3 Natural Flea and Tick Treatments that Work

Natural Flea Treatments

Natural Flea Treatments

I stopped using topical treatment after seeing a photo of a dog with a chemical burn. I didn’t do my homework, I didn’t ask questions, I just threw out our stock of topical treatments and started looking for an alternative.

I found one right away and it worked. But it’s no longer available. This year, I started searching again and found three treatments that work…

Only Natural Pet Herbal Defense – we’ve used this several times with our dogs and it has worked for us. It does leave a greasy patch where applied and it washes off in a bath so it needs to be re-applied regularly. I like it because it’s a natural alternative, it doesn’t hurt our dogs, and it doesn’t smell terrible.

Wondercide – this brand makes a series of products meant to repel fleas. What I really like about this product is that a bottle of Wondercide will last an entire summer season in our house (we have 4 dogs). The dogs hate being sprayed with it and they don’t like the smell (I think it smells pretty), but it only needs to be reapplied weekly (in our experience). We spray it on the dogs and on their bedding.

Diatomaceous Earth – you must buy the food grade version; it works by dusting a dog’s coat and bedding with the earth – it then coats the fleas, dries out their exoskeleton and kills them. This is a flea killer, not repellent. And you have to take care that the dog (or you) don’t breathe in the dust. It’s a pain in the but, can make a mess (dust your dogs outside), but I’ve heard that it works.

If you do a search for natural flea and tick repellents, you will find several options, including articles and videos sharing how to make a natural remedy at home. Personally I would love to make it at home, but my concern is my lack of experience with essential oils. We have to understand what essential oils (and at what amounts) are safe for our pets, know where to buy the oils that can be used topically, and know how to mix and store the oils.

My lack of experience is why I’ve used the brands I recommended above. Three more things you can do are…

  • Baths: We bathe our dogs 2x a month using a natural shampoo bar that has ingredients that repel fleas. Because it’s natural and mild, we can bathe our dogs more often; it’s very gentle on their skin while doing a great job getting them clean. Wondercide makes a similar shampoo bar.
  • Bedding: We wash our dogs bedding every other weekend and in between washes, we spray with Wondercide to keep them flea free.
  • Diet: I’ve been told that improving your dogs diet will help reduce flea infestations. This was one of the selling points for switching our dogs to raw; fleas don’t like to munch on a healthy dog. I’m not sure how valid this theory is, but improving our pet’s nutrition leads to a lot of great results, including a happier, healthier, longer life for our pets.

Natural flea and tick repellents won’t work for every dog. We’ve been using natural flea and tick repellents for more than 3 years and we’ve never had a flea infestation in our home. Coincidence? I sure as heck hope not.

Author’s Bio: Kimberly Gauthier is the Fur Mom to 4 dogs and founder of Keep the Tail Wagging, an online magazine for dog lovers. By sharing her experience as a dog mom to 4 pups, Kimberly hopes to help others make better choices for their dogs too. When she’s not laughing with her boyfriend or playing with her dogs, she can be found writing, taking pictures, reading, or watching movies.

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We love Angie!

Angie Bailey is a Minnesota writer, cat fancier, word game junkie, creative-project dabbler, music lover, food enthusiast, wife, and mother to two humans and three cats. She is also the co-creator, co-writer, and performer in a sketch comedy web series called 82 South St. http://www.82southst.com/She spends most of her days enjoying her family, scribbling for her cat humor blog,Catladyland, playing Scrabble, laughing at her cats’ shenanigans, and finding the silliness in most everything.

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We love Angie!

Angie Bailey is a Minnesota writer, cat fancier, word game junkie, creative-project dabbler, music lover, food enthusiast, wife, and mother to two humans and three cats. She spends most of her days enjoying her family, scribbling for her cat humor blog,Catladyland, playing Scrabble, laughing at her cats’ shenanigans, and finding the silliness in most everything.

