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Protect Your Pet Without Chemicals

5/5/2009 12:00:00 AM

Tags: dogs, pets, flea collar, flea medicine

I love my dog Rug. She’s become a member of our family, and we want to ensure a good quality of life for her. 

Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence keeps chemicals away from her rescue dog, Rug. 

As tick and flea season approaches, we won’t be dousing Rug in flea medicine or attaching a flea collar because we know that these can be harmful—both for Rug and for us. Flea collars often contain tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP) or propoxur, which can jeopardize Rug’s immune system and leave damaging lifelong effects. According to the Natural Resource Defense Council, flea collars that contain these chemicals can damage the nervous system, negatively affect the brain and even lead to cancer. These chemicals are especially damaging for children as they delay motor developments and can lead to Parkinson’s disease. 

You can avoid these toxic chemicals by taking the following natural and preventive measures:

• Give your pet regular baths.

• Wash your pet’s bedding and clean the areas where your pet sleeps, such as sofas or rugs. Cleaning these surfaces the same day as you wash your pet.

• Use a flea comb in between baths.

• If you have carpet, vacuum regularly and clean area rugs.

• Boost your pet’s immune system with herbs.

• Create a natural flea and tick rinse with rosemary, wormwood, southernwood, lavender, pennyroyal or eucalyptus. Randy Kidd, a veterinarian in Kansas City, Missouri, recommends a combination of three or four of those herbs.


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