Ah summer is near! Time for warm lazy days… and fleas! Eek!
i’m the type of person that chooses my battles. I tend to be more holistic in my approach to food and medication, but with fleas? Oh hell no, we are killing those suckers. Frontline’s my favorite weapon. It is not a systemic drug, meaning, it does not go in the bloodstream to work. It distributes its poison through the skin. I’d rather have that stuff in the skin than the blood stream. Plus it works.
But I had a dilemma a few years ago. I had a litter back then, and they enjoyed a wonderful summer outdoors being raised by a great momma and loads of enriching experiences. Unfortunately it included fleas! I hate putting anything harsh on a baby puppy!
Thank goodness for DE, diatamaceous earth.
What is it? Kind of strange, but it’s finely ground up fossilized algae. It’s a super fine white powder like baking flour and in microscopic form it’s so sharp it penetrates bugs and they dehydrate to death! Be sure you wear gloves when you use this as it will dry out your skin, and you definitely don’t want to breath this stuff in.
But put it carefully on a little puppy, and you will safely get rid of fleas! It works mechanically not chemically, meaning that the sharp edges of the powder dries out and kills the fleas with no chemicals getting near your puppy.
Best prices as usual are on Amazon, be sure you get food-grade DE!
I do still use Frontline on healthy adults. For dogs that seizure with flea preventatives or for young puppies, DE is a really safe and effective alternative. Here’s the pup that I used it on!
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