Summer is in full swing here on beautiful Whidbey Island. It is the season we wait for all year, long days with perfect weather. But, this wonderful time of year comes with something not so wonderful…BUGS! The kind that bite and cause misery to unsuspecting dogs and cats, and humans: Fleas! Fleas can cause all sorts of problems for our furry companions., from itchy insect bites to fungal infections and anemia.
While it is important to have a flea control program, the chemical insecticide and pesticide based products that have been recommended for years, have been shown to cause their own slew of health problems including, hair loss, allergies, and cancer. At Whidbey Natural Pet, we believe the products we choose to use on our pets should improve health, not diminish it.
That being said, it is possible to control fleas without resorting to poison, especially if you understand what you are up against.
Adult fleas need blood in order to lay eggs. Then they lay their eggs while attached to a host, so that their eggs will be distributed throughout the environment. During the warm months, the eggs can hatch within just a few days, and by day 15, can be blood sucking adults. An important step in a flea program is treating the pet's whole environment (home, car, kennel, etc.) AND the pet themselves.
Here are some of our favorite flea control products, and why we love them.
Wondercide Flea and Tick Spray for Pets and Home.
This spray can be applied straight on your dog, and in your environment. The main ingredient is Cedar Oil: a preventative, and a treatment for fleas, ticks and mosquitos. It successfully kills insects on contact, and after treatment, repels insects. This works great for treating your environment. They make both an indoor, and outdoor spray. You can spray this product on hard floors, carpet, dog beds, under furniture, etc. Because cedar oil kills all life stages of the insect, this is a great step for getting rid of fleas.
Earth Animal Daily Herbal Internal Powder
This powder supplement fights fleas from the inside out. Treatment is easy: simply sprinkle on top of your pets current diet! The carefully selected herbs help boost the immune system, while changing the way your pet smells, causing insects to dislike the scent and or/taste of the blood. Don’t worry, you won’t notice the smell though! This product can be given year round. The longer you use it, the more effective it is.
Mad About Organics Flea and Tick Wipe on Defense for Cats
Cats tend to be a tad more sensitive than dog, insert: Mad About Organics. This gentle product is great for cats, and other small animals. We like putting it on a flea comb, and combing it through the fur, or you can put on your hands and massage into the fur. It helps repel fleas and ticks off your animal.
Earth Animal Herbal Flea and Tick Spot-On
This spot-on treatment helps to repel fleas and ticks gently. This product takes the cake for convenience. It has been designed to be applied the same way as the monthly insecticide flea and tick products (advantage, frontline, etc). Earth Animal offers the convenience, without the dangers associated with insecticides. Simply twist and squeeze. Wth only 3 ingredients (cedar oil, peppermint oil, almond oil) this is a simple, easy to use product.
The products mentioned are currently 25% off!