Summer time (we can possibly mention that concept now) is the favourite time for cats to come home smothered in fleas!

Putting brewers yeast in the cat’s food and combing essential oils though the coat can act as a great flea deterrent.

Regular daily or even twice daily flea-combing is important, so long as you dispose of your ‘catch’ effectively. Electric flea combs may help.

Intensive vacuum-cleaning with a powerful vacuum cleaner, in areas frequented by your cat(s), is also important.

If you are not vigilant and diligent, a flea infestation of your home can follow, which can be a real nightmare. Fleas can multiply at a prodigious rate.

Chemical applications on the animal or in the home can be a risky business and we advise clients to avoid these if at all possible. The toxins can affect humans (esp. toddlers and children) and can be residual in your home environment.

Our main website (over 600 pages of information and opinion on animals, animal welfare and alternative medicine) is at: www.alternativevet.org

www.alternativevet.org/cats.htm and www.alternativevet.org/aromatherapy.htm

You may also be interested in: www.naturalfeeding.co.ukwww.holisticvetmed.co.ukwww.veterinary-holistic.co.ukwww.holistic-vet.co.uk


Grass seeds!

We are coming to the time of year when grass seeds can cause pain and suffering to our dogs. It is particularly spaniel types that suffer badly from this problem, whether in the feet, in the ears or elsewhere in the body, but any dog can fall prey to the problem.

The two main species of grass of which to be wary are:

Bromus sterilis:









Hordeum marinum:









Happily, we have never had to operate (perform surgery) to remove grass seeds from dogs, when they have become embedded in the tissues; we use homeopathic medicines, with success to date. The body rejects them without the damage caused by surgery.

Particular danger arises when the seed heads ripen and become dry, if they are mown and lie on the ground and dry or if the grass is sprayed and dies, causing the seed heads to dry.

Main website: www.alternativevet.org