Natural Remedies For Fleas and Ticks

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.

Foods To Fight Off Fleas and Ticks

Remedy #1: Add garlic to your next batch of homemade dog treats.

The Risk of Garlic

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.

The Benefits of Garlic

  • It's a powerful immune booster that stimulates infection-fighting white cells, boosts natural cell activity, and increases the efficiency of antibody production.3
  • It acts as an antioxidant that reduces the build-up of free radicals in the bloodstream.3
  • It's also a heart-friendly food since it keeps platelets from sticking together and clogging tiny blood vessels.3
  • It has a strong odor, which fleas and ticks hate!

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

  • Dogs weighing 10 to 15 pounds should have no more than half of a clove per dose
  • Dogs 20 to 40 pounds, one clove per dose
  • Dogs 45 to 70 pounds, two cloves per dose
  • 75 to 90 pounds, 2.5 cloves per dose
  • 100 pounds or more, three cloves per dose

*To use powder, one clove is equal to approximately 1/8 of a teaspoon of powder.

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.

Click here for a recipe which uses the combined power of garlic and brewer's yeast to repel fleas and ticks.

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.

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