Fleas prey on those with the weakest immune system. If your dog is getting fleas, you need to work on the root of the problem rather than disposing of the symptom. At the Animals Taiwan Rescue Centre, we’ve never had a problem with fleas, as we feed an immune-system-boosting natural diet, and we’ve not had problems with ticks since giving ample amounts of garlic every day.
Chemicals will certainly kill and repel fleas and ticks, but what are they doing to your dog’s immune system?
There are natural methods of controlling heartworm, too, but I’ve not seen them in practice so haven’t tried them at the Rescue Centre, so we still give Ivermectin. The box you buy will say to give every 4 weeks, but actually Ivermectin provides preventive support for 6 weeks, so that’s what we do.
There are many reasons why our dogs aren’t living to their potential 27 years plus these days, and it’s largely due to the methods we trust to keep them healthy, ironically - from ‘scientific’ diets to ‘veterinary-approved’ chemicals for controlling parasites that a healthy dog has no problem repelling.
Time to wake up.