Ticks are all over the news this year due to a sharp, exponential rise in their population. With this increase, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is predicting that this could be the “worst ever season for tick-borne illnesses.” Experts are calling for pet owners to be on the look-out for fleas & ticks as the weather gets warmer and to protect their pets all year round. Despite these warnings, a new study by Merck Animal Health also revealed that a lot of pet owners are not as prepared or knowledgeable about the dangers posed by fleas and ticks. In fact, this study found that 34% admitted that they could not identify a tick on their pet and 33% of pet owners do not give their pet’s regular flea and tick medication. By lacking preparation and not taking precautionary measures, pet parents are mistakenly using toxic methods that can harm both their pets and their families. Before going on an outdoor adventure, it is important to take healthy preventative steps for the well-being of your pet, yourself, and your family. Whether you’re gearing up for a hike in a grassy area or climbing up the mountains, you should protect your pet from ticks and the illnesses they can cause such as Lyme Disease, which can be fatal to our pets. It is important to be able to quickly detect what a flea or tick looks like. Fleas look like a caraway seed. They are dark brown, almost black. Ticks are rounder, and vary in size and color. The good news is that there are safe, natural, & eco-friendly ways to prevent fleas and ticks from latching on to your pet and getting into your home.
Spray Those Fleas & Ticks Away, Naturally
Did you know that many popular brands of flea and tick spray have dangerous toxins for pets, humans, and the environment? These toxic, chemical-filled sprays have been the cause of many reported cases of skin irritation, burns, vomiting, seizures, and even death, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Studies have shown that exposure to these toxic ingredients can lead to long –term neurological problems in kids, and have been linked to asthma, allergies, the disruption of hormones, and cancer. California researchers have also recently found that pesticides found in popular flea and tick products are getting into bay waters. Their study showed that although the current amounts are low, the bay ecosystem could be at risk. By selecting the right flea and tick spray, you’re actively protecting the health of your pet, family, and the environment. Avoid products that contain ingredients such as Pyrethrin, Permethrin, Organophosphates (OP), Imidacloprid, Fipronil, Piperonyl Butoxide (PBO), and Tetrachlorvinphos. Pura Naturals Pet Flea & Tick Spray for Dogs, naturally kills and repels fleas, ticks and mosquitos on contact and is free of harsh chemicals. The Cedar, Clove, and Peppermint oils repel these parasites which can prevent infestation. This perfect blend of organic oils works well together to ward off & kill these pests. It’s safe for your dog, family, and the planet. Our non-toxic, natural, and gentle spray can be used directly on your pet, on bedding, or in areas that your pet frequents.
Wash Your Dog With A Natural Flea & Tick Shampoo
You can also prevent fleas and ticks from latching on to your dog by bathing and combing your pet regularly. Choosing the right flea & tick shampoo is critical for your pet’s health, so always check the ingredients on product labels. The Natural Resources Defense Council recommends avoiding certain brands of flea and tick shampoos altogether because of their "high risk" and toxic ingredients like Permethrin and Piperonyl Butoxide(PBO). Add a natural flea & tick shampoo that’s free of toxic chemicals to your pet’s grooming routine. Pura Naturals Pet Flea & Tick Natural Dog Shampoo treats your pet naturally without the use of toxic chemicals. It safely and effectively repels fleas & ticks. The skin soothing formula we use is made with Organic Rosemary Oil, a natural antiseptic with superior moisturizing properties. This shampoo is also made with other natural ingredients like Aromatic Cedar and Peppermint Oils, which are natural insect repellents. Every pet parent should opt for natural alternatives to avoid the risk of accidentally poisoning their pet. Combining our Flea & Tick Dog Shampoo with our Flea & Tick Dog Spray as part of your daily routine, will result in optimum protection. To take additional measures to prevent or combat ticks, here are further recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): ● Check your pets for ticks daily, especially right after they spend time outdoors. ● If you find a tick on your dog, remove it right away. (Here’s how to safely remove a tick from your dog.) ● Ask your veterinarian to conduct a tick check at each exam. ● Talk to your veterinarian about tick-borne diseases in your area. ● Use natural flea and tick prevention products (always check products with your vet) ● Reduce tick habitat in your yard by clearing tall grasses, wood piles, and brush from your yard and mowing and raking the yard regularly. (Check out more information on how to create a tick-safe zone through landscaping.) ● Have your vet test for tick-borne diseases annually, even if your dog doesn’t seem to have any symptoms. It is also important to note that products specified for canines can be toxic to cats as they are more sensitive to all ingredients. For more information on fleas & ticks, contact your veterinarian. Never self-diagnose your pet or attempt to treat them at home without a veterinarian’s guidance.