What to do about fleas, ticks and other pests

WHATEvery year about this time, this has to be one of the most common questions I get asked. In a recent interview with Claude West, after we’d talked about the whole health approach for our pets, he asked me this question: “What about parasites (because of the raw diet) and also external pests?”.

My first response is always going to be that nutrition is the foundation of good health in ANY species. And it MUST be species appropriate and raw. Animals don’t cook in the wild. Parasites are going to be MUCH more of a problem with kibble-fed animals which is why those nasty, toxic applications of flea & tick products are encouraged in conventional care of our dogs. An abnormal diet of commercial junk food from a bag or can makes the body quite palatable to the pests! But not so appealing when an animal has a strong and healthy immune system because it is fed a natural diet.

And for the record there is no such thing as “holistic pet food” that comes in a bag or can. When you see that phrase RUN because the word “holistic” not only can’t be used in that context it makes ZERO sense when used in that context. Check your dictionary so you can see what I mean. Geranium

Once the diet is correct the immune system will be naturally boosted, helping your dog to naturally thwart any of these nasty pests. But there are things you can do to also further support their immune systems if they are not being fed a raw diet yet, or just switched or just need some extra assistance. I prefer to aid using essential oils by Young Living. *

I always preferred to put some of the oil in my hand and then wipe it down Shadrach’s spine. He NEVER minded me applying the YL essential oils to him – but he REALLY hated me applying the regular, horribly toxic, nasty flea & tick deterrents. I can’t say as I blame him considering they contain neurotoxins, and that we’re supposed to wear gloves while putting this junk on our pets. He’d run from me but come reluctantly because well he had to – but immediately following application of that junk he’d run to the grass and rub and roll in it trying to get it off of him. He’d give me those dog looks too as if to say “Mom why are you putting this poison on me, can’t you see it’s BAD??? Don’t you love me more than that??? Are you that stupid? What else do I need to do for you to get a clue????” He was showing me but it took a while for me to catch on – and they’re the ones called “dumb“.

Did you know that 60% of what we apply to our bodies AND that of our pets goes IN to the body??? Do you really want all that poison IN your dog’s body? If you do, wow is all I can say. Why have a dog if we’re just going to slowly poison them to death with these toxins? I’d MUCH rather feed them a natural diet which they LOVE and enjoy eating, AND then use the YL Essential Oils that not only deter the pests but help our dogs maintain wellness within.

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Photo Attribution: Shadrach the Neo Mastiff by Dr. Kim Bloomer. Copyright 2007, All Rights Reserved.

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Dr. Kim Bloomer is an animal naturopath consulting on canine and feline nutrition and wellness. In addition, Dr. Kim is a proficient blogger, writer, speaker and presenter on natural pet care as well as the Co-Founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy. She is the author/co-author of three books including Animals Taught Me That and the newest Essential Oils in Animal Care: A Naturopathic Approach co-authored with her two colleagues. Dr. Kim’s articles have been featured in various publications in both print and online.