Nangwa wrote:I dont know of any way to get rid of fleas without killing them.
I havent intentionally killed anything is a very long time but would not hesitate to kill any number of fleas that were on my pet.
I have a primary responsibility to the animal that I have chosen to care for.
Its a tough situation but you might just have to kill them and offer mantra to them as you wash the infested pet.
We have to deal with our circumstances as skillfully as we can. By getting rid of the fleas you have now you will be preventing the necessity of getting rid of many more in the future and you will preserve the health of the pet you are directly committed to.
LastLegend wrote:This will be hard on most of you: Don't raise pets. That's it.
Pema Rigdzin wrote:
Uhhhh, how is this advice supposed to help someone who long since took on the responsibility of raising a pet and is trying to handle a flea problem as virtuously and compassionately as possible?
Secondly, for those who don't yet own pets, how does your advice jibe with the fact that millions of dogs and cats are sitting in animal shelters across the US just waiting to be put down because the shelters can't afford to care for them all? In your opinion, should we just wash our hands of them?
Pema Rigdzin wrote: millions of dogs and cats are sitting in animal shelters across the US just waiting to be put down because the shelters can't afford to care for them all? In your opinion, should we just wash our hands of them?
Adamantine wrote:Pema Rigdzin wrote: millions of dogs and cats are sitting in animal shelters across the US just waiting to be put down because the shelters can't afford to care for them all? In your opinion, should we just wash our hands of them?
These were rescue dogs. But the situation you describe is part of the pervasive nature of samsara, and the fact that we live in an ignorant, barbarian land. In NYC pretty much every apartment building or restaurant regularly exterminates large numbers of rats and roaches... a killing fields of sorts... and yet it is hard to imagine what the city would be like if these were allowed to fully take over these buildings...
Madeliaette wrote:wild pets are an option for the pets V no pets dilemna - sharing love and time with wildlife, rather than keeping an indoor animal. Where I used to live, we lived close to pigeon breeders. they often let stock they didnt want to keep free. once upon a time a pair of these freed show pigeons found our back yard.... a year or two later we had a family of pigeons living and breeding on our nieghbors roof that ate at our place - they mixed with the city flock and soon we had lots of loving wild pets.
I miss my pigeon friends now....the birds are not very friendly in this country compared to where I lived then. The pigeons taught me a lot... when my heart was tight to humans, it melted to these birds. To see a bird tread so gently across the grasses on the lawen, turned me against eating eggs. They were friends to me - sat on my windowsill listening to music with me, hopped the steps into the house to come find the bird seed and cheese tubs, they knew when i was sad or troubled. they didnt use words, yet i understood them and they me.... sorry, rqambled a bit there...
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