Using Garlic to Prevent Fleas

The presence of garlic can repel fleas if used safely. This guide is about using garlic to repel fleas.

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Using Garlic to Prevent Fleas
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Tip: Please Don't Give Garlic To Your Pets

I've responded to questions and tips several times regarding giving garlic to pets for flea control or assorted other reasons, but maybe it will be more helpful if posted as a tip that might reach more folk? Please consider reading up about Heinz-Body anemia before you make the decision to give garlic in any form, or anything in the alliums family for that matter, to a pet. Personally, I wouldn't risk the health of my pet when there are other safe alternatives available. Here are two really good links to begin your homework with:

By Deeli from Richland, WA

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Garlic Oil to Prevent Fleas

I buy garlic pills (the gel-caps) and poke a hole in one gel-cap with a needle and squeeze the oil into my dogs food about 5 days a week.

Not only is it good for their coat and health, but it does wonder to deter fleas and ticks. Living in the woods, we have a lot of wild animals running through our yard at night, and I have not seen a flea or a tick on my dog.

By David from Ellsworth, ME

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Tip: Home Flea Treatments

By Donna 309 325

With two cats who come in and out, I worried about flea treatments.

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Question: How Much Garlic Should I Use to Prevent Fleas?

By Brenda 1

I was wondering how much garlic I can use on my dogs that weigh approximately 10-17 lbs? They have fleas.

By Brenda from Ontario, CA

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By MITCH14000 1 Flag

May 1, 2012

Yes, garlic is safe for dogs, in small amounts over a short period of time. Garlic is widely used as a natural flea and tick repellent and occasionally may even be used as a treatment for heart disease in dogs.

Dogs lack the enzyme needed to break down the chemical thiosulphate in garlic, which can cause gas, vomiting, diarrhea or severe gastrointestinal distress. Large amounts of garlic or garlic given over a prolonged period can result in the formation of Heinz bodies on the surface of red blood cells which are then destroyed by the body.

This results in a severe hemolytic anemia (Yamato, 2005); and there is also an increased risk for the development of blood clotting abnormalities. Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any natural or herbal supplements.

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Question: Giving a Dog Garlic

How much and how often do I give raw garlic to my 60-70 pound dog?

By Jan N

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By Lizzyanny 9 1,251 Flag

November 14, 2011

Garlic is a known cause of hemolytic anemia in dogs.

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Question: Using Garlic for Dogs

I bought some garlic gel-caps, 1000mg. I was wondering how much to give a 7lb dog?

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By Kristin L. E. 1 Flag

May 12, 2013

I had a 5 pound Chihuahua and gave her real garlic raw as well as to my other dogs at the time. She liked raw green peppers too. Anyway, take a thing of garlic, pull off a clove and cut it up and give them about a 5th of the clove at a time. It works as dewormer too, which is why I did it in the first place. She's going on 7 years this year and has never had any major health problems.

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Question: Using Garlic to Repel Fleas

By kac 1

Is it true that you can use garlic as a flea treatment for dogs? I was told that you give the dog a little bit of garlic every day and it gets into the bloodstream which helps keep the fleas away.

By Kac from Bennington, VT

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By CJCDOGS 1 2 Flag

May 6, 2012

I've had pets (mostly dogs) my entire life & had flea problems ONE time. For the past 30 years or longer, I've cooked my pets meals & always use fresh garlic 3-4 times a week. And I have NEVER had any trouble with fleas. As far as it being dangerous for dogs, I suppose it could be, but just use common sense, as you would for any other items you feed your pets.

Currently I have 4 "fur children" ages 14, 10, 3 & my new one is 10 months. They are all healthy, happy & free of fleas. I love them very much & would never give them anything that would possibly jeopardize their health. Hope this helps with your garlic decision. Wishing you & your pets all the best.

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Question: Giving a Dog Garlic

Can I give my dog garlic power?

By Margo from wilm dem

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By Gloria Z 10 256 Flag

October 9, 2013

No it may be poison for your dog.

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Question: Using Garlic to Get Rid of Fleas

Is brewers yeast with garlic tablets good for them?

By Kato from Mobile, AL

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By Lizzyanny 9 1,251 Flag

June 25, 2013

Garlic can contribute to hemolytic anemia in dogs and cats.

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Question: Using Garlic to Keep Fleas Off Dogs

If you put garlic in dog food will it keep fleas off your dog?

By Mike H.

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By Lizzyanny 9 1,251 Flag

April 3, 2013

Garlic can cause hemolytic anemia in dogs.

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Question: Will Garlic Powder Help With Fleas?

If you put garlic powder on your dog/cat and they lick it off, when it's in their blood will it stop fleas and ticks from biting? Or will it harm your best friends (pets)?

By C dub from Wichita Falls

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By Lizzyanny 9 1,251 Flag

March 23, 2013

Feeding garlic in any form can cause hemolytic anemia in dogs and cats. Don't do it.

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Question: Preventing Fleas Using Garlic

At what age can I give a puppy garlic for flea protection?

By Eliot

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By Lizzyanny 9 1,251 Flag

March 13, 2013

You should never give a dog or cat garlic or onion. It can cause hemolytic anemia, which is a very serious disorder.

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Question: Garlic for Fleas

I have a 60 lb. Husky and Dalmatian mix. I want to know how much garlic to give her and how often. Can I give her fresh garlic? Thank you.

