There are many ways to get rid of fleas from you pet, home and yard. Avoid the toxic and expensive chemicals at the pet store and try a non-toxic home remedy. This is a guide about using brewer's yeast for fleas.
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A tip for keeping fleas away from your cats and dogs. Simply put a teaspoon of powdered brewer's yeast into their food. You can also dissolve 1/4 cup brewer's yeast into 1 quart of water. Place in spray bottle and spray pet, combing into fur as you do.
By lilangel1958 from TN
Each day I give each of my dogs and 4 cats a brewers yeast and garlic tablet and they have had no fleas all season! That's one bottle for dogs and cats! I get it from onlynaturalpet.com
I also get one bottle of HW Protect to protect them from heart worms. It is a bottle of drops that I squirt onto their food. One drop per 2 lb. of body weight. Both are veterinarian approved!
By virginnyb65 from Charles City, IA
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Here are questions related to Brewer's Yeast for Fleas.
Has anyone heard of giving brewers yeast to their dogs to prevent fleas? My mother in law swears by it for her cats, but not sure if it is the same for dogs.
Hi Stacey, brewer's yeast definitely works for cats and dogs to repel fleas. My vet told me years ago that it works by making the pet's blood taste bad to the fleas. If you're lucky, and your pet likes the taste of it, the pet will eat it readily by mixing crushed tablets or brewers yeast powder into their food (moist food works best).
I had one cat who loved it, and would pick the tablet off the top of her food and eat it first! If your pet doesn't like the taste at first, try introducing it gradually, by mixing a small amount (a pinch of powder or half or less of a crushed tablet) into the food, then increasing every few days until they get used to it. All of our dogs and cats ate it with no problem.
After our flea problem went away, we were able to stop using it, but if I ever saw fleas again (not likely because my cats are all indoor pets), I would use it again. It also gives them extra B vitamins, as a plus.
Is there a strength or milligram per pound of weight for kittens and cats? How many times per day do I administer brewers yeast tablets and garlic tablets?
By Kaylyn L.
For an average size cat give 1 teaspoon of brewer's yeast per day (mix it in their food). If you're talking about kittens under 5, 6 or 7 pounds I suggest asking a veterinarian to be sure.
You can also dust your cat's coat with brewer's yeast as a flea powder.
*Warning! Some cats are allergic to yeast. If you see an adverse reaction, stop adding the brewer's yeast to their food.
**And another warning! NEVER EVER give cats or dogs garlic nor let them eat anything in the allium plant family because it causes Heinz Body Anemia which will eventually cause internal organ failure! Alliums include garlic, any and all types of onions (including chives), leeks, etc. and even flowers like lily's.
How many grams of brewers yeast, per day, for a 12 lb cat?
I've heard that like onion, garlic is poison and my old dog did die of liver related stuff at age (almost 16). i was reading about brewers yeast/garlic pill and thought i should put this out here~ maybe what I read was wrong? I know brewer's yeast is stinky lol. I used to take it in powder form long ago~ yuck! I can't imagine spraying my dogs every day with it. I have been using natural non chemical spice oil spray with citronella, cinnamon, clove, peppermint, etc. It works good most years, but this year these fleas are bigger and lay lots more eggs. I didn't realize how many more and now I have a problem. I think I am going to have to get out the big guns and get Frontline :(
Is there any flavor of brewer's yeast other than garlic? My dogs don't like garlic.
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I have heard that garlic and brewer's yeast work but I can't get my dog to eat garlic! Am I using it wrong?
As for garlic, there are plenty of reports of pets who are regularly fed garlic and garlic extract to ward off fleas, then develop skin problems and asthmatic attacks. Some can also develop a certain anemia, but it is hard to predict which animal may have such a reaction. Read food labels carefully before serving your pet any commercial foods with garlic or onions, and avoid serving him homemade foods with these ingredients."
Here's another writer cautioning against using garlic for fleas. This one is just referring to cats.
"According to Dr. Randy Kidd, the use of garlic, as well as onions, shallots, and chives, has been shown to cause damage to feline red blood cells which can result in hemolytic anemia and eventual death. Raw garlic and onions can also cause ulcers and irritation of the mouth, esophagus and stomach."
His recommendation: avoid giving garlic and onions to your cat! Basically it may work for fleas but also may have some harmful side effects for pets.(04/23/2004)
By Toni K.
"While many of us like to occasionally give our precious pets the odd treat here and there, it should be remembered that these tasty morsels, and other things commonly found around the house, can actually affect the health of your pet. There are many, many foods, plants and other drugs that can cause nasty diseases if consumed by your pet.
