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Pest Control for your pet--The Current Paradigm
Almost all pet owners are familiar with at least a few of the many chemical based pet pest control options available including various ingestible medications, topical preparations, injectible medications or some combination of the aforementioned. Most flea, tick, and / or heartworm preventatives, either for the pet itself or for its environment, whether purchased from your vet or your local pet supply store contain poisons, and even their correct use can result in allergies as well as neurological and chronic health problems that in the most serious cases can prove fatal. Another concern that arises is that certain preparations may be safe for your dog but may seriously sicken other pets that come into contact with a treated dog; cats, for example, can be sickened to the point of death if they ingest even the smallest amount of one of the most popular topical flea/tick preparations available for dogs whether they contact and ingest the poison directly from the dog or from any shared environment in which the dog leaves residual flea/tick control medication. With the myriad chemicals in our pets' environment these days it's not surprising that incidences of cancer, in particular, and numerous other diseases are affecting pets in increasingly larger numbers. It is precisely because harmful chemicals are found in most commercial flea and tick products that holistic veterinarians and natural pet professionals suggest using all natural pest prevention products. Not only are natural pest control methods effective they also result in healthier animals that are able to fend off parasites on their own and to fight off other ailments as well.
To prevent heartworm, for example, most veterinarians will recommend giving a daily or monthly pill, a topical application or an injection. Ironically the 'preventative' you are giving is the same medication used in the treatment of the disease, albeit at a lower dosage; when the medication is administered monthly the toxins may accumulate and increase the health risk to internal organs. Such treatments for heartworm are toxic to the body as they contain chemical insecticide. These toxins, even when from seemingly natural sources, affect the body and its organs and may result in illness. It is far better both to have a healthy pet whose body is naturally repellent to mosquitoes and that has an immune system strong enough to protect itself by killing off invasive bacteria, viruses and parasites even if bitten by an affected mosquito, and to use a natural repellent when necessary to minimize the likelihood of your pet being bitten by mosquitoes which are the primary vector by which animals are infected with heartworm. Moreover there are natural herbal anti-parasite preparations to help the animal combat internal parasites should the need arise.
Side effects listed for heartworm and flea preventative drugs include: vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, and weakness. These treatments weaken your pet's immune system, which recognizes the chemicals as poison and subsequently works to expel them from the body. The body works hard to eliminate the toxins and major organs like the liver, kidneys and skin are taxed and may even be injured thereby compromising the overall health of an animal by weakening the ability of an animal to fight off viral and bacterial diseases. The following table indicates the major chemical pest control agents are their associated toxicities.
Keeping your pet parasite free, whether it's heartworms or other parasites, requires ensuring your pet's overall health and wellness and that starts with a good quality pet food. If you haven't read *The Truth About Pet FoodĒ , please visit our website at www.creaturecomfort.ca to learn more about what goes into most commercial foods. You can't keep parasites away when you're feeding them "food" that's made from corn (commonly used to replace meat as a protein), by-products, contaminated ingredients, rancid grease, chemical preservatives, and diseased tissue. A quality pet food biologically supports strong, healthy pets with proper nutrition contributing to healthy organ function, and a strong immune system which resists infection, illness and parasites and pests.
Flea Control and Heartworm protection are, perhaps, the 2 major pest control treatment regimens that most pet lovers will follow. As a consequence it is the toxic effect of these traditional treatments that affect most animals. The carrier of heartworms are mosquitoes. For dogs, and sometimes cats, mosquitoes can cause life-threatening problems because they transmit heartworms if they, themselves, are carrying . Heartworms are parasites that enter the bloodstream as larvae and migrate to the heart. Six months after reaching the heart the larvae turn into adults, and that's when problems begin. Full-grown heartworms eventually fill the heart, blocking flow of blood to the lungs and doing damage to the heart. By the time you see symptoms, they've already done damage to the heart.
Mosquitoes still bite animals on heartworm pills. The key is to get the blood of the pet in a healthy enough condition that the mosquitoes won't want it. Mosquitoes are a parasite. Herbs, oils and supplements that have anti-parasitic properties will repel and discourage not only mosquitoes, but fleas, ticks and internal parasites as well.
Herbs such as Black Walnut, Garlic, Sage Leaf, Fennel Seed, Papaya Leaf, and Wormwood are examples of what can be used to formulate an effective preventative and/or as part of a treatment program. Essential Oils used for natural repellency and prevention include Tea Tree Oil, Rosemary Oil, Sage Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Peppermint Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Citronella Oil, Pine Needle Oil & Neem.
Heartworm prevention requires a multi-faceted approach which includes not exposing your dog to mosquitoes as much as possible. This is one of the many reasons why we do not recommend leaving dogs outside full time - they have increased exposure and are thus at much higher risk. To provide as much protection as possible from mosquitoes, use cedar mulch in gardens or areas around your house that your dog will spend time when outdoors and make sure there is no standing water for the mosquitoes to breed. Prior to going outdoors and again upon returning after play or "business," your dog can be misted with an essential oil spray. Nice and safe with no worries of toxic chemicals on the skin.
Our Herbal Preventative Program consists of these products:
Miracle Mist Natural Pest Repellant, available here, is one alternative option to use before venturing into the great outdoors. We also recommend Halo Herbal Dip for pets which can be used in shampoo, in a spray bottle, and also to saturate your petís collar/harness or bandana with for use as an herbal pest repellant worn all the time during high risk seasons.
Naturpet Worm-Ex Used to remove intestinal parasites. It will help dislodge parasites from tissues and pass them out of the system. This is also a wonderful formula for fleas, lice and controlling fevers. Wormwood, Malefern, American wormseed, Fennel, Papaya, Sage. Dosage is for ten days. May be repeated every 2 months depending on the animals environment.
Naturpet Black Walnut Black Walnut is used as an astringent because it is rich in tannin, a toning substance. Black Walnut is famous for it's cleansing properties and has been used for centuries to treat parasites. During the first week of each month [for 7 days]: Black Walnut Extract sprinkled over food, daily or given orally.
Ingredients: Black Walnut Hulls (Green Hulls) (Juglans nigra) 1000 mg Other Ingredients: Magnesium stearate (vegetable), silicon dioxide (powdered silica), kosher gelatin, and water.
During the first week of each month [for 7 days]: Black Walnut Extract sprinkled over food, daily or given orally
Another thing to consider is if you are in a climate area that has a winter and a period of time where there are no mosquitoes. Vets generally now tell you to use heartworm medication ALL YEAR LONG-something we strongly disagree with. Though pest repellants are not necessary in winter months, we do recommend the Parasite Cleanse program twice per year to keep pets healthy and free of internal parasites. Please use wisdom and common sense in deciding whether the natural approach is for you and your pet family. Since the herbal way is less expensive than the drugs, this also allows more financial freedom to choose to make the investment to have your dog tested annually as well.
Remember: An ounce of prevention is worth much more than a pound of cure and saves you money as well.
Did you knowÖÖ. Titre Testing is a simple blood test that we highly recommend IN PLACE OF immunizations to verify your petís immunity levels. Why inject them with unnecessary immunizations that may be harmful and often are unnecessary.
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