First, I noticed Frank scratching. Didn’t think too much of it – he is a dog, and that’s what dogs do. Then I noticed he was scratching a lot. I looked, and didn’t see anything… at first. Since noticing the scratching, however, I have seen two adult fleas on him, none on Miss Bean, and none of those small red bite marks on me (fleas will eat any blood available).
We have a problem… and I have only myself to blame. I fell asleep on the job about two months ago, and forgot to give Frank his treats of brewers yeast and garlic for about a week. We were doing so well!
I spoke with my neighbor, and he said Fluffy is having a problem, too. My neighbor took a course of action – flea bath, and frontline. I’m terrified to use the stuff. Years ago I used it on Miss Bean and Fat Man, both of which had a seizure after the application. Turns out, some of the chemicals in synthetic flea control products can cause damage to the central nervous system. Not to mention the animal testing that happens before it even gets put on the market.
I choose to try non-synthetic treatments, and I assured my neighbor I would share with him any natural remedies I find. After all, Fluffy is Frank’s very best cat friend.
So now that I have come to terms with the fact Frank has fleas, I did a little research online to find out what natural remedies might work to get rid of the problem. I know I’ve done this before, but it always seems that when I need the remedies, I can’t remember what they are (that’s why I’m sharing this again with you).
I came across this fantastic article from Mother Earth News (which ironically uses an image of a pug that looks just like Frank for the article). It provides background information on those pests, and their life cycle. I learned a lot from it.
I’ll keep you posted as I try to rid ourselves of fleas!