When I first adopted Luna, I was only familiar with the chemical flea and tick options that came in the little applicators you had to carefully use to dispense a greenish fluid between your dog’s shoulder blades. I got a recommendation from Luna’s vet office for a brand and used the monthly treatments for about a year or so. Every time Luna was due for her flea and tick treatment, I dreaded doing it.
I hated the fact that I couldn’t pet or snuggle with my dog for about 24 hours after putting on treatment. Luna hated that she wasn’t allowed on the furniture or permitted to sleep in bed at night and it was a struggle keeping her off.
There was also something unsettling about the fact that I was putting something I couldn’t touch on the back of my best friend. I know humans and dogs are two different living things, so we react to chemicals – both natural and man made – differently, but it still seemed odd. I had to ask myself – How could something with a big warning label to not touch or ingest be protecting my dog?
I kept using this method for a while mostly because I didn’t know there were any other options. I didn’t want to have to deal with a flea infestation and ticks unfortunately like to hang out in Northern Virginia, so I thought this was the best way to keep Luna safe.
At some point, I learned about natural alternatives to chemical flea and tick care. I started reading about various ways people repel fleas, ticks, and other creepy crawlies. The idea of essential oils caught my eye. If something that existed naturally could keep these bugs away, I thought it was worth a shot.
Right around that time, I also learned about a new-ish company called Wondercide. It was one of those situations where things fell into place perfectly. I was open and ready to trying something different and Wondercide was there to provide it.
Why I Use Natural Flea and Tick Care on My Dogs
In the end, I decided to make the permanent switch to natural flea and tick care for my dogs because:
I didn’t feel comfortable putting a chemical directly onto my dog’s coat and skin that was dangerous for me to touch or ingest. Wondercide’s Flea & Tick Control for Pets + Home is safe to be used inside your home, on both dogs and cats, and on your own skin. I felt a lot better knowing that I could touch and even use the flea and tick spray myself.
I really like snuggling with my dog. It made me so sad to have to keep Luna off the couch and to force her to sleep in her crate on the evening we would apply the chemical flea and tick treatment. The three different Wondercide scents (Lemongrass, Cedar, and Rosemary) are all pretty strong smelling, but they don’t prevent me from petting and hugging my dog.
I found it easier to spray Luna with flea and tick spray each time we were heading out on an outdoor adventure rather than remembering to do it once a month. This definitely is not the case for everyone, but since we always pack our Wondercide on trips I found it a lot easier to associate and remember applying to Luna.
My dogs are inside 90% of the time. We currently live in an apartment with no yard, so Ralph and Luna are only outside when they are on leash. I’m able to control what grassy or wooded areas they go into and can prevent them from walking through tall grasses that may be more likely to have ticks lurking. This doesn’t eliminate the risk of fleas or ticks, but it reduces it.
When we do go hiking or camping, we regularly check for ticks. A few times a year, we enjoy going for a long hike or a weekend camping trip when weather permits. During these events, we always have our Wondercide on hand and inspect both ourselves and our dogs for ticks or any other unwanted hitchhikers.
I want my dogs to live as long as possible. Chemical flea and tick care may not be directly linked to a decrease life span, but sometimes the natural option – if it works for your lifestyle – is the better option. I feel comfortable using Wondercide products on myself and in my home, even if down the line I have small children wandering around.
Vet prescribed flea and tick treatments are expensive. I was always frustrated with how pricey they could be. Even when I was able to get it in bulk, it was still a hefty price despite Luna being pretty small. Wondercide and other natural options are not exactly cheap either, but you can control how much you use and how quickly a lot easier. A 16 oz container will last about 3-4 months for one pet and you can even buy up to a gallon (128 oz) for more savings.
What is Wondercide?
Wondercide was born because founder Stephanie Boone’s dog, Luna, developed life threatening side effects from vet-prescribed flea and tick treatments. Stephanie treated (her) Luna with healthy and natural alternatives and significantly extended her life. The company began with flea and tick care and has since expanded to treats, grooming products, supplements, and more. Learn more about Wondercide here.
March is Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month and this week (March 19 – 25, 2017) is National Poison Prevention Week. Wondercide was founded on the issue of poison prevention and aims to provide pet parents with affordable all-natural pet care, so they can avoid possible harmful ingredients. Read more about Wondercide products in our review.
Disclaimer: I was sent free samples to help spread the word about Wondercide. I received no other compensation or additional benefits for mentioning the products in this post. The opinions and ideas in this post are my own and are uninfluenced by any other person or business.