Buyer beware! Make sure that the flea protection you choose for your puppy, kitty, dog or cat is the right one for their age, size and medical condition. Topical medication, oral medication, collars, dips, sprays….the list goes on and on. There is a variety of products to choose from all claiming to kill fleas or prevent outbreaks. Read this interesting article from the NY Daily News and the reasons why some flea fighters are dangerous.
Please consult your veterinarian to ensure the product you choose is safe for your dog or cat. Of course, I like the all natural route best but in many locations a stronger medication is necessary. Any flea medication, if used incorrectly, can cause your pet to become ill or worse.
Visit the following sites to read about a few all natural alternatives:
Pet Naturals of Vermont. I like their flea protect spray and shampoo quite a bit. The shampoo will kill the fleas and the spray prevents. Safe for use around pets and kids!
Natural Defense by Sentry. I have used their home spray and it seemed to kill/prevent fleas and as an added bonus…it smelled nice. Pet and kid safe!
The Wholistic Pet. Read about Diatomaceous Earth. You can use it on your dog or cat, on your floors or even in your yard…etc. How does it work? DE works by puncturing the exoskeleton of the insect and eventually killing it.
Why are fleas so tough to eliminate? Because, their lifecycle is lengthy and contains four stages. Learn more about their life cycle at about.com.
Hint, eradicating the pupa stage is extremely important! And, confronting fleas at each stage will help you win the battle!
Once you find a safe product, use it correctly and be CONSISTENT! That is key to your success!