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I have 14 rescue cats and 1 rescued beagle. I am beginning to make my own food for them because of the problems with commercial food and the cost. What do you recommend I use for fleas and ticks? It seems this year we are already having a tremendous problem with ticks. (We live in Berry, KY) I cannot afford to treat them with Frontline and anyway prefer a natural solution if there is one.

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April 8, 2010 at 3:49 PM



Dear Brenda,

I talked with a lady in my area that does feline rescue.  She uses Frontline spray, at the dosage 1-2 sprays per pound, usually about 10 sprays  per 8# cat.  It is cheaper than the single dose method.  She orders it online from a place called Revival.    I have used some other holistic methods for my own cats.  These would include diatomaceous earth worked into the coat but you need to avoid breathing in the dust.  For my 100 # dog I give a garlic oil capsule daily to help her avoid picking up fleas.  I don't think it is effective for ridding flea infestation.  I have put an essential oil blend called Solvarone by Seroyal in a spray bottle diluted with water to spray on my cats and dog's fur to act as a deterrent.  I was reading online that a veterinarian in Wisconsin uses Purification by Young Living in this fashion.  I haven't tried this one yet.  If any of my pets gets fleas they get bathed in our product called DefendeX.  It is quite amazing for killing any fleas on the body, yet doesn't contain synthetic insecticides.  You will also need to treat the environment such as your house, car, or yard wherever they have been that could have left fleas behind.  I have sprinkled diatomaceous earth on those areas or used a conventional flea spray containing an insect growth regulator.  90% of the fleas will be in the environment and 10% on the animal so it is important to work on the environment.  An insect growth regulator is helpful because it keeps the immature phases from turning into adults.  Good luck this season and keep up the good work.<br /><br /> 

Best wishes,
Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
April 11, 2010 at 3:49 PM
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