Good to know………
I wanted to share with you a few ways that I keep my own dog’s critter FREE from fleas/ticks & worms. Natural Flea/Tick prevention for dogs Is usually best started at the end of February, beginning of March. After having a rest period over the wintering months. Now, I’m not one for using chemicals of any sort’s on my dogs. Dog owners I feel are pressured these days into to thinking this is the only way to keep our dogs safe from pest’s. Well, that’s just not the case. Toxic flea treatment work on the basis it breaks down the flea’s & ticks nervous system to kill. So imagine what it’s doing to your poor dog’s nervous system over time.
As with worms. The treatment your dog digests in pill form to kill those worms will be absorbed into your dog’s bloodstream. How can it possibly be safe for your dog when it’s a toxin and kills parasites. It doesn’t have the capability to differentiate between what it should kill and what it shouldn’t. Work that one out!
Fleas & Ticks
Firstly for fleas & ticks what I use:
Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is your bug buster. It’s cheap to buy at no more than £3-4 a bottle.
For parasite Fleas/Ticks & Worms) feed to your dog 5 days out of 7, half a teaspoon per 10kg of body weight. Just pour it over their food. Fleas don’t like the alkaline balance that AC vinegar creates on the inside of your dog. (This will also help to eliminate worms)
For the outside of your dog, AC vinegar creates a more acidic environment which fleas detest. Make up a rinse to use weekly on your dog.
You will need…..
4 oz warm water
6 oz ACV, unfiltered and preferably organic
¼ tsp of sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
How to make it up……
Mix the ingredients in a small spray bottle and spray your dog’s coat and underbelly weekly. Avoid the eyes or any open wounds.
You can even wash your dog’s bedding in AC vinegar solution. For carpet, rugged, hard floor area’s a light dusting of DE powder (Diatomaceous earth). Leave for a couple of hours then hoover up. Please follow the guidelines and make sure you put your dog outside, you both don’t want to inhale the dust. Remember to make this a weekly routine, fleas can produce up to 50 eggs daily, eeewwww!
Shampoo your dog on a regular weekly basis if you suspect fleas. Use a shampoo that doesn’t contain harmful Parabens and sulphates. Dog shampoo with added Lemon balm or Lavender oils are really good. Lemon or lavender helps to ward off most bug biters! Neem shampoo bars are another good natural solution, I like the Ekoneem company. You can make natural essential oil sprays but please do your research first. Not all oils are safe for dogs or cats. Please avoid using essential oils on bandanas around your dog’s neck. This isn’t advisable. Oils can be pretty potent. If your dog is exposed to them for long periods of time this can cause all sorts of problems.
So, have you heard the buzz about feeding dog’s natural treats with hair, as in dried rabbits ears? Well, you’ve not overheard some weird conversation, it’s true. Feed your dog dried meat treats with fur, rabbit or venison ears, dehydrated meat treat. The hair act’s as a cleanser through your dog’s intestines. As it digest’s & works its way through the internal passages. It sweeps and collects up the parasites, these are then deposited in your dog poop. I like to give my dogs 1-2 treats with hair per week.
Use Pumpkin Seeds. Blend down to medium size choppy pieces ( dependant on your dog’s size) and sprinkle over your dog’s meals. I tend not to measure anything out. I sprinkle roughly a teaspoon per day over my dog’s food for 5 days. Giving them a rest for 2 days out of the 7.
I think the advice is a quarter of a teaspoon per 10lb of body weight. Pumpkin seeds are amazing, they contain a natural substance called cucurbitin. Which paralyze the worms. Cue the primal hairy dehydrated rabbits ears, dead worm get’s caught up & swept away, I like to call it the clean sweep!
Pumpkin seeds have many more positives other than worm patrol. They are loaded with protein, amino acids, fibre, iron, copper, phosphorus and magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, folic acid and niacin. All important nutrients to your pet’s overall good health. So it’s a win-win! Always buy organic as to avoid pesticides.
It’s becoming more & more evident with research. Owners own experiences that there are many benefits to feeding your dog a fresh diet. As opposed to dry, lifeless kibble. Feeding fresh will bolster your dog’s immune system. Many parasites take advantage of dogs with poor/weakened immune systems. Don’t fancy feeding a raw diet (it’s not for everyone) then try to gently cook human grade meat proteins. Add to the kibble diet. You could try and take a spoonful of kibble out of the bowl and add some cooked meat or fish.
Add gently steamed veg with a fresh garlic clove to your dog’s food. Garlic IS SAFE for your dog regardless of those scaremongering articles you’ve probably read online somewhere. You’d have to feed many, many whole garlic bulbs for it to be toxic. Give to your dog an eating experience they deserve. Whilst in the knowledge you’re building up their health & wellbeing and longevity.
How to know if your dog really has worms?
It’s called a Worm Count test. So why try and guess or presume your dog has worms. This would be crazy. Every 3-6 months I send off for a test kit. It’s from a company called Wormcount. You take a small sample of your dogs poo over a couple of days. Pop into little pots and post off, within a few day’s you receive your results. I find this test really useful, especially regarding Lungworm. Lungworm can be fatal if not detected early. It’s spread from foxes/hedgehogs and slugs. This is the only time I would use a chemical worming procedure should my dog test positive for it.
Love & Woofs Nellie & Jo x