Fleas and ticks on dogs are a problem. Sure there are plenty of commercial flea and tick repellents available and it seems a simple solution to getting rid of these pests. But are they safe?
The FDA has warned that some commercial flea and tick medications could potentially cause “neurological adverse events” in cats and dogs. The warning applies to drugs in the isoxazoline class. As pet owners many of us use tick and flea repellent products on our pets without much thought because its an easy way to to keep ticks and fleas at bay. I've certainly used them on my pets.
It's always easy to assume that because products come from reputable manufacturers that they are safe to use and have been thoroughly tested. I'm not saying these products have not been tested but are the regulations controlling this industry as tight as they should be?
Here is the cautionary message.
"If you are currently treating your fur baby with Bravecto, Nexgard or Simparica you need to be careful. According to the FDA, some animals treated with these medications “have experienced adverse events such as muscle tremors, ataxia, and seizure.” There is also another product in that class of drugs called, Credelio (it recently received FDA approval)."
Here are some safe to use natural recipes to control fleas and ticks on dogs. Justin Michaels tells you how to make them and use them on your pets . You can read his article by clicking the button below. For your pets sake, stop using commercial products and use these.
Repellent for Pets: Add 1 cup of water to a spray bottle, followed by 2 cups of distilled white vinegar. Ticks hate the smell and taste of vinegar, and will be repelled by this ingredient alone. Then, add two spoonfuls of vegetable or almond oil, which both contain sulfur (another natural tick repellent). To make a repellent that will also deter fleas, mix in a few spoonfuls of lemon juice, citrus oil, or peppermint oil, which will all repel ticks and fleas while also creating a scented repellent. Spray onto the pet's dry coat, don't get it in their eyes (or other sensitive areas). Spray down your pet once per day if they are only going outside to go to the bathroom, spray them several times a day if they spend the entire day outside.