That age-old maxim, “April Showers Bring May Flowers” is very true. After Winter, fragrant blossoms are a welcome sight and are very abundant already this Spring! However, May also brings some nasty critters that aren’t welcome at all—fleas and ticks! Ick! But don’t worry! Best Bully Sticks.com is here to help you sort out what flea and tick preventatives are best for your pooch this Spring.

We’re here to say two things:
1. You should always take preventative steps to protect your furry family member from fleas and ticks.

2. If you didn’t know already, BBS doesn’t condone the use of any chemicals in anything for pets because they’re very bad for our four-legged friends.

That being said, how do you treat your dog for fleas and ticks without using a flea and tick medication that isn’t full of crazy sounding chemicals for ingredients? In reality, it’s very simple, but first, let’s go over why chemically enhanced flea and tick preventatives aren’t good for your dog.

One of the first reasons to avoid chemically laden flea and tick preventatives is that it could be very harmful to your dog. The chemicals that act as insect repellents have been known to have some bad side effects, like seizures and poisoning.  The second reason is because these chemical toxins, from dog flea collars or topical solutions, can stay on pet fur for weeks. This means that children are in danger of ingesting the chemicals as well. This has been seen to cause short and long term developmental issues in children.

Watch this video from the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) to learn more about topical flea and tick preventatives and the toxins they could include.

Here are a few simple ways to prevent flea and ticks naturally!

1. Bathe your dog frequently with pesticide free shampoos. Happy Tails Flea the Scene is a great all-natural Flea & Tick shampoo that BBS is proud to carry! Your dog can lick their fur and never have any of the harmful potential side effects of fleas & tick topical gels.

2. Brush your dog with a flea comb.

3. Vacuum all carpets and rugs weekly.

4. Wash pet beds regularly.

5. Keep the grass in your yard cut short.

6. Use a natural flea and tick spray when your dog is outside. Best Bully Sticks offers FrogWorks Oscar’s Critter Repellent, which helps to keep fleas, ticks, black flies and more off of your pup!

7. If you do buy topical preventatives, avoid all organophosphates, including amitraz, fenoxycarb, permethrin, propoxur, tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP)

If you absolutely have to use a topical flea and tick repellant, check out the NRDC’s GreenPaws Flea & Tick Directory. This handy guide will rank more than 100 common types of flea and tick medications on a scale of 1 being “Only Use When Needed” to 3, which is “Avoid Use.”  This will help you answer more questions about what preventative you’re using on your dog.

No matter what you decide, always talk with your veterinarian about what is best for your dog. For more great all-natural flea and tick preventatives, check out BBS’s Dog Flea & Tick Control product category!

What are your preventative practices against fleas & ticks? Let us know in the comments section!