Flea control for dogs tends to reach its peak in summer time, when the problem is at its worst. Fleas can be highly irritating for your dog. And most people would prefer not to have fleas infesting their home.
But are the common ways of dealing with this problem the best, either for you or your dog? Let’s examine the most common ways.
Your veterinarian will invariably reach for a popular branch of flea control for dogs. But if you check the ingredients, you may become rather alarmed. Here are a few.
Imidacloprid interferes with the nerve conduction system.
Fipronil blocks the passage of chlorine through the nervous system.
Selamectin blocks nerve signal transmission.
Did you notice something? They all affect the nervous system. You may be assured that they are only specific for insects, but is this true?
Fipronil is also highly toxic to fish, to other aquatic animals, to large birds. It doesn’t take a leap of imagination to suggest that it is likely to impact unfavourably on your dog. And possibly you too, after you have petted him, as you breathe in the fumes.
Don’t take someone’s word for anything. Check things out for yourself. It’s so easy these days.
The next common flea control for dogs is to shampoo your dog. This can have a double problem. Too frequent shampooing removes the oil in the fur. The oil helps to keeps them warm. Depending upon where you are in the world, this may or may not be an issue for your dog.
But the ingredients of the shampoo may be. Most are laden with chemicals that are likely to irritate the skin. Chemicals can easily be absorbed through the skin into the body, loading up the toxins in your long suffering dog.
Neither of these rather drastic and highly toxic solutions examines the cause of the problem. It seems no-one is interested in searching for the cause of a problem, certainly not the veterinary or medical industry who can profit by the problem.
When you look at healthy wild dogs, they don’t have a flea problem. They may not be entirely free of fleas, but they don’t have the numbers that some domestic dogs can have.
Something that is different between wild and domestic dogs is at the heart of the problem. The two most significant differences is the diet and the health care.
Commercial dog food is not natural. It contains toxic substances that your dog tries to eliminate. The skin is always the first organ that a body will try to expel toxins from, as it is the least important as far as functionality is concerned.
Veterinary drugs are also toxic.
Incredible though it may seem, the fleas are in fact, doing your dog a service, by scavenging these toxins.
Flea control for dogs should start by looking for the cause and addressing that. Everything else is just a band aid.