After massive safety-related food recalls and class action lawsuits over the safety of flea drops in recent years, product safety is more important than ever to pet parents. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to the green scene, Wondercide can help you swap conventional pesticides used on pets, people and property. Today, we’ll look at four ways Wondercide can help you swap in safe and powerful products to use on your furry friend.
? The Problem: Flea & Tick Treatments
Conventional flea treatments, applied topically or orally, work by introducing conventional pesticides to the pet’s bloodstream that fleas and ticks ingest when they bite. The same toxic effects that kill the insects can cause serious health problems for pets and reduce the animal’s lifespan. Most pet parents are unaware these products are classified as conventional pesticides, when in fact, chemical flea and tick products are the second most cited cause of poisoning among pets. The truth is, the concentration of pyrethroids in over-the-counter spot on pet treatments range from a 40 percent to an 85 percent solution, eight to 17 times stronger than the strongest pyrethroid product currently approved for use on humans.
✅ The Swap: Flea & Tick Control Pets + Home
In a time when 3 in 4 pet parents use conventional flea and tick control, the need for a safe alternative to the toxic options available on the market is stronger than ever. Flea & Tick Control Pets + Home uses natural ingredients like cedar oil to repel and kill harmful pests.
Cedar oil affects octopamine, which is essential to life for pheromone-driven “bad bugs” like fleas and ticks. Octopamine is responsible for regulating heart rate, movement and behavior in pests. It’s essential for life. Cedar oil blocks the octopamine neurotransmitter receptors in pests, causing pests to be repelled from the area. When contacted, pests suffocate and die. Mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and beneficial insects are not affected by cedar oil because they do not have octopamine neurotransmitters.
? The Problem: Flea Dips
A flea dip is a popular “quick fix” for fleas. Flea dips are concentrated chemicals that are diluted with water and applied with a sponge, cloth, or by pouring the solution directly onto the pet. Common ingredients in dips include Chlorpyrifos, Parathion, Diazinon, famphur, Phorate, Terbufos, and Malathion–all of which are known to cause cancer, organ failure, tremors and paralysis. Gloves must be worn to protect the applicator; as a general rule of thumb, if it’s not safe for your skin, it’s probably not safe for Fido’s either.
✅ The Swap: Flea & Tick Natural Shampoo Bar
Ditch the gloves and the chemicals and lather your Wonderpup with a paraben-free, sulfate-free, chemical-free hand-crafted shampoo bar. Made with citronella and geranium, Wondercide’s Flea & Tick Shampoo Bar is the ultimate in outdoor protection, combining essential natural ingredients for long lasting effects, all delivered in an amazing lather! And as an added bonus, the essential oils and shea butter will leave your pet’s coat healthy, shiny and super-duper-uber soft!
? The Problem: Pet Colognes & Perfumes
Most dog perfumes use alcohol and artificial fragrances to cover up smells temporarily. In addition to providing only a temporary solution, alcohol dries out your pup’s skin, and artificial fragrances irritate a dog’s skin, eyes, and nose.
✅ The Swap: Fresh Dog Deodorizer
Dogs aren’t odiferous by nature, so a stinky dog typically indicates a bigger problem caused by bacteria, fungus or other skin issues. Instead of just covering up stinky dog smell, Fresh Dog Deodorizer, powered by neem oil, heals and soothes the underlying cause of Fido’s stinky smell. Fresh contains no artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, harsh chemicals, or alcohol.
? The Problem: Processed Treats
We’ve all seen the recent flurry of dog food and treat recalls for treats made in China and right here at home. The FDA cites 11 recalls in 2016 alone. Common problems include salmonella, listeria, unsterile manufacturing facilities, lack of quality assurance and mislabeling. Additionally, processed filler grains like corn and wheat are hard for pets to digest. If you eat organic, minimally-processed, high-quality food, why shouldn’t your pet?
✅ The Swap: Natural, All-Meat, Grain-Free Jerky Treats
Natural, All-Meat, Grain-Free Jerky Treats are the best option to keep your furry friends happy and healthy! Using high-quality meat from the same supplier Whole Foods uses, Wondercide’s treats are naturally free-range, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, and grain-free! Available as Chicken Jerky Strips, Rabbit Jerky Medallions or Chicken Jerky Medallions, there’s a flavor sure to satisfy even the pickiest of pets.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more ways to make the switch and ditch the chemicals, outdoors and in!