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How to Give Proper Parasite Treatment to Your Pet

There are all sorts of wondrous new and nearly new cures and repellents to protect our dogs from parasites they don't yet have and get rid of the ones they do have. They've been welcomed with open checkbooks and heralded by the sound of credit cards being swiped through terminals.

And they really do work!

But at what price?

Face it, they've made us lazy.

Where we used to wash our dogs regularly to kill fleas, vacuum religiously, and keep the dust bunnies away so they wouldn't harbor flea eggs and larvae, now all we have to do is squirt a spot of insecticide between our dog's shoulder blades and maybe another above the tail and we're done for another thirty days. A little dab'll do ya. The stuff spreads itself over the skin, probably a little under too, no mess, no fuss, no fleas.

Heartworms? Not a problem. Chewable wafer once a month and the stuff goes right into the bloodstream and kills any of the nasty little larval buggers deposited by a marauding mosquito.

But at what price?

Is it honestly a good idea to keep this stuff traveling through our dogs' systems, through the kidneys and liver, trying to filter it out, twelve months a year? That's an awful lot of stress, a lot of toxins, to cycle through a body in a lifetime, and what effect does it have on that lifetime? What effect does it have on that life span? Compromised immune systems? Overworked kidneys? Liver? Shortened life spans? Does any of the extra load of poisons using the bloodstream as a subway inhibit that same blood from carrying adequate oxygen to the heart and brain?

How about the effect it has on the parasites it's meant to destroy? We already know that over use of antibiotics has goaded the evolution of new strains of bacteria that we don't have anything to effectively combat. It stands to reason that the same thing could be happening with our over use of anti-parasite preparations.

In most places we live, there's no real need to use most of these things year ?round, or even to use them at exactly the intervals prescribed. If we save them for the height of the various parasite seasons, applying, say, at six week intervals instead of four, and go back to using more natural repellents when the need is not as critical, we can save expense, not just time, but more importantly the expense of our dogs' quality of life and maybe length as well and the very high expense of propagating the development of super bugs in the near future.

Fleas are one of the easier parasites to deal with naturally and non-toxically. Diatomaceous earth and boric acid products attack the outer layer of the flea's body, desiccating it. Diatomaceous earth is benign enough that it can be added to food as a wormer that has no deleterious side effects to man or beast -- just bugs.

Various herbal tinctures, singly and in combination, are effective against most internal parasites. How else would wormwood get its name?

Homeopathic and naturopathic remedies even exist for heartworms. Worm fern, for example, now called the Common Male Fern, sulphur, chenopodium (wormseed oil), cina (wormseed) -- are you seeing a pattern here yet -- have been used before and are now being used effectively once again to combat the deadly parasites.

Would it make sense to save the big guns for the prime battle seasons with the various parasites and their carriers and use their relatively benign, natural counterparts in the off and slow seasons? Take some of the danger out of heartworm season by setting up purple martin and bat houses to decimate the carrier mosquito population? Treat our yards to doses of beneficial nematodes to kill off fleas and parasitical worms while they benefit the soil? Be a little less lazy or too busy? We can spread diatomaceous earth while we watch the martins and the swallows swoop in the summer evenings.

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