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Over the years, we’ve treated our dogs and cats with traditional chemical-based flea preventative and infestation treatments.  From chemical based flea collars, to chemical based flea and tick shampoo to sprays and even chemical-based topical products.  After much research, we decided to explore natural flea treatment a few years ago. Our cats have since passed away and we only have our dog, Zuki, now.

Traditional chemical-based flea preventative and infestation treatments contain toxic chemical pesticides.  That’s not what we want to put on our dog, Zuki. Chemical pesticides are not good for pets, nor are they good for humans. Not only are you allowing your pets to ingest these harmful chemicals when you apply these products, but you’re also exposing yourself to them, when you pet them or if you’re using traditional chemical-based home treatments that contain toxic chemical pesticides on your carpet, furniture or linens.

The speed at which some traditional chemical-based flea preventative and infestation treatments work can be attractive, but there are better natural flea treatment alternatives out there.

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth, not to be confused with Pool Grade Diatomaceous Earth or Diatomaceous Earth products not specifically labeled as Food Grade, is safe for humans to ingest orally. Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is naturally occurring, derived from the fossilized remains of Phytoplankton. In the United States it is mined from freshwater sources.

The finished product of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth, once it is milled into a fine powder, boasts microscopic glass-sharp edges, that cuts through the exoskeleton of fleas and other pests. From there, it dehydrates them, resulting in death. It is also effective on flea and other pests larvae.

Not to worry! These microscopic glass sharp edges in FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous Earth, are not harmful to pets or humans when consumed.

When treating pets with Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth, especially for infestations, it is important that you do so using a whole household approach. The pet(s), furniture, carpets, bedding, outdoor areas, etc. should be treated.

Using Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth for prevention alone, once an outbreak is cured is effective. However you may need supplementary natural flea treatment products to properly remove an infestation. Comprehensive information on natural flea treatment using Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth can be found at Wolf Creek Ranch.

It worked for us (when used in combination with other natural flea treatments using a whole household approach) and we continue to use it for our pets and household.

Purchased on November 7th, 2012, the Victor Ultimate Flea Trap is an effective solution for treating the household during a flea infestation as well as year round.

The Victor Ultimate Flea Trap offers natural flea treatment of the household by offering a non-poisonous, odorless flea trap safe for use around pets and humans. It uses light, heat, color and a sweet odor (non-detectable by humans unless you have a sonic nose) to attract fleas from up to 30 ft. away in all directions. Once the fleas are attracted to the electrically powered unit, a glue locks the fleas down.

For infested zones, the M230 allows you to gauge the level of infestation. For non-infested zones, the M230 acts as an alert system allowing pet owner to react quickly to remedy the situation before it rapidly worsens.

The Victor M230 Ultimate Flea Trap is priced affordably and comes with two glue discs. Refills are available at a nominal cost. It worked for us (when used in combination with other natural flea treatments using a whole household approach) and we continue to use it for our pets and household.

Alternately, you can buy a bundle. Victor M230 Ultimate Flea Trap plus Two Refill Packages or Victor® The Ultimate Flea Trap 3-Pack We weren’t able to find details on the glue used. We have requested information from Victor on the glue ingredients.

Purchased on September 8th, 2012, Four Paws Brewer’s Yeast with Garlic is a natural supplement that can be given to your pet daily.

Our current dog, a 20 lb. Pekachi (Pekingese / Chihuahua Hybrid) adopted from a vet after being abandoned, loves the Brewers Yeast Tablets with Garlic. Our 3 adopted, formerly stray cats, otherwise didn’t digest them as well. Unfortunately, they were victims of a house fire earlier this year (2015).

Four Paws Brewers Yeast Tablets with Garlic not only offer a natural flea treatment, by repelling fleas using highly potent scent of garlic (when taken daily), but also offers nutritional value which lends to healthier skin and coats, reduces shedding and conditions skin.

In addition it fights parasites in your pet’s gastric system and eases itchiness and hot spots resulting in fur loss.

Available in four sizes (125 ct., 250 ct., 500 ct. and 1,000 ct.) it ranges in price from less than $5 up to $15, though you can often find it on sale through various retailers.

It worked for us (when used with other natural flea treatments using a whole household approach) and we continue to use it for our pets and household.

Aside from the benefits of a pest repellent, we’ve noticed a drastic improvement in our dog’s coat and skin. There were times he literally looked homeless because of the constant itching, hot spots and fur loss. Zuki has regained a thick, healthy, shiny coat with less itching and hot-spots.

Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils for natural flea treatment use the power of the scent of the oils. Pests and insects do not like them.

Potent scents from essential oils such as Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Pine, Cedarwood, Peppermint, Lemon, Lavender, Orange, Melrose, Purification, Palo Santo and Citronella can be used to repel fleas.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Certain oils can be toxic to cats. Use this resource to ensure safety for your felines before considering essential oils for cats.

Essential oils for natural flea treatment can be homemade or purchased in stores, such as Wally’s Natural Animal Itch-Flea-Tick Oil and through Abe’s Market, which offers Natural Cat Remedies and Natural Dog Remedies.

Not only can therapeutic grade essential oils be used directly on your pet, but they can also be used to treat collars, pet bedding and household items through the dip or spray method.  Using essential oils for fleas is best as a preventative method before infestation occurs.

Your pet’s diet can directly affect its susceptibility to fleas, as well as other ailments. Ideally, feeding your pet a raw food diet will lend to a reduction in fleas. Fleas are attracted to grains, which is why a raw food diet can reduce fleas. Alternately, a grain-free brand, such as Taste of the Wild, not only lends to better nutrition for your pet, but also flea prevention and reduction.

Of course, if an infestation is present, a change in diet will not be the sole solution to natural flea treatment. A whole household approach is necessary.

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