(Closed) Natural Flea and Tick Medicine?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

My vet gave me Comfortis. Is supposed to be pretty natural stuff. As for all natural though I haven’t found anything but I live in Oregon and fleas are pretty tough here.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Comfortis and Trifexis are both great options for fleas and worms.  Don’t TOUCH the ‘nautral’ crap that they sell at Walmart/Kmart/whatever.  Especially if you are TTC.  Most use a chrysanthemum extract called pyrethrin (pyrethum).  Pyrethrin is extremely dangerous and it’s a neurotoxin.  Natural does not mean safe.  I’d personally go with the oral meds versus a spot on treatment, just because of the chemical residues.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Natural doesn’t mean non-toxic. As a sceintist, that misconception really, really bothers me.

All of these things kill fleas/ticks because they are toxic. Companies use “all natural” because it is a useful marketing tool, not because the natural products are non-toxic.

If I were TTC, I would just limit the exposure the dog has to other dogs while you are pregnant, and not use any of the medicines.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Interested if you find anything, we are ttc and I never really thought about this. Let me know if you find any options!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Also, a lot of the natural home remedies are toxic to your pet.  I swear some of these all natural home remedy website creators secretly hate animals and are trying to get them killed.  Garlic and onions are both toxic to dogs and cats and causes red blood cell damage.  The dose varies by breed, but the general rule is not to give them any.  If your dog eats a meatball that has garlic in the sauce, he’ll be fine.  It’s just something that you don’t want to give on a daily basis.  Vinegar isn’t partularly toxic but you don’t want to discourage water drinking.  Putting something bitter in drinking water tends to have that effect. 

Seriously, Comfortis or Trifexis would be the way to go.  If you’re terribly worried about residue excretion, have your husband take care of the litter box. 

Edit: I should probably mention that none of the natural remedies work.  We had plenty of flea ridden dogs that came into the clinic that ‘couldn’t have fleas because we use a natural treatment’.  Thank the gods for Capstar.

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Worker bee
Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@KH:  The prescriptions are worth it.  Personally, I like Trifexis because it protects against heartworms too, and inside only dogs can also get heartworms.  They all work well against fleas though.  Plus most of the prescription oral flea controls are chewable, and dogs tend to like them, so it’s a nice treat once a month.  🙂

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

We have super fleas here and got a bad infestation last summer. Between capstar, brewers yeast pills and these flea trap things,  we managed to beat them. You can but brewers yeast in the vitamin section, give them one or two a day and it makes them taste bad to fleas. Also spray vinegar on their coat, it seemed to help plus it makes their coat silky and shiny.

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