Can you help fleas stay away naturally?

shutterstock_157278356_webDue to this particularly wet and mild winter we are getting lots of customers contacting us about fleas, which is quite unusual for this time of year!  These annoying pests not only  irritate pets, and the scratching caused is tiresome for owners too, but more importantly they can also cause severe skin problems in both dogs and cats as some pets can have an allergic reaction to their bites.

There are no herbal medicines that will actually eradicate fleas, ticks or lice.   The only way to be absolutely confident that you have eradicated them is to use a chemical licensed flea treatment.  However there are plants that can have an important role to play in the prevention of infestations, as the oils they contain provide a hostile environment in which fleas and ticks would prefer not to live.

AG200One of the most effective and widely used plants is Garlic, which has been used for thousands of years to provide an environment that parasites find hostile.  It contains a volatile oil, allyl methyl sulphide, which is responsible for its strong smell and is absorbed into the blood and from there through the whole system.  Although some people like to add fresh garlic to their dog’s food, the quantity given this way is not generally adequate to act as a flea repellent.  To be effective garlic needs to be given in a more concentrated form and on a regular basis to ensure there is a sufficient amount in the blood stream to discourage fleas and ticks from staying around.  Dorwest Herbs Garlic Tablets are ideal for this purpose and being coated they are easy to give and palatable.  Being coated the garlic aroma is encased and this reduces the aroma of garlic for those owners who don’t like the smell.DS200

Pennyroyal herb has been used for centuries to repel parasites and insects; right back in the middle ages it was used in bedding and laid on the ground to deter insects.  Pennyroyal  is the strongest smelling member of the mint family and its volatile oil is an effective repellent for fleas and other external parasites in dogs and cats.  The oil is incorporated into Dorwest’s Pennyroyal Dog & Cat Shampoo and as well as being an excellent cleansing shampoo it also leaves a pleasant minty aroma on the coat which fleas don’t like and so is a powerful deterrent for these parasites.

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3 comments to “Can you help fleas stay away naturally?”

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  1. Diatomaceous Earth is a good alternative (that works) as both a preventative and treatment for flea infestations. Can be used directly on pets, their bedding and flooring.

  2. Is Garlic safe to use on dogs as it is part of the onion family which is poisonous to dogs?

    • Hi Katrina – thanks for your question. This is something we are asked frequently – our Garlic products, Garlic Tablets and Garlic and Fenugreek Tablets are both licensed herbal medicines approved by the UK Veterinary Medicines Directorate, and as such are subject to close scrutiny with regards to their effect on animals. With regards to our products we have not had any cases of garlic toxicity in the 40 years we have been producing these products. We will be publishing a blog soon that goes into more detail about garlic as this is often a misunderstood area. Thanks again for asking you question, if you want any further information please do not hesitate to contact us either by phone or email (info@dorwest.com) – Ben

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