Jul 18, 2010

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Do you use toxic chemicals on your pet to prevent them from getting fleas? I once used them and then when I started researching these nasty chemicals I realized that I did not want to put them on my furry friend. It never made sense to me that the package warns "do not get on your skin" but yet I was going to squeeze it all over my dog? Products like Advantage and Frontline attack the nervous system of fleas and get absorbed into your dog or cat's bloodstream. No wonder cancer is on the rise in pets!
When I went to the holistic nurses association conference in Colorado I met a nurse who sells a natural product to kill and prevent fleas. The product is cedar oil and you can find it HERE
How does it kill fleas?
Insects breathe through pores in their bodies. When fleas come in contact with the strong aroma of cedar oil, it triggers the closing of these breathing pores which causes them to suffocate.
As a result, cedar oil is also an effective repellant and control solution for ticks, mites, lice, bed bugs, chiggers, silverfish, roaches, ants, carpet beetles, spiders, mosquitoes, flies, moths and an array of other insects.

Here are some other natural ways to fight fleas and keep your pet safe and happy =)
• Vacuum your home frequently and seal vacuum bags before disposing.

• Wash the bedding of your dog weekly in warm soapy water. This is where fleas usually breed.

• Bathing your pet weekly with a mild dog shampoo prevents flea invasion.

• Use cedar shampoo for your dog, and put cedar oil in their sleeping mats.
• Fleas are attracted to dry skin, so to avoid it, give your dog Linatone oil mixed with its food. Excessive shampooing should be avoided.

• A mixture of brewer’s yeast and garlic, available in powder or tablet form can be given in small doses to your pet. This creates a certain odor in pets, and fleas are surely to avoid them.

• Fresh or dried pennyroyal leaves is a natural flea repellent. Use this in carpets to avoid the abundance of fleas in the home. Do not use it if you have small children around, as this could be toxic.

• A mixture of 60 ml of lavender oil with 2.8 liters of rock salt can also be placed in areas where dogs usually come in contact with and this solution could also be used to wash your dog.

• Planting marigolds in the yard is helpful too, it repels certain types of bugs as well as fleas.

• Boiled lemon or orange peel in water can be used as a dip for dogs and can be used too to soak in dog bedding for a few hours, then washed with warm soapy water.

• Lukewarm water with little shampoo and detergent is a good way to prevent fleas. A dog’s body may be dipped into the solution for fifteen minutes and then rinsed. This only works if flea infestation is light.

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