Natural Flea and Tick Defense for Cats and Dogs 237ml - traditional natural pesticide-free insect control | Mercola Nutrition
Dr Mercola's Natural Flea and Tick Defense 237ml, a traditional natural pesticide-free and fipronyl-free insect control for your cats and dogs,.
To our delight, there is a safe, natural pest deterrent that fits the bill—it’s called Flea & Tick Defense.
Here are the natural Brazilian oils and ingredients found in Flea & Tick Defense:
Lemongrass oil –When formulated into a spray for pets, promotes a shiny, healthy coat, and helps repel fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.
Cinnamon oil – A versatile essential oil widely used in the household. It is an effective environmentally-friendly ingredient that helps deter mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and other pests from attacking your dog or cat.
Sesame oil – A rich, almost odorless oil derived from tiny sesame seeds. When combined with other essential oils it helps protect against pests and promotes the health of your pet’s skin and coat.
Castor oil – Castor oil has been used for years by veterinarians. When combined with other oils, helps to repel a variety of pests.
Purified water – Only the purest water is used to help blend and properly balance the unique formula of essential oils.
There’s one very important point about these ingredients… it’s not the individual elements that make Flea & Tick Defense so effective, it’s the expert blending and balancing of the Brazilian oils with the pure water. This is what distinguishes a natural effective product from just a natural ingredient.
Results from a 2006 study did show how the Flea & Tick Defense formulation was well tolerated by cats. This is a very important distinction for this product. Dr. Mercola has seen his share of kitties in his practice that were injured through the improper use of an essential oil their owner thought couldn’t possibly harm them.
The Flea & Tick Defense formula of natural oils from the Amazon rainforest more than satisfies my selection criteria for a safe and natural pest deterrent for your pet.
Your pets are a part of your family, and of course, you want to protect them just like any other family member. Which means you want to keep them safe and protected from fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other insects that can carry disease and lead to health problems.
Though many harsh chemical-based products exist on the market today, they can be dangerous or cause adverse side effects.
Dr. Mercola set out on a mission to find products made using herbal ingredients (with no harsh chemicals) for your precious pets. He believes they are your best options to help repel pests.
They can be used on cats and dogs and offer different types of protection: low, medium, and high protection, as well as temporary and long lasting. Find the solution that’s best for you based upon your pet’s personality, lifestyle, and preferences.
Puppy needs Tick and Flea Protection
As a proactive Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, who is also trained in homeopathy, herbs and acupuncture, Dr. Mercola considers it one of his missions to help educate people on the advantages of natural animal care. His goal for your pets is to keep them in glowing good health.
Every day, he sees dogs and cats suffering from the side effects of drugs or other harsh chemicals they've been given.
In April of 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an advisory about "spot-on" chemical pesticide products. These are products applied to the neck or back of dogs and cats as a flea and tick preventive.
The advisory was issued due to a significant increase in reported adverse reactions – everything from mild skin irritation to seizures and death. In 2008, over 44,000 reactions presumed to be tied to spot-on products containing harsh pesticides were reported by pet owners, veterinarians, and other animal caretakers.
And the 44,000 reported incidents in 2008 was a significant jump from the 28,000 the prior year, and included 600 deaths. In the opinion of dr. Mercola the risks of these products are simply too great to warrant their routine (monthly) use. He encourages dog and cat owners to avoid these pesticides in favor of healthier alternatives.
Here is what the report produced by the EPA found…
Due to the EPA’s concern over the number of disturbing incidents from spot-on use in 2008, they issued a report in 2010 that said the following…
Most adverse reactions were in dogs weighing between 10 and 20 pounds.
Reactions in mixed breed dogs were most commonly reported (with the Chihuahua, Shih Tzu, Miniature Poodle, Pomeranian, Dachshund, Maltese, Yorkshire Terrier, and Bichon Frise at particular risk).
Products with the chemicals cyphenothrin and permethrin were especially problematic for small breed dogs. Cyphenothrin is found in spot-on repellents from many companies, sold both over the counter and through veterinarians.
Most incidents occurred in dogs under three years old, likely at their first exposure to a spot-on product.
Adverse reactions for both dogs and cats were primarily skin, GI tract, and nervous system related. Skin reactions included redness, itching, hair loss, sores, and ulcers. Spot-on products found to cause these types of reactions included a major market leader.
