Fleas and ticks are your pet’s worst enemy. These bugs cause more than itching. They harbor diseases, irritate the skin, and affect immune function. Ticks are particularly dangerous as they can trigger Lyme disease, paralysis, and trouble breathing.
Most pet owners reach for flea and tick products without being aware of their side effects. These formulas have been linked to seizures, diarrhea, vomiting, allergic reactions, and even death. Certain dog breeds, such as the Bichon Frise, Shih Tzu, and Chihuahua, are more likely to experience these issues.
If you care about your pet, stop using these toxic products. Try these natural flea and tick prevention methods:
Give your furry friend diced fresh garlic on a daily basis. If you have a small dog or a cat, one clove is enough. A large dog can eat up to two cloves daily. Just make sure you stick to the recommended dose. Too much garlic can damage to the red blood cells, causing anemia.
This natural remedy kills bacteria and inhibits tumor growth while lowering cholesterol. It also helps prevent flea infestations and boosts your dog’s immune function.
Fleas and ticks hate citrus flavors. If these bugs are bothering your pet, rub the juice from a freshly squeezed lemon, orange, or lime into its fur.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Add one teaspoon of vinegar to one quart of water, mix well, and spray it on your pet’s coat. Due to its acidic flavor, apple cider vinegar wards off fleas and ticks. At the same time, it leaves your pet’s fur shiny and smooth.
Certain herbs will keep these bugs from taking over. Clove, eucalyptus leaf, rosemary, and neem are particularly beneficial.
Steep one or more herbs until the water is cool, and then spray the mixture over your pet’s coat. Do not rinse.
Add a teaspoon of brewer’s yeast to your pet’s food. For best results, mix it with garlic.
These are just a few of the many natural flea and tick prevention methods available. Unlike traditional products, they’re safe and can be used long term. Also, remember to feed your pet a raw, balanced diet. Healthy pets are less likely to attract bugs.