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    What flea products are the safest—orals, spot-ons, or washes?

    By Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM

    Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM has 30 years of experience as a veterinarian. His love of dogs and passion for natural healing and nutrition led him to writing, teaching and helping people create health naturally, without drugs, chemicals and processed food.

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    A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about the damaging effects of conventional flea products. Today, I would like to answer questions about flea product administration and its safety.

    Most people agree that the more natural and non-toxic a flea product is, the better. However, you can increase your dog's safety by paying attention to the following areas:

    • Ingredients
    • Method of administration

    Instead of agonizing over a multitude of products, there is a simple way of weeding out the ones that are most likely to be dangerous. When you are choosing a product, look at the label and check the ingredients. If you see any ingredients that are not natural, or you do not know if they are natural, find references online and look for their toxicity. Ideally, look for a safety data sheet to see what to expect. I also suggest checking the EPA website (Environmental Protection Agency) for a list of flea products that have caused problems. (This list was included in the previous blog.)

    In my world, anything that has not been grown by nature should ideally be eliminated. If the ingredients are necessary, such as stabilizers and other agents, reduce their amounts to a minimum.

    Method of administration

    Choosing the right flea treatment method takes nothing more than common sense. Here are a few guidelines:

    A) In most cases, oral flea treatment is less than ideal over a product that is administered topically.

    B) Less concentrated products are naturally better.

    C) It is better if the active ingredients can be washed off after adult fleas are gone, rather than maintaining a high residual concentration of flea product.

    Oral flea care  

    Considering the above, oral products are the least ideal and the longer they remain in the system, the worse they are. Even if you decide to use natural ingredients, unless they are a part of a natural diet, they are safer when administered topically.

    Spot-on flea care 

    A high concentration of any product is more likely to cause local skin irritation and their toxicity is also higher. For example, conventional flea products are designed to remain deadly to fleas for a month. These products are highly toxic, based on the environmental agency reports and can cause seizures and, in some cases, death. I have witnessed a dog seizing after a spot-on administration and I always try to avoid them.

    A higher concentration of non-toxic natural essential oils is safer than synthetic flea control, but there is one drawback. Their smell is strong and dogs usually hate them.

    Wash or bath products 

    Naturally, these products would be ideal because they are not administered orally and are usually washed off.

    While flea bath products are the least toxic form, most of them only kill the adult fleas. 

    FleaHex®, our all-natural flea control product is a formula that has all the important parameters:

    • It is not internal
    • It is not a spot-on product
    • Most of it is washed off within 10 minutes after administration
    • It is administered weekly to maintain the effect and low residue
    • It needs to be administered for four to eight weeks and then only as needed
    • It can be used to treat an acute flea problem or once a month as a preventive in heavily infested regions

    To summarize, when you are choosing flea control, make sure that you avoid orals and spot-ons. Feed your dog a natural diet and, ideally, choose a natural wash such as FleaHex® that works for adult fleas and the flea cycle. It also repels fleas and is 100 percent guaranteed.

    FleaHex® will be a one-way ticket for your dog's fleas!

    For more information about FleaHex®, click here!

    © Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM


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    Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM has 30 years of experience as a veterinarian. He graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1988 in the Czech Republic and obtained the Canadian Certificate of Qualification in 1995. He is currently licensed in the European Union, and his unique approach to healing and nutrition helps holistically minded dog lovers worldwide.

    Dr. Dobias strongly believes that disease prevention, natural nutrition and supplements, the right exercise and a drug free approach to medicine can add years to your dog's life.

    As a formulator of his all-natural vitamin and supplement line and co-inventor of natural, chemical free flea and tick control, FleaHex® and TickHex® his unique healing system and products currently hold the highest independent five star customer rating. For more information click here.

    Any general recommendations that Dr. Dobias makes are not a substitute for the appropriate veterinary care and are for informational and educational purposes only.

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