Fleas & Ticks
FDA Alert for flea & tick products
Lyme Disease (Exposure vs Disease)
Essential Oils (may be better than current antibiotics)
Natural Ways to Repel Fleas and Ticks
FDA Alert September 20, 2018
“some animals receiving Bravecto, Nexgard or Simparica have experienced adverse events such as muscle tremors, ataxia, and seizures. Another product in this class, Credelio, recently received FDA approval. Neurologic events were seen consistently across the isoxazoline class of products.
If you’re using conventional flea and tick products on your cat or dog, you may be surprised to learn they’re not as safe as what your veterinarian may be telling you. Many conventional spot-on flea and tick preventives are unsafe for dogs and cats
Recent studies link some of the “active” and “inactive” ingredients in popular spot-on treatments to serious health effects in both pets and lab animals.
Please, check the label right now if you are using a spot-on product on your dog or cat, or plan to in the near future, and make sure it doesn’t contain one of these potentially harmful ingredients:
Fipronil (a member of the phenylpyrazole chemical family) doesn’t remain in the skin’s oil glands as its maker claims – rather, it enters your pet’s body and organ systems, and in lab animals, caused thyroid cancer, altered thyroid hormones, reduced fertility, liver and kidney toxicity, and convulsions
Imidacloprid, a known neonicotinoid neurotoxin, increased cholesterol levels in study dogs and caused thyroid lesions, liver toxicity, and showed the potential for heart, liver, lung, spleen, adrenal, brain, and gonad damage
Pyrethroids aren’t the same as pyrethrins – the naturally occurring compounds from chrysanthemums, and caused over 1,600 pet deaths during a 5-year period, and account for more than half of major pet pesticide reactions including brain damage, heart attacks and seizures
Permethrin, a pyrethroid thought to be both a carcinogen and neurotoxin, is suspected of causing lung cancer and liver tumors in lab animals and disrupting endocrine function, causing tremors, increased aggressive behavior and learning problems
A single flea bite can result in your dog itching and suffering from flea allergy dermatitis. Fleas, like flies, go through a life cycle of egg, larva, and pupa before reaching adulthood. If a dog has fleas, they will commonly be found around the base of the tail, abdomen, and the head. If the dog suffers a major infestation, they can be found anywhere on the body. If your pet has fleas, you can count on flea eggs, larva, and pupa in the environment that has not passed through the various life cycles yet to reach adulthood. These will likely be found in and near the areas your dog rests. It is important to vacuum these areas, and wash the dog’s bedding at least weekly to control any infestation. Thankfully today there are natural, non-toxic options for controlling fleas. Every year the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center receives thousands of calls regarding pets being exposed to insecticides which include products used on pets to control fleas, in addition to products for the lawn and home. You can use a food grade diatomaceous earth on the dog’s bedding, floors, rugs and carpet.
An important component of getting rid of fleas is treating the dog. Common flea control products for use on dogs often carry label warning and precautionary statements such as “Hazards To Humans”, “Do Not Use On Cats”. Instead of using a toxic product on your dog look for a natural product. Many of the natural products use natural oils that kill and repel adult fleas, and these products can be safe for use on cats also, unlike the toxic chemical products.
Step 1 - Check Your Dog
Step 2 - Clean & Vacuum
Step 3 - Laundry - Wash dog beds in hot water.
Step 3 - Dust areas with food grade diatomaceous earth.
Step 4 - Bath your Dog
Flee Bomb Diffusion Blend
This blend is so powerful, that it is recommended that humans, animals, and fish tanks be removed from the rooms (and possibly the home) while administering a "bomb" treatment. If the area to be treated can be confined, some people have been successful in treating one room at a time, moving their diffuser from room to room, and evacuating to a distant part of the home. Diffusion with an AIR STYLE DIFFUSER (also called an atomizing diffuser) is mandatory for this application
Food-grade Diatomaceous earth (DE) contains less than one percent crystalline silica, so it’s considered safe for regular use with humans and mammals
Opossums are an all-natural effective tick control. “Opossums also don’t typically harbor, and therefore don’t transmit Lyme disease or other tick-borne infections to other animals or humans”
“Opossums eat pests such as roaches, grubs, grasshoppers, and ticks, just to name a few. They also search out decaying fruit left on the ground, mice, rats, and dead animals. Most folks like the fact that opossums actively seek and kill all venomous snakes, except the coral snake. Best of all, their service is free!”
“Fortunately, in dogs, while exposure to Lyme bacteria is common, infection (Lyme disease) is not”
"Exposure" means dogs' bodies have encountered the bacteria (just as our bodies encounter thousands of different bacteria that we don't become infected with) and have mounted an appropriate immune response: they made antibodies and fought off the foreign invader correctly.
“It’s important to ensure dogs aren’t given antibiotics for exposure to the Lyme bacteria, but only for an active Lyme disease infection”
“Statistics show that the immune systems of seropositive dogs have identified the Lyme disease pathogen and mounted an appropriate, effective response. So even though they test positive, they do not become sick with the disease. And they do NOT need antibiotics!”
“How do you know what dogs are truly infected and what dogs are simply carrying antibodies demonstrating they've been through the war and their bodies did the job they were designed to do and fought off the enemy? A QC6 test.”
“Do NOT allow any vet to prescribe antibiotics without first running this critical test. A quantitative C6 test (QC6) discerns exposure from true infection. Never allow any vet to prescribe antibiotics based on exposure alone: this tells you they have not been adequately educated and you risk destroying your dog's microbiome health due to this all-too-common panic response.”
 What You Need to Know as Lyme Exposure Sweeps Across the Nation https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2018/04/04/lyme-disease-in-dogs.aspx
Essential Oils (may be better than current antibiotics at killing Lyme bacteria)
The repellent effects of the essential oil of Lavendula angustifolia on adults of Hyalomma marginatum rufipes was studied at concentrations of 5, 10 and 20% v/v. A suitable tick climbing bioassay based on the questing behaviour of ticks was used to test for repellency. High percentage repellency (range 70-100) was shown at all concentrations of the essential oil of L. angustifolia, although at 5% v/v it only persisted for the first 40 minutes compared with 120 minutes at other concentrations (10 and 20% v/v). The repellent strength of L. angustifolia compared well (P > 0.05) with that of DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide), a commercial reference repellent, for the 2-hour period of the study.