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We love Angie! Stay tuned, Angie will be a guest on our pet radio show, Pets Teach Us So Much, within the next few weeks.  We can’t wait to hear what she has been up to!

Angie Bailey is a Minnesota writer, cat fancier, word game junkie, creative-project dabbler, music lover, food enthusiast, wife, and mother to two humans and three cats. She spends most of her days enjoying her family, scribbling for her cat humor blog,Catladyland, playing Scrabble, laughing at her cats’ shenanigans, and finding the silliness in most everything.

Dog Speaks For Rachel Ray’s Naturally Delish Dog Food!

 

Chachala Rose posing with a fab box full of Naturally Delish

Chachala Rose posing with a fab box full of Naturally Delish

It isn’t often our  8 year old chihuahua, Chachala Rose speaks her mind.   When taking some pictures with Naturally Delish dog food, she decided enough was enough!  Enough pictures, posing and waiting.  She wanted to sample the goods.  When we asked her if she wanted to wait a bit more so we could take some addition pictures, she replied, “NO, NO!”  She didn’t want to wait and she wanted to try some Naturally Delish.  Do you think we are kidding?  Well then take a look…


All righty then…we opened the Chicken Muttballs with Pasta.  It looked and smelled good!

Rachel Ray's Nutrish, Naturally Delish, Chicken Muttballs with Pasta

Rachel Ray’s Nutrish, Naturally Delish, Chicken Muttballs with Pasta

The food is touted as no corn, soy or wheat…so we found the pasta part of the meal a little confusing.  The pasta is made with semolina wheat flour, not the fine milled white flour.

The guaranteed analysis is as follows:

Crude Protein                 min. 9.0%

Crude Fat                         min. 4.0%

Crude Fiber                     max  2.0%

Moisture                          max 78.0%

Here is the taste test…and this was after their dinner…


Obviously they loved it!  They digested it well with no problems.  Now for the super groovy part!  We are happy to offer a drawing for 4 containers of Naturally Delish and some coupons for future purchases of Naturally Delish.  You get the same package pictured with Chachala above-that’s one each of Chicken Muttballs with Pasta, Hearty Beef Stew, Savory Lamb Stew and Chicken Paw Pie. (How cute is that name? Chicken Paw Pie! LOL!)

Thanks to Nutrish for sponsoring this giveaway.  It’s a random drawing.

*TPPC.tv was compensated to writing this post and received the food free of charge.  This in no way influenced the review of this product.

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Pets Teach Us So Much Radio Show launches new Pet Blog Sponsor Program

Joseph and Robbin Everett

Joseph and Robbin Everett

OCEAN GROVE, NJ (July 8, 2012)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TPPC.tv’s Pets Teach Us So Much Radio Show and Podcast is please to announce the launch of the Pet Blog Sponsor Program.

The new  Pet BlogSponsors will embed the Pets Teach Us So Much Radio Show players on their site and blog fans will be able to listen to Pets Teach Us So Much Radio as they read their favorite pet blog.

Joseph and Robbin Everett are the dynamic duo behind the show’s explosive success.  They are Animal Advocates, Pet Trendologists and the show’s creators and co-hosts.

Joseph Everett stated, ” We love our pet blogging friends and we want to spread the word about all of the great blogs out there and all of the good work bloggers are doing.  Our Blog Sponsors are key people in the pet blogging community we want to support and highlight throughout our shows.”

Robbin Everett added, “We look forward to having blog readers listen to our show while they read their favorite blog.  Hopefully we will enrich their new media experience as we educate and entertain new listeners with our show.”

Pets Teach Us So Much is a weekly radio to podcast show which airs live on Thursdays at 6:30 PM EST through Blog Talk Radio.

About:

TPPC.tv, LLC is the global leader in pet related new media entertainment.  The dynamic couple, Robbin and Joseph Everett have been education and entertaining audiences through web.tv, radio, podcasts and blogging for over four years, gaining a loyal following from all corners of the globe.

For interviews or inquiries email: info@tppc.tv.

