VET SAYS HERBAL PREVENTATIVES MAY NOT MAKE FLEAS FLEE

Monday September 13 by shawn
Pet owners may want to think twice about using "natural" or "organic" methods of flea prevention, including the use of herbs, according to Kansas State University veterinarian Dr. Michael Dryden. Dryden, an associate professor of parasitology and an internationally known flea researcher, said herbal flea preventatives, such as adding garlic or flaxseed oil to pet food or using the scents of cedar, lavender, mint or rosemary to keep fleas at bay, haven't been proven to do the job. "There is no data available to substantiate the efficacy and safety of herbal flea preventatives," Dryden said. "There's been one study on the use of garlic as a flea preventative and it showed nothing."





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