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How to safely prevent ticks on pets?

Saturday 5/13/17 time 3:53 PM - Heidi Edelman

Is your dog or cat a real tick magnet? Have you ever wondered why ticks are so eager to stick onyour dog while your neighbor’s pooch gets left alone by them? Why some animals wandering in thesame terrain get ticks and some don’t?

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There’s a simple explanation you rarely hear spoken ofwhen it comes to tick epidemic.A tick feeding on the blood of its host is a parasite. In general parasites are attracted byindividuals with weak immunity, or very young individuals whose immune system has notfully developed yet, and therefore is not functioning at maximum efficiency. Absolutely the bestway to prevent ticks and other parasites is to support the general health and immunity ofyour pet!

There are many repellents in the market, which unfortunately also possess a wide range of harmfulside effects. Repellents often use permethrin, imidacloprid, deltamethrin and fipronil as activeingredients, all of which are highly toxic carcinogens, nerve toxins, teratogens (substance causingfetus malformation) and dermatogens. Known side effects include brain, lung and kidney damage,pulmonary edema, bone marrow sickness, cancer, skin itch, coordination problems, tremor,breathing difficulties, epileptic seizures and fetus damage. Would you let these substances to comein contact with your or your kids’ skin? You most likely would not, so why would you expose yourpet to them?

Even though the concentration of active ingredients in repellents is calculated as”safe” to use for mammals, and not every individual experiences imminent, externally visibly sideeffects, would you call these substances safe? Every time your pet’s body comes in contact with anunknown substance or chemical, it reacts to it in some way. Usually the reaction is not externallyvisible, even though imminent side effects and even death has been frequently reported. The factthat the reaction is not visible does not mean that it’s not happening, nor that these substanceswould be safe to use. At some extent, they still absorb through the skin into the blood circulationand central nervous system of your per, where they most certainly are not welcomed visitors.

Let’stake a moment to think how dangerous these substances are, if the label on the product advises towear protective gloves when administering them, to avoid contact with your skin and the skin ofyour children, furniture and bedding, and if the administration frequency is once a month or evenonce every summer.

Not even all natural repellents are safe to use. They may also have harmful side effects. Naturalrepellents include D-limonene, geraniol, terpene and linalool as active ingredients, which may causeallergic reactions, skin itch and inflammation, nervous damage, nausea as well as liver and kidneydamage as harmful side effects. Natural repellents very often include significant amounts of essential oils such as geranium, tea tree, citronella, lavender and eucalyptus, of which some are evenpoisonous to animals.Although some essential oils (lavender for example) are, in moderation, safe touse externally to treat your pet, a certain degree of caution has to be followed when using them.Natural tick collars often have a very strong odor caused by essential oils, which itself causes the animal tofeel uncomfortable.

How is it safely possible to prevent ticks then?
  • Strengthen the natural immunity of the animal withthe right kind of nutrition, probiotics, healthy fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Have aprofessional to help you in designing nutrition, so you can rest assured your pet gets all thenecessary nutrients in right amounts from its food. If necessary, antioxidants and other supportingnutrients can be used to boost immunity.
  • Take care of the cleanliness of yourpet and its habitant.
  • Check your pet for ticks after being outdoors. If you find an attached tick, remove it as soon as possible using tweezers. Dispose the tick and apply antiseptic to the bite area.

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