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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where can I buy Flee Flea?

2. What does Flee Flea cost?

3. How much is charged for freight?

4. Do I still continue using chemical flea treatments?

5. Can I feed my pregnant cat or dog Flee Flea? And what about kittens and puppies?

6. My cat or dog is still scratching? How do I remove fleas from our home?

7. My cat is fussy and won't eat Flee Flea. How do I include it in their diet?

8. Does Flee Flea have any other benefits?

9. Is Flee Flea just for cats and dogs?

10. I have heard garlic is poisonous for animals. Flee Flea contains garlic, is it safe?

 

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1. Where can I buy Flee Flea?
Click Where to Buy, and then on the area of the map where you live, and you should find the stockists nearest to you. Alternatively, you can click on the 'Buy Online' tab and we can send Flee Flea to you (freight will be added to your order).


2. What does Flee Flea cost?

Prices will vary from store to store, but our Recommended Retail Prices are currently $14.10 for a 225gm jar, and $43.85 for a 1kg bag. A small freight charge will apply if you purchase direct.


3. How much is charged for freight?

Prices will vary depending on quantities and sizes, but will generally be between $3 and $7 within New Zealand.


4. Do I still continue using chemical flea treatments?

The effectiveness of Flee Flea is maintained by including it in your pet's diet every day. Once the Flee Flea is in the pet's system (this may take around a week) you shouldn't have to use chemical flea treatments any more. Occasionally you may find one treatment necessary during a really humid summer, especially with long haired cats.


5. Can I feed my pregnant cat or dog Flee Flea? And what about kittens and puppies?

Flee Flea is totally natural and acts as a general tonic for an animal's overall health. It is perfectly safe to feed to pregnant and lactating pets, and their offspring as soon as they can take solid foods.


6. My cat or dog is still scratching? How do I remove fleas from our home?

Flee Flea is a flea deterrent, which means it won't kill fleas, but they will no longer want to feed from your pet. It is important therefore to initially keep the areas where they spend a lot of time cleaned – wash bedding and vacuum up fleas and eggs that may have fallen off. We are about to release a product called Flee Flea for Carpets, which will ensure you can remove fleas from inside (and around) your home as well. This will be available later in 2016.


7. My cat is fussy and won't eat Flee Flea. How do I include it in their diet?

We have found that many cats will turn their noses up at anything new, but once they are used to the taste of Flee Flea, they often refuse their food without it! We suggest starting with very small amount mixed in with their meat, and increasing to around ½ tsp a day. Another easy way is to shake Flee Flea into the cat's biscuit container, so that every time they are fed biscuits, they are getting Flee Flea at the same time. Some people have found that rubbing Flee Flea into their cat's fur initially will help them get a taste for it, as it is licked off during grooming.


8. Does Flee Flea have any other benefits?

We do get regular feedback that pet owners do notice an improvement in overall health (see customer reviews).  Flee Flea has also been used to deter other parasites including leeches, ticks, mites and worms.


9. Is Flee Flea just for cats and dogs?

Flee Flea is safe for any animals, and we do hear that owners are including it in the diets of their other pets including rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens and even horses.


10. I have heard garlic is poisonous for animals. Flee Flea contains garlic, is it safe?

We have heard that too, but we were originally given the recipe for Flee Flea from a veterinarian who was a customer at our Health Shop, and have since double checked this with some of our other veterinarian customers who use and sell Flee Flea.

One of our biggest stockists is the Animal Health Centre in Orewa who sell a lot of Flee Flea to their customers. Owner Sarndra Urwin, Animal Naturopath, confirms that Flee Flea has proved very popular with their clients, who use it to repel fleas and also as a general tonic, and they have not had one adverse report.

You might also find the article below interesting, as it discusses the rumour of toxicity verses the actual compounds it contains.

Garlic: The Facts
Lisa S. Newman, N.D., Ph.D. (2007)

When it comes to your pet's health, do you want to follow facts or fears? Unfortunately, garlic has come under attack. This is primarily as a result of garlic's close cousin onion's reputation for triggering haemolytic or "Heinz factor” anemia (where circulating red blood cells burst) through its high concentration of thiosulphate. With onions, a single generous serving can cause this reaction. Garlic simply DOES NOT CONTAIN THE SAME CONCENTRATION of this compound! In fact, it is barely traceable and readily excreted (not stored in the body).

Despite this fact, garlic is falling victim to mass hysteria spread through the internet. Yes, there are 51,174 sites devoted to warning about the "toxicity" of garlic, this hysteria has even prompted the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center to place a warning on garlic although there is little scientific data to back this claim other than the fact that thiosulphate is also found in garlic. Yet, there are also over 400,000 sites still proclaiming its benefits, many of them from reputable holistic veterinarians who have widely used garlic in their practice for many years! How can an herb suddenly turn so bad?!

There is no doubt that onion, due to its concentration of thiosulphate, will cause Heinz factor anemia. In addition, as stated by Wendy Wallner, D.V.M., "Onions are only one of the substances which can cause Heinz body anemia. Other substances such as Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and benzocaine-containing topical preparations can also cause Heinz body anemia in the dog.” The latter probably accounts for many cases as it is prevalent in creams often recommended for allergy-suffering pets due to its ability to numb the itch. It is absorbed through the skin and builds up in the blood stream. This other substance is likely to have been involved in cases where garlic was suspect.

For centuries, as long as humans have been using herbs, garlic has been a primary remedy turned to in a majority of cases. For as long as people have been using garlic, they have also been feeding it to their animal companions. Its properties have proven far reaching, easy on the body and safe to use. In the past fifty years, during the rebirth of holistic medicine in the United States, garlic has been in the forefront. Every text that I have researched on herbal health which mentions pet care has recommended it, especially for its incredible anti-parasitic and anti-septic properties.

In my own experience, garlic has also benefited pets with cancer, diabetes, liver, heart and kidney disease, uncontrollable staph infections and a host of other conditions, as well as been a staple in my recommended preventative protocols. It has been widely used by hundreds of thousands of pet owners with no reported negative side-effects -- except its effect on their animal's breath -- until now.

This is the point; garlic has suddenly become a "suspect," not proven the culprit. Do not let mass hysteria determine a holistic care program for your dog or cat. Follow hundreds of years of "proven use” rather than recent "suspicions” in regards to this miracle herb, as garlic is known to be. As with anything, do use garlic in reasonable doses, and do know that you can trust history over hysteria.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Newman holds a Doctor of Naturopathy and a Doctor of Philosophy (in Holistic Nutrition) and has been a world renowned pioneer in the field of natural pet care. The author of nine books, including her latest, 'Three Simple Steps to Healthy Pets: The Holistic Animal Care LifeStyle®', Dr. Newman is also the formulator of Azmira Holistic Animal Care® products and diets.


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