Due 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.
One 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.
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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