Monday, June 12, 2006

Ticks Lyme Disease , What can you do?

Ticks are tiny arachnids that have been here for billions of years and will likely be here long after we're gone. Some ticks do carry disease, as do some people. Personally I am more concerned with who is handling my food at the market than I am with a tick. Certainly not concerned to the point that I feel incited to wage chemical warfare on insects, people, or any other species I gratefully share the planet with. Sound dramatic? Chemical warfare is exactly what you're engaging in when you put poisons such as Frontline on your dog.

We DO NOT use Frontline or any other chemical on ourselves or our dogs.The manufacturers of these products lead you to believe their potions are safe. The packaging warns you to avoid contact with your own skin; keep away from children. UMPH !

The idea is you apply the chemical to your dogs skin,where it is stored. The natural oils and the dogs hair spread the pesticide over the animals entire body,with effectiveness lasting for up to a month. ( they suggest you reapply at this time )

What we apply to our skin goes directly into our bloodstream, hence the new popularity with transdermal patches ( such as those used for nicotene addiction, birth control and pain).

Before you use these chemicals, please get informed

Lyme vaccine: It is not surprising that the overwhelming rise in Lyme diagnoses in canines directly coincides with the introduction of the Lyme vaccine. Every dog we've cared for that has been diagnosed with Lymes has also been vaccinated against it. Think about that, investgate.

Our best defense against any disease is to keep our immune system strong through a healthful life style, which includes a nutritous diet, supplementation, fresh air, exercise and a positive state of mind.

To avoid ticks stay away from grassy meadows and woodland areas. We simply remove ticks as we find them. Simple. Ticks are fussy, they can take hours to find just the right spot to nestle in to. If they do have opprotunity to attach it takes 24-48 hours to transmit disease. This should give you plenty of time to remove any ticks you've picked up. But, ticks scare you? There are bigger things to worry about, such as; blood poisoning,leukemia, cancer, neurological disorders, hot spots, allergies, vomitting, seizures... all very real consequences of pesticides.

Don't think for a second that because you're purchasing a product at the local grocery or veterinary office it is safe. U S law does NOT require chemical companies to conduct basic health and safety testing of their products. 80% of all applications to produce a new chemical are approved by the US EPA with NO health or safety data.80% of these are approved in 3 weeks.

In the wild animals utilize plant compounds such as cittronellol, camphor and menthol as skin rubs to repell insects.Studies have shown mites become resistant to chemical treatments, however essential oils remain effective. The volitile oils in lavender and violets have been found more effective than DEET.

We use Flea Flicker by Aroma Dog, there are also many other natural products out there.

Get out into nature, there is much learn.