A Hot Tip for Flea Prevention

By on 25 September, 2017 in Lynne Burford, Pets with 1 Comment

The dog days of summer – hot enough to stifle even the best of us – are about over. Irma brought us a taste of fall that gave us hope! My dogs love to lie in the sun but not when it is coupled with 90 percent humidity. So we are excited at the Chihuahua ranch to be blessed with some cooler, drier days in the coming weeks.

Fall and cooler weather are not only reasons to celebrate being outdoors but also signal the demise of some of the flea and tick population. There are many highly touted preventives on the market, each carrying its own risk factors to your pet’s health. Fall is a great time to use the safest and easiest preventive available – diatomaceous earth. DE consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a unicellular algae. Each cell is enclosed in a cell wall of silica. When sprinkled on your lawn and in your dog beds, it shreds flea exoskeletons and turn their innards into jelly! DE is safe anywhere and everywhere. It is actually in lots of grain based foods – yep – and also kills ants in your yard. Farmers feed it to livestock as it is reported to kill intestinal worms as well as any other parasites.  And PEOPLE mix it with juice to cleanse the system. Wow.

Be sure to buy food grade DE. Most feed stores carry it – Tractor Supply on the Troy highway has it in small and large bags. It’s powdery and sticks to your hands – don’t freak out. But it WORKS ON FLEAS!!

Wouldn’t you rather not use chemicals on your pets? Topical flea treatments can burn and in rare instances have caused the death of cats. The monthly pills can cause gastro upset. DE is just a silent, safe remedy that has multiple benefits to two and four legged critters.

Check it out. You can spread by hand or with a seed spreader. Be organic. Breathe the cooler air. Watch your pets itch and scratch less. Smile at how smart you are.

Lynne Burford is a lifelong animal advocate who has been rescuing since she was a little girl. From birds and snakes to raccoons and foxes, she has rehabilitated and released back into the wild many orphaned and injured creatures. For the last ten years her focus has been on fostering and volunteering with rescues to place dogs into permanent and loving homes. Aside from various sizes of foster dogs, she owns a small pack of chihuahuas.

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  1. Lynne, where locally can we find this stuff? I have a friend who needs it desperately!

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