Dealing with fleas and ticks

By Paul Tan (Owner of Bailey the Golden)

Every dog owner dreads fleas and ticks.  Many turn to flea and tick meds which are really bad for your furkid. Flea and tick meds are essentially pesticides that work by attacking the nervous system of these pests. Few know that it also affects and damages your furkid’s nervous system. The monthly liquid that you put on your furkid’s coat could well affect his nervous system. So stop using them and read on for alternative solutions for remedy.

I have a neighbour who had a badly flea-infested dog.  He tried everything that was available in the market. When he mentioned this to me, I told him that his house is probably infested with eggs from the fleas. Fleas are very active insects, feeding on blood from dogs and humans. They jump onto passing animals and burrow down into the fur to the skin, where they stay well-hidden while biting and ingesting blood. This is irritating to the animal, and to humans as well, as the bites can cause severe itching and inflammation.

If your dog is restless and is licking and scratching more than normal, it’s an indication of possible flea infestation. To inspect your dog, turn him onto his back and check the areas that allow fleas to hide best. The armpits and groin are areas that are warm and protected, making them preferred spots for large flea populations. Check the ears carefully for signs of scratching, redness, blood, or dirt. These can all be signs of fleas. The skin on the belly, groin, or base of the tail may appear red and bumpy, especially if your dog is doing a lot of scratching.

So back to my neighbour’s problem. I immediately recommended him food-grade diatomaceous earth. Diatomaceous earth is composed of tiny organisms known as diatoms which have the ability to lacerate the exoskeletons of various types of insects and kill them through dehydration. Sprinkle a thin layer of food-grade diatomaceous earth throughout your pet’s fur. Dust the powder into their coat and skin underneath. One of the key areas to pay attention to is the backbone. Remember diatomaceous earth is not effective when wet. You should also sprinkle some sparingly around your home where your dog has been as we need to kill the eggs or any remaining fleas around the corners of your home. The beautiful outcome of this ordeal is that my neighbour’s flea-infested dog was completely rid of fleas, and he swears by diatomaceous earth to this day!

 

About the author:

Paul Tan is the owner of Bailey the Golden, our brand ambassador. Bailey started training for canine obedience competitions when he was 7 months old. He has appeared in several TV appearances, including a commercial with famed dog whisperer, Cesar Millan. Bailey is currently taking Astamate as part of his supplement diet. You may follow Bailey on Instagram: Bailey the Golden

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