Now that the summer months are upon us, flea and tick season is here. We had our Boston Terrier, Sam, treated to combat the inevitable parasite infestation; but sometimes that isn’t enough to ward them off. The decision was made to get Sam a flea collar to keep him comfortable and the house free of pests. We let him run around the backyard a lot and of course, he loves taking walks around the neighborhood.
That means we sometimes run into neighboring dogs which can result in a lot of sniffing and curious interaction, making Sam even more susceptible to picking up something unwanted on his skin and coat. I used to get him one of those commercial brands, but working at the grocery store has made me more aware of the healthier options that are available (since we sell a lot of them) and I find myself doing a lot more research on many of the things I buy for the family, Sam included!
So now Sam’s wearing an herbal dog collar. I feel a lot better about putting one around his neck now that I don’t have to worry about harmful pesticides poisoning him and causing him renal or liver failure, nervous system issues or even worse, cancer. You’d be surprised how mainstream dog collar products can put your pet at risk for such maladies. Herbal means there aren’t any toxic materials or harmful odors that could pose a health hazard for Sam.
These types of collars fight off fleas, ticks, even mosquitoes and other insects with the use of pleasant smelling herbs that can also soothe pets and calm their nerves much in the same way these ingredients can relax any of us in a similar manner. Not only are these dog collars safer for your pet, but they won’t clean out your wallet either. You might think herbal means expensive, but with many options available out there, that’s just not the case.
I’ve found a few brands that offer flea collars, most of them using oils such as citronella, cedar, eucalyptus, and pennyroyal, in addition to other active elements that are entirely safe for use with your pet. One of the best I’ve found comes from Castor and Pollux. It takes all of these ingredients and infuses them into a plastic collar that releases them over a period of weeks for total protection against fleas, ticks, and all biting insects; which are repelled by the scents of citronella and cedar. Another good collar I’ve found comes from Sentry and it’s well suited for dogs with high anxiety who get nervous easily. Sentry uses many of the same repellant oils but also adds chamomile and lavender for that calming effect on your pet.
The collar is body heat activated, so the more nervous and worried the dog becomes the more the collar releases the relaxing scents. There’s one more I’ve found from a company called Pet Guard that uses all of the active oils like citronella, cedar, and eucalyptus, among others, but is also designed to help reduce pet odors themselves. The collar has a menthol scent that is pleasant to humans but, like all of the other ingredients, repels pests. It’s also good for pets who may not have the most pleasing body aroma, the menthol beating back the strong odors that your dog can do nothing about.
All of them are great options to help your dog through flea and tick season and I highly recommend each one!