Dog Flea Treatment
and the 4 Deadly Lies

Look into my eyes and tell me this dog flea treatment is good for me when it burns my skin or makes me feel sickLook into my eyes and tell me this dog flea treatment is good for me when it burns my skin and makes me feel sick

What are the pros and cons of both topical and pill form dog flea treatment? Are the health dangers real?

Let me jump right in with the four deadly lies and then I'll explain why we should all come to the same conclusion.


It doesn't really matter whether you use topical or pills. Both are insecticides. They are not medicine and here are the 4 deadly lies:

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One - Its safe to use on your dog

Two -  It only kills the fleas

Three -  There are no side effects

Four -  Reactions Are Rare

Directions for the topical if you actually read them are to wear gloves and not let it touch your skin because yours will burn (while of course his will not). Now wrap the used container several times before you put in in the trash because it is toxic and dangerous to wildlife but not your dog because it says so...and if you don't use it all? 

Under Storage and Disposal it says, "If partly filled, call your local solid waste agency for disposal instructions."

Now, if he throws himself down and flips on his back trying to rub it off, don't let him! You can't let that toxic stuff get on the carpet! Besides, it can't burn him like it does you, he's just being a big whiny pants baby right?

Do you get it yet?

Results of a dog flea treatment. No side effects? Really?The most noticeable physical affect of flea meds on my own dog while long term affects lie inside and get worse with each use (the same as heartworm meds)

Okay, now let it dry and soak into his skin, the largest organ in the body and know it will be totally harmless once it's absorbed into his body.

If he doesn't have an appetite for dinner; he absently scratches more than normal, vomits, acts lethargic and seems to have trouble breathing; relax. There are no side effects because it only kills the fleas.

If he gets a rash or any abnormal skin condition in the next few days, be sure and run him to the vet. It couldn't be from the dog flea treatment because reactions are rare.

Like this one. And trust me, her skin condition was the least of her problems. Good thing dog flea treatments are safe.

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I remember back in the day, my own vet telling me these things when topical flea meds came out. I tried to argue with her. I asked how a poison could be inside a dog and kill fleas who bit it yet leave the dog unharmed. Because she had eight years of school that I didn't, I acquiesced. I shouldn't have.

What's Good About Dog Flea Medicine

Convenience for YOU!    

It's a quick thoughtless process and frees up your time for other things. Nice.

And just look at those commercials of smiling, healthy, happy dogs there to reinforce our ignorance. One of my favorites showed a beautiful healthy dog doing something adorable. In the background you hear a sweet, caring woman's voice. She starts with, "If you love your dog, you'll use..."

She goes on to call it a flea and tick preventative while they show an animated flea slayer charge through dog hair the size of trees slashing and killing every flea and tick in it's path. Effective picture isn't it?

The Truth About Topical Flea Treatment

Though the chemical industry would make you believe the levels in use are not harmful, that is a fallacy.

It's true that dogs rarely drop dead right after a topical flea treatment and that's the problem. These extremely dangerous chemicals and poisons build up over time in our dog's body leaving it difficult to blame the makers of dog flea treatments. A few long term flea med side effects include; altered thyroid hormone levels, severe skin disease, difficulty breathing, enlarged livers, seizures and cancer.

If you think I'm overreacting, I want to bring up the past. Do you remember the pesticide DDT?  We sprayed it on food crops for years and used it for mosquito abatement. In the 1940's there were concerns which were ignored, as they were in the 1950's. After a letter was written  to a woman journalist named Rachael Carson describing the death of numerous birds around a woman's property resulting from the aerial spraying of DDT to kill mosquitoes, Rachael wrote a book. When the book Silent Spring came out in 1962 and the public became outraged, DDT was (mostly) banned in the United States. (Although the makers still sell it around the world.)   

While the eagle population has slowly come back, here's the clincher. Thirty years after the banning of DDT it was still found inside 55% of the United States citizens and it's passed from mother to child.  Poisons don't die, only we do.

Words that Should Make you Cringe

Talk about effective advertising. After all, medicine makes you feel like you're helping your dog conquer a problem; or rid it of some disease.

If the commercials called it flea poison you might envision the universal sign of the skull and crossbones (and you should). And who in their right mind would choose to put a poison on their dog's largest organ... the skin? It's just not the right sales pitch is it?

Let's have a little fun with words we're used to hearing. You know, the ones that reinforce a belief these products are non toxic. What would their true definition be? Ready?

flea medicine - Shouldn't this be something to cure a sick flea?

dog flea medicine - And this would be medicine for a dog flea instead of a cat flea or a stick-tight flea right?

dog flea medication - Good grief, now we're medicating the flea so it doesn't know what's going on. We're drugging the little buggers.

dog flea treatment - Sounds to me like we're sending fleas into rehab.

flea treatment - Rehab for a generic flea

topical flea treatment - Maybe we should give them little hats. What else would we top a flea with?

flea meds - Sounds like help for a flea suffering from depression.

dog flea control - This brings to mind a group of policemen with whistles herding the frisky little jumpers.

flea prevention - Making the environment inhospitable, which is something we can do by increasing dog health. A healthy dog is not attractive to fleas. I did it by switching to a raw diet and stopped over vaccinating.

Lastly, have you ever noticed the commercials don't give you a list of side effects for the dog flea treatment they're selling at the end like they do with human medicine?

 Do you think they would be such big money makers if you heard, "May cause vomiting, headaches, neurological dysfunctions, liver damage and possibly death." All of which are true.

(As an aside, the reason they took Prednisone off the human market and still sell it for pet use is the side effects were too awful to list.)

Dog Flea Treatment Aftermath

One final story from a member of one of my online dog groups. She said the same day she put one of the less toxic dog flea treatments on her Retriever, he went swimming in a nearby pond. The following day when they passed the pond, there were numerous dead fish floating on the surface.

That was the last time she ever used it.

I know you love your dog.

Going Natural

There is a natural flea remedy that improves your dog's health at the same time. I love it and you will to. A combination of herbs and a super-food. You can read about it and order at:

Natural Flea Remedy

Show your dog love by using natural flea control and improving his health at the same time.

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