Rocky’s Viewpoint

Rockys Viewpoint

A blog for people who treat their dogs better than family

Is Flea Season Starting Early?

Is it my imagination or are fleas already wreaking havoc on area dogs? It seems everyone we know is complaining about fleas! I don’t like using the chemicals currently on the market to control fleas, but occasionally I have to. If you don’t want to use chemicals, what are your other options?

According to Dr. Robert Goldstein, V.M.D., the key to repelling fleas is to ensure our pet’s immune system is strong. When the immune system is strong, pests find your dog less appetizing, and move on. Even if bitten, there is very little outward reaction, but an animal with a weak immune system will experience an allergic response resulting in extreme itching and discomfort.

So how can you boost your pet’s immunity? According to Dr. Goldstein the “addition of specific foods and supplements to the diet not only boost immunity but promotes radiant health, but also makes the blood and smell of animals distasteful to fleas and ticks.”

Some flea-fighting ingredients include high grade, unprocessed brewers yeast which is high in B vitamins (B-1 & B-6) and sulfur-containing amino acids; garlic; B-complex; minerals (calcium, phosphorus, zinc); sulfur. Some animals are allergic to brewers yeast but there are yeast-free herbal blends that can be concocted. Rather than mixing the ingredients yourself there are ready made formulas.  Examples of such are Flea-Away, Dr. Goldstein’s Internal Powder, Earth Animal’s Herbal Internal Powder or No More Fleas.

If your dog is healthy with a strong immune system, pests will look for an easier, tastier target. Let’s not make it easy for them – let’s win this war!

 

Category: Health Management