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    I've been doing some research on DE and I know some of you use it for your EB. I'm wanting to start using it but I'm not sure how. Do I add it to their food and if so how much and how often? Any help on this is appreciated.

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    You can add it to their food and also mix it up with water in a spray bottle and spray it on thei coats. We haven't given it to Harlea yet but our cats have been getting it for about a year now and mix a teaspoon with their wet food a couple of time a week. Not sure about the exact dosage for bullies hough. Someone will be along shortly with more info for sure.

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    Our bullies get about a teaspoon mixed into their kibble each morning. Rub it into their coat if you suspect that they already have fleas. Do not inhale the powder yourself.

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    Yes, DE is wonderful and you can take it yourself too. Make sure it is
    FOOD GRADE, that you or your bully isn't breathing it in.

    Start w/a teasp mixed in their water or food then you can work up
    to 1 TBSP daily as they weigh more. Same way for you to take.

    It can be sprayed on them (rub into the skin) to kill fleas, sprinkled
    around and in their crates, bedding, cracks/crevices of house if flea
    breakout.

    Ticks can be repelled off pets & humans by mixing 1/3 Tea Tree Oil
    to 2/3rds water and sprayed on. Also can be added to pet's shampoo,
    about 1 capful to an 8 oz bottle. Good for skin irritations, do not put on
    broken skin undiluted, too strong & burns!

    Fleas can be repelled by slicing 2 lemons in 2 cups water, bring to boil,
    cover and let steep a couple of hours, put in spray bottle and again, work
    into skin. Can be sprayed on bedding and areas where dogs & cats lay.
    This will repell, not kill fleas...DE will kill fleas.

    Planting lemon verbana, sage, rosemary around front & back entrances,
    deck & patios will keep away mosquitos, fleas, ticks & flies. Wrap sage leaves
    around torches for mosquito free, family gatherings. GOD bless!


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    Default Re: Diatomaceous Earth?

    i have used it with my bully and she seemed to do ok with it. just a spoonful mixed in with her kibble in the am

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowsmom View Post
    i have used it with my bully and she seemed to do ok with it. just a spoonful mixed in with her kibble in the am
    hi! is this the only flea/tick medication/prevention you use with your bully or is it safe to use with something else? i currently use evolv with samnie. thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by samnie View Post
    hi! is this the only flea/tick medication/prevention you use with your bully or is it safe to use with something else? i currently use evolv with samnie. thanks!
    i think its only a flea preventative if used on the coat externally its for parasites such as worms and has lots of nutrients in it. i did rub it on my bostons for their ticks but its not good if wet and my dogs are constantly wet now its summer and they are in their pools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Carol View Post
    Yes, DE is wonderful and you can take it yourself too. Make sure it is
    FOOD GRADE, that you or your bully isn't breathing it in.

    Start w/a teasp mixed in their water or food then you can work up
    to 1 TBSP daily as they weigh more. Same way for you to take.

    It can be sprayed on them (rub into the skin) to kill fleas, sprinkled
    around and in their crates, bedding, cracks/crevices of house if flea
    breakout.

    Ticks can be repelled off pets & humans by mixing 1/3 Tea Tree Oil
    to 2/3rds water and sprayed on. Also can be added to pet's shampoo,
    about 1 capful to an 8 oz bottle. Good for skin irritations, do not put on
    broken skin undiluted, too strong & burns!

    Fleas can be repelled by slicing 2 lemons in 2 cups water, bring to boil,
    cover and let steep a couple of hours, put in spray bottle and again, work
    into skin. Can be sprayed on bedding and areas where dogs & cats lay.
    This will repell, not kill fleas...DE will kill fleas.

    Planting lemon verbana, sage, rosemary around front & back entrances,
    deck & patios will keep away mosquitos, fleas, ticks & flies. Wrap sage leaves
    around torches for mosquito free, family gatherings. GOD bless!
    so i can use DE as my only flea/tick prevention for my bully? thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by samnie View Post
    so i can use DE as my only flea/tick prevention for my bully? thanks!
    Point of fact is...the BEST thing to defend against fleas/ticks/flies/internal parasites
    is a healthy immune system. Pests are not attracted to healthy people or animals. I
    believe in prevention and so believe in building & keeping a healthy & well functioning
    immune system thru out life. This is done with optimum diet & sometimes, supplements.

    DE will kill fleas & internal parasites (worms) but not repel them so I use boiled down
    lemon oil to repel then DE to kill the ones that hop on & stay. Ticks are killed using Tea
    Tree Oil & water mixture so if you have a tick problem, use that weekly. I do use Dawn
    Dishwashing Liquid (original) and bath my bully (weekly in the summer) to also help with
    flea control, we have quite the problem w/hot, dry, long summers & not enough freezing
    days the past 3 winters to kill off pests.

    So far, it's working but if it gets overwhelming you can use Comfortis which seems safe
    and no side effects I've noticed, it is a short term control which kills all the fleas immediately,
    but no repellent or long acting action. I use this occasionally for quick relief & gain control.

    My cat was given Frontline in 2008 and was near death 5 days, my dogs seem to tolerate it
    well enough (no bullies then) but I just decided, no more poisons if I could do anything else
    and NEVER on CoCo again!

    Good luck & GOD bless!



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    How often do u dust the dogs in the DE for the fleas??? Im also trying to mix it with his food.

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    Mix it with water in a spray bottle for external use. Don't use the powder directly on thier coats being that if they inhale it you could have some serious lung problems on your hands. We do it once or twice a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlcox24 View Post
    How often do u dust the dogs in the DE for the fleas??? Im also trying to mix it with his food.
    As Todd @Marine91 suggested, mix it w/water and put in spray bottle.
    Ruffle their fur against the grain, apply and rub into skin as best you can.
    I try to apply in stripe down the middle of back, around their neck, around
    their butt and get their legs & bellies.

    DE isn't effective wet but is again, once dry. I dust Cami once a week or every
    10 days. In between she gets sprayed w/ lemon oil & water solution which
    repels fleas, DE kills them.



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