It can be easy to forget about fleas in the fall, but fleas are still here, and your pet can get them at any time. In fact, last year, I found a flea on Eve in November! When it comes to flea and tick control it is also important to me that my pets are not exposed to chemicals. Ty is in remission from lymphoma, and chemical exposure could trigger a relapse. I also have become increasingly concerned about the chemicals in various products and their connection to the large increases of cancer seen in pets, especially lymphoma. I don’t want Ty to relapse and I don’t want Eve to become sick, so I am always seeking out natural options whenever possible. I’m simply not willing to put chemicals such as permethrin on my pets, which is found in most of the long acting products that you will find recommended at the big box pet stores and probably from your vet as well. Fortunately, Only Natural Pet offers some truly terrific alternatives, including full kits of products for both cats and dogs that will allow you to fight fleas and ticks naturally. They sent me their ultimate kit to try.
My kit came in a nice box and included products designed to prevent and repel fleas and ticks without chemicals.
Only Natural Pet offers all of these products separately or in kits of various sizes. The Ultimate kit has the most products and offers a holistic approach to eliminating fleas, ticks, and other biting insects without any dangerous chemicals. The kit provides cost effective, easy to use products that are safe for your pet. Key ingredients are things like essential oils and brewer’s yeast.
The kit has the entire Only Natural Pet Easy Defense flea and tick control line. Here is a look at the individual items.
The EasyDefense Flea & Tick Tag is a rather neat product. This is a flea tag that uses bioenegry to repel fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. Place it on your pet’s collar and it will use your pet’s own inherent energy to send out pest repelling frequencies. I find that fascinating! Plus it works for a year. Yep, a year! There is a lot more information about how it works at the link that I provided. I have not personally tested this yet only because I don’t like to put tags on my dog’s collars out of worries about them catching in their crates. But I think I might give it a try and just take their collars off at crate time. The instructions say to leave the tag near the dog at that time, such as on top of the crate.
The EasyDefense Collar uses essential oils to repel pests. It is infused with non-toxic ingredients such as Geraniol, Peppermint, and Thyme Oil that work to naturally protect against fleas, ticks, and biting insects. It is easy to use; just place it around your dog’s neck and trim the end. This product works well with my dogs and is a good alternative to the tag. In the past I looked at making DIY versions of something like this by infusing bandannas with essential oils. The collar is easier and more convenient.
The EasyDefense Herbal Squeeze-On is my favorite product. This product provides three months of protection using Geraniol and Peppermint. Apply it to your dog’s skin to repel pests. I find it to be a great natural alternative to the chemical applicators that you will find at most pet stores, which I cringe at the idea of using. With this, I know that the product is safe and natural.
When it comes to grooming, I always look for natural grooming products that are designed to repel and prevent fleas and ticks. EasyDefense Herbal Spray, and EasyDefense Herbal Shampoo and Conditioner are great for this. The shampoo and conditioner contain a great mix of essential oils, come in decent sized bottles, and leave the dogs feeling super soft and smelling good. The spray is handy and easy to use. I like to use it when we are sitting outside with the dogs, especially in the evening when biting insects such as gnats and mosquitoes are around. Those particularly drive Ty nuts, and this allows him to be comfortably outside with us.
Related to the grooming products is the Easy Defense Essential Oil Blend, which you can apply to your hands and rub onto your pet. It smells good and can help those biting bugs stay off of you too!
EasyDefense Barrier Bites is Ty’s favorite product. These dog treats contain brewer’s yeast and garlic to create an odor that repels pests. Depending on your dog’s size, a few of these each day will help keep your pet flea free. I was a bit concerned that my dogs would smell like garlic, but I haven’t noticed a garlic smell coming from them, although my dogs tend to smell like fish (lovely right?) from their fish oil, so that would mask it if it did cause an odor. Anyway, I haven’t seen anyone complaining that they cause a garlic odor.
Finally, if you end up with fleas, EasyDefense All-in-One Flea Remedy provides a solution. It contains repelling ingredients and also has calcium carbonate, which naturally kills fleas, eggs, and larve without harsh chemicals. Apply it to your pet and put it in carpets and beds both to prevent and treat flea infestations.
I have been using combinations of these products for over a month now and have had not seen signs of fleas or ticks. I also feel comfortable using these products. That makes me happy and makes the dogs happy as well.
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You can also get a kit for cats here.