Fleas and ticks are more than summertime nuisances. They are parasites that can infect pets any time of the year. And ticks in particular carry several potential diseases that can infect not only pets but also humans. It was a bacterium spread by fleas that caused the 14th century "black plague." It killed 25 million people in Europe! Pets can still catch plague from disease-infected fleas, and can carry the fleas into our homes. While U.S. reported human cases are rare, plague is reported in rock and ground squirrels, and dogs and cats have been infected.
While it may be tempting to apply a convenient store-bought tick and flea product, the EPA recommends the need to use extra care when using tick and flea products. Pesticides can be very harmful to pets and their human families.
Knowledge about the lifecycle of a flea helps us realize that more than just a pet treatment is needed. Washing and vacuuming the area where pets lay and sleep are chores that need to be repeated to control fleas in all stages of their lives from egg to emerging flea. The Illinois Department of Health explains that there are cat fleas, dog fleas, and human fleas, and illustrates their lifecycles.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide recommends if your dog is prone to pick up fleas, or if your cat has a flea problem, the best thing you can do is keep its fur well combed, and every 7 to 10 days bathe your dog with the following mixture: 1 teaspoon Melaleuca Original Shampoo and 1 teaspoon jojoba oil. Mix and shampoo your pet avoiding the eyes. Rinse well. ProCare Pet Shampoo contains jojoba oil and Melaleuca Oil and is designed to be moisturizing and non-irritating.
Ticks can transmit several diseases to our pets. The Melaleuca Wellness Guide tells us not to crush a tick. Always have a barrier between your hand and the tick itself. Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever can be transmitted. This site details how to remove a tick. After removing the tick apply Triple Antibiotic Ointment or MelaGel to the bite, and bathe the dog as recommended above. For a cat's sensitive skin, dilute shampoo with half jojoba oil and rinse. Allow to dry naturally.
Keep your dogs coat healthy and pest free by mixing 3-5 drops of T36-C5 in 1-1/2 cups of carrier oil. Jojoba may be a little more expensive but it really does make a difference to the coat. Store this mixture in a dark glass bottle in a cool place. Sprinkle a few drops all over the coat, especially around the neck area and comb through the fur.
A healthy pet may be less attractive to fleas. ProCare Skin + Coat Treats for Dogs provide Oligo and Vitality Coldwater Omega-3s to help your dog maintain a healthy, shiny coat. More details on flea prevention and control can be found on this website.
Lastly if flea bites cause your dog to get an itchy rash, Melaleuca Oil can bring relief and healing. A PubMed Study found that 10% tea tree oil cream applied twice daily is a safe and effective treatment.
~ Richard M Barry
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Fleas and Ticks Testimonials
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Cats have always been in my life, and fleas have always been in theirs. I have used those toxic flea bombs, poisonous carpet sprays for fleas, even those little sonic boxes that make a noise that fleas are supposed to hate and just go away. Nothing worked. About 12 years ago, I was introduced to Melaleuca. And thanks to a mentor who always told us to "just put Melaleuca oil on it," I did just that. After the first cat bath, I put a drop of T36-C5 on the back of the cats neck, and like magic, no more fleas. After reading The Melaleuca Wellness Guide from cover to cover, I was armed and ready for almost anything. Now I spray diluted Sol-U-Mel around doors and windows, on carpets, around cat beds and boxes, everywhere, everyday, and the cats each get their treatment of diluted T36-C5 on a cotton ball on the back of their necks every Saturday morning. The apartment complex that we live in is almost completely infested with sand fleas, cockroaches, bedbugs, spiders, mosquitoes, and other unwanted pests. Management still uses poisonous chemicals and toxins to try to eliminate the pest problems on a regular basis to no avail, and they are not open to suggestions or even trying Melaleuca. We don't have any of these bugs and our cats are still flea free.
