Homeopathic remedies can be prescribed to strengthen the constitution of your pet making them more resistant to parasites.
- There are several natural flea and tick sprays, shampoos and dips available.
- Deflea pet & area spray kills fleas on contact in 1-2 seconds just as fast as toxic, insecticidal sprays. Deflea kills ticks on contact in 2-3 minutes, therefore, it must be applied daily to twice daily in tick-infested areas. Deflea also makes an effective concentrated shampoo and strong dip for infestations.
- Buck Mountain parasite dust used 1-2 times monthly is more effective in most cases to prevent ticks than fleas. If your dog runs through the woods and is covered in ticks then a collar or topical conventional product may be needed.
- To prevent fleas only, you can make your own spray by mixing: one ounce of geranium oil diluted into 4 ounces of water. Avoid eyes, spray on the back of the neck, down their back to the tailhead region and belly where fleas commonly reside. Apply these oils to a bandana to make a natural flea collar.
- Squirrels are infested with fleas that can easily jump onto your pet. Since bird feeders attract squirrels, keep them in an area far away from your pets.
- A natural way to decrease fleas in your backyard is with nematodes - bugs that destroy flea larvae and cocoons. Sprinkle diatomaceous earth on the ground to dehydrate and kill fleas and ticks.
- If you reside in high-risk areas for fleas and especially tickborne disease and natural prevention is inadequate then consider the Serestro collar which is less invasive than topical flea and tick treatment. Serestro is a time released, transdermal chemical that repels and kills fleas and ticks for 8 months.
I DO NOT RECOMMEND AND NEVER USE ORAL flea and tick products which are toxic to the nervous system. I have treated and detoxed many animals with homeopathy for tremors and seizures caused by oral flea and tick pills. Small breeds and little white dogs have very sensitive livers.
Healthy animals are usually resistant to fleas, whereas ticks are opportunistic and even attach themselves to healthy animals. I advise hiking on trails and avoid tick-infested woods to prevent Lyme and other tickborne diseases.