Gastrointestinal symptoms included vomiting, diarrhea, and salivation. Spot-on repellents found to cause some levels of these symptoms included another major market leader, whose products have been sold by the millions at big box pet stores across the country.
Reported nervous system symptoms included lethargy, nervousness, ataxia (movement problems), tremors, and seizure.
A number of serious adverse reactions in cats were the result of the cat either being treated with a product intended for dogs, or through exposure to a treated dog.
Inert ingredients in spot-on products were generally assumed to contribute to toxicity.
Dosage ranges were considered to be too wide in some cases and product labeling was identified by the EPA as needing revamp in many instances.
The EPA's Companion Animal Studies guidelines are insufficient to predict the toxicity of spot-on products.
You will probably understand now why dr. Mercola suggests you avoid these potentially harmful products at all costs!
Many people choose harsh chemical-based spot-on products and collars because they are convenient and effective… but there's just too much evidence of consequences for your pets.
Plus, as dr. Mercola has seen over and over again in his practice, pets still get fleas and ticks even when owners use some of the harshest spot-ons. It's also not out of the question that pests may be building up their resistance to some of these chemicals as well.
That's why he strongly believes in using herbal, yet still effective, pest repellents combined with a regimen of daily grooming and nose-to-tail body checks of your favorite furry friend.
And speaking of body checks...
There is one thing he cannot stress enough. No matter what pest control solution you use, you must examine your pet daily, particularly for ticks. Even if you're applying some of the harshest chemical solutions on the market (which he doesn't recommend), your pets can still wind up with little blood suckers embedded in their coat and skin.
This is not what most pet owners want to hear... but he has seen it all too often in his practice regardless of what repellent is used.
With all this in mind, let's get into more details on some of these common pests, how they can affect your dog or cat, and his recommendations on the best protection system for your pets.
When it comes to fleas, the “cat flea” is the most common... representing about 85% to 95% of all household fleas found in North America.
But despite its name, the cat flea can infest both cats and dogs, and humans. Other fleas include what are called the “human flea” and the "dog flea."
Outdoors, fleas tend to hide themselves underneath leaf piles, decks, or porches. Inside, they like to burrow into any available dark place such as cracks in flooring, crevices, and even underneath furniture cushions.
Even though fleas can live in colder climates, they're most often found where temperatures range from 65° F to 80° F and where there's high humidity (75% to 85%).
If you live in a warm, damp climate, you'll especially have to be on the lookout for fleas landing on your pets and you. I offer my advice on ways to protect your pets from fleas and other pests as well, coming up.
Effects of Ticks on dog skin
Probably number one on my list of disgusting and bothersome pests affecting dogs and cats are ticks. The bottom line... ticks are external parasites that require blood from their host (your cat or dog, or even YOU), to sustain life. Ticks generally live in wooded areas, bushes, undergrowth, meadows, and clearings. But they can also be found anywhere there is grass.
Ticks come in various types and sizes. And some are so tiny they can be very difficult to see. They attach and embed themselves to their host in areas where the skin is thin – inserting their rostrums (tube-like structures covered with backward-pointing spikes) and secreting saliva allowing them to anchor tightly to your dog or cat.
How Fleas and Ticks Pick Your Pet
To understand how to best prevent these pests from attacking your dog or cat, we need to look at how they detect their victims.
Fleas and ticks have several mechanisms they use to detect their hosts, and one of the most important ones by far is odor (olfaction). Fleas and ticks have olfactory receptor neurons narrowly tuned to specific odors they innately search for. Their simple olfactory systems consist of about 20 sensilla located on their first pair of legs. If this simple odor detection system senses something other than what it's been tuned for, the fleas and ticks will reject the host.
And this is how many of the flea and tick repellents on the market work today… they mask the specific odors on your pet that pests are searching for in the environment. If the formula is effective, fleas and ticks cannot smell, taste, or even identify the host they're seeking. So, they simply ignore your dog or cat. Though there are many “harsh chemical solutions,” I have found some herbal repellents that work just as well, if not better.
Dr. Mercola's Criteria for the Ultimate Pest Repellent
You know dr. Mercola's strong feelings about avoiding harsh chemical-based pest preventives, so here is his professional recommendation on what you should use…
Let's start with a checklist for what he would consider the ultimate flea, tick, and mosquito deterrent and removal package...
