Natural treatments for fleas and ticks on dogs
With spring around the corner in Queensland tick season is upon us and the discussion of what tick treatment to use has been a bit of a debate.
Fleas and ticks are a big problem for all dog owners but here in Queensland Australia we have the added worry of paralysis ticks which can cause all sorts of health problems and ultimately death if not found on your dog quickly.
These ticks are tiny, pinhead size and can get anywhere and I mean anywhere on your dog, places you don’t want to and can’t look!
We started using the new long term treatments Bravecto and Nexguard thought great problem solved.
Then we started hearing a lot of terrible sad stories from dog owners whose dogs had died after seizures, become really unwell with organ failures and had to be put down.
So we started doing a lot of reading, like all of you I love my dogs and the thought of me having given them something which would harm or kill them doesn’t sit very well with me.
Two of the places we have seen so so many sad, very real and heartbreaking stories are here:
Facebook pages, check out for yourself:
The more we read the less we liked about these drugs, they are pesticides and neurotoxins. One of the active ingredients is fluralaner.
Fluralaner is an inhibitor of the arthropod nervous system… read more.
They act by getting into your dog’s bloodstream and killing the insects when they bite your dog. The insects go into spasms and die of asphyxiation… dogs taking these drugs are having seizures and dying or having to be put down.
Seeing a problem here?
Insect bites dog and ingest pesticides in your dog’s blood and it kills them. It also in the case of Bravecto is so strong it lasts for 4 months so has to be a pretty high dose.
The thought is that there is enough difference between your dog being a mammal and the insects for it not to affect your dog while killing the insects.
We have decided to take our dogs off these drugs, thankfully they had only had them twice. Our Pug Ziggy did have one seizure, we cannot be sure it was linked but thankfully he is fine.
So what are the alternatives?
So we have to use something, not only can normal flea and tick infestations have horrible effects on your dog but remember we have the deadly paralysis tick to contend with.
We have been using Neem spray which seems to be doing a good job (our friend is also using the cat version on her cats and they have gone from coming in with 3-4 ticks a day to none.
We spray it every couple of days and rub it in a bit just before the dogs go out in the morning.
Clearly some dogs are absolutely fine with these treatments, whilst for others they have seemingly had devastating effects after just one dose in some cases.
It feels a little like playing Russian Roulette with your dog’s life and health.
- coconut oil in their food – stay tuned for more on why this can help.
- Neem spray & shampoo
- Natural essential oil spray
- Checking – they love this bit
Remember essential oils are harmful to cats so don’t use it on them and be careful if your Pug and cat are besties and curl up together.
Ultimately you should do research so you can make an informed decision about what will work best for you and your Pug.
We would love to hear what you use to treat ticks and fleas and how they have worked…or not worked.