When your dog has fleas or ticks, it's heartbreaking to see their uncontrollable biting and scratching. It's even more worrisome knowing that fleas and ticks can carry harmful diseases, like Lyme disease and Rocky mountain spotted fever.
Some flea and tick medicines on the market today contain pesticides and chemicals that your dog should not ingest. However, it's hard to keep your dog from licking its coat after applying the medicine.
Fortunately, certain foods have been found to have flavors and chemical compounds that fleas and ticks don't like, so they are repelled naturally, without the use of harsh chemicals.
Remedy #1: Add garlic to your next batch of homemade dog treats.
There's some debate among dog-owners on whether garlic is safe for dogs; it's a member of the onion family, and onion is known to cause anemia and even death in dogs if given in large quantities.
Most feel that the benefits of garlic outweigh the risk, and the key is to give moderate doses of garlic, based on the weight of your dog.
To use garlic in treat recipes, simply add powdered garlic to the mix in any meat or vegetable-based treat recipe. (See sample garlic recipe link below).
If you want to skip the treats and simply mix the garlic with your dog's food, here is a basic guide:2
If you're concerned about the toxicity of garlic, the powdered form is much less potent than the raw clove form.
Remedy #2: Add brewer's yeast to your next batch of homemade treats.
Brewer's yeast is a natural remedy for fleas on dogs and cats because fleas have an aversion to thiamine, which is found in abundance in brewer's yeast. Thiamine is part of the B complex vitamins.
When you feed brewer's yeast to your dog, it ingests the thiamine and exudes it through its skin; it can even be found in the dog's blood, and the taste and odor drive fleas away.4
You can add up to 2/3 cup brewer's yeast for larger-yield recipes, those making about 2 pounds of treats.
If your dog has fleas or ticks, a strong and healthy immune system is the key to your dog being able to successfully fend off diseases fleas and ticks can carry.
Feeding your dog a healthy diet and supplementing that with healthy treats containing vitamins, minerals, and immune system-boosters like garlic can go a long way in strengthening the immune system.
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Beggles Dog Treats offers information and opinions from our own experience and from research done online. We aren't a substitute for professional veterinary diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your veterinarian before taking any of our home remedies; only your vet can give you advice based on your pet's own unique needs and medical history.