Is All Natural Organic Flea and Tick Control Better For Pets?
What you Should Know About Chemical Flea and Tick Control!
What are the pros and cons Of All Natural Organic VS Chemical Flea and tick control?
Does Holistic Approach really work?
Products you can get that are SAFE for you, your pet even children to be around!
Then our conclusion on Holistic Flea and tick products.
Well around My area here in Western Pennsylvania we have had a very mild winter for the second year in a row. And in the news, they are already talking about having a bad Flea and tick problem already. So I figured We would talk about the Holistic approach and the All natural Organic way to control Flea and Ticks. Why we feel it is a better way to go than using the poisons way in using the harsh flea and tick chemicals found in Sprays, allowed pet collars and powders and other skin applied chemicals.
We know that yes the chemicals used in those types of products are dangerous! The EPA even tells us that but somehow they are allowed to be made and used in products for our pets. The fact is they are poison. Poison is made to kill. It certainly will do that but what’re the repercussions of using that product on your pet? Is your pet immune to those toxins? In reading some articles It does show a lot of issues can arise in going the chemical route to get rid of the Fleas and Ticks.
these products whether it be a shampoo or spray or powder that has a poisonous chemical in them to kill the pests cause skin irritations when applied also can get you pets ill if they lick any treated area and ingest the chemical. and worst cases even cause death.
Below is an article was done by the HSUS ( Humane Society United States)
Flea and Tick Product Ingredients: What You Should Know
Read this before buying flea and tick products for your pet.You can find many brands of flea and tick products at supermarkets, pet supply stores, online retailers, and through your veterinarian. Before you use any of these products on your pets, it is critical to read their labels and consult with your veterinarian. They may contain ingredients that could harm pets and people.
The Center For Public Integrity released information on its website for its Perils of the New Pesticides study in 2008. At least 1,600 pet deaths related to spot-on treatments with pyrethroids were reported to the EPA over the last five years, according to an analysis of EPA pesticide incident exposure data by the center. The EPA assigns risk levels to all pesticides for their potential dangers to humans and some flea and tick products contain chemicals, specifically permethrins, that are “likely to be carcinogenic to humans.”
Learn How to recognize the Symptoms of poisoning from the Flea and tick products
The center reported that pyrethroid spot-on also account “for more than half of ‘major’ pesticide pet reactions reported to EPA over the last five years—that is, those incidents involving serious medical reactions such as brain damage, heart attacks, and violent seizures. In contrast, non-pyrethroid spot on treatments accounted for only about 6 percent of all major incidents.”
The Center For Public Integrity’s study said pyrethroid-based flea and tick treatments are approved for sale by the EPA, and they are readily available in powders, shampoos, dips, sprays, and other forms, “but they are also linked to thousands of reported pet poisonings, and they have stirred the ire of pet owners, the concern of veterinarians, and the attention of regulatory agencies.”
In 2000, the Natural Resources Defense Council released a report called Poisons on Pets: Health Hazards from Flea and Tick Products. The report also demonstrated a link between chemicals commonly used in flea and tick products and serious health problems in both people and pets.
Besides pyrethroid-based products, ingredients to be wary of are organophosphate insecticides (OPs) and carbamates, both of which are found in various flea and tick products. The only OP currently found in flea and tick products in the U.S. is tetrachlorvinphos. This chemical is classified by the EPA as being “likely to be carcinogenic to humans.” There are questions about the effects of long-term, cumulative exposures as well as combined exposures from the use of other products containing OPs and carbamates. Permethrin is another chemical that the EPA has classified as “likely to be carcinogenic to humans” if ingested orally.
If the ingredient list includes carbaryl or propoxur, the product contains a carbamate. According to the NRDC, the potential dangers posed by the products are greatest for children and pets. Propoxur is considered to be a “probable human carcinogen” by the EPA. As of September 2010, Carbaryl will no longer be permitted for use in new pet products. However, existing stock of flea/tick products containing carbaryl can still be sold. The HSUS recommends that pet products containing carbaryl should be disposed of and not used on pets.
According to the NRDC, there are studies that show OPs and carbamates can harm the nervous system. Children can be especially vulnerable because their nervous systems are still developing. For pets, the data is limited, but according to NRDC, many companion animals appear to have been injured or killed through exposure to pet products containing OPs. Cats are particularly vulnerable since they often lack enzymes for metabolizing or detoxifying OPs and can ingest OPs by licking their fur.