 

 

Spring Naturals Pet Treats Giveaway with 10 Winners!

Spring NaturalsTM – Made in the USA

A line of natural dinners and treats that nourish pets’ well-being

Mitchell, SD (June 18, 2012) – Today’s shoppers are well informed and articulate. They know what they like and what they want for their pet. And chief among pet parents’ concerns – knowing that they’re feeding their pet the best possible diet. That’s why Spring Naturals prides itself on using only the highest quality ingredients from select suppliers located in the USA, Canada and Western Europe (vitamin/mineral mixes) and New Zealand (lamb). Each Spring Naturals product is made in the USA without any ingredients from China to give pet parents complete confidence.

Though the Spring Naturals commitment to providing wholesome, high-quality products is certainly refreshing, it isn’t new. Spring Naturals, which debuted on store shelves in early 2012, is brought to you by Performance Pet Products, a subsidiary of American Foods Group. This family-owned firm is the fifth largest beef processing company in the US, and has helped nourish millions of people and companion animals since 1946.

Rob Cadenhead, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Spring Naturals, states, “When American Foods Group committed to providing products for the whole family, we knew that included pets, too.” He continues, “Providing the best possible product for pets not only nourishes the health and well being of the animal, it nourishes the relationship between pet and parent.”

The nation’s leading pet nutritionists have developed each of Spring Naturals’ recipes, and only real meat, poultry or fish is used as the #1 ingredient. Unlike other pet foods on the market, Spring Naturals does not contain meat, poultry or fish meals of any kind. Meaning, each Spring Naturals recipe is formulated without high-glycemic ingredients like corn, wheat, soy, potato starch or rice, for a more pure recipe.

Next they add a balanced blend of whole vegetables and fruits, that are naturally rich in antioxidants. And for an excellent source of fiber and complex carbohydrates, they add whole grains such as oats, barley and quinoa.

Fans of Spring Naturals can follow them at www.facebook.com/springnaturals or on Twitter @springnaturals. To learn more about Spring Naturals and their growing line of dinners and treats visit their website at www.SpringNaturals.com.

About the Giveaway:

Spring Naturals is sponsoring a wonderful giveaway of 10 bags of treats!

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MOL! Love that Angie!

MOL! Love that Angie!

About Angie, the author of CatLadyLand:

Angie Bailey is a Minnesota writer, cat fancier, word game junkie, creative-project dabbler, music lover, food enthusiast, wife, and mother to two humans and three cats. She spends most of her days enjoying her family, scribbling for her cat humor blog,Catladyland, playing Scrabble, laughing at her cats’ shenanigans, and finding the silliness in most everything.

Valentine’s Day Giveaway Tuesday & Blog Hop, Zymox anti-itch pet shampoo

Zymox Products

Zymox Products

ZYMOX® Awarded Top Industry Product of 2011
Named Most Exciting, Innovative Pet Health Product Retailers Should Feature
Westmont, IL (December 20, 2011) – Carrying on the ten year tradition, Pet Business, a leading pet products trade magazine, has announced their picks for the most exciting, innovative products pet retailers can offer today’s pet owners. To help retailers select the products to offer with the most value to pet owners, Pet Business has developed this platform to honor standout products across a variety ofcategories and the ZYMOX Ear & Skin products have been given top honors. With only one winner selected per category each year, the Industry Recognition Awardis considered an extremely prestigious accomplishment within the pet industry.
Previously only available through a veterinarian, ZYMOX recently introduced their new over-the-counter products to provide a safe, natural and effective product line to aid in the care for pet’s pesky ear infections and chronic skin problems. The secret is a unique combination of three bio-active enzymes that naturally pack a powerful antimicrobial punch. The ZYMOX line provides pet parents with a simple, effective at-home solution that has delivered positive results for over ten years.
Pamela Bosco, President of Pet King Brands, Inc. commented, “We’ve always believed in our products and to have Pet Business, an outstanding national publication, back our line of effective and natural ear and skin products is an amazing honor.” To learn more about ZYMOX and their complete line of pet health products, please visit the company’s website at www.zymox.com.

