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Flea and Tick Prevention / Management
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28 March 2008 - 9:08 pm
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Our Barney, 6 weeks post amputation, has just had his 2nd of 5 chemotherapy treatments.  So far, no nasty side affects.  He is happy and playful with Floyd, his Border Collie mix brother now.   We are all on a much healthier diet and are super conscious about all of the bad things we are exposed to in our environment.  One of our challenges now is that we live in south Texas, where it's very hot, and humid, and all kinds of critters thrive here - including fleas and ticks - and that season is already upon us here.  Does anyone out there have any great natural remedies for keeping those nasty pests off?  I wouldn't dream of using any Frontline, Advantix, or other pesticides on them now.  I wonder if some of those things are contributors to the high incidences of cancer in our beloved furry friends these days - in addition to poor quality dog foods. 

 Any ideas would be appreciated.

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Eucalyptus leaves and extract is supposed to repel fleas. I’m not sure how it smells though. I’m not sure how that works. Grapeseed oil, Lemon, Grapefruit, Orange, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, Sage and Lavender are some other suggestions I have seen as well.

All these natural remedies must be applied daily or at least several times a week for outdoor or indoor/outdoor dogs. I have also heard that feeding your dog garlic helps with fleas too, also good for their health. Not sure the truth to any of these remedies but these natural ingredients are in some commercial pest repellants.

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My people decided not to give me the Advantage dose I was due after starting me on my metronomics – Cytoxan chemotherapy and K9 Immunity .

At a vet's suggestion they decided not to give me any additional chemical treatments with my immune system in such a fragile state. However, this may change, depending on the season and where we head next. We're currently in the dry dessert country of New Mexico where fleas aren't a problem. Just dust!

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19 October 2008 - 1:38 am
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Hello everbody.

The Natural Resources Defense Council just
came out with a comprehensive pocket guide to flea products. You can
read about it here on GreenPaws, and download the NRDC's guide too. 

Hope this helps in your decisions.

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That is a very useful post, thanks.

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We don't have any direct experience with this one, but Defendex from VETiONX sounds like a safe and natural solution to fleas, lice, ticks, mange, and all other kind of parasitic bugs. And, apparently you can get a free bottle of their Derma-Ionx skin care treatment for pets if you buy two bottles of Defendex. Please post a reply with feedback if you have ever used this product.


Defendex Pet Shampoo - Buy 2 Get 1 Derma-IonX Free

With all-natural Defendex you can . . . Wash away flea, tick, and mange infestation. Wash away eggs from sheets, pillows, car upholstery, and other household objects. Ensure your pet is not ingesting chemicals or pesticides - Buy 2 Defendex and get 1 Derma-Ionx free!
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Just found this post and decided to reply, even though it's pretty old. Our oncologist, like us, also isn't really thrilled with topical flea treatments while Max is on the metronomic protocol. Our regular vet is also a holistic vet, and he likes everything to be as natural and non-invasive as possible. His blog suggested a product called "Flea Treats." It is basically a B vitamin; it doesn't kill fleas or ticks, but instead produces an odor that repels them from the dog or cat. Humans cannot smell the odor, nor does it bother the dog. We currently give it to both our dogs. Our 4-legged dog Linda, loves them and eats them as treats. We're partway into June, and so far haven't had any issues with fleas (or ticks, but these aren't really common in our area).  Anyway, here's the website:  http://www.fleatreat.com.  It's pretty affordable too.

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Just came across this idea for natural flea prevention. We haven't tried it, but if any of you have let us know!

"New Bio-solution Formulated with Cedar Oil Developed to Replace Deadly Spot Drop Flea Control Products"

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Here's some great flea management advice we got from BlogPaws:

"here are some greener ways of dealing with those pesky fleas. . .

  • Cedar chips in bedding and outdoors
  • Regular combing and vacuuming- drowning fleas in hot, soapy water
  • Nematodes for the yard
  • Combo of powdered Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Fennel, Yellow Dock,
    Wormwood and Rue put in a shaker and rubbed on pet's fur (NOTE: some
    herbs toxic and deadly to cats, but safe in small amounts for dogs- please be responsible and do your own research)
  • Boiling organic lemons and using the cooled water to rinse your pet will immediately kill fleas"

 

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So, the Bio-Solution is supposed to work on ticks too, right?  That's what their link said.  I wasn't sure if ticks were included in that 100% mortality rate they claim though, or if it was just fleas.  Ticks are so bad out here.  The heavy-duty stuff like Frontline does make me so nervous though.  If only I could test it without risking him getting ticks...  I'm not so worried about fleas.  I could just get him back on Frontline if he got fleas and then they get wiped out in a day - no big deal.  But ticks and lymes disease - ack!!! 

I guess the only thing to do is do more research and ask Gerry's vet.  Thanks for the info, as always!  If I try it, I will be sure to share results.

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We believe it is supposed to work on ticks too, yes. Please do let us know how it works!

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The pet boutique I go to offers a product called shoo!TAG - I've never used it, but it's supposed to be a chemical-free protection.  It's supposed to last up to 4 months.  I have never used it, but thought I'd mention it so you could research it.

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We've since updated our fleas research with these articles:

The Flea Dilemma for Cancer Dogs

Fight Fleas Naturally with Cedar Oil (this is the bio solution product, which also repels ticks too)

Please remember, fleas, ticks and other parasites are attracted to dogs with poor skin and coats, which are usually the result of a poor diet. If a dog is eating well, doesn't have flaky skin and bad breath, the chances of a flea or tick infestation are reduced. Flea and tick protection starts with a good diet.

We found a tick on Wyatt Ray the other day, and picked it off. It's been the only one we've found on him in 1 year, and we've been in places like Texas where fleas grow bigger than longhorns!

Until I see evidence of an infestation on him, I'm going to stay farrrrrr away from any of the conventional flea products.

http://nutritio.....cedar-oil/

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