Fleas and ticks are a headache for pet owners in America. I use to think that there was a 'season' for fleas and ticks. Now I know better because they can live for a year!
Prevention is the best defense but what do you do if you don't even recognize the darn bugs or know how to help your pet once they are infected?
Fleas are the most common parasite to aggravate our pets. They're wingless insects that nourish themselves on the blood of your pet. These darn bugs can jump up to two feet high (EEK).
If that's not bad enough, fleas can live for maybe 13 days or as long as 12 months (!)—and during that time, birth millions and millions of other little insects to torment your house and pet. They're a lot of species of fleas, but the most common in North America is the cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis.
Symptoms of Fleas on Dogs
You're most likely to find a flea on your dog’s tummy.
Poop or “flea dirt” in a dog’s coat that looks like small grains of sand.
Flea eggs - eggs will be white and look like white grains of sand.
Excessive scratching, licking or biting by your dog.
Scabs and hot spots
Fleas are usually brought in from the great outdoors, and they thrive in warm, humid climates.
Sorry, all folks living back east
Fleas spend their life laying eggs which may live on your pet's fur, drop into your carpet and find themselves in your bed, snoozing right next to you. So, next time your itching in the middle of the night be on the look our for some new bed partners.
OK - warning because I found this disgusting... Fleas can consume 15 times their body weight in blood and even though they are small, they are mighty. AND for a puppy with a ton of fleas, this can be life-threatening. Some pets are allergic to the saliva of fleas too, which can cause an allergic reaction known as flea allergy dermatitis.
Ticks are disgusting and dangerous to both pets and humans. Again, just like fleas, they feed on the blood of your pet, and unfortunately, a boatload of diseases are transmitted through their bite.
Ticks love to attach themselves close to the head, neck, ears, and feet but can be found anywhere on your pet’s body. Ticks are particularly prominent in warm climates and wooded areas of the Northeast. Again sorry easterners...
So, what's a caring and loving pet parent to do when faced down by two tiny insects that can command so much of our attention and create so much havoc?
Safe and Chemical Free Solution
One of my concerns after losing a pet to cancer this year is the chemical make up of many products. I have to admit I fell in love with these ingredients right away - but was a little concerned if the spray would work.
Afterall, it's full of natural goodness and chemicals.
The Lavender, Cedar, and Peppermint honestly do repel fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes and prevent infestation. This spray is both pyrethrin and permethrin free.
You can spray directly on your pet, on all bedding, or in areas that pets hang out. It has a natural, clean scent that you will love.
This product is not made for cats or dogs less than 12 weeks old.
Just spray on your dog and massage the wonderfully scented lotions into their fur. It worked amazingly well and its made with essential oils so you know it smells delicious too.