I never like to put across that I know everything in the world about dogs. The knowledge I have is experience.
The one thing over the years that became evident is our dogs are living shorter lives. They are having dreadful reactions to drugs given to them by the veterinary profession. We can not do with out conventional veterinary, but along side this we can work with animals and treat them holistically.
Dogs which are spayed too early or neutered males too early are developing health issues. I knew this many years ago, but its not until studies within science is done to confirm it, that everyone sits up and says, oh! this is new this is true. Their are some breeds which are predisposed to cancers, but the trigger is taking away the dogs hormones. Can these breeds be developed not to have cancer? Probably not, because their are also other influences that we as humanity can not control. But you can give your dog every chance by doing the right thing. One of the cancers listed as being prominent in dogs neutered, is Mast Cell tumours. Something for you to think about. Read the Hoffman study online to widen your knowledge.
One of the worst things Im seeing online at the moment is dogs dying, after being given a wormer/flea treatment tablet. Its absolutely shocking, watching videos of dogs fitting and dying. I cant stand it, so I am writing to you all to say, stop giving your dogs as much chemicals. Chemicals which are designed to kill parasites are in fact poisons. This is having a major effect in our animals today. A labradors died this week from having not only chemical flea/wormer but also its vaccines. Died with in hours. Now you maybe lucky and your dog is fine this year, but it does not mean next year it will be. As the building up of chemicals in the dogs body is going to have an effect sadly.
If you do not feel comfortable treating holistically and want to do one conventional flea treatment a year, I would say do it April time or September as these are the two times fleas are increasing. But treat holistically the rest of the year. If you are comfortable going holistic fantastic.
I speak to so many people with such variance in view points that the most important thing to say is "Its up to you"! Im never going to flay anyone for worming monthly but I will cringe inside.
You can detox your pet after vaccines/wormers etc by giving milk thistle. Most milk thistle product labels will give instructions on use. This can help the internal organs by detoxing them from flea, wormer and vaccines, if you choose to go down the route of giving your pet these treatments.
Go on U TUBE and follow Dr Karen Becker, who is coming up with so many articles of help for dogs today.
https://youtu.be/PMWxVG3jAno COPY AND PASTE INTO YOUR SEARCH in U tube.
A healthy dog fed raw foods has a strong immune system. A dog with a strong immune system will not catch parasites, as they tend to choose a dog which doesn't have such a great immune system. Give your pet raw foods, but boost immunity by good foods. A healthy dog will live longer in the long run.
We use here at Silvestre a lot of holistic approaches in our dogs daily lives. Neem oil shampoo is a favourite of mine. It is not a cure for no ticks, no fleas, but it is a repellant. Their is a difference. I have a spray bottle with apple cider vinegar, eucalyptus oil, cat nip, and I spray the dogs if I go to the woodlands. I am doing everything I can holistically to deter a tick from wanting to jump on the dog for a feast. Instead of relying on poisons in the blood to kill the tick, I am putting a smell on the coat which repulses ticks so they wont bite the blood. I cant remember the last time we had a tick. But I would if I could just use a tick removal tool. We worry about lymes disease in dogs, but the tick has to bite the skin for limes to transfer. But think about it, if the tick jumps on and bites the blood, and the bloods has poison in it the tick dies off. But the tick has still bitten, and lymes can be transferred still. So why use the poison in the first place? It is better to buy a Tick removal tool pen, and take the tick off and dispose of tick correctly.
Do not smother tick in vaseline, or burn it because if the tick regurgitates the blood back into the dog from shock, the dog can get lymes. Remove it properly with your tool.
Fleas and worms live together. On the backs of fleas are worm eggs, clever!!! So if you repel the fleas most likely your dog wont have worms either. If the dog licks the flea in the coat the eggs transfer to mouth and your dog then has worms. So better to repel fleas with holistic oils than poison the dog with pharmaceutical products.
So what would I do if I had a flea infestation, luckily Ive never had one. I will agree that in some severe cases then using a one off product maybe all the choice you have, but I would certainly try every holistic method first. Fleas live in carpets, under floor boards, so if you do get a massive infestation you may have to opt for more harsher methods. But I would certainly wait for that day to come, as the more you can do holistically the healthier the dog will be, and longer living the dog will be.
Mrs Rachel Savage