Natural Pet Care for Fleas, Ticks, Bath Time and More
Our human lives are full of choices. We often obsess over the ingredients in the lotions we buy and search for the safest cleaning products for our home. Our pets, on the other hand, live a largely choice-less existence. Whether you shine your floors with chemical cleaner or use a non-toxic vinegar and lemon solution is not a choice our cat makes. In fact, she doesn’t get a choice when flea season rolls around and the collars and ointments come out, either. And her favorite bubble bath solution is left unknown as well. In the end, the choices that affect your pets’ health are up to you, and many pet owners make health-damaging mistakes.
For example, flea collars often contain tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP) or propoxur, which can jeopardize your pet’s immune system and leave damaging lifelong effects. Flea collars that contain these chemicals can damage the nervous system, negatively affect the brain and even lead to cancer. These chemicals are especially damaging for children who may be in regular contact with your dog or cat.
You can avoid toxic chemicals by taking the following natural and preventive measures:
- Give your pet regular baths.
- Wash your pet’s bedding and clean the areas where your pet sleeps, such as sofas or rugs. Clean these surfaces the same day as you wash your pet.
- Use a flea comb in between baths.
- Do not neglect your pet’s oral hygiene. Regular brushing is necessary not just for you, but them, too.
- If you have carpet, vacuum regularly and clean area rugs.
- Boost your pet’s immune system with herbs.
- Create a natural flea and tick rinse with rosemary, wormwood, southernwood, lavender, pennyroyal or eucalyptus.
Taking the time to consider natural pet care choices is worth it for the furry friends we love. Natural pet care is easier than you think and creates a cleaner, greener environment for every member of your household.