Last year the FDA released a warning about the side effects from certain flea and tick prevention products. These side effects include seizures, muscle tremors and loss of balance. Scary, right?
Since this warning, I have received hundreds of requests from around the country asking for a safe and natural flea and tick control for cats and dogs. The problem is: I don’t have one. At 5,300 ft above sea level, Boulder, CO doesn’t see a lot of bugs. This year, I have seen 2 fleas and 1 tick while examining animals. That’s 3 parasites total in 9 months. Even if I were to prescribe natural flea and tick prevention for my patients, I would not be able to measure it’s effectiveness.
So, I reached out to holistic veterinarians in other parts of the country like Florida, Texas & New York to see what’s working for them. These are places with legitimate parasite infestations. Here is what they had to say:
- Dr. Clay Bernard is a practicing veterinarian in Austin, Texas at Even Flow Holistic Vet. Here is Dr. Bernard’s protocol for flea and tick prevention:
- Environmental Management. Nematodes (tiny worms) and diatomaceous earth applied to the areas in your lawn and garden can prevent infestations.
- For your pet, he recommends using a flea comb to remove fleas manually 2-3 times per week and applying Wondercide daily.
- For heavy infestations or flea allergic animals, Dr. Bernard uses chemical flea medications. He recommends his patient take liver protective herbs and supplements 7 days before and after the application.
- Dr. Michele Yasson is a holistic veterinarian in New York at HolVet with decades of experience. This is what she recommends for flea and tick prevention:
- Dr. Yasson recommends doing regular visual monitoring with a flea comb for your cat and dog.
- Topical products with neem and lavender spray (2 drops of oil per ounce of water with a drop or two of dish soap per bottle).
- For severe infestations use Frontline with a Seresto Collar.
- Dr. Trish Kallenbach practices at The Healing Place in Crystal River, FL where fleas are alive and active all year round! Here are her recommendations for flea and tick prevention:
- Cedarwood oil solution (10 drops per ounce of water) can be applied to both pets and the environment once to twice daily.
- Cedarwood mulch is a helpful deterrent for landscaping.
- For moderate infestations, Dr. Trish uses Revolution and for severe infestations, she recommends Nexgard.
I would love to hear what’s working and what’s NOT working for you! Let me know, along with your location, in the comments.