Has NO synthetic chemicals
Does not produce harmful effects when pets lick their skin
Contains ingredients formulated by nature
Is available without a prescription and can be used daily
Has a pleasant odor but is designed to create an undesirable scent to pests
Needs to be fit for use on pet bedding and does not stain fur
Traditional natural insect control
Even without covered windows and doors, traditional natural insect control created by the indigenous people has been working for centuries.
Flea & Tick Defense has a bit of an exotic story behind it – it's based on a formula created in the Amazon rainforest.
The indigenous Brazilian people living in the rainforest have always dealt with pests in their environment. The lush forests and tropical climate are perfect breeding grounds for fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.
Many of the people live in dwellings without doors or windows... inviting pests to have free access to their homes.
Yet, for centuries, the people have used a uniquely effective method to protect themselves from these pests – a combination of oils from their native surroundings – the same healthy oils used to formulate Flea & Tick Defense.
The formula is created using a special blend of “pet-friendly” Brazilian natural oils, based on centuries of successful use in one of the most hostile, pest-ridden environments imaginable.
If it works in the Amazon rainforest, it certainly will provide your pet with an excellent deterrent for fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and even flies.
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Pets and your health
The strength of the human animal bond has been known for a long time, but scientific studies were only conducted fairly recently.
The very first study was published only about 40 years ago when 2 American psychology researchers measured what happens physically when a person pets a friendly and familiar dog. They found that the person's blood pressure lowered, heart rate slowed, breathing became more regular and muscle tension relaxed-all of which are signs of reduced stress.
Fears about contamination of eggs or supplements
In the past week of early June, a lot of fear was placed in the heart of the public of both Dutch, German and French customers, when officials from the National Food Safety Board announced eggs had to be destroyed due to contamination with a banned substance, called fipronyl.
The reason this happened, is that fipronyl is an amazingly effective insecticide that was perfectly legal for use in stables where egg laying poultry live. This insecticide was however banned from January 1 onwards for use on animals in the food chain, with the main reason behind the ban being its toxicity to bees.
How pets can improve your healthNearly everyone of us lives with a pet in their household or has grown up with pets in their family as pets are such a source of joy.
Pets can bring relief in stressful periods as the simple act of petting an animal can reduce stress levels and lower blood pressure, which goes as far as easing chronic pain due to the release of endorphins and curing post-traumatic disorders!
Shake well before each use. Please read all directions carefully before application. Spray generously on pet,including legs and stomach. Work into the coat. Depending on your pet, spray may require additional rubbing to get product through their entire coat.
Avoid contact with mucus membranes by covering your animal's nose,mouth,and eyes when applying near your animal's head.
To apply product to your pet's head, spray solution onto a paper towel and wipe your pet's neck,ears, and face,carefully avoiding eyes and nose.
Reapply every 2-3 days or as needed before your animal goes outside.
Reapply whenever animal gets thoroughly wet.
Safe for daily use if desired.
Avoid soaking your animal with the spray.
Safe for use on puppies and kittens.
Keep cap on bottle when not in use. This spray can also be used on pet's bedding and grooming tools. This formula is designed to be non-staining,but we recommend testing it on fabric or other surfaces before use.
active ingredients 6.5%
- lemon grass oil 4%
- cinnamon oil 1%
- sesame oil 1%
- castor oil 0.5%
other ingredients 93.5%
- purified water 93.3%
- vitamin E 0.2%
active ingredient (lemongrass oil, cinnamon oil, sesame oil, castor oil), filler (water), antioxidants (vitamin E)
storage and disposal
Store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. Avoid freezing
keep out of reach of young children
Do not reuse or refill this container.
If empty, place in trash or recycle,if available.If partly filled,call your local solid waste agency for disposal instructions.
Never place unused product down any indoor or outdoor drain.
contra-indication and warnings
FOR USE ON DOGS AND CATS ONLY
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND ANIMALS. Not for Aquatic Use. Avoid inhalation and contact with eyes, nose,and mouth.
Sensitivities can occur after using any flea or tick prevention program.
If your pet shows signs of irritation,rinse them thoroughly,bathe your pet with mild soap and rinse again.
If signs continue, consult a veterinarian immediately.
If product gets into a human's or pet's eyes,hold eye open and gently flush with water for several minutes.
If repellent gets into a human's eye that is wearing contacts, remove the contact after the first 5 minutes of flushing,then continue to rinse.