AboutPet King Brands
What began as a personal attempt in 1997 to find asolution to her dog’s painful, recurring ear infections has become asignificant business for Pamela Bosco, President of Pet King Brands, Inc. Sinceutilizing the natural healing properties of the Lactoperoxidase Enzyme Systemdeveloped and patented by her brother Michael Pellico, the developer of Biotene® DryMouth Oral Care, she has helped thousands of veterinarians and pet parentsprovide safe, antibiotic-free relief for dogs and cats suffering from chronic,recurring infections of the ears and skin. These critically acclaimedveterinary products are marketed under the ZYMOX 1.0% Hydrocortisone brand andhave been used for serious skin and ear infections for over 10 years.
Today, Pamela has recently developed a new line of ZYMOX0.5% Hydrocortisone products for use in pet specialty stores andgrooming operations. Each is safe for cats and dogs of any age, won’tcontribute to antibiotic resistance, and can be used safely with other oralmedications – just like the original ZYMOX veterinary line. For details,please contact Pamela Bosco or Deborah Brown at 630-241-3905, or visitwww.zymox.com.
Our Zymox giveaway includes 5 sample packets each of shampoo and conditioner.

Zymox Shampoo and Conditioner

Zymox Shampoo and Conditioner

 

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The Pet Loo Giveaway

The Pet Loo

The Pet Loo

Have you heard about The Pet Loo?  Tobi, the product inventor is going to be on our show this week, so tune in to hear more about this wonderful product.  We are giving one away to one lucky reader/listener too!  See the instructions below and read more about The Pet Loo.

New York, NY  – We hear about negotiations surrounding austerity and debt in Greece and the perilous status of the Euro, while U.S. credit has recently been downgraded. But this global recession doesn’t deter Tobi Skovron,

This bold ambition is nothing new for Skovron, who thought of the idea when he was just 23 years old. At the time, he was living in a high rise apartment in his native Melbourne, Australia with his dog. He needed a solution to the constant demand of running up and down the stairs to take his pet outside. This need led to the creation of The Pet Loo, which Tobi and his wife Simone, an animal behavioral specialist, first launched in 2006 on the Australian hit TV Show “The Inventors” http://www.abc.net.au/tv/newinventors/txt/s1657033.html. It’s a show they won.

“Success didn’t just happen. I made it happen. Realizing the U.S. market has 170 million cats and dogs, I literally lugged my first Pet Loo prototype around the streets of New York City back in 2008 because I knew we needed to make our product the leader in the U.S. market. I was this Australian kid with big eyes and a dream and nothing was going to get in my way,” says Skovron, who ended up literally bumping into a chance meeting with his greatest mentor, a pet industry guru, in a Murray’s Bagels line in Manhattan.

Over the past year, Skovron’s sales revenues have increased 53 percent worldwide. Even more impressive, Skovron is using technology to keep a tight rein on overhead and operating costs, with the ability to expand to 1,000 times his revenue due to his investment in proprietary cloud technology. As fast as his mouse can operate is as fast as Skovron can process orders. Recently, he received an email from a Swedish customer requesting 190 Pet Loos. He processed that request, from his Los Angeles offices, seamlessly in under five minutes.

Although Skovron’s largest markets are the U.S., Australia and Canada, he is seeking new customers and distributors in Korea and Japan, among dozens of other countries. Still, his goal is not to stretch his business too thin, but to ensure he has a carefully thought out presence in each country.

Here is how to enter the giveaway!

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You can enter up to 7 times.  If you already friend, follow etc., just let us know which entries you qualify for.  Sorry, open to US mailing addresses only. Winner chosen at random. Contest ends January 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM.

CONGRATULATIONS LINDA MESSINA!  YOU HAVE WON OUR RANDOM DRAWING FOR THE PET LOO GIVEAWAY.