Ideas to inspire
by Tami Nantz | 1 year ago
As a Texas owner of two extremely active German Shorthair Pointers, it has been so fun taking them on hikes, runs and out to their favorite doggy day care place Lucky Dog Ranch. Having activities around grassy areas, water and fields means they are subjected to fleas and ticks almost daily. As such, for years, they had been on various chemical commercial-based flea preventatives with very big brand name companies. Yes, they worked; but what I never realized was the ill-effects it could have on Piper and Harper. One day, Piper started having seizures out of the blue. I started to keep a journal history of when she would have a seizure episode; and noticed they were happening more frequently. I hired a holistic vet to help explore natural alternatives to help her overcome these issues.
We started with the main focus being “seizure control”. First, our vet suggested we order an allergy test for her from Glacier Holistic. Low and behold the results came back with many, allergies. Grains, chicken, chlorine and chemicals were at the top of the list. We immediately, changed Piper’s diet and quit using her monthly flea prevention. Even though I was nervous about the fact that she was off the flea med I knew it was best for health. Reading the fine print stated the meds should not be taken if dogs are prone to seizures.
We came up with a new, natural plan and alternative for flea and tick control which we have had in place since June of this year which has been 99% effective. There are 3 key elements to the natural flea and tick prevention regimen which entail treatment from the inside out:
1. EasyDefense Flea Collar of geraniol, a geranium extract
2. EasyDefense Garlic, Brewer’s yeast treats
3. 4Paws Natural Pet Soap, Lemongrass Lavender shampoo
Let’s break this down a little more. I discovered Only Natural Pet online a few years ago and had success using their Natural Flea and tick tag which worked great; but the downside was it can’t get wet while it’s acclimating to the dog. So, I decided to change to 2 different products to treat them both inside and out: all-natural EasyDefense brand flea collars and Easy Defense brand chewable treats. The collars have active ingredients of Geraniol, Peppermint and Thyme oil. The chewable treats main ingredients contain the Natural Power of Brewer's Yeast & Garlic. This is an excerpt from the product description directly from their website, “Only Natural Pet EasyDefense Barrier Bites have a unique balance of amino acids and complex b-vitamins. These flea chews also work to maintain your pet's healthy skin & coat by maintaining proper skin and tissue function. The bio-available source of garlic has also been shown to offer amazing immune support in animals by using garlic's natural properties, which maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract and heart function.”
The third element of the regimen is the shampoo which is all natural and was invented by one of our Makers who founded 4Paws All Natural Pet Soaps. She created the line because her dog was having seizures and found it was related to harsh chemicals found in commercial flea products. I decided to try her products on Piper and Harper and have sense ordered from her multiple times. The product not only smells good; but has no hidden toxins and an olive oil base that keeps their coats from getting dry. You can buy this now on our site.
I am thrilled to say that since we have been on the above-mentioned regimen I have found this 99% effective. The other key point worth mentioning is that this is a cost-effective method. The flea collar is $9.99 and lasts for 4 months, barrier bites monthly supply $12.99 and the 4Paws shampoo is $16.95 for an 8oz bottle. I highly recommend exploring natural remedies in lieu of harsh chemicals. It’s a little more work; but your dogs will appreciate the effort. A separate article will be posted related to Piper’s seizures which I am happy to say have subsided!
Update 7/14/19: Still no fleas or ticks since the month of July! Thrilled this is working. We've made it a entire year. Remember, it's important to follow the entire process. Going with a natural flea and tick routine takes more work than just giving a topical once a month treatment; but it's so much safer to go natural. Also, we have started using a new product by 4 Paws Natural Pet Soaps which is an African Eucalyptus/Olive Oil Soap for Harper's skin. She has been scratching the past two weeks and we hope this helps. I will provide an update soon.