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Wherein could this flea guilty be

Wherein could this flea guilty be, except in that drop which it suck’d from thee?  (John Donne, “The Flea”)

As a pet insurance company, Trupanion is interested in most news in the pet or veterinary field.   Recent articles have suggested that popular flea preventatives may not be safe for all animals (probably no product is safe for ALL animals).   Because some pet owners don’t believe we should use any kind of poison, whether targeted at fleas or not, and because we have lots of dogs coming to work every day, I’m interested in knowing of some natural ways to prevent our dogs from having fleas.  Soap, citrus oil, brewer’s yeast (when I was a kid, I had a cat who was passionately, comically fond of brewer’s yeast tablets), garlic, apple cider vinegar, and cedar oil are all thought to repel fleas.

Since we do have lots of dogs around, I’d also like to find a way to detect fleas in the office before there are more than a few, and get rid of them without having to spray.   One of the websites I looked at suggested putting a shallow pan of soapy water on the floor, under a light.  Fleas will be drawn to the heat, fall in the water, and get stuck in the soap.  There are also “flea traps” that are supposed to be nontoxic.

Happy to hear anyone’s suggestions.

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