What about the EPA?
Each year, millions of Americans purchase flea and tick products believing that they couldn’t be sold unless they were proven safe. But the EPA did not begin to review pet products for safety until 1996. As noted on CPI’s website, “The EPA cannot make its own assessment because unlike the regulations directing the FDA’s approval of human products, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act do not require pet products to undergo field trials prior to approval. So the agency can only require less extensive testing, often only on one breed of dog or cat. This makes it difficult to predict the effects on the broader population of users.”
If you do decide to use Chemical flea and tick products
Follow these simple steps to help prevent problems:
- Never use dog treatments on cats, and vice versa
- Always be certain of your pet’s weight before purchase to ensure proper dosage
- Don’t split one “large dog” dose in half for two small dogs (or combine two “small dog” doses for one large dog)
- Read and follow all instructions when using these products
- Do not use these products on elderly or pregnant animals
Symptoms of poisoning by flea/tick treatments may include salivating, dilated pupils, tremors, vomiting, hiding, shivering, and skin irritation.
What to do if your pet has been poisoned
If you suspect your pet may have suffered negative health effects as a result of a flea product, consult with your veterinarian immediately. If you think a child has ingested a pesticide, call your local poison control center. Be sure to report all such incidents to the EPA’s National Pesticide Telecommunications Network at 800-858-7378, or follow these steps to report an animal exposure or illness »
You can also call PET POISON HOTLINE 24/7 (855)-764-7661 and/or go to website www.petpoisonhelpline.com
Let them know
The HSUS would also like to keep track of these cases.* Please send your contact information, the product name, a brief description of the health problem, and a brief summary of your veterinarian’s findings to The HSUS at the following address:
Now after going over all that info it kind of makes you think right?
So What will All natural organic products do for me for my pets?
Fist and most important you are not using poisons to treat the problem of fleas and ticks! That may seem redundant but after reading and researching people tend to be gullible. They feel well if the product is allowed to be made and sold it must be ok right? Well, we have to think a different way about things now and what the repercussion are.When a new product come out now compared to years ago there are more advances it ways to create things technological wise then ever but it doesn’t mean it is safer! Just like years ago when Asbestos was developed and was supposed to be a good thing, now look how it causes cancer and other major health issues.
Fleas and Ticks are a natural bug that the earth sustains in life and without the use of a poisonous chemical to kill or control it the better way to go is Holistic and All natural organic ways just as mother earth created. just as our immune systems in our bodies have a certain amount of Natural fighters in defense the earth has that as well in the environment. It uses natural Floral and predators to control things in nature. That’s why more and more scientists are developing All natural compounds from Flowers that can deter Fleas and Ticks, whether it be by smell or taste they are coming up with a lot of great ways to fend off Fleas and Ticks!
Yes, it may be more time consuming reapplying an All natural Organic product to your pet or treating your yard but it does work. Something I learned recently about yard treatment that astounded me was the use of:
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth Human Benefits
Food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) is a gentle abrasive that’s also highly absorbent. DE is almost entirely made of silica, an important component of human ligaments, cartilage, and musculature. This unique resume makes DE one of the cheapest and most versatile health products on the market. You can treat your yard with this and when Fleas, Tick, and other pesky insects eat it they will die. But it is Totally safe for pets as well as humans! People this is like what you use in swimming pool filters but a safer grade. This blew my mind!
So, of course, we treat our own yard with this now as well as using a natural lavender oil mix to spray the yard a few times a season. We even use the lavender oil on our pets to repel fleas and ticks and it does work. Plus you have a great smelling pet! So doesn’t this sound like a better approach to controlling fleas and ticks the holistic way? What do you have to lose? You will spend a lot of money on those chemical brands like K9 Advantix or other brands. This way you are making it safe for you and your pet even infants that are around pets, you do not want poisons near them, do you? Of course not!
So where do you get all these products?
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So that about sums up why we believe as well a many Veterinarians are moving towards using All natural organic Ingredients in a Holistic approach to Flea and Tick control! And ONP offers some of the best products to help you in achievvving that in a safe and healthy way for your pets and you as well.
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