How to Identify Common Pet Problems ?
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For mild infestations, wash your bed sheets in hot soapy water. The soap will kill fleas, while also destroying their eggs and larvae. Consider vacuuming your mattress as well. Don`t forget to do the same to your pet`s bed.
Fleas hate the smell and taste of ACV, which makes it a great choice for natural flea prevention. Mix equal amounts of water with apple cider vinegar and add it to a spray bottle. Spray your pet`s undercoat and belly, but make sure to protect their eyes from any wayward droplets!
Lemon can be used in a lot of ways around the house, but aside from being a good way to treat wasp stings, it`s also a great natural home remedy for fleas.
This talc-like powder is made from silica, the same stuff that makes up sand. You can sprinkle it on carpets, bedding, and furniture. Let it sit for several hours, then vacuum it up. It kills fleas by drying them out.
To make your own flea and tick repellent, mix one part vinegar with one part water and spray it on your pet`s fur. You can also add a few drops of vinegar to your pet`s drinking water to help repel fleas and ticks from the inside out. Morgan recommends one teaspoon per quart of water.
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There are several natural flea control products that are safe for your home and your pets: repellants, sprays, squeeze-ons, shampoos, flea tags and powder. Also garlic and B-vitamins seem to make blood less attractive to fleas, so many guardians supplement with garlic and brewers yeast during flea season. However, sensitive animals can develop an allergy to brewer’s yeast, so I suggest you monitor your pet to guard against worsening itchiness.
Many people use the natural approach to flea control effectively and, although it is not always as easy as using chemicals, it’s generally safer for your pet and your family. Regarding chemicals, the US Environmental Protection Agency recently completed an in-depth investigation due to the hundreds of reports of illness and death in pets and serious adverse effects were reported for every product EPA assessed. EPA is in the process of increasing restrictions on their use. You can read more information about this report here: http://www2.epa.gov/pets/epa-evaluation-pet-spot-products-analysis-and-plans-reducing-harmful-effects
Besides, most chemicals, including bombs and sprays, kill only adult fleas or adults and larvae. That leaves thousands of tough little eggs and cocoons just waiting for the proper conditions, when they’ll renew their assault once more.
That said, you must keep in mind that a product labeled as “natural” or “organic” could still be not suitable, or even harmful, for your pet. Therefore, I recommend consulting with your veterinarian or trying to find a holistic veterinarian who can offer you guidance about natural flea control products.
There is not a lot of data to support the effectiveness of products such as brewer’s yeast, garlic and diatomaceous earth. The latter is thought to destroy the exoskeleton of fleas leading to their demise and removal. In addition, you must keep in mind that a product labeled as “natural” or “organic” can still be unsafe or harmful to your animal.
Always be careful with any new product you introduce into your pet’s immune system. I would further suggest consulting with your veterinarian before utilizing a natural remedy.
The first step is to remove any additional treats or people food that may be more enticing to your dog than his own meal. If you feel you must give him some form of treat, be sure to place them directly in his food bowl and mixed with his regular diet. This allows him to get some snacks while also “forcing” him to try out his current meal to get the reward.
Enticing your dog to try his food by adding a pet-safe gravy or even a few treats of plain boiled chicken mixed in can help. Be sure to mix the foods thoroughly so he must explore his own food before getting the treat.
Some small breed dogs may also have a hard time with certain bowls and their collars. If there is a metal name tag on the collar and a metal bowl, the clinking sound can sometimes scare off dogs and make them not want to eat from their bowl. Using a bowl of a different material, or removing the collar prior to a meal may help with this issue.
Your dog may also just not be into his current food and may like another variety better. You can try a new variety by gradually switching over a period of 7-9 days, slowly adding in more new food and removing old until it is switched. This change may encourage him to try out meals again, and the slow changeover will allow his body to adjust to the new diet without digestive upset.