It’s tough to watch your dog or cat do battle with fleas. The last thing you want to do is to put a toxic collar on them. They usually contain pesticides that can rub off on your pet and people. Instead, Do Your Part to find natural solutions that work just as well.

Washing your pet’s bedding in hot, soapy water regularly will help prevent fleas. You’ll also want to give your pets regular baths with a flea ridding shampoo that that contain all natural diatomaceous earth or essential oils like lemongrass, cedarwood, peppermint, rosemary, or thyme. all of these are non-toxic and effective.

You can also kill fleas in carpets and rugs with all natural Borax, found in the laundry aisle. Just sprinkle it on let it sit for an hour before vacuuming. Of course, keep your pets and children away from the area during treatment.

GreenPaws.org also provides an thorough guide where you to type in a flea or tick product to find out just how safe, or unsafe it really is.

And, if you find that you need a stronger solution, ask your vet about oral medications to treat fleas.

It’s just another way you can Do You Part for your pets and our planet.