Examining your pet's body regularly must be part of your total pest preventive plan. Ticks bore into your pet's skin using backward-pointing spikes that can make safely removing them difficult. Dr Mercola Tick Stick is the best tool to help your pet.
There are several other things recommended as part of a successful pest control program...
- Feed your pet a balanced, species-appropriate diet - Parasites are drawn to the weakest hosts they can find. Feeding high quality food to dogs and cats improves their health and strengthens their immune system. So creating a balanced, nutritionally sound diet is the first place to start. In fact, Dr Becker's wrote a book called Dr. Becker's Real Food for Healthy Cats and Dogs.
- Give frequent baths - Bathing your pet with a natural, non-toxic pet shampoo will not only help keep pests away, it will also make it convenient for you to check your pet from head to tail. Cats usually don't like baths, but they pretty much keep themselves clean with grooming. If your kitty doesn't mind a bath, then by all means give her one regularly. This is especially true if your cat spends time outdoors.
- Grooming and brushing - Regular brushing or combing (with a flea comb if fleas are the problem) will help you find pests on your pet's fur and skin. Plus, it makes their coat look fantastic and it can provide a great bonding experience. Despite what many people believe, lots of cats love to be gently brushed or combed.
- Tidy up your indoor environment - There are many ways pests can find their way into your home. They fly in, crawl in or ride in on pets and people. Keeping your floors, drapes and furniture clean and vacuumed will help prevent fleas and ticks from anchoring themselves in cracks and crevices. Change out your vacuum bag frequently as pests can survive the trip through the hose. And finally, keep your pet's bedding as clean as possible.
- Examine your outdoor environment - Since tick, flea, and mosquito infestations start outdoors, take the time to inspect the area around your house and take action where you can. For example, ticks and fleas thrive in bushes and undergrowth. Keep your grass cut and leaves raked to limit the places around your home where pests can hide and breed.
- Visit your vet regularly - Your holistic vet can be a great partner in keeping your dog or cat in optimum health, which will reduce the likelihood your pet will be an attractive host for pests.
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