Have you noticed how many chemicals we are putting on and in our pets? With canine cancer on the rise, I cannot help but wonder if we are actually making our best friends sick. I lost my collie, Lad, to cancer when he was only 7 years old. We still deeply miss our boy, and I hope to never go through that heartbreak again. Losing a beloved dog is hard enough, losing him at a young age is devastating.
As a result I have become even more careful about what dog food I choose to feed my collies, what vaccines they are given and also how we treat fleas and ticks. For choosing a dog food, there are plenty of websites now to help you choose a high quality food. But a good rule of thumb, stay away from any dog foods that are sold at grocery stores or at Walmart. If those dog foods are your only option, then do your research, and determine which of the foods available have the best quality ingredients. And pay attention to which foods have been recalled in recent years, that might indicate a problem with quality control. These websites will help:
The first all-natural flea and tick repellant is apple cider vinegar. I first learned about this solution from another blogger, Collies of the Meadow. It is a very simple, inexpensive and easy to use solution. Buy a spray bottle, mix one third apple cider vinegar with two thirds water, and spray on your dog’s coat weekly. Avoid getting the mixture in their eyes, and make sure you get behind their ears, chest, armpits, and the base of their tails. Some of you may be wondering about the smell, as vinegar has a strong scent. But I have been using this mixture for years to clean windows and counter tops, and as it dries, the smell disappears. I am told it will also leave your dog’s coat shiny and healthy. Some sites have also suggested adding one tablespoon of vinegar per gallon of drinking water, in addition to spraying the dogs’ coats, as this will aid in repelling fleas and ticks.
Another all-natural flea and tick repellant, for dogs only, is also relatively simple. This tip came from Wellness dog food. Buy a bandana, and rub either eucalyptus, lavender or citronella oil onto the bandana. The scent of any of these essential oils repels fleas and ticks, so choose your favorite and give it a try. The oil will have to be reapplied once a week to the bandana for it to remain effective. (and let it dry before putting it on your dog) Personally, I know that dogs do not care for the smell of citronella, so I think I will try the lavender.
Will you give any of these a try? Do you have any tips or suggestions? And we also wanted to thank all you who signed the petition we mentioned in yesterday's post. We really appreciate your help!