Mosquitoes and ticks suck. Fleas bite.
More than just an annoyance, these tiny creatures can cause real harm to cats and dogs.
Mosquitoes are the source for heartworms. One bite from an infected mosquito delivers microscopic worms that after a hibernation period gain access to the blood stream. Then they make their way to the heart. Although rarely fatal, heartworms can cause great discomfort for your dog (and a small percentage of cats) including coughing and labored breathing.
Fleas deliver a one-two punch. Not only do they cause itching (an allergic reaction to protein in a flea’s saliva), but when an infected flea is eaten, it results in tapeworms. Fleas also reproduce quickly and can cause an infestation in your home. They enjoy biting humans just as much as they do cats and dogs.
Ticks are large mites that can transmit a number of infectious diseases including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and even paralysis. These little devils like to hide behind ears and between toes. But they can climb and rest anywhere on the body.
Sure, there are toxic chemicals that repel pests, but why expose your beloved pet to these when there are many herbs, herbal oil combinations and natural fossils that can do the same thing? Lemon eucalyptus oil, neem, lavender, lemongrass, diatomaceous earth and more!
Here are some products to consider:
Just for cats and dogs
- Flea & Tick by Pet Naturals of Vermont -also protects against mosquitoes and flies.
I actually use the wipes for my cat who is harness-trained and likes to go for walks. We’ve never come home with a flea or tick!
Neem contains azadirachtins, which are known insecticides. Some people report great success by simply applying a few drops of unrefined neem oil to their dog’s collar.
- Ark Animals Flea Flicker/Tick Kicker
When applying to cats, only spray between the shoulder blades so they can’t lick it off!
For cats, dogs and humans
Use this solution in a Collar Companion (fill the disk and then attach to your pet’s collar)
- Bug Block by Doctor Schultze
Because many essential oils can be toxic if directly applied to a cat’s skin, it is best to add a few drops to a collar or cloth harness.
For cats, dogs, humans, the home, yard and garden
- Diatomaceous Earth (Food Grade)
Made from the fossilized shells from a plant known as diatoms, this powdery product kills fleas, ticks and even lice on contact. It can be used to prevent insects in the yard and is the go-to insecticide for organic gardeners. Diatomaceous Earth is often added to silos that house grains produced for humans. So yes, it is 100% safe. And effective. The best brand out there is Perma-Guard. It is sold at natural pet food and supply stores as well as gardening stores nationwide.