For us our pets are part of our family and we are sorry about seeing them suffering because of fleas, ticks or other annoying insects. For this reason, we use common products to take care of them.
Apparently, those products seem good but, actually, they are very aggressive because most of them are formulated with raw materials of petrochemical origin and if we would be aware of the contraindications, we barely would have used them on our animals and even on us! These pesticides of petrochemical origin have certainly an immediate effect, but they are usually toxic for puppies, animals in particular conditions and especially for us living with them!
Officina naturae, that takes very seriously pet care, dedicated them a natural and ecological linea line, Dodo Pet's Care. Some of its products are based on the Nepeta Cataria, a strong and natural insect repellent plant, with highly functional and completely safe active substances.
The Nepeta Cataria, is commonly known as “catnip”. The name derives from the intense attraction that most cats have towards it, or “catmint” because of its peculiar aroma of mint. It is a plant from the Lamiaceae family, with brown-green coarse-toothed triangular leaves. The small flowers are white and finely spotted with pale purple or pink. The plant originally comes from Europe and middle-eastern Asia. It grows on calcareous and uncultivated soils, often spontaneously along hedges and roadsides, up to an altitude of 1200 meters. The plant blooms in summer, which is the best period to pick its leaves and flowers for the various formulations.
In pharmacology its phytotherapeutic effects are commonly used for the physical well-being, but it is also known for its high percentage of essential oils, especially the “nepetalactones” that have a powerful repellent effect against insects*. The Nepeta is much more active than the commonly known synthetic repellent available on the market! It efficiently pushes mosquitos, fleas, flies and other unpleasant insects away from our pet friends.
This plant does not have any contraindication for the animals, even though a beneficial neuro-active activity (inebriating) is demonstrated in some sensitive cats – probably due to the use of “nepetalactones”, very similar to their phero-hormones – that shows up at the beginning of the use and disappears after a few minutes.
Thus, this plant demonstrates to be a good friend for our pets. Why do not reserve to our pets the same care and attentions we reserve to ourselves? Let us protect them with products that are effective but, at the same time, eco-friendly and not dangerous for pet's health!
Bernier, U.R., et al., Comparison of contact and spatial repellency of catnip oil and N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide (deet) against mosquitoes. J Med Entomol., 2005. 42(3): p. 306-11.
Schultz Gretchen; Simbro Erica; Belden Jason; Zhu Junwei; Coats Joel (2004) - Catnip, Nepeta cataria (Lamiales: Lamiaceae) - Closer Look: Seasonal Occurrence of Nepetalactone Isomers and Comparative Repellency of Three Terpenoids to Insects. Environmental Entomology, 6 (33).