Ticks and fleas are an annoyance for your cat and/or dog and for you, not to mention that they can cause serious health problems. There are many different powders and sprays out there, but with their chemical-based formulas, they could be harmful to the pet’s health or to yours.

Don’t worry – those powders and sprays aren’t your only means of defense against these tiny tyrants. You can fight them off with natural remedies that are safe for everyone and can be effective for your pet.

Check out your local pet store. They offer many different products for your dog or cat in regards to flea and tick care that are made from all natural ingredients. They have no chemicals that could be unsafe for your pets or family, but they have ingredients that are very effective in getting rid of the pesky pests.

They have powders and sprays with no harmful chemicals. You can find shampoos and special flea brushes to remove them from our pet’s coat. There are some treatments that you can apply directly to the their skin that won’t harm them in any way, but will kill the fleas.

Another option is the special-made flea collar that helps repel the fleas but doesn’t have any harsh chemicals that could seep through the dog’s skin so there’s no risk with other pets coming in contact with the collar.

Keep your pet and your home clean. Bathe your dog at least once a week and brush out their fur daily if possible.  Flea comb your cat frequently. Vacuum the carpets in your home and keep the pet’s bedding clean as much as possible.

Fleas and ticks thrive in warm, humid areas and they will lay their eggs in these places, so it’s best to vacuum these areas often.  You can use products like borax or some dry powdered laundry detergents to sprinkle on the carpets to let sit for a few minutes.

This kills the fleas and their eggs, so you can vacuum them up and be rid of them. Make sure your pets and any children aren’t around when you do it. They’re not known to be harmful, but it’s always best to be safe.

There are some homemade treatments that many pet owners claim to work very well. It’s advised to consult your veterinarian to make sure these treatments really are safe. There are also natural sprays made of peppermint oil available that can be effective.

Garlic and brewer’s yeast have been reported as an effective treatment for killing and preventing fleas. Use these treatments with caution as they can be overdone. It’s also very important that you keep your lawn mowed and keep any foliage within the yard trimmed back, so the fleas have a tougher time getting to your precious animal.

If you take all of the preventative measures possible, you can eliminate the need for chemical-based treatments that could be harmful for your dog. Along with that, use environmentally safe products and your pet will be much healthier.