When people think of pesticide poisoning, they likely think of pesticides from produce, such as tomatoes, lettuce, apples and so on. Other types of pesticides might come from insect sprays and lawn treatments but did you know that pesticide poisoning can come from your pet’s flea and tick preventive medications?
There are ways we can help cut down the chances of our pets getting pesticide poisoning.
- If you spray your lawn, or have a business do it, switch to organic lawn care. There are businesses in most cities now that only treat your lawn with organic products. This decreases exposure to harsh chemicals to you and your pet. A simple Google search will help you find an organic lawn care business in your area.
- Choose natural and organic products when caring for your garden, whether it be a flower or vegetable garden. Your local hardware stores and home and garden centers carry products like this. Read the labels and talk to the employees that work there. They can help you find the products you need to have a beautiful garden and tasty vegetables without the risk of pesticide poisoning.
- Use natural flea and tick prevention products that are safe for your pets. Wondercide is a brand that was started because the founder’s dog became deathly ill from years of vet-prescribed flea and tick prevention medications.
Stephanie Boone, founder of Wondercide, started her company when her precious dog Luna became so ill from veterinarian-prescribed flea and tick prevention meds. Veterinarians suggested she put Luna down, but that was not the answer. She sought out help from scientists, professors and holistic veterinarians to develop Wondercide. Stephanie stated, “Treating the source, not the symptom” drives her to educate the public and offer an alternative to toxic flea and tick prevention medications. Luna is now 14 years old and is healthy and happy.
Wondercide offers a number of products for the home, pets and people. They sent us the Natural Dog Skin Care Kit, so we could try a variety of products and share our honest thoughts about them here. The Kit contains 16oz Evolv, 8oz Skin Tonic Spray and a Repel Soap Bar.
Evolv™ is natural and organic and is the alternative to the harsh chemicals found in veterinarian prescribed and over-the-counter flea and tick preventive medications that sickens and kills pets every year. Evolv not only repels, it kills on contact. Wondercide states, “Effective on all life cycle stages, this bio-based formula safely protects your your pet without risk to adults or children.” It’s a safe and natural way to keep your pets free from critters, all while being safe for pets and children.
The ingredients in the Evolv spray bottle we received has two ingredients: 10% Cedarwood Oil and 90% Hydrated Silica, both natural ingredients. Cedarwood Oil comes from pine, cypress trees and other conifers. It has many uses, one of them being a natural pesticide. Hydrated Silica, also a natural ingredient, occurs in various forms, such as diatomaceous earth and as opals. It is commonly used in toothpastes, cosmetics and body-care products. The FDA does recognize Hydrated Silica as “Generally Recognized as Safe“.
Cedarwood Oil typically has a strong aroma; I sprayed the girls outside because it was so strong. Evolv comes in Cedar or Lemongrass; a 16 oz spray bottle sells for $24.99. Save $6.99 buying two bottles for $42.99. It also comes in 4 oz for $12.95 and a Tester size for $1.99.
If you are concerned with the amount of toxic chemicals you are putting on your pet via their flea and tick medications, you might want to give this a try.
Skin Tonic Spray is one of my new favorite products. Not only does this help dry, itchy, irritated skin and hot spots for dogs and cats, but this product can also be used on people. The ingredients are: Distilled Water, Organic Oils of Neem, Karanja, Jojoba, Coconut, Vitamin E, Natural Emulsidier derived from plant materials, Essential Oils of Lavender, Cedarwood & Lemongrass. Neem, a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, can facilitate the healing of wounds. It is also an antibacterial antiviral, antifungal and antiparasitic. This spray is, as far as I am concerned, a must-have for your pet’s first aid kit.
The Skin Tonic Spray isn’t just great for dogs, but people can use it as well. I have eczema on my legs; it flairs up each year in the same spots. I decided to try it out and was very happy with the results. I know some are going to ask about the scent, because neem oil tends to smell like bug repellent. However, with the addition of the Coconut, Lavender, Lemongrass, etc., it gives off a slight floral scent – not overpowering at all. It’s pleasant.
Last, but not least, REPEL, a Natural & Organic Soap Bar by Wondercide, is hand-made in small batches and can be used on people and pets. There are no Chemicals, Alcohol, Parabens, Sulfates or Gluten. Protect yourself and your pets when planning to be outdoors, whether is be camping, hiking or having a picnic.
“Wondercide bar soaps are made with sustainably harvested, certified organic oils, sea salts, botanicals and essential oils from fruits, vegetables, and plants. We only source fair trade ingredients of the highest quality to help you protect the ones you love.”
For people, use as a hand soap or in your bath/shower when getting ready for your outdoor plans. You can also use it in the kitchen as an antibacterial in raw food preparation.
100% natural, eco-friendly and much like other Wondercide soaps, REPEL is biodegradable and safe for you and your pets. Use routinely when bathing your dogs to protect them against insects. REPEL is made with 15% Neem Leaf Extract, 5% certified Organic Cold Pressed Neem Oil, Citronella and Geranium. In addition to those ingredients, Coconut Oil and Organic Aloe Vera Gel help keep your pup’s skin and coat clean and soft to the touch by nourishing and moisturizing.
To view more information about the products mentioned in this blog post, or to learn about other Wondercide products, visit them here: http://wondercide.com
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Disclaimer: I received a Natural Dogs Skin Care Kit from Wondercide to use and review. This post contains my honest opinions of the products we received.
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