It’s flea, tick, and heartworm season. After shut-downs, pandemic panic, and vaccine controversy, the last thing we should have to worry about is our pets and the annual ritual of selecting the safest and most effective line of defense against fleas, ticks, heartworms, and other health challenges. It’s now summer and as always, parasites like fleas, mosquitoes, and others will start a new life cycle and cause us concern.
Constant advertising of flea products to control this challenge keeps pet parents in a worried state.
In addition to this challenge, we see lawn trucks doing their services with weed killers and pest control products as well as chemicals to eliminate fungus and other harmful things to our environment.
In addition, we see them adding chemical nutrients to make everyone’s lawns green. Flowers, trees, and grasses are also in full bloom and loaded with pollen. All of these environmental factors are direct assaults on the immune system. Because of this, we must be proactive in decreasing the toxic exposure to our pets and ourselves from all of them during flea, tick, and heartworm season.
Many of us assume from the advertisements and promotions that the answers have to come from a veterinary solution. Let’s explore that path. Fleas and ticks are not a disease and should not be a medical doctor’s area of expertise.
As we have been hearing recently, drugs are approved by the FDA, and insecticides and similar products are regulated by the EPA. Ask yourself why we should give our pets an EPA-unapproved product that technically is an FDA-approved drug.
I want to bring to your attention some of the side effects of these “so-called” drugs. The object of these drugs is to make your pet a host of enough insect toxins to kill the parasite without killing the pet. We know that every toxin in the body can kill the body’s core cells. These cells consist of everything from the skin and coat (think itching, skin issues, and scratching) to the liver, kidney, and the whole endocrine system (think ear, urinary stones, UTIs, anal gland, and many other infections.)
Most of these flea, tick, and heartworm products contain heavy toxic metals. They often cross the brain’s blood-brain barrier as toxins, heavy metals, and other elements which is why the advertising warnings have to inform you of the possible side effects including seizures, liver and kidney failure, and sometimes even death.
I am unapologetic but must ask if you are willing to subject your beloved pet to some of these products. I never have done so and have lived with hundreds of pets including our rescues for decades without any serious pest infestation. That result is because of feeding a species-appropriate diet to improve the immune system as well as natural, herbal solutions that actually work. No more poisoning your pet to kill a flea.
Have you ever read the insert in your flea, tick, or heartworm product? They clearly say that they are not prevention but a treatment for something that your pet most likely does not even have.
As an example, you would not do chemo and radiation to prevent cancer that is not there – would you? Isn’t it time to look back to nature to see how our pets’ wild ancestors still deal with challenges since the beginning of their time?
First, we look at a species-appropriate carnivore diet to improve and support the natural immune system. Then we look at herbs and botanical products they find in nature and use in a natural form. They roll in mint plants and drink the water from under specific trees such as Black Walnut.
The solution is to understand how the body functions and approach it by building a better immune system as the first symptoms occur. This can be achieved with sound nutrition and a mitigation plan including detoxification and actively adjusting your pet’s lifestyle to support the dynamics of the body.
Clean and wholesome healthy nutrition, natural products for grooming, and common sense in assessing whatever health challenges your pet may encounter. It is never about a lack of drugs or a single approach. Use your eyes and intuition as the most important diagnostic tools available.
Bill Piechocki, Animal Scientist, Pet Specialist, and Nutritionist is acting CEO of My Paleo Pet located in Pompano Beach, FL. He is the host of the podcast Pet Health Café the Web Radio Show. Over 50 yrs. of expertise has provided him with unparalleled vision and information for pet parents. Listen LIVE Wednesday nights at 8 pm, w4hc.com/shows/pet-health-cafe/ or to archives on iHeartradio or their Facebook page. Call to schedule a consultation or stop by My Paleo Pet at 954-971-2500, they would be more than happy to help.