Keep your animal flea-free the organic way with herbs from your garden, and use a pet toothpaste to maintain sparkly clean teeth. Pay attention to your cat, but don't hover: trust in her natural instincts enough to know that she will always be able to find her way home. Similarly, your dog's kennel cough can be scary, but a trip to the vet is usually unnecessary; his own immune system will combat the cough more effectively than any antibiotic. Also get tips on keeping the litterbox smelling fresh with cedar, coping with your dog's sneezing spasms and deciding whether to de-claw your cat. Originally published as "Plants That Protect Your Pet" in the February/March 1992 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.