Fleas, Ticks be gone with no chemicals!
Ticks, Fleas & more Ticks…….
There has been SO much talk and worry about these blighters of late. Having lived in a tropical climate myself I know how tricky they can be but that they also behave completely differently on a dog that is super healthy with a strong immune system & not as many stick around as long if they jump on at all. We like mixing things up, not using the same things all the time.
Here is our tick & flea protocol & what works for us, we spend lots of time mixing with others (some of which have beastie visitors!) in the forest, on the beach (Alabama Rot,palm oil, fishing lines, there is no escaping the threats) sometimes mine will spend hours out in the forest if we are with the pony so we get around lots with our dogs.
Step one..(Probably the most important step of all)
1.Natural feeding, fresh raw OR lightly cooked food, balanced and with any supplements needed for each dog as an individual should they be needed at all, we feed raw personally.
Feeding extruded processed foods day in day out will have an effect on health just as it would for us eating takeaways every day, in our opinion no processed food is complete.
2,Natural herbal mix that the creepy crawlies detest. You may have heard of another well known herbal flea and tick mix? we use a different one, ‘Nature’s Bounty’ from Hedgerow Hounds is all organic of the highest quality and approved by a veterinarian. Nature’s Bounty really packs an all singing all dancing organic punch to those beasties we all love to hate.
3. Don’t Bug Me spray used before the forest walk or if there is actual fleas. (NOT for cats sorry)
4.Amber collars are worn from around February until October or as needed.
That’s all we use on our dogs, no fleas in the last 22 years, no ticks this year and one last year.
DE & Salt can be used in the home on bedding etc taking care not to get the dust in any people or dogs airways, leave for a few hours and hoover later.
IF you should have fleas hop on dogs or on cats, green clay, neem powder & yarrow can be dusted on & washed out after combing a couple of hours after applying.
As with anything, a happy immune system will make all the difference in the war on fleas & ticks.
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