Our dog Fin, like a lot of pets out there, is part of the family. She lives inside, and we'll admit, crashes on the bed sometimes. But she loves to roll around outside and doesn't usually wipe her feet when she comes back in. To keep the bugs at bay, we use a flea and tick preventative once a month: but what we're learning is that a lot of these commercial and widely-available flea meds contain some harsh chemicals. Since part of greening our home has been eliminating chemicals, why not look for a natural alternative to the one chemical being directly applied onto our beloved pup? So, we're looking into our chemical-free options, and have found several sources for natural flea and tick prevention and remedies. Sentry Natural Defense works like the other squeeze-ons, but uses plant oils (including cinnamon and lemon grass) to combat bugs. The price is actually about half what we pay for the big-name brand. The Anibio Tic Clip is a collar tag that enhances the "bioenergetic field" around your dog. I'm not sure what that means, but apparently it can create an energy barrier around your pet that will repel bugs for two years using bioenergy frequency (maybe it feels like shock waves to a tiny bug). With a promise like that, it's worth a try. And then there's Doc Ackerman's Botanical Citronella Shampoo. Although we're not sure we'd want Fin smelling like citronella, this might be a good way to eradicate a flea problem. Have you tried natural flea and tick products? Let us know how you think they work, or what you'd suggest. Because the fewer chemicals we have floating around our home, the better. And we're sure Fin will thank us, too.