ShooTAG Flea Control without Toxins

Shoo Tags target fleas, ticks or mosquitos to protect your pet against them. They do not work in tackling those not on the animal however–such as the surrounding environment.

One of the nice things about this age of going green is that there are new products coming out that are less topic options than in the past.

Shoo Tags™ is one of these products that made a hit at one of the big pet industry shows.

However, I did not find any scientific studies to support the claims although I did came across some discussions of how they don’t work for some people.

The shelf life of inactivated tags is two years and once on the pet, they are supposed to last up to four months.

Shoo! TAGS™ work by using frequencies embedded in the magnetic strip that are supposed to be similar to the Schumann Wave and not like harmful radio frequencies.

The specific insects targeted by the tags do not like those energetics. (The manufacturers state that Shoo!TAG™ products do not interfere with radio frequencies or radio collars.)

Once on the pet (or human) it takes time for the energy field to extend the pest barrier frequencies into the energy field of the being wearing the tag.

During testing the manufacturers found that activation can take up to 36 hours.

They also found that animals that have weaker energy fields (those who are on or have recently taken steroid drugs, that have recently undergone surgery, or who are older) do not respond well to the product.

One of the misunderstood aspects of this product is that it does not kill the pests but simply slows them down and gets them to leave the pet’s energy field.

The tag frequency can be effected if they rub against other metal tags or become bent, scratched or damaged.

In addition, the company states that there could also be a problem if there are nearby fault lines, cell phone towers and large doses of pesticides.

The company states also that green products typically have around a 75% effective rate and so although ShooTAGS is a nice option is can only be part of an entire flea control program.

What is the best flea treatment for your pet?

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One of the most asked questions is, “What is the best flea treatment?”

The answer can vary greatly depending on who you talk to but the real question should be, “What is the best flea treatment for my pet and my household?”

For instance, in my area most people do not need to use flea control unless they head out on a trip or have company that arrives with a flea infested pet.

Because we live in the high altitude with arid conditions and temperatures that don’t allow a flea population to take hold and cycle, our biggest issues are from visitors with pets or from ticks.

A bath in non-toxic oatmeal shampoo (with suds left to sit for 10-15 minutes) is enough to thwart any fleas that might have been brought up to the area.

If you live in an area where feral animals invade your yard or strays visit often–your chances of a flea infestation can increase drastically.

Recently a reader wrote in about an infestation cycle at the beach.

Her problem was that rats were bringing fleas into the home where they multiplied and plagued both pets and humans.

So where you live is part of the consideration in coming up with a good solutions because beach living is certainly a bigger problem than where I live and regions vary as to what types of flea products you can obtain.

The other consideration concerns how much money you want to invest in products or services AND how much toxicity you are willing to bring into your home or yard.

Some products work better than others but the true secret is that you need to use the Triangle of Successful Flea Control to tackle the issue.

This means treating the animal, interior area of the home, and the surrounding exterior areas at the same time.

Both the interior and exterior areas have to be treated at least every two weeks until you get the problem under control and then regularly after that to get rid of fleas for good.

Although some areas allegedly report a decrease in flea populations, I highly doubt that is the case. With more sophisticated options for treating fleas I think it is just that people are not encountering the same high level of problems as has been the case in the past and they are not calling in pest control people but treating it themselves or with services that provide less toxic options.

Anyway, I just wanted to make sure you don’t fall for the “best flea treatment is…” message.

My answer to the question is this, “The best flea treatment is the one that works for you, eliminates fleas from your pet and your home safely, and that fits into your budget.

We all have our favorites so take the time to talk to your veterinarian or pet care professional to see what they recommend.

Don’t forget that you can read Flea Control Secrets for help in sorting out the vast selection of products on the market (both natural and proprietary) and to learn about all the different options available to you and your pet.

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Cat Flea Medication Reaction (Video)

This disturbing video shows a cat having a reaction to flea medication. Care has to be used when applying any flea control product or using any flea treatment on an animal or in the environment.