My sons and I are very chemically sensitive, so Melaleuca has been a life saver for us in many ways. We have dogs, and I do not tolerate any of the regular flea shampoos, sprays or treatments, and do not like using them on my pets either. Fortunately we live in a part of the country where there are not many fleas, however I had to travel to the city to visit my son and took my small dog Mini with me. She started scratching after we had been there a week, and upon inspecting her I saw a flea! I always make sure my son has Melaleuca products in his home, and I knew just what I was going to use as I had read about how to treat fleas in The Melaleuca Wellness Guide. I put a couple of capfuls of Sol-U-Mel in the tub and gave Mini a bath with the Melaleuca Pet Shampoo. It seemed to me that I saw a few fleas floating around. It must have been, as after her bath she stopped scratching and I did not see any more fleas on her! What a relief to be able to use something safe to deal with this, something that did not make me or my pet ill, plus the peace of mind it brings to know that I am not putting something toxic into the water supply. I love our Sol-U-Mel. I call it our magic potion, and I love having The Melaleuca Wellness Guide and newsletters to show us what we can do with our wonderful products. Thank you RM Barry and Melaleuca!
Mr. Barry: I have a large breeding kennel of dogs, great and small -- and have been a member of Melaleuca for 2 months... Part of the reason I joined was because I was already using tea tree oil for a lot even then! The store brand of tea tree oil on a Q-tip will kill fleas on a tiny puppy instantly. NOT just stun so they fall off and recover; KILL! I discovered that MY brand does too, of course! The Melaleuca Shampoo WILL have the same effect. Just yesterday, I found a puppy with what must have been a dozen fleas on its tiny body. I shampooed him and ALL were gone! WONDERFUL product!! Also, ear mites are killed in one treatment with the tea tree oil mixed with olive oil applied with a cotton swab soaked in the oil and allowed to run down into ear canal. If it sounds like my dogs are not well cared for, please understand that I live in a sub-tropical climate, never gets cold -- never freezes...nothing ever dies; and they are exposed to this all year around. It's wonderful to have products that are absolutely SAFE, but do the job...I hated all those poisons! As long as I stay vigilant-my babies stay healthy!
I prefer to use all natural products for my dog, Leah. Using Melaleuca products is one way I battle flea and tick issues. For ticks, after removal of a tick I put on the MelaGel to avoid any infection. For fleas, I mix up a spray bottle with T36-C5, lavender oil and water. A light mist before going outdoors helps repel bugs. A good shampoo to use is the Original Melaleuca and the ProCare shampoo. It leaves my dog fresh and odor free along with nice skin. I leave it on for ten minutes to eliminate fleas as well. I turn to Melaleuca for my pets needs when it comes to safe and reliable pest control. It is nice to have such a resource for both my needs and Leah's.
I have used the Melaleuca Pro Care Pet Shampoo on my little Dubet for years. I have not had any trouble with the pests....Her coat is fabulous! Thanks Melaleuca.
Raising and owning AKC Champion English Springer Spaniels is a passion of ours. Like many owners we feel they are our kids. Fleas and ticks, especially in the fall months of New England, are a nuisance and can pose a threat to the health of your pet. I clean bedding, floors and carpet with MelaPower Laundry Detergent and MelaBrite I also mix up a spray bottle with Sol-U-Guard and Sol-U-Mel to gently spray areas around the home. (Don't forget your vehicles). Bathing your pet to remove fleas is a must, and the ProCare Shampoo which contains Melaleuca oil helps sooth skin from flea dermatitis (itching reaction to flea saliva). A killing frost here usually takes care of fleas outside. They however are looking to move in via your pet. Keep your cleaning program going to interrupt the reproduction of fleas. They can break out every ten to fourteen days. You can mix some T36-C5 with another oil and a few drops of the antibacterial liquid soap to spray down your pet (see the recommended dilution for your pet's size in The Melaleuca Wellness Guide) for a natural repellant. I love using the Melaleuca products knowing my pets are safe and pesticide free. Thanks for such great resources.