easily. You can also put some in the vacuum bag, so that as you pickup any live fleas, they’ll die once they drop into the bag. Monthly applications are recommended in places with high flea populations.
We found both products at Kalyx.com – an online natural marketplace for herbs, spices, supplements, bath & body, and much more. You may be able to find them locally but please be sure to use Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth.
Many thanks to Whole Dog Journal for helping to explain the many benefits of Diatomaceous Earth.