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Monday, March 2, 2015

Safe and Natural Flea and Tick Prevention for Pets

Every spring, pet owners are faced with the same pesky problem - parasites! As the weather warms up, all pests become more active. But fleas and ticks are actively seeking a host, and your unprotected dog or cat looks very inviting. Like any problem, the solution is best handled as prevention, rather than cure. 

Tea tree essential oil is the best line of defense against fleas. Drop several drops down the spine of your dog, beginning at the nape of the neck and continuing toward the base of the tail. Cats only need a drop or two between the shoulder blades. Fleas will run for the hills!

Tick prevention is equally easy. Essential oil of lemongrass repels them better than commercial pesticides, but without all of the dangerous chemicals. Simply place a few drops on your pet's collar for a homemade tick collar. Or apply in the same fashion as the tea tree oil. If a tick does embed itself in your pet's (or a person's) skin, don't pull it out. Carefully apply a single drop of tea tree oil at the point of entry, and watch that tick back out with a vengeance! 

Bathing your dog regularly is a great way to prevent fleas. I like to mix up my own shampoo in an empty bottle. I squirt in a healthy dollop of shampoo, add a few drops of tea tree oil and/or lemongrass, and fill to the top with water. Shake well before using. The watery mixture spreads easily across your dog's coat, and the oils in the mix will not rinse away. This leaves behind a great-smelling pooch wearing a coat of flea armor. If your dog has skin allergies, try adding some essential oil of lavender to your shampoo mixture. 

Pet bedding is another favorite place for fleas to hide. To send them packing, mix about ten drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle filled with water. Spritz liberally on and around your pet's bedding. 

You can even safeguard your yard against fleas and ticks by mixing 10-20 drops of tea tree oil and an equal number of drops of lemongrass oil in a pump up sprayer. Fill to the top with water, and spray the entire yard. 

These prevention methods can be repeated as often as necessary, since the ingredients are harmless to the environment. I live in a warm climate, so I treat my dog once a month. I only treat the yard once per season, skipping the winter season when pests are less active.

Natural parasite prevention is safe for the pets, the kids, the yard, and the environment. It is also more economical than commercial flea and tick products. There is essentially no reason not to try it. Go to today and order the best flea and tick prevention nature has to offer!