One of the reasons I wrote Flea Control Secrets was because of increased issues and reactions. Take a few minutes to spend some time in the archives to learn more.

Also, try exploring the natural flea control products listed on this website as safer, less toxic options.

Lufenuron (Program®) Flea Treatment

Program cat flea treatmentProgram Flea Treatment (Lufenuron) is one of the more popular flea control products. Lufenuron dosage is based on your pet’s weight and species.

It is critical to avoid giving a dog product to a cat and a cat product to a dog. If you haven’t heard about the many issues under investigation by the EPA–part of the problem is thought to be the misuse of products by pet owners by applying flea control products to the wrong species or overdosing due to inaccurate weight estimation. (Best to err on the side of caution.)

The Program flea medication is given once a month.

Lufenuron is administered orally for dogs but cats can receive a pill, liquid suspension, or injection. Program sterilizes the females and so interrupts the flea life cycle.

Eggs cease to hatch within seven days after this product is ingested but adult flea bites can still cause irritation and other complications.

Until the effects take effect, additional flea control methods need to be implemented to reduce the existing flea population.

Some caution is necessary when using this product but Program is considered one of the better products on the market.

Program and most of the best home flea remedies and flea control medications are outlined in Flea Control Secrets.

Cat Flea Bath Tips

Earlier this week I shared a video on cat flea treatment by bathing your cat but there are a few other tips I thought might be useful.

One of the common mistakes people make is to think that their pet needs a bath every day or every week. This is not true and be irritating and drying.

Cats will self-groom, and many will bath each other, but older cats and kittens cannot often deal with flea infestations. If there is a flea infestation you might bath once a week for two weeks or so but normally felines don’t need to be bathed every week.

Once you have the flea infestation under control you can bath your cat once a month or so if you want. Many grooming salons also offer cat services. Ideally use one that specializes in felines since too many barking or whining dogs might stress your critter out.

If you are not taking your cat to a specialist, take the time to trim your pet’s claws first since cat nail trimming helps reduce scratches during the bath.

Cat Flea Bath Tips:

  • Use the bathtub but I prefer the kitchen sink for ease of handling the cat.
  • Provide a grip mat so the animal doesn’t slip and has something for footing–unless your cat is more cooperative without leverage!
  • Use a spray nozzle to help you (plus they dislodge fleas).
  • Collect all your bathing tools and place them within arms reach (shampoo, towels, bath mat, brush, comb, crate).
  • Warm the room so your feline stays warm. This is especially important when bathing kittens or senior cats.
  • Test the water to make sure it is warm and not too hot or cold for your feline.
  • Wear an apron, and if you think your cat is going to protest, heavier garments.
  • Suds quickly and be careful to keep suds out of the pets eyes and ears.
  • Massage for 10-15 minutes and use the nozzle to dislodge fleas when you rinse.
  • Rinse completely.
  • Towel dry and keep the cat in a warm room immediately after the bath.

Remember, a flea treatment bath is only part of the process. To eliminate fleas you must treat the home, yard, and animal at the same time using the triangle of successful flea contol and the strategies outlined in Flea Control Secrets.

Cat Flea Treatment: Bathing a Cat (Video)

This video shows how to do cat flea treatment using a bath, flea treatment, and a flea comb. You don’t have to use a flea control shampoo–any pet shampoo will do and I recommend pet oatmeal shampoo.

Also, don’t leave a cat unattended in a crate with a toxic shampoo left in the fur since it may begin to groom itself. Just massage the cat and keep it warm during the bath time or use a non-toxic pet shampoo!

Kitten Flea Treatment (Video)

Using flea treatment on kittens under 8 weeks of age is not recommended. This video shows how to use a flea comb to get rid of fleas and determine if a kitten has a flea infestation.

Large numbers of fleas can endanger kittens due to flea bite anemia and a veterinary visit is always recommended if your kitten has fleas.