The Straight Dope on Flea and Tick Treatments

Paco Approves of Natural Flea and Tick Treatments

All Life’s Pure Balance products are Paco Approved.

When it comes to flea and tick prevention for your pet, your options seem endless. You can find treatments at the vet, pet supply store, Target, the grocery store, and virtually any other store selling pet supplies.

But just because flea and tick treatments are readily available does not mean they’re safe for your pet—or for you. Flea and tick treatments are evaluated by the EPA, not the FDA, and have only been tested for safety since 1996. Treatments do not need to undergo field tests to be sold in the United States.

What’s in Flea and Tick Prevention Treatments?

Flea and tick treatments are insecticides that kill fleas and ticks. Each name-brand treatment has a different active ingredient. Some spot-on treatments, which are applied along the spine of your pet, contain pyrethroids. They are responsible for more than half of all major reactions to pesticides in pets and cannot be used on cats. These reactions may result in seizures, heart attacks, and brain damage.

Other spot-on treatments contain fipronil, a synthetic chemical that causes paralysis in fleas and ticks, or selamectin, which blocks the nerve signals of fleas and ticks. Imidacloprid is not effective against ticks, but is found in some treatments for fleas.

Tips for Applying Flea and Tick Treatments

Though generally thought to be safe when used as directed, these powerful chemicals can be harmful to you and your pets if misapplied. Read all of the instructions in the treatments and strictly follow them. Never use a dog treatment on a cat, or a cat treatment on a dog. Certain chemicals that are safe for dogs may be harmful to cats, and vice versa.

Know your pet’s weight and choose a product that is suitable for him or her. Don’t split the dose for a large dog in half for two small dogs. Never use the treatments on pregnant or elderly animals.

After applying the treatment, watch your pet for signs of poisoning, including dilated pupils, vomiting, tremors, salivating, shivering, hiding, and skin irritation.

Consider Natural Flea and Tick Treatments

Of course, the easiest way to avoid harm from these products is to purchase all-natural treatments instead. Linalool and d-limonene are derived from citrus fruits and can disrupt the nervous systems of insects. Shampoos containing d-limonene, oatmeal, and essential oils like peppermint, cedar, and cloves gently and effectively wash away fleas and ticks. They also leave your pet smelling and feeling clean and fresh.

Read up on flea and tick treatments before you apply one to your pet. For more information on safe and effective flea and tick treatments, contact me today!

Here’s to breathing easy and living life to the fullest!

Gene Wood, Life’s Pure Balance

5 Golden Rules to Winter Health

As winter moves to spring we frequently see dramatic shifts in temperature and wind, and we haven’t been sick yet .. we begin to think we beat the odds of getting the flu. Stay healthy by following these 5 golden rules.

My research finds 4 things the doctors do to stay well during the winter season…. and 1 activity a 1st grade teacher has done to keep her kids healthy. I believe that if it is good for the doctors, teachers and 1st grade students it would seem rational that it would be good for us.



Get out more

What! I thought if I hibernated all winter I would avoid catching all of those bad bugs from all of those sick people. It seems as though a lot of people slack on outdoor exercise when the temperature drops. Healthy doctors make appropriate modifications to their routine; they don’t get up so early that they are cutting into sleep, which is totally counterproductive. Sleep is important to the immune system. So mark down appropriate outdoor exercise and fresh air as a must activity. The best example I can think of is take your dog for a walk then you and your buddy will be healthier and happy.

Don’t skimp on sleep

Sleep deprivation can significantly weaken immune system function, and that can make you more susceptible to infections. Going to bed at a reasonable hour ensures that you’ll go through cold and flu season with your immune system in top form. And if your dog likes to snuggle like mine, they will be very happy as well.

Clean up your act

Wash your hands; wash your hands, wash your hands … need to know anything else….! There is more, disinfect all work areas regularly and while there is controversy… doctors say get your flu shot.

Keep your hands to yourself

This is a tough one for those of us who are avid networkers … but it must be said … during cold & flu season try to shake as few hands as possible… what to do  … my grandchildren have taught me the fist bump … it works just as good, leaving everyone feeling just a bit healthier …

Use natural products

A 1st grade teacher cleaned, disinfected and deodorized her classroom with natural products. When her kids came in from their outside activities they washed their hands with a natural soap, one that cleans & moisturizes their hands. Most importantly she has now done this at 3 different schools over a 3 year period.  Natural based products, when integrated into our daily routines can improve your health.

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Take action now and call Gene to talk about how  you can make your tomorrow healthier

Diabetes Dogs & Health

A few weeks ago Paco, CBO of Life’s Pure Balance, was diagnosed with diabetes. He had been sick for nearly 2 weeks, drinking volumes of water, not eating and not moving around like he would normally do. I speculated what was wrong, talked to friends, held him a lot and worried. After all he is my child (and boss) now that my kids are out on their own.

Finally, I gave in and took him to the vet. I do what most people do about their own health … avoid going to the Dr. because of the cost!

He underwent a broad screening of blood and urine tests designed to highlight what might be wrong. The good news … his health issue was clear  .. his blood sucrose level was at 746 when it should be around 100 to 200 … not good at all!

This is what we now know … diabetes strikes 1 in 500 dogs. (similiar to people?) The condition is treatable, and need not shorten the animal’s life span or interfere with quality of life. If left untreated, the condition can lead to cataracts, increasing weakness in the legs (neuropathy), malnutrition, dehydration, and death. Diabetes mainly affects middle-aged and older dogs, but there are also juvenile cases. The typical canine diabetes patient is middle-aged, female, and overweight at diagnosis.

The number of dogs diagnosed with diabetes has increased three-fold in thirty years. Looking back on survival rates from almost the same time period, only 50% survived the first 60 days after diagnosis and went on to be successfully treated at home. Currently, diabetic dogs receiving treatment have the same expected lifespan as non-diabetic dogs of the same age and gender.

For Paco this most likely started when he was injured in a “close call” car accident. After the accident he spent a year under the care of an animal chiropractor who helped to correct his injuries. In the process he gained weight. Sound familiar ?

I often talk about our “human” bodies being a finely tuned machine and that our pets are guardians of our health. The point being our health is dictated by the little things that we so often ignore … in Paco’s case it caught up with him. Now he is taking insulin, he has lost weight and is capable of being more active. He is back on the road to good health … and the best part of this all … his smile has returned.