Foods that are commonly associated with toxicity in dogs and cats include chocolate, onions, grapes, garlic, and macadamia nuts to name just a few. Obviously many of these foods can be given to animals without seeing any immediate side effects, but in many cases ingestion of large amounts of these foods, or small amounts over a long period of time, can cause ill health. Chocolate, for example, contains the compound theobromine that when consumed in large amounts causes clinical signs such as vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, hyperactivity, and ultimately can result in death. Onions have long been known to be toxic to dogs and cats, causing anemia (low numbers of red blood cells) and weakness in animals that consume it. Grapes, raisins and sultanas have only recently been reported to cause toxic effects, however the clinical signs of grape toxicity were quite severe, causing kidney and liver disease and in the worst cases, death. Garlic, when consumed over a long period of time can cause an anemia like that caused by onions. The easiest way to avoid causing harm to your pet is to avoid feeding them foods that they would not normally eat. This does not mean that we have to avoid giving our pets the treats they love, it just means that we should select a treat that is more appropriate for them, such a doggie chocs (which lack the toxic agent that is present in human chocolate) or liver treats.
Some plants can also be toxic to cats and dogs. Tiger Lillies have been reported to cause acute (sudden onset) renal failure in cats, and daffodil bulbs when consumed can also have nasty side effects. Tea tree oil and aloe vera have also been reported to cause toxic effects. Aloe vera can cause vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain when consumed. These side effects are not usually seen when aloe vera is used on the skin (such as in shampoos) although they may be seen if the animal licks an aloe vera based product off its skin. Again, the key to preventing these toxicities in your pet is to prevent them from gaining access to potentially toxic plants, and if you have any questions ask one of our vets.
There are also some products that are commonly found around the house that can cause toxicity to dogs and cats. Lead and lead-based products (such as paints) can cause disease of the nervous system and gastrointestinal system if consumed or if animals are in contact with the lead based substance for long periods. Paracetamol is extremely toxic to cats and should NEVER be given to these animals. The side effects of paracetamol use in cats include swelling of the face, poor oxygen carrying capacity of the blood and ultimately death. No human medication should be given to an animal without discussing it with a vet as there are many differences between humans and cats and dogs, so where you think you may be helping your pet, you may actually be inadvertently causing them harm. Snail poison and rodenticides (rat and mouse poison) are also toxic to cats and dogs, and can even cause toxicity if your pet eats the dead rat, mouse, snail or slug. The easiest way to prevent harming your pet is to keep all chemicals and drugs away from them, and if they do happen to come into contact with any of these chemicals, then contact your vet immediately." (04/24/2005)
Mix garlic into the food, or meat. Brewer's yeast works well too. See if your dog likes beer! (06/20/2006)
DO NOT USE GARLIC IN YOUR PET'S DIET, IT WILL EVENTUALLY KILL THEM!! (01/26/2007)
By Big Jim
By Buddy's mommy
The amount of garlic in our cat/ferret food formula is very small, and poses absolutely no health risk to your cat. If you are still concerned about garlic-induced anemia, your veterinarian can do a blood test to determine the presence of heinz bodies (an indicator of anemia)." (09/16/2008)
Also he has been a vet for 30 years and has never came across any cat or dog with the right doses given that has become ill from garlic. I have not seen one person here that is professional in this field.
As for Dr. Randy Kidd he was proven to be wrong by several other doctors over garlic and some others just research his name you will see, on top of that none of his work was in a controlled environment. I will believe this if I see more than one doctor with the support of others proving it.
As a side note, did anyone mention that the toxic in onions doesn't happen to be the same in garlic. (09/18/2008)
The garlic that is in the brewer's yeast with garlic pills has been processed, which removes the sulphide compounds that are toxic to your dog. These pills were actually recommended to me by my vet, because my little Maltese is allergic to every other flea control product we try him on. We feed the brewer's yeast pill to him daily in a cube of mild cheese, and he is fine.
I definitely wouldn't recommend feeding your dog unprocessed garlic, but the brewer's yeast with garlic is safe and effective. Just keep in mind that it usually takes 4-6 weeks for the pills to start taking effect! (11/01/2008)
My ex-husband's family owned a restaurant in the Florida Keys for many years and of course accumulated many cats which were fed left overs and scraps from each evening's cooking. Many of the dishes were cooked with garlic and so all the cats ate garlic every night. Not only were they healthy, but they were flea free. One of the cats was taken to the vet and when the vet looked inside his mouth, he couldn't believe that the cat had no teeth. He asked how old the cat was, and we told him that he was around 18 years old. The vet said that had he not looked into his mouth, he would have thought that the cat was a 5 year old.
So, please enough with the aggressive nonsense about garlic killing animals because it absolutely doesn't. I don't recommend raw garlic, but there is nothing wrong with cooked garlic. They enjoy the flavor, and it's good for them. Everything in moderation. (01/16/2009)