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
The information you are getting about Onions, Chocolate, and Garlic within your dog's diet are absolutely right on! Brewer's Yeast in powder form, included in their food, or dissolved in water and sprayed on the pet, or by including a tablet form of Brewer's Yeast inside of a piece of cheese is the recommended solution for the flea biting problems. Keeping your pet comfortable is always a consideration, but don't be too fast to react to untried or untested methods simply because they "sound like" they may work. Sometimes the advice we get from a relative or friend may not always be the best or safest consideration for our pets.
I buy human "Brewers yeast tablets and garlic capsules " which I give one each to my dogs daily. Brewers Yeast is good for calming anxiety and once you give this you will see improvement in fur & skin ailments. Garlic wards off fleas and ticks.
You can kill a dog by feeding them chocolate!
Hi. We have a chow chow that loves oreo cookies. She has been eating them since she was a pup. She is now 14 years in dog years and healthy as a horse, as far as the flea pills the vets sells you for kittens and cats. They are not worth my time to get in the car and spend my money on. Thanks, Lisa
I worked for a veterinary internist for 8 years. Garlic and onions (and everything else in the same family) are toxic to cats and dogs. Onions will kill most dogs and cats, or at least make them very sick. We saw one family lose 3 of their 4 dogs who ate onions that the dogs dug out of the garbage. Blood transfusions, IVGG treatments, and thousands of dollars did not save them. Garlic only seems to cause problems with some pets, and I personally have not seen any pets get sick from it. Many dogs and cats seem to go their whole life eating garlic without a problem, but you will sometimes run into a cat or dog who is sensitive to it.
The 'chocolate' found in oreo cookies probably wont cause a problem, but it could certainly cause some gastric disturbance. Certainly the sugar, preservatives, and other crap in them is not good for your dog at any rate.
If you suspect any kind of toxicity in your pet, please call your local animal emergency clinic or ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435) right away. I can't tell you how many pets are lost simply because their owners do not seek medical help for them soon enough. You wouldn't let your child or yourself vomit uncontrollably for 5 days before seeking medical attention, and your pet should be no different.
Those of you flying off the handle about garlic toxicity in dogs need to educate yourselves. Garlic is far less dangerous than onion and would have to be regularly eaten raw in massive quantities to cause any harmful effects.
In fact there are many high end dog foods that contain garlic for it's beneficial properties.
Just a note of warning:
I have been at the vet for yeast problems for my two german shepherds.....one has skin and internal yeast problems, and the other had such a bad ear infection from yeast tablets, etc that it got extremely ill. Yeast is a nasty culprit with doggies and they dont really need it on them or in them. I would also remind you all that Frontline has stopped working for a number of people's animals and we all now use advantage topical for fleas.
Comfortis pill did nothing for our german shepherd.
Salt sprinkled everywhere, will deter fleas, and there are a lot of wonderful results with baking soda.
I have read to cut up a flea collar and put in in the vaccuum bag or cup, and over the end with a baggie and a rubber band when not in use.
I have seen on earthclinic.com where garlic is not in the same groups as onions and other things that are bad for dogs...
Chocolate, grapes, brocolli and many other foods are bad for dogs....
The best foods are dog foods with meat and not meat by products as the first ingredients.
If the meat is not there, give them chicken every so often to supplement them. Fish oil pills are great for skin conditions.
Fleas hate vaccuuming and brushing the dog daily and going over with a fllea comb and dumping it in hot soapy water, is a great way to check the population of fleas on your pet.
Check earthclinic.com under the pets tab and see what other people do, disregard the brewers yeast capsules. I can tell you right now they are bad for the dog, and my poor Shepherd is on 4 pills a day and a weekly anti yeast bath to combat that same thing: Yeast.
If you have several medium sized dogs, weigh them both and see what the total is, then buy one advantage tube for the total weight and split it on them. This saves money.
Dont forget how it is great to mop with apple cider vinegar, and to go over the coat with a rag with cool water all the time, it cleans the skin and feels sooo good, in between baths!
TO lilangel 1958 You say 1 teaspoon in food. We need the ratio. How much food per teaspoon??
I am reading all these replies and everyone is told something by their vets. Or they read something.
I use garlic granules on my dogs raw meat. It is a strong medicine and it is stronger than regular garlic. Keeps fleas and her healthy.
Chocolate they say is toxic. Is it true? I used to give chocolate ice cream to my dogs and they were fine. They did not drop dead. Now my golden is more sensitive so I will not try it with her.
Brewer's Yeast is pretty much not good for anything. I know they stick it in food but its not what wild animals normally eat. Anything that is man made or is not in the wild is not for animals.
Now because of the continous breeding they may need things that they shouldn't be introduced to because of all our toxins out in the world. Can we protect them from it. Not everything even we can't protect ourselves from pesticides etc. It travels about a mile and the wind blows it into your home if you have your windows open.
So best to do is using things to build up immune system. To make it stronger.
Last time I read this the poster never clarified some information. The post says 1 t. in food for cats and dogs. Cats and dogs vary in size so 1 t. cannot be right for them all. We also need to know often to give this.
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