- spray or apply pesticides on your pet and in your house
- (flea bombs, flea sprays, flea collars)
- apply herbicides and pesticides to your lawn and garden, including aerial lawn sprays against fleas, mosquitoes and flies
- smoke in your house or use perfumed or synthetic air fresheners
- using cleaning products that may be irritating or contain carcinogenic chemicals
- allowing your dog to become obese
- feeding a diet with synthetic preservatives, artificial colors or flavors, chemicals to enhance palatability such as MSG
- exposing your pet to indoor kerosene or coal combustion
- using fabric softener dryer sheets
- use alternative, non chemical means of protecting your pet from parasites.
- flea control in the environment using borax laundry detergent, frequent vacuuming and minimizing the places where fleas hide.
- use of once monthly flea and tick prevention (Frontline or Advantix) is usually necessary in this area, and is less carcinogenic than the topical flea and tick products that are available as powders, sprays or shampoos.
- use organic lawn fertilizer (such as compost tea applications and home made nutrient rich compost, pelletized organic fertilizers are also available) to encourage lawn and flower growth, and natural non chemical mulches to control weeds. Use garlic sprays as an effective mosquito control (available from alternative lawn care companies such as Summit Landscaping.)
- stop friends or family from smoking in your house! To keep the house fresh smelling, use natural incense or naturally scented candles.
- use all natural cleaning products that are available in most grocery stores (cleaning supplies and soaps do not have to be germicidal in order to keep our environment clean.)
- exercise your animals (daily walks and off leash play) and ration their diet appropriately to avoid obesity
- feed an all natural, well balanced diet containing meat, vegetables and whole grains
- provide fresh, clean air for your pet to breathe (good ventilation, free of smoke or fumes)
During the last 10-20 years there has been an increase in cancer in dogs and cats. Various forms of cancer in humans and in animals have been linked through studies to the increase in chemicals in our environment. Unfortunately, these chemicals become widespread (contaminating the air and ground water) so that even if we stop using them, we are still subject to exposure. It is therefore important to encourage our friends, neighbors and communities to follow suit, and “go natural” for the health of all!
Please see our other article re organic lawn care. Remember, our pets and our children live “down there”, closer to the ground and hence to lawn chemicals than adult humans do.