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Fleas Away, the Natural Way

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I have to share with you all about an incident we had with the popular Advantix II flea treatment for dogs.  We have 3 wonderful dogs and we certainly don’t want one of our critters bringing in fleas to infest one another and our house!  Though I hated using chemicals to treat them monthly, I decided it was ok since it was only monthly and it kept fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and such away.  So I dutifully all 3 of them as any good rescue mom would do.

Every time I treated them, they would start scratching for a few days afterward – I always assumed it was just a few fleas that had jumped on near the end of the month when the Advantix was starting to wear off.  We also had a problem with the dogs trying to lick it off one another, so for the first couple of hours, we had to keep an eye on them.  These things concerned me some, but I didn’t think too much about it.  After all, I was preventing nasty fleas, so some discomfort was ok.  …Until Enzo had a spot that he couldn’t stop licking and trying to scratch, even after a few days.  Upon closer examination, the poor guy had raw red skin in the middle of his back.  Then it he lost his hair in the silver dollar sized patch on his back.  The Advantix had given him a chemical burn that was eating through his skin.

The poor guy was miserable and we could tell he was in pain.  We washed it thoroughly with warm water and treated it with neosporin and tried to keep it bandaged around his waist.  The other dogs could smell his wound too, and tried to clean it for him since he couldn’t reach it, so keeping it bandaged was tough.  We eventually had to put a doggie tshirt on him to cover the bandage and that worked much better.  He did heal up after about a week and a half, leaving a large scab.  It’s been a few months, and while he’s all healed and his hair has grown back, it came back in a darker color.

I felt horrible.  It was my fault for ignoring the signs that it irritated their skin.  Now I knew for sure it wasn’t fleas bothering them at all – it was the chemicals.  I knew I couldn’t do this to my dogs again.  I had to find a better way.  So after much research, we came across Only Natural Pet’s Herbal Defense Oil Blend and decided it was definitely worth a try.

As it turns out, it’s amazing!  The smell is very citrus/citronella, but I’m ok with that.  I simply add several drops to my palm, spread it over my fingers, then rub the dogs all over with it.  Repeat a few times to ensure the whole dog gets a good covering of it, but a little does go a long way.  And instead of applying toxic chemicals that sink into their pores to kill bugs on contact, this just hangs out on their topcoat and encourages pests to keep away with it’s fruity smell.  And they get a nice rubdown when I apply it, instead of me not wanting to touch them for days after applying chemicals.  Oh… and IT WORKS!!!

During the height of flea season, I had to apply twice a week, just to be sure, but even then, this is SO much cheaper than the chemicals that work – Frontline, Advantix, Advantage… you get the idea.  And the smell, if you don’t care for citronella, dies down after the first day to where I didn’t even notice it again until time to reapply.  I was skeptical at first, but so desperate it was worth a shot, and I’m so glad I ran across Natural Defense.  I ordered 4 bottles to save on shipping, and I’m so glad I did.  Now there’s no more itching scratching in my house, and my sweet puppies aren’t absorbing toxic chemicals into their skin once a month.  If you’re looking for a natural flea remedy, I strongly recommend Natural Defense.  And I encourage you to want to look for a natural remedy if don’t currently.  Safer for you, safer for your pets, safer for the environment.  (Oh, and it comes in glass bottles, instead of plastic packaged in cardboard.)

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