Natural Pest Treatments for Pets
Fleas, ear mites, flies, mange and intestinal parasites really bug pets and their owners. Chemical pesticides are not the answer to your problem. Pets and humans exposed to pet product pesticides are at an increased risk of developing certain types of cancers neurological conditions. Topical insecticide flea and tick products in particular, increase the risks of cancer in both pets, according to research conducted by Larry T. Glickman, V.M.D., Dr. PH. et. al., published in Volume 224 of the journal, "JAVMA." Keep your pets and family safe and use natural pesticides and treatments the next time insects and parasites bug your pets.
You can get rid of fleas on dogs, cats and other pets naturally using a flea comb and homemade lemon repellent. Another flea control option is to make your own flea wash with diluted vinegar or calendula oil.
Microscopic ear mites live inside the ears of rabbits, ferrets, cats and sometimes dogs. Ear mites cause discomfort in infested animals. Pets infested with ear mites often shake their heads and scratch their ears. An ear mite infestation produces a dry, black discharge in the ears that looks similar to coffee grounds. Other ear problems can resemble an ear mite infestation, so it is important to get a diagnosis from a veterinarian before beginning treatment. Ear mites are very contagious between pets. If you have one pet with ear mites, it is a good idea to check other pets in the home for an infestation. Veterinarians usually prescribe a topical or otic insecticide for ear mites. You can make your own natural ear mite insecticide out of natural oils and herbs.
Natural Fly Control for Horses
Flies are a huge pain and nuisance on farms, especially during hot summers. The flies bite at the skin of horses, causing wounds eye irritation and fly strike (open wounds). Natural horse husbandry uses botanical and herbal pesticides, fly predator bugs, protective clothing and good sanitary practices safely reduce and eliminate fly problems.
Mange is a skin infection caused by microscopic mites. There are three types of mange seen in dogs -- demodectic, cheyletiella and sarcoptic -- each are caused by different types of mites. Cheyletiella and sarcoptic mange are contagious, demodectic mange is not. Mange causes itching and skin irritation and eventual hair loss. If left untreated skin infections may develop. Conventional treatment for mange consists of topical insecticide treatments. You can treat mange naturally with essential oil and herbal topical treatments.
Intestinal Parasites in Pets
Dogs commonly get hookworms, tapeworms and roundworms. These parasites can naturally be eliminated using neem leaf, fennel, garlic or pumpkin seeds.