Battling Fleas & Ticks: My Journey from Chemical to Natural Solutions

A must-read for every pet owner struggling with ticks & fleas.

As a pet owner and blogger, I am always on the lookout for the best products to keep my furry friend healthy and happy. My journey with flea collars has been quite an ordeal, especially after my experience with the Seresto flea collar prescribed by our vet. It gave my dog, Cooper, terrible rashes, and the vet mentioned that such reactions are not uncommon. This got me thinking about the potential harm these chemical-laden collars could be causing to pets.

The Hidden Dangers of Traditional Solutions

Many traditional flea collars use toxic chemicals to kill fleas and ticks. While these chemicals can be effective, they often come with a host of side effects. Chemical ingredients like imidacloprid and flumethrin, commonly found in flea collars, can lead to adverse reactions in pets. These reactions range from mild skin irritations to severe allergic responses, neurological problems, and even death in extreme cases.

Recalls and Warnings:

1. Seresto Flea Collar Recalls: Seresto has faced multiple calls for recalls and safety warnings due to the adverse effects reported by pet owners. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received thousands of incident reports, including over 1,700 pet deaths linked to the Seresto collars.

2. Nexgard and Bravecto: These edible flea treatments, while effective, have been associated with severe side effects. The FDA has issued warnings about the potential for neurological adverse reactions in some pets, including muscle tremors, ataxia, and seizures.

3. Revolution: This topical treatment has been reported to cause hair loss at the application site, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and anorexia in pets.

The issue with many traditional flea collars lies in the toxic chemicals they use to kill fleas and ticks. While effective, these chemicals can have adverse effects on our pets, leading to skin irritations, allergic reactions, and even long-term health issues. As you can see in the picture above, my dog Cooper developed severe rashes from the chemical flea collar. Worst of all, the ticks were still swarming him as it was summer in Florida. This is not something I am willing to compromise on for my beloved pet.

After conducting more research on other alternatives to Seresto, such as edible options like Nexgard, Bravecto, and Revolution, I discovered that they also contain harmful ingredients. These ingredients have been known to make pets sick, sometimes to the point where one of the leading reasons for vet visits was due to these medications causing more harm than good. This revelation further fueled my determination to find a safer, natural solution for Cooper, as I couldn't stand watching him suffer with all those flea bites.

A breakthrough in my research

When I was searching for natural ways to remove and shield pets from ticks and fleas, I turned to forums like Holistic Actions and other pet care communities. There, I noticed discussions by veterinarians and pet owners about five particular ingredients that our ancestors used to protect their pets and homes from ticks and fleas: Linaloe Oil, Lavender Oil, Citronella Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, and Cinnamon Oil. These are ingredients given to us by nature to shield against fleas and ticks. If used in large amounts, these oils could harm you and your pets, but in very minor quantities, they are potent enough to repel ticks and fleas while remaining harmless. 

This is when I discovered a growing brand that many people were raving about: DrPaws™. They use four of these five ingredients (Linaloe Oil, Lavender Oil, Cinnamon Oil, and Eucalyptus Oil) in very small amounts, and people claim it works wonders!

Ingredients and Their Benefits

*Image source DrPaws™

Linaloe Oil: Known for its insect-repelling properties, Linaloe oil is also gentle on the skin and helps to soothe any existing irritations.

Lavender Oil: Apart from its pleasant scent, Lavender oil is renowned for its calming effects and its ability to deter fleas and ticks naturally.

Eucalyptus Oil: This oil has powerful antiseptic and insect-repelling properties, making it an excellent choice for a flea collar.

Cinnamon Oil: Commonly used in insect repellents, Cinnamon oil is effective in keeping fleas and ticks at bay without harming pets.

Trying out DrPaws

I was still skeptical but decided to give it a shot. In the first and second day, nothing seemed to happen, but by the sixth and seventh day, I noticed that Cooper was scratching much less. It had to be due to the collar. I also started noticing dead fleas and ticks on my floor and when combing Cooper.

After this, I still wanted to see if this was really due to the collar, so I suggested it to my neighbor who was also struggling with the same issues. Within days, she said the same thing!

The collar not only kept fleas and ticks away but also did so without causing any skin issues. My dog's coat remained healthy, and there were no signs of discomfort or allergic reactions. My neighbor also agreed, as her dog, who used to rely on topicals, no longer leaned against walls or swiped at the floors in discomfort.

Additionally, the pleasant scent of the essential oils was a welcome change from the chemical odor of traditional flea collars (Although the scent is barely noticeable, which is a good thing for me). Knowing that I was using a product that is both effective and safe for my pet brought me immense peace of mind.

Long lasting protection?

DrPaws claims that their collar works for up to 8 months due to their Nature Release design. While I can't confirm this 100% yet, since I've been using it for 5 months so far, it’s still working wonderfully. I haven't noticed any fleas or ticks on Cooper. I'll have to take their word on it for now, but I will be updating as time goes on.

Final thoughts

If you are a pet owner who has struggled with the side effects of traditional flea collars, I highly recommend giving DrPaws™ a try. It combines the best of nature's insect-repelling properties in a gentle, pet-friendly formula. Plus, it's backed by the endorsements of holistic vets and the positive experiences of countless pet owners like myself.

Remember, our pets deserve the best care, and sometimes that means looking beyond conventional products to find safer, more natural alternatives. DrPaws™ flea collar has proven to be that alternative for my pet, and I believe it can be for yours too.

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Disclaimer: I do get a small kickback for every purchase made through this link, but please note that I was not paid to write this blog. I am genuinely a huge fan of DrPaws™ and its benefits for pets based on the experience I had with them.

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