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06/11/2011 07:28:08 AM by K.T.Riffic   Send Message to K.T.Riffic  2119  views, category: Pet green living view all blogs


Living a healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle with your pet can be somewhat challenging. Most pet owner’s first instinct these days is to head over to PetCo or PetSmart and pick up whatever products they have for what you need. The problem is, most of those products have hidden dangers or fall into a one-size-fits-all fallacy. Not every product will work for every dog.

Fleas and ticks are coming into season again. It is true that they can be active all year long, especially in favorable climates, but as we get into the summer months, they become more of an issue. Pets are outside more and are therefore more prone to attacks. Before you reach for those costly and chemically laden products, consider these effective alternatives.

Luckily for us, we live in the age of the Internet. It is very easy to find natural prevention products and people who have tried, perfected, and are willing to share home remedies. For example, to get rid of fleas that are in your home or are carried into your home, try this mixture when vacuuming. Mix ½ gallon vinegar, ¼ gallon water, 8oz lemon juice, and 4oz witch hazel. Put the mixture in a spray bottle and spray it on the floors after vacuuming. You can also spray chairs, window sills, bare floors, bedding, and anywhere else you feel needs it. This mixture is non-toxic and safe for your pets to be around.

Enough people have reported the following oils to work when put on the pet to feel comfortable to at lease try it. Lemongrass, citronella oil, tea tree oil, and lavender oils work and can be mixed with water and applied directly to your pet. Also, mixtures that use borax, table salt, baking soda, and/or lemon or lime juice seem to work for many people.

Alternatively, there are natural products and stores that only sell natural and holistic pet products. For example, there are natural cotton collars for dogs or cats to wear that are sold with natural solutions that when applied to the collar, repel fleas and ticks. There are also many different natural sprays that you can buy and apply to your pet or your home. One of the best advantages of these products is the price. Instead of spending $50-$100 every few months, you can spend less than $20 and the products will last for months to come.

Pet owners who want to prevent fleas and ticks in a green, Earth-friendly, safe, effective, and reasonably cheap manner. Thankfully, there are alternatives to Frontline and K9 Advanticks. You just have to know where to look.

Try the YeePet Store for some natural flea and tick products.

About the author: Kayleigh has always loved animals and has spent time volunteering at the local dog shelter. The love of her life is her four year old Rottweiler, Lizzie. She enjoys writing for since it combines her love of animals with one of her favor... more >>

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