Guest Post: Elliot Harvey’s Natural Health Column:
Flea season is back- time to prepare your pet! Spring–the rebirth of long dormant vibrant colors, the aromatic smell of flowers, the call of the blue jay, lush vegetables on the vine, fruiting trees. It is a time when nature pours forth all of her glory and beauty. It is also the dawn of a new season–flea season.
Spring brings a re-emergence of that nasty flea waiting to strike your pet. The blood sucking, irritating little parasite can cause itchiness, redness loss of hair, flea allergy dermatitis and misery for your pet. Pet fleas spring to life in the spring and summer and can make life miserable for many animals.
How can we combat those nasty parasites? Begin with a healthy immune system. It’s true—fleas are more attracted to animals with a weak immune system or illness. Provide the best nutrition and treats (read and understand the ingredients prior to purchasing), preferably organic, and keep your pet’s environment natural, and free of chemicals. Please avoid any food that contains soy, artificial coloring, chemical preservatives, etc.
Most important, do not use a chemical laden flea collar, since they contain poisons that successfully kill fleas but introduce lethal poisons into your pet’s blood stream. Nature sends the pests but she sends the solutions!
Cheyletiella Dermatitis is a skin problem caused by mites. Nicknamed “traveling skin dandruff”, the skin looks scaly, crusty and moves. Mites are on the larger size and can be seen easily. Mites mainly affect puppies and young adolescent dogs. Flea products are used to rid mites.
- Make your own, safe flea collar. On a regular collar or a decorative bandanna, add a few drops of essential oils of Bergamot, Cedar wood and Lemongrass. Re-apply the oils every 7 to 10 days during flea season.
- Tombstone Organic Flea Spray from Great Life Performance Pet Products is a natural flea eliminator.
- Use a combination of 3 oz Aloe Vera juice, 1 oz natural borates and spring water mixed in a 8oz spray bottle. Spray the carpets and around doors and entryways.
- A few sprigs of mint in the dog bed.
- Use nematodes in your yard—these are available at garden supply stores. They need to be kept moist but will continue to kill flea eggs and larvae for 3 month or longer.
Question: Can you advise on how to make a natural flea spray?
Answer: These are a couple of flea repellent formulas, which are very effective and can be made at home. Here are 2 ideas:
1. Items Needed: Aloe Vera juice, 6 pieces of assorted citrus fruit, spring water.
- Cut up the fruit in thin slices
- Add fruit slices to ½ gallon spring water
- Bring to boil. Let simmer. When cool, strain liquid.
- Throw away fruit slices
- Add ¼ cup Aloe Vera juice to liquid
- Mix together, fill spray bottle, shake it up and spray over animal’s entire body from tail to head (brush coat in opposite direction, spray until coat is damp).
2. In a 16oz spray bottle add:
- 8 oz spring water
- 1 oz Aloe Vera juice
- 6 drops essential oil of Lavender
- 4 drops essential oil of Cedarwood
- 2 tablespoons powdered Limestone or natural Borates
- Fill remainder of bottle with spring water, shake well, brush coat in opposite direction and spray till animal has a fine mist on coat.
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Dr. Elliott Harvey wrote “The Healthy Wholistic Dog’, which contains additional information on flea problems.
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This post was written by Elliot Harvey MH of www.doctorsfinest.com. (Pet Assure customers receive a 20% discount on products at doctorsfinest.com by entering coupon code PA-01.) Author of “The Healthy Wholistic Dog,” Elliot has years of experience in animal health and wellness. Pet Assure is not affiliated with and does not endorse Great Life Performance Pet Products. Pet Assure is presenting this guest post for the benefit of its readers and retains no financial interest in any future transactions.