Harsh chemicals found in most flea and tick preventions can be detrimental to both you and your pets. From concentrated formulas used to spray around your yard, to the topical solutions and year round flea collars, most contain harsh chemicals that seep through the skin and into the blood stream. These chemicals are also inhaled and often ingested.
You can find thousands of testimonials from pet owners who have spoken out about some of the common side effects from flea and tick preventions. I’m not here to go into detail, a simple search online can do that. It’s important to know that many of the images are hard to look at and unfortunately many of the stories end in tragedy.
One of the less talked about side effects though, is the long term side effects. I wasn’t aware of this until after my dog passed away, but his particular cancer was linked to common pesticides found in flea and tick control.
For the longest time, I couldn’t understand how my dog got cancer. I truly believed I was doing everything right to keep him healthy. He was diagnosed with TCC bladder cancer in January 2016 at 11 years old and passed away horrifically, just 6 months later. TCC is a very aggressive type of cancer. After extensive research and trying to figure out how this happened to my baby, I came across an article that talked about the connection between flea and tick treatments and dog cancer. After further research, I found that TCC bladder cancer is believed to be most commonly caused by the chemicals and pesticides found in these common treatments. However, TCC is only one form of cancer that is linked to these preventions.
It never crossed my mind in the 11 years of Titus’s life, that the preventative measures I was taking with him were potentially harming him. Because there were no immediate side effects, I thought they were safe. I was wrong.
There are many high quality all natural products out there that work great for flea, tick, and even heart worm prevention. It’s important to find a reputable brand with well sourced ingredients as not all products out there work very well. I’ve tried many, and many have failed. I live in Middle Tennessee where fleas and ticks run rampant. There’s no way around treating my pets, so I had to find something safe and extremely effective.
I’ve listed below, some amazing and reputable products that I have found to work great for preventing and treating fleas and ticks. My pets are going on 4 years of only using natural prevention, and it’s working!
It’s also important to note that a balanced gut plays a vital role in natural prevention. A healthy diet along with a high quality probiotic will help keep their gut healthy.
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