Today’s guest post suggests easy alternatives to chemicals in everyday pet care.
Taking Care of Your Pet Without Chemicals
By Liz Becker
You love your pets and want to give them the best treatment you possibly can. Since your pets do not understand that chemicals can hurt them, it is your responsibility to protect them from these things. However, many people do not know that the pet care products that they buy specifically for their pets often contain harsh chemicals that can cause their furry friends harm, even if they were suggested by someone who is experienced in pet care services. The following pet-care products should be approached with caution:
Dog shampoo is one of the main pet-care items that is full of harmful chemicals. However, it is not necessary to purchase these harmful shampoos in order to get your furry companion completely clean. Instead, you should consider using a natural dog shampoo. Natural dog shampoo will help with any itchy or irritated skin that your pet might have due to harsh chemicals. A high-quality natural shampoo will work just as effectively, if not more so, than a chemical-laden one.
Flea and Tick Spray
If your pet has ever had a problem with fleas or ticks, you probably rushed out right away to purchase flea and tick spray to get rid of these nasty critters. However, flea and tick spray often contains harmful ingredients that could seep into your dog or cat’s bloodstream, and it could cause serious, long-term injury or illness.
You might think that you have to use something with chemicals in order to kill fleas and ticks, but there are natural options that work just as effectively. The best way to keep fleas under control is to spray a natural solution in your yard to help keep them at bay. You should also wash your dog frequently with a natural shampoo, and follow up by combing him with a fine-tooth comb in order to get rid of fleas and flea eggs. You can also find natural flea remedies that do not contain harsh ingredients.
Flea collars, since they are pressed against your pet’s neck at all times, can be extremely harmful to your dog or cat. Flea collars contain a host of harsh chemicals that can soak into your pet’s skin and therefore his blood stream, and these ingredients can make him or her very sick. Instead of purchasing one of these collars, try purchasing a natural flea collar that contains natural ingredients, such as citronella, that work to keep fleas and ticks away.
If you currently use any products that contain these chemicals on your pet, it is important to discard them and purchase more natural products instead. The harsh chemicals in many of these products can not only cause dry, itchy and irritated skin, but they can also cause respiratory issues, upset stomach and a host of other health issues. Since natural pet supplies are so readily available, there is no excuse not to protect your pet from these potentially harmful products.
??? Have you switched from a chemical product to a natural one? Please tell us about it in the comments below.
Liz is a blogger, freelance writer and recent college graduate. She currently performs market research for an online marketing firm when she is not contributing her own thoughts and observations to the online community.