Dangers of Chemical Flea & Tick Spot On Preventatives
With the findings that certain ticks can carry dangerous diseases for our pets, and with fleas and heartworms on the rise in many areas due to weather changes, we have all become extra careful to prevent these parasites. With the introduction of spot on products, flea and tick prevention is now easy and convenient for pet owners…easy and convenient is not always the safest. Medical problems that have become common in our pets could potentially be linked to these previously “believed to be innocuous” flea and tick prevention products.
Traditional dog and cat flea and tick preventative treatments are toxic to our pets and us. Most veterinarians recommend toxic chemical flea and tick treatment preventatives. These traditional flea and tick treatments are killing pets, some within a matter of hours, some within a few days, while most it is a slow early death due to the toxic buildup in the body.
Veterinarians are taught that the majority of flea and tick products are harmless and safe to use. Evidence now shows that active ingredients, as well as some inactive ingredients, have been linked to serious health problems in our pets and us.
Websites and advertisements for the topical flea and tick prevention products create the impression that spot-on or topical products stay in the oil glands of the skin. But, studies have shown that many of these chemicals and toxins do enter the pet’s system settling in major organs.
For the popular spot-on flea and tick treatments, the top 3 most deadly ingredients are Fipronil, Imidacloprid and Pyrethrins.
Healthy animals are less attractive, for reasons that science has yet to determine, to fleas and other external and internal pests and parasites, whose whole existence is one of opportunistic survival and multiplication” says Dr Michael Fox DVM. “Dogs and cats on the kind of ‘junk’ foods that are still widely sold are far more prone to fleas and other parasitic and infectious health problems than those who are on a wholesome, whole-food diet, ideally organically certified and of course nutritionally complete.”
The best alternative solution to parasites is PREVENTION. Healthy animals are not appealing to parasites; healthy beings do not make good hosts. Once you have exposed your pet to toxic chemicals, including vaccines, drugs and flea and tick products, his liver and immune system are compromised. The toxic effect of the chemical treatments will make him more likely to host parasites when the effects of the chemicals begin to wear off. This spirals into a cycle of repeated applications and declining health. To break this cycle stop using all chemical flea, tick, heartworm, worm/parasite prevention treatments, and vaccines. In addition, take steps to help boost the immune system.
Cleansing and detoxing the body is similar to properly maintaining your automobile. If you regularly change the oil, radiator fluid, transmission fluid, your car will last much longer. If you leave the same old fluid sludge in your vehicle, it doesn't run as well or as long. Cleansing and detoxing the body is an excellent preventative health maintenance program to keep us and our pets living longer, healthier lives. Cleanse and detox your puppy/dog's body regularly.
Our protocol is 2-3x/day for 30 days both spring and fall (less stressful months of the year) for all canines and felines. The Internal Gold Detox Kit contains both organic Kidney Rejuvenator and organic Life Cell Support that help cleanse and purify the blood, kidneys, liver, and lymphatic system. Organic Essiac Tea is excellent and can be given 2-3x/day in lieu of the Life Cell Support as they are both similar products that cleanse and purify the blood, liver, and lymphatic system.
Bentonite Clay is excellent to help detox the body and especially good for poisoning issues, such as salmonella and campy (Campylobacteriosis). It is also excellent to normalize diarrhea or constipation issues. Many people and pets consume it daily.
Organic food grade diatomaceous earth is a good mild detox and something we choose to consume and feed daily to all animals. In addition to the detox benefits, internal feeding of food grade diatomaceous earth helps eliminate most internal worms, including roundworms, pin worms, tapeworms, etc.
Give 100% New Zealand Colostrum daily, as it is excellent to help strengthen the immune system, provides antibodies, helps build muscle mass (we have a lot of pro athletes that take it daily and pro football wives are ordering overnight delivery because their husband ran out), etc. and all puppies and dogs LOVE it!
Feed Species Appropriate Nutrition aka raw meat and bones for optimum health. Good nutrition is essential to a healthy immune system. And, plenty of fresh, filtered water.
For information on how to safely prevent fleas and ticks, please visit our No Flea library page.
Some Flea and Tick
Treatments Increase Risk of Seizures in Pets, FDA warns
FIPRONIL: Safety Summary for Veterinary Use
Is It Safe to Use Strong Chemicals to Kill Fleas and Ticks?
NRDC to EPA: Red Flags on Imidacloprid Health Risks
IMIDACLOPRID: Safety Summary for Veterinary Use
Imidacloprid — toxicity, side effects, diseases and environmental impacts
Pyrethrins & Pyrethroids
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth for Mites & Morgellons
Crawling Insect Control Diatomaceous Earth for fleas, flies, cockroaches, bed bugs, etc.
Fly Free Food Supplement
Garl-or3 Yard & Garden Spray - Spray in your yard, gardens, kennels, barns, etc. and watch the fleas, flies, mosquitoes, aphids, and other insects disappear!
Natural Heartworm Preventative
Hikers' Friend Insect Repellent Spray (for specially formulated for your pet)
Hikers' Guard Insect Repellent Spray (for you!)
Nature's Way Insect Spray for People & Pets
Pet Scents Herbal Pet Shampoo
10 Million Scanmask Spray Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema feltiae) Garden Pack
25 Million Live Beneficial Nematodes Sc - Flea and Fly Exterminator
50 Million Ecomask Spray Flea Killing Beneficial Nematodes (Steinernema carpocapsae) All of the above Scanmask Sprays and the Beneficial Nematodes can be sprayed into your lawn, garden, and moist soil areas. Beneficial nematodes parasitize soil dwelling larvae, such as fleas, flies, grubs, etc. whereas all other flea/tick/fly control methods only control adult insects, they do not affect larvae/eggs. Beneficial nematodes are essential for complete elimination of many pesky insects as they stop the hatching egg cycle.
This site is dedicated to all animals and their guardians. Whether you are here to find information and links to research holistic methods or just browsing, please feel free to linger as long as you wish. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail us. We would be happy to assist in any way we can. May you and yours be in good health always.
*The information on this web site is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a physician or veterinarian. This information is not intended as a substitute for the reader's independent judgment and personal responsibility. Health issues are far too important to delegate to anyone else. It is highly recommended you research and seek information and counsel from as wide a variety of sources as possible, so you can make well informed educated decisions about you, your child's, or your pet's health, as in the end YOU make the decisions.
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