Natural parasite control: How herbal ingredients can help to control fleas, tics and worms in dogs

More and more pet owners are becoming aware of the dangers of using conventional flea, tick and worm control treatment on their pets. These treatments contain toxic chemicals and poisons and while they can be effective, they are also detrimental to you and your pet’s health.

Choosing natural and non-toxic alternatives to get rid of fleas and worms in pets is a much safer and healthier option. The PetAlive team looks at herbal ingredients that can control parasites naturally. 

1. Boost the immune system

When your pets are infested with fleas, ticks or worms and left untreated, their immune systems are often compromised. Parasites love to seek out the weakest when they go on attack making puppies, kittens, older and sickly pets their prime targets. Strengthening your pet’s immune systems from the inside will help them to become more resistant to these nasty parasites.

Herbal ingredients such as Echinacea and Milk Thistle are well known for boosting their immune system. Echinacea contains antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties and acts as a natural antibiotic. Using this herb regularly promotes vitality and balance and keeps pets healthy and strong. Milk Thistle is regarded as an effective liver tonic and anti-oxidant which can remove toxins at a cellular level. It improves liver functioning and also promotes faster recovery after illnesses and vaccinations.

In the Feelgood Pets PetAlive range, Immunity & Liver Support contains powerful herbal ingredients including Echinacea and Milk Thistle to strengthen immune functioning and improve liver health in pets. A strong immune system means greater resistance to many organisms – from bacteria and viruses to parasites like worms, fleas and ticks

Feeding your furry pal a good, quality diet is also beneficial to maintaining a healthy immune system. Organic foods such as Doggobone Raw Active Foods and Vondi’s Cooked Foods contain various herbs such as Spirulina to keep pet immune systems strong and healthy.  These foods are available from Feelgood Health, Unit 6, Westlake Lifestyle Centre, Westlake Business Park, Cape Town or call 021 797 0193 to order.  
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2. Bathing and rinsing

Giving dogs a bath is a great way to control fleas and soothe irritated, itchy skin. Natural shampoos containing lavender, eucalyptus or cedar are well known flea repellants to keep fleas at bay. Use our Vondi's Tick & Flea Pet Shampoo which contains khakibos (natural flea and tick repellent) which repels fleas and ticks in dogs and cats. When applying shampoo, lather the neck and body areas before rinsing thoroughly.  

If the skin is still irritated after washing, give them Allergy Itch Ease which is a safe and effective homeopathic remedy to relieve itchy skin in dogs and cats. Allergy Itch Ease will relieve itching and discomfort quickly and effectively.

Of course, we all know that that cats are not fans of bathing! For kitties, rather use Vondi's Khakibos Tick & Flea Powder as they prefer this as cat's are not too fond of being sprayed and washed! 
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3. Protect the skin and coat

Keeping your precious pet’s skin healthy, protected and in good condition is very important when trying to control parasites naturally. In our pet range, Skin & Coat Tonic contains various herbs such as Equisetum arvense (Horsetail), Taraxacum officinalis (Dandelion) and Arthrospira platenis (Spirulina) which helps to improve skin functioning and restore a healthy skin and glossy coat. The ingredients in Skin & Coat Tonic help to tighten the skin thereby making it harder for fleas to bite.

Supplementing your dog or cat with these herbs will definitely strengthen their skin and keep fleas at bay, as well as creating a natural resistance to parasites and helping to protect against rashes and allergies from flea bites.
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4. Treat inside the home

Flea proof your home by vacuuming carpets and upholstery frequently. If your dog or cat spends lots of time on your bed or couch, it is important to treat those areas thoroughly. Wash pet beds, blankets and cushions as these are the places where fleas will lay their eggs and breed.  Herbs such as cedar and diatomaceous earth are excellent flea repellents that can be sprinkled onto surfaces in the home.
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5. Treat the outside

As important as it is to treat the inside of your home, it is also as important to treat the outside too. Wash down dog kennels and outside areas where pets frequent. Sprinkle diatomaceous earth to repel fleas outside. Herbs such as lavender, eucalyptus and fennel can be planted to keep fleas away.

Remember to keep your garden clean and tidy to prevent a breeding ground for fleas. Make sure that you also clean up dog poop every day (even when you take your dog pal for a walk) and keep your cat’s litter tray clean to prevent a worm infestation.
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6. Prevention is best!

Why wait for fleas or worms to infect your pet before taking action? Do yourself and your pet a favour by addressing flea and worm infestations before they start. Rosemary is a wonderful natural flea repellent used on its own as a preventative measure for your pets – it can be used as a gentle wash or as grinded into a powder to repel fleas.

Prevent worms by deworming your dog or cat regularly. Animals are always licking and sniffing everything in sight from dirt to poop, making them the perfect hosts to pick up worms and parasites.  Pet owners may not always know when their dog or cat has picked up worms but signs to watch out for include vomiting, chewing or licking under their tail, experiencing diarrhea or losing weight.

Did you know that while conventional worm medicine can help to rid your dog or cat of worms, it can also be toxic for your pet and can compromise the immune systems, thereby making them more susceptible to those nasty critters! 

Vondi's Diatomaceous Earth is a natural worm and parasite repellent and will protect your pet against internal worms. This remedy acts as a natural worm medicine for dogs and cats, expels worms, cleanses and detoxes the digestive system without the harmful effects of conventional worm medications.
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