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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Natural Flea and Tick Remedies

In our ever growing attempts to “go green” and provide better care for our pets, many pet owners are looking for more natural ways to care for their furry friends. We are choosing to purchase chemical free beddings and toys, watch the fertilizers we put in our yards, and striving to create more natural diets for our pets. However, many pet owners are left with a great debates when it comes to one aspect of natural pet care - flea and tick control.

Dog owners want to provide their pets with flea and tick control that has a long reputation for working, and products like Frontline Plus for dogs work exceptionally well and have been the go-to for years. However, many pet owners wonder about the chemicals in these types of tick and flea treatments – not only for their pet's sake, but also the environment's. So if you are looking for more natural ways to ward off fleas and ticks, consider giving some of the following options a try:

Boost the Diet

There are several foods that you can include in your pup's kibble to help them naturally ward off fleas and ticks. By mixing brewer's yeast, garlic, zinc, and wheat grass into your pet's kibble, you can help them exude odors the pests don't particularly enjoy.

Consider Using Oils

Natural oils such as wintergreen, citronella, eucalyptus, and tea tree are all natural repellents. You can buy the oils online or in many natural food or remedy stores, and they will not only help your pet keep pests away, but they will also keep them smelling good too.

Keep Areas Clean

If your dog has a favorite spot to lounge in, help keep the area free of fleas by keeping it clean. By washing any favorite blankets or beds in warm water, you will help keep your pet's favorite areas free of flea larvae.
No one wants to deal with a flea infestation, and having to pull ticks off your pet isn't exactly an afternoon of fun either. However, you don't have to use heavy chemicals to keep your pet pest free. Simple herbal flea powders, as well as the aforementioned remedies, can be just as effective – keeping you, your pet, and your environment chemical free.

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