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Flea Control: The multi-faceted approach

A three-pronged approach to holistic flea control appeals to consumers for whom harsh chemicals will not do. Make sure to stock and recommend products that appeal to every facet of life with pets.

Nutritional
Food choices, supplements and treats containing healthful ingredients make sense when controlling fleas the holistic way. A healthy body, particularly skin, is the best defense against fleas. Itching and other skin disorders caused by unbalanced diets open the door for flea infestation by exposing surface capillaries fleas feed on. It equates to offering them an open invitation.

What to Stock
Products containing brewers yeast (also referred to as nutritional yeast). The ingredient contains B vitamins, specifically B 12, which boost the immune system, encouraging better overall health.

Treats with added garlic also appeal to all-natural consumers. By imparting a slightly bitter taste to the animal’s bodily secretions (including blood). It is thought that small doses of garlic ward off impending seasonal infestations. Note: treats offer a safer option for adding garlic to a pet’s diet. Like onions, in large amounts, garlic can cause anemia.

Other immune system boosters, like cider vinegar, when added to drinking water on a regular basis, add to the holistic flea fighting arsenal. If shelf space permits, offer a few bottles.

Topical
Plant essences, known as essential oils are distilled from fresh plants and result in potent, long lasting liquid fragrances in their purest form. Though straight essential oils should never be applied directly to the skin, many products marketed for all-natural flea control contain combinations of essential oils in a spray or collar delivery systems safe for pets.

 What to Stock
Products containing the following plant-based essential oils: citronella, cedar, peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, lemongrass and lavender.

Empty spray bottles and vials of essential oils. All-natural consumers enjoy making their own flea-control products. It’s as easy as adding a few drops of essential oil to the bath or a spray bottle of water. A spritz before the animal goes to training sessions, parks, kennels or other locations where they might come in contact with fleas and ticks is all it takes.

Household Environment
A clean home makes for a flea-free home. By stocking items that encourage good housekeeping, retailers help complete the holistic flea prevention strategy. Fleas perish quickly in soapy water or trapped inside vacuum bags.

 What to Stock
It may seem like good common sense, but consumers get a quick reminder from displayed bottles of dog-friendly laundry detergent. <HOME>


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