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What you may not know about flea and tick control

Posted Feb 21 2012 3:48pm

It’s that time of year again already. It is highly likely that if you’ve read this blog for a while that you know exactly what is in those flea and tick products humans so liberally use on their pets. Shadrach used to blog about that all the time before I inherited this blog.

Recently my Mom and her colleague did a show on Animal Talk Naturally about this subject. There sure was some fallout from some humans who attended the show for the first time for several reasons:

1. They were not aware the alternative to these toxic products had been covered in detail in many previous shows
2. Even though they heard what is in these products and what they do to their dogs they still were TOO afraid to change to a whole health approach
3. So they attacked the messenger rather than doing their own research which would have meant doing some work AND to change what they are doing! Humans sure seem to want to be spoon fed these days.

You may wonder why this was the response but a couple of great quotes that speak to this issue. And I know I’m just a buppy (translation: BIG puppy) but Mom says I’m the smartest dog she’s ever known (and she’s known some VERY smart dogs including my predecessor Shadrach) bepaws I have been naturally reared from the womb, WOOF!

There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to accept what is true.” ~Soren Kierkegaard

What is it that prevents those from changing their perception even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary? Perhaps Tolstoy explained it best when he wrote: “I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.” ~Lonna (member of our natural health care for dogs group )\u000B

Here is the link to the audio – and I hope you are in control of your own power of attorney so you can really HEAR what is being shared: Flea & Tick Control: What You May Not Know – Show #397

And if you don’t know the alternatives, then you may want to go back and listen in the archives. Remember, flea and tick control warrants a whole health approach not a magic bullet approach that can kill your dog in the process, WOOF! Before you use ANY product whether over-the-counter (OTC) or prescribed ask for two things: Informed Consent and the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). If they refuse or tell you it’s safe so don’t worry, then personally I’d not use it. My human wouldn’t and doesn’t use any of that junk anyway (thank God) but if offered she ask those questions FIRST to see if it was produced.

Have a pawsitively tail waggin’, NATUROPATHICALLY healthy day, WOOF!

To learn a naturopathic approach to the care of your dog, go to the American Council of Animal Naturopathy for the Small Animal Naturopathy Course . Alternatively you can also take the module “A Naturopathic Approach to Pests & Parasites“. Also we have a resource page on our website Natural Pest & Parasite Control Information

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