Dog Flea Medicine is not an innocuous substance. Nor is it a medicine. It is poison and ruins dog health. Natural flea prevention is best and it is doable.
I'm not telling you to never ever use the insecticides and growth inhibitors that come in pills or topical flea treatments (but I sure want to).
Just take a closer look and consider an alternative at least some of the time.
This is my Pit Bull, Helen. She suffered terrible side effects from a dog flea treatment in 2009.
How can a flea poison on or inside a dog, be an innocuous substance to that dog? If it kills the fleas, it must poison our dogs to some degree even if there are no short term signs or symptoms.
Do our vets forget that skin isn't just a body covering to keep the organs from falling out? Skin is an organ. It absorbs what it comes in contact with (like dog flea medicine) and it releases toxins as well (think hot spots and all those dog skin disorders you worry about).
Here are examples of natural, organic flea killers.
While even too much sun or water can kill you, chemicals can do it much faster. None of my dogs ever had a reaction to topical flea medicine until last summer. That incident changed the way I will deal with fleas for the rest of my life.
Here's a picture of my dog Helen's neck.
This was taken taken two weeks AFTER I gave her a topical flea treatment and followed up with mega vitamins and herbs.
The balloon-like growths that appeared on her neck within hours of application are now down 75% to just bloody puss-filled sores. I thought I'd lost her! Here's Helen's story.
Natural flea prevention should be put into place before you bring a new pet home. (I know, I never did either.) Still, I see the beginning of Spring each year as a time to jump start my use of the natural flea killer process before there is even one sound of thump-thump-thump as my dog's foot hits the floor between scratches.
The more pesticides we use on this planet, the more resistant insects become. Sadly, we are creating super bugs. I would hate to see them standing (or flying) after we are gone.
Is no medicine used on a regular basis. If you have a flea infestation, you may have no choice.
Please don't use flea medicines for prevention. Used only for acute cases of infestation and flea allergy in dogs is the best way to go.
This is an added note:
I want to share something really important with you:
I changed all five dogs to a more natural diet (lots of raw stuff) and here is the important part...
July 2011 - (Two years after the giant flea debacle using the dog flea medicine that nearly killed Helen.)
It just dawned on me I have not seen one flea on any of the dogs, none in the house, and gratefully, none on me. I have not used any flea treatments or even dusted the carpet with borax in over a year.
July 2012 - Still no fleas and I will only feed a raw diet from now on.
If you would like to learn what I now know, buy this eBook and read it.
~To dog health,
For a little more on this subject, read Dog Flea Treatment where I talk about how good advertisers suck us in.