Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Consult Your Veterinarian First. Always.

We're not even a month into the summer season and I've already seen a handful of graphic images. These images are of pups and kitties who have had severe allergic reactions to home remedy flea and tick preventatives. These home remedies have ranged from Dawn dish soap to essential oils. Some have even included cheap knock-offs of popular flea and tick preventatives. I cringe when I see the images of burns, hair loss, skin infections, etc.

What angers me about these images and stories is that people applied these solutions without checking with their veterinarian first. They see something on the internet about natural remedies and preventatives, read testimonies that it works and make the decision to go forth.

I'm not saying some of these don't work. There is a world of natural remedies and preventatives out there to tackle anything from yeasty feet to keeping the fleas off and everything between. The problem is when pet parents decide to take matters into their own hands before consulting a professional.

There are thousands and thousands of veterinarians out there who specialize in everything from homeopathic to traditional. You have choices. If you opt to go down the path of all natural, there are veterinarians who focus on that. If you opt for the more traditional, same thing. Veterinarians are real doctors. They are armed with a plethora of information and can determine which treatment is best for your pup, kitty, rabbit, etc. And, they can provide consultation on treatments you'd like to try and push you away from those that would be harmful.

What I'm trying to say is that before you try any home remedy, please consult your veterinarian first. Make a phone call, or stop by, and say, "Hey, I read that (insert name of essential oil or home remedy mixture) may work to eliminate and prevent fleas. I'd like to try it, but wanted more information first." All the veterinarians I've known are always more than happy to load you up with information, the pros and cons, and warnings.

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