By Angie Ardolino

Living in Florida makes it very difficult to control fleas, ticks and mosquitos from biting your dog. After researching the toxicity of commercial flea, tick, and heart-worm medications, I decided to poll my Facebook friends on what they used.  Most shared that they used what their vets suggested, but would much rather find a natural alternative to these expensive and toxic preventatives — many of which have been shown to cause all kinds of serious health problems, and in some cases  even death.

Here are my favorite natural alternatives:

Diatomaceous Earth (Food Grade)

Good for pet, home, yard, beds.  Don’t inhale.  Kills fleas, parasites and worms.

This all-natural fine powder is safe for human and animal consumption.  I’ve been using diatomaceous earth on my farm for over 7 years now. You can sprinkle it on your animal’s food, in their water, and even rub on their skin.  You can also sprinkle it on beds, carpets and around home to kill any bugs (fleas, ants, roaches, bed bugs).

Garlic – preferably organic

Repels fleas, ticks, mosquitos along with many health benefits, here’s more info on benefits and how to use. I finely mince up raw garlic cloves and add to my dog’s food once a week.

Wondercide

Repels fleas, ticks, mosquitos

They do the mixing of the essential oils for you!  Simply spray this all natural, non-toxic spray on your dogs before they go outside, and it will repel fleas, ticks and mosquitos.  There is also an all-natural yard sprayWe carry their line of Natural Flea and Tick Control for home and pets at our shop and online.

Cedar oil, Neem oil and Citronella oil

Repels fleas, ticks, mosquitos

You can mix the oils together in glass opaque spray bottle and spray on your dog (especially underbelly and legs) before they go outside, to a park, etc.  Avoid getting in their eyes.

Amber Collars 

Repels fleas and ticks

The electrostatic feature of Amber is extremely useful when fighting ticks and fleas. When this collar made of Baltic Amber beads is worn by a pet it will be naturally rubbed against its fur. This action will help Amber to generate electricity, which makes it almost impossible for fleas or ticks to stick on dog’s or cat’s hair. You can get them You can get them here.

Heart Worm Free

HWF (formerly HeartWorm Free) is a natural, effective, organic herbal remedy designed to help your canine family member overcome canine heartworm disease. HeartWorm Free is also an excellent effective natural heartworm preventative. HWF contains Organic Herbal ingredients.  The organic herbs in the HWF formula are known to help:

  •  Repel parasites
  •  Anti-Microbial properties
  •  Respiratory system
  •  Kidney Function
  •  Reduce inflammation
  •  Control coughing
  •  Support and strengthen heart function
  •  Improve coronary circulation
  •  Relax and dilate arteries
  •  Prevent edema (diuretic)
  •  Cleanse the vessels of parasites

Chickens

Eat fleas, ticks and other nuisance bugs

My yard is free of these pests thanks to my 10 chickens. I sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth in my yard and around my house, just in case.  I spray no chemicals on my lawn or in my yard.

Having a healthy, non-toxic home, yard, and dog will help keep these insects from becoming a nuisance in your life.  I haven’t given Trifexis to my dogs for several years, due to the side effects, and don’t plan on giving it to them ever again.

Angela Ardolino has been caring for animals for over 20 years and has operated a farm rescue for over 10 years.  She is also the owner of Beautify the Beast, a natural pet salon and spa, and is the founder of CBD Dog Health. Additionally, Angela is the host of the nationally distributed podcast It’s a Dog’s Life with Angela Ardolino. Angela is an expert in medical cannabis and has dedicated her life to providing all-natural relief for pets of all kinds. She has four dogs, plus 4-10 at any time that she is fostering or boarding. Visit www.angelaardolino.com to find out more.

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