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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!


Watch it! Fleas spread diseases

Bubonic Plague  |   Cat Scratch Fever  |   Tapeworms  |   Flea Allergy dermatitis
Hives  |   Tapeworms  |   Typhus

Bubonic Plague

 

Fleas have been the scourge of man and beast for hundreds of years. Not only do they bite and make their victims feel very itchy and extremely uncomfortable, they are carriers of diseases, which they manage to spread far and wide.

Since it is almost impossible to avoid fleas, those of us who own pets, or live in country areas where various types of rodents frequent, must be aware and informed about these diseases and their symptoms.

Here's a list of the main ones:

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Bubonic Plague

Diseases from fleas

Bubonic Plague is spread by Oriental Rat Fleas and has been responsible for millions and millions of human deaths over the past centuries.

The last world out break happened at the beginning of the 20th century. There is still the occasional case reported, but nowadays the condition is effectively treated with antibiotics and is no longer life threatening.

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Cat Scratch Fever

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Most people get cat scratch fever after being scratched or bitten by a cat which has a bacteria called "Bartonella henselae" in its saliva and blood stream.

Cats are infected by fleas which have previously sucked the blood of a host with "Bartonella henselae" bacterium in its blood stream.

Cat fleas are one of the most widespread and abundant species of flea on Earth.

As the name implies, they live on cats. However they are the most common fleas found on all domestic pets. Cat fleas are not fussy and can and do live live just as comfortably wild animals such as foxes.

The best way to rid yourself and pets of allergy dermatitis is to remove the cause:

  • Treat your home Indoors and Outdoors for fleas and make sure your pets are protected from fleas either gy using Squeeze-On Drops or Flea Tags clipped to their collars.
  • Visit your doctor/vet for prescribed cortisone creams.

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Flea Allergy dermatitis

Flea allergy dermatitis is a very itchy and painful condition.

It isn't the actual bite that humans and anmimal are allergic to, it is the protein in the flea's saliva which causes the allergy.

Cat fleas are one of the most widespread and abundant species of flea on Earth.

As the name implies, they live on cats, but they also live just as comfortably on dogs and other domestic and wild animals. They are the most common fleas found on pets.

The best way to rid yourself and pets of allergy dermatitis is to remove the cause:

  • Treat your home Indoors and Outdoors for fleas and make sure your pets are protected from fleas.
  • Visit your doctor for prescribed cortisone creams.
  • Buy some benedryl from your local pharmacy or drug store

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Hives

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Hives is an outbreak of swollen, pale red bumps, plaques or wheals on the skin that appear suddenly, either as a result of the body's reaction to certain allergens, or for unknown reasons. They vary in number, severity and size.

Hives usually cause itching, but may also burn or sting. They can appear anywhere on the body, including the face, lips, tongue, throat, ears arms and legs. Hives vary in size from a small round circle to a dinner plate and may join together to form larger areas known as plaques.

They can last for hours, or up to one day before fading. The best treatment is benedryl.

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Tapeworms

Fleas also transmit tapeworms; these are parasites that can cause anemia, diarrhea and other debilitating health problems in animals and in humans. Fortunately there is a tablet called "combantrin" which people can buy over the counter from drug stores or pharmacies which are effective and safe remedies. It also comes in a paste form for pets, if you feel the same fleas that have bitten you are also bitting your dogs.

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Here's a brief explanation and diagram of the cycle of a flea tapeworm -it clearly shows why pet owners need to see that their cats and dogs are protected from fleas.

  • The tapeworm cycle starts with the flea larvae eating faecal matter from animals which contains tapeworm eggs.
  • The eggs hatch and become embryos inside the flea during the cocoon stage.
  • The cocoon waits until a warm blooded host passes by to open and jump on to the unsuspecting victim.
  • When an animal is bitten by an infected flea, it scratches, bites or chews at the itchy spot and in doing so may swallow the offending flea.
  • Once the flea passes into the host's intestine it is broken down and the embryo develops into an adult tapeworm.
  • The tapeworm then attaches itself to the lining of the intestine and feeds off the host's nutrients. Hosts meaning your pet, your children and you.
  • As the tapeworm grows and matures the tail segments drop off. These segments are mobile and each contains the eggs of the tapeworm - eventually the egg segments are passed in the faeces of the host animal.
  • The eggs are then ingested by the flea larvae and the tapeworm cycle starts all over again.

The bacterium will also be present in flea feces in a cat's fur; therefore it is possible for humans to get the disease from petting a cat and then rubbing their eyes, or touching themselves where they have broken skin.

Treatment is with antibiotics and treating your home and pet for fleas.

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Typhus

Typhus is a bacterial disease that is spread from some animals to humans by rat fleas which have previously sucked the blood of a rat infected with the typhus bacteria. Fleas spread typhus bacteria to human and pet hosts in two ways:

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  • By a bite directly into the blood stream.
  • When infected flea feces comes in contact with a small scratch or broken skin on humans or pets.

Your most effective weapon against fleas is to vacuum, and then to vacuum and again and again - fleas simply hate vacuum cleaners.

As an extra precaution, always put a Flea and Tick Repellent Dog Collar in your vacuum cleaner bag and when it's full tie it tightly and dispose of it off your property.

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This article and information forms part of the Carole's Doggie World Holistic 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 www.carolesdoggieworld.com

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