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Affordable & effective parasitic control

Going natural for flea, tick, mosquito and mite control is the most affordable and cost-effective protection available for your dog.

Compare the cost of an Easy Defense Tag with its one year life span against the expense of other flea and parasitic control medications, which must be continually reapplied on a regular basis. Not only will it save you money, it also offers these additional benefits:

  • Completely safe for your pet with no possible side effects
  • Repels mosquitoes in addition to fleas and ticks
  • Guaranteed to protect your pet from biting insects e.g. mites.

Important Note - If Your Pet Has Fleas:

The Easy Defense Tag is designed for flea and tick prevention, not eliminating infestations. If your pet is already infested by fleas, this means their environment is also infested, and the flea and tick tag on its own will not be enough to remove the infestation. To eliminate existing flea infestations, we strongly recommend complementing the tag with other natural flea removal products:

The Easy Defense Flea & Tick Tag takes just three weeks to activate, and must be clipped to a flea and tick free dog who is kept flea and tick free for the duration of the activation period until protection clicks in.

The tag offers long-lasting protection for your pooch and you will not only gain a happy healthy dog but gain more for your buck. Just clip it on and forget it!

Do you think your dog has allergies?

Food allergies  |  Seasonal allergies  |  Flea allergy dermatitis
Other types of allergies

We all know dogs love to have the odd scratch or two, but when they scratch themselves red and raw its time to take immediate action.

If you have a dog doing this, take heed, you are not alone. Recent surveys in the US indicate that approximately 15% of all dogs suffer from some type of allergy symptoms and that 1 in 5 visits by dogs to their vets is about "dog has allergies".

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The most common kind of allergies in order of prevalence are

Food allergies

Food allergies occur when dogs react to eating food that they are allergic to and vomiting and digestive problems are a trademark symptom of food allergies in dogs.

Dietary allergens are responsible for various symptoms including, itchy skin, itchy ears, hives and seizures.

Food intolerance can also cause digestive problems such as vomiting and there is a very fine line between diagnosing food intolerance and food allergies, though usually food allergies are accompanied by one or more other symptoms common to allergies, e.g. itchy skin, itchy ears, hives and seizures.

Some dogs can suffer from both food allergies and food intolerance

The most common food causing allergies are eggs, fish, meat, milk/milk products and grains. To be even more specific the most common meats which trigger allergies are chicken, beef and lamb, and offending grains are corn, soy and wheat.

Many vets recommend a 12 week elimination diet trial to try an establish which food/s are causing dog allergies and the associated allergic reactions. If you are planning on using commercially prepared food please browse our allergy free dog food range which offers a huge selection of natural foods for you to choose from, and more importantly free from foreign ingredients and chemicals.

Alternatively you may decide to introduce a raw diet, which is what Mother Nature intended for our four legged friends. Some recent studies indicate that protein as in raw chicken, beef and lamb, may cause less allergies than their cooked counterparts.

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Seasonal allergies

These are allergic reactions to a allergens which dog inhale. Common culprits are pollen, molds, dust and dust mites. Symptoms of seasonal allergies are pretty much the same as allergies to food and other culprits - itchy skin, hives, and itchy ears.

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Flea allergy dermatitis

Flea allergy dermatitis is a reaction to flea bites.

When fleas bite dogs they inject saliva into the wound. Protein in flea saliva is the main allergen that causes allergies in dogs.

There are other components in flea saliva which also causes allergic reactions; and some dogs can suffer from more than one allergy.

If a dog is hypersensitive to flea bites, it only takes one bite to trigger off an allergic reaction.

Please take a moment to browse our segments on home flea remedies and allergy free products, both of which will help you get rid of fleas on your pets and in your home - the natural way.

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Other types of allergies

There are many other allergens which cause dog has allergies and allergic symptoms in dogs, these are diverse in nature and range from allergies to mite and tick bites to vaccinations, drugs and medications.

Some dogs, just like humans can suffer from more than one allergy at a time and pin pointing which one or ones, can be a bit like searching for a needle in a haystack.

Incredible as it may sound, a pet can even be allergic to its owner's dander in exactly the same way as an owner can suffer from an allergy to their dog's dander.

In simplistic terms, dog has allergies and allergy symptoms are an over statement of the dog’s natural immune defenses.

Once you know what’s causing your pet to itch, scratch at its ears or vomit you can take action to provide it with some much-needed relief; and take comfort in the fact that he is not suffering from a disease, but rather reacting to an irritant to his immune system.


This article and information forms part of the Carole's Doggie World Library and is presented for informational purposes only.The information is not intended to be a substitute for visits to your local vet. Instead, the content offers the reader information researched and written by Carole Curtis for

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