Flea and tick medicine sales often spike in spring and summer, the seasons which fleas breed best. It is not difficult to find the tell tale signs of infestation when your dog keeps scratching and gnawing at itself with raw flesh exposed from the skin. There are a variety of dog flea treatment alternatives which can resorted to, namely over the counter flea removal products as well as natural flea and tick medicine.
There are the chemical laden solutions which have become a great and growing concern to many environmentally friendly pet owners. Easily available in the pet stores and pharmacies, unfortunately, are concoctions that include toxic substances that could cause more harm than cure. Take the simple flea collar, which is worn round the neck and your dog literally breathes the product and this could cause allergies. If having applied medication on your dog and it starts to wheeze, behave lethargic or even vomit, you need to stop the treatment immediately and pay a visit to the vet specialist.
Most importantly, even before you purchase any over the counter flea removal solutions you need have read thoroughly the ingredients as well as the instructions and applicability on dogs and cats. You see, some medications are only meant for dogs and not suitable for felines. It could turn out to be fatal for them if used inappropriately.
Thorough home cleaning is a must when it comes to working out the plan for flea removal and this includes cleaning out where your dog spends the most time in, often in the yard. And throughout the process of cleaning out the pests, you can use cedar mulch as they work best as a natural repellant for fleas and ticks. Better still, lay a ring of it around the dog house so as to block the parasites.
Using pennyroyal is another alternative as they too are very effective in repelling fleas. Tansy is yet another such alternative, and you can plant them in your garden to help ward off the parasites. Bear I mind though that this is a plant which contains low levels of toxicity and are not meant for consumption, so keep your dog away from it.
There are more to it than simply using herbs that repel the parasites. Flea removal encompasses habitual pet hygiene, thorough and conscientious home cleaning, as well as diet. Check out part 2 of this series for more details.