Flea & Tick Repellent Necklaces for Pets
- Raw Baltic amber produces static electricity which deters biting insects
- Raw Baltic amber emits terpenes (aromatic compounds) which ticks and fleas dislike
The claims that the static electricty amber generates acts as a repellent were unconvincing since the minute charge would be limited to the area immediately beneath the collar. Even so, there is compelling anecdotal evidence to support the fact that the aroma produced by the emission of terpenes from amber does in fact act as a repellent, even though it isn't 100% effective. Most tick and flea repellents aren't 100% effective anyway since a starving parasite will latch on regardless rather than die of starvation. As most chemical tick treatments only kill the tick once it has bitten, it makes sense to use a belt and braces effect, especially since there has been quite an explosion of ticks this summer.
Whatever its effectiveness, I still had additional concerns about the potential choking hazard of anything destined to be worn around the neck of a pet. The screw clasps universally favoured by other manufacturers do not break away easily enough when pulled in my opinion, and the ones with buckles were a definite no-no. In tests it took all the strength a 14 stone man could muster to snap a screw clasp necklace whilst standing on it with one foot and pulling upwards with his hands. His hands were rather raw after the event and I wouldn't fancy a dog's chances of breaking free if caught. I then tested out simple pop clasps and these, although safer, opened every time the dog scratched themselves so I had to go back to the drawing board. What I have come up with is a compromise: A secure screw clasp that won't pop open every 5 seconds but with the addition of a weaker link in the actual necklace, so if your dog gets it tangled in a gorse bush, it will break away when pulled rather than strangle your dog. Far better to lose a £12 trinket than a beloved pet, that's for sure! I'll even repair them for free if you can retrieve the necklace and send it to me with a SAE.
Whatever the effectiveness as a repellent, I feel comfortable selling them at £12 a time since they offer no danger and it has to be said, they are rather pleasing on the eye! These are not to be used as a collar so please do NOT attach a leash to them. Never leave a necklace or collar of any kind on an unattended dog, if they get it trapped it can prove fatal.
Health Claims for Raw Baltic Amber
increasingly being used in drug manufacture, there are no studies based on absorption through the skin.