By kt

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By Christina Scandale C. 1 Flag

April 27, 2013

Garlic Boosting the immune system is crucial to helping your pet defend itself naturally. Adding garlic to a dog's diet is one way  either fresh cloves (for a very small dog, ¼ clove per day; for a large dog, 1 to 2 small cloves a day). I add garlic powder or fresh garlic to their meat/veggie mix when I'm making it.

Some say that garlic powder is useless for this purpose because it has been overprocessed, but I use it more than fresh garlic and it seems to work just as well. Opt for fresh if you can. You can purchase a jar of minced garlic at the store, packed in water or olive oil, or you can make your own. Just mince the cloves, then pour enough olive oil in a glass jar to cover them. Keep in the pantry, not exposed to light.

The olive oil is good for the animal too (contains certain essential fatty acids). There are also preformulated garlic products -- www.springtimeinc.com makes a garlic product for dogs that Ive heard great things about.

From Dr. Pitcairns Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats: Garlic helps to eliminate worms, strengthen digestion and beneficially stimulate the digestive tract. Use it to promote intestinal health. It is also indicated for animals that have been on a high meat or fish diet, and those that tend to be overweight or suffer hip pain from arthritis or dysplasia.

Include fresh grated garlic with each meal, use ½ to 3 cloves, depending on the animals size. [p. 87] For your dog, you can purchase minced garlic in olive oil at the grocery store, to save having to mince it yourself. The olive oil is also good for the animal, as it contains certain essential fatty acids. Note that cats should not be fed raw garlic as it can cause a dangerous form of anemia. For more information on adding Kyolic Liquid Aged Garlic Extract (not toxic to cats) to your pet's diet, see http://www.wholecat.com/articles/fleas.htm.

For garlic, add 1/2 minced clove per day to a small dog's meals, for a large dog 1-2 whole minced cloves. Garlic has antibacterial properties as well and is a good immune system enhancer. Digestive enzymes, specifically papaya and pineapple (bromelain) also help fight parasites by irritating and/or dissolving their outer coating, along with aiding digestion. However, if you have a chronic, long standing, and/or severe infestation, it may be best to use a conventional wormer to eradicate the parasites (for many, the damage they cause is worse than the practice of using a chemical to kill them). Then put the animal on one of these natural wormers/preventatives as maintenance.

Apple Cider Vinegar In their book, The Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog, Wendy Volhard and Kerry Brown, DVM, note that Apples contain a large amount of potassium plus phosphorus, chlorine, sodium, magnesium, calcium, sulfur, iron, fluorine, silicon, and many trace minerals. . . . ACV (apple cider vinegar) is credited with killing bacteria outright. . . . Depending on the size of the dog, add 1/4 teaspoon (toy dogs) to 3 tablespoons (dogs over 50 lbs) total per day to their meals.

Itchy skin is a sign that the skin is too alkaline in nature. Fleas and ticks do not find acidic skin desirable to live on, hence the importance of maintaining a slightly acidic body (for dogs, the normal skin pH range is 6.2-6.5). You can use straight ACV as an after-bath rinse; before going out into the country; and on beginning hot spots. If the skin is already broken, dilute the ACV 1:1 with water so it doesnt sting and spray it onto the skin (test on a small area first, just to be sure it doesnt sting). If the dog has a thick coat, work it into the coat so it reaches the skin.

As an ear rinse, use several drops of the 1:1 dilution weekly to help alleviate chronic ear infections.

These health conditions and others (including sore joints and the beginnings of arthritis), often indicate a potassium deficiency, so ACV is a cheap way to help improve your animals health. If giving ACV orally, purchase a product with the mother (apple fiber particles) in it, not the kind you buy at the grocery store. A good brand is Braggs, which can be found at health food stores. If applying topically, the grocery store products are fine.

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Question: Spraying Garlic on Dogs for Flea Control

If I boil up some garlic cloves in water and spray the residue on my dog, do you think it would get rid of fleas?

By Tracey B

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By Robyn 376 753 Flag

August 1, 2011

There are a lot of remedies on earthclinic.com. I have found lemon juice sprayed on the ferrets and rubbed in keeps a lot of fleas off of them. I put about a teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar per four cups of water for the dogs in the really bad part of flea season. Also we do advantage and one of the dogs does comfortis. Fleas are really bad t his year. Salt put under sheets and on carpet for a few days and then vacuumed up off the carpet kills flea eggs. and vacuum all the time to get the fleas and kill them.

That is a really good idea. Here is the link to the natural remedies for fleas, and dont forget the flea comb~

http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/fleas.html

Blessings,

Robyn

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Question: Garlic for Fleas

By Luann DeLuca 5 65

I bought a bottle of garlic in gel cap form (500 mg) for fleas on my dog, but I am hesitant about giving my 12 lb. Dachshund her first dose. Anyone else using the garlic gel-caps for fleas and how many mgs. do you use?

By Luann from NY

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June 22, 2011

Garlic And Pets

Please consider reading up about Heinz-body anemia before deciding to give garlic in any form, or anything in the allium family for that matter, to any pet.

http://www.exoticpetvet.net/avian/onions.html

http://www.k9magazinefree.com/k9_perspective/iss31p13.shtml

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Question: Using Garlic to Control Fleas on Cats

By Tammy Wagerman 1

Can I use garlic for flea control on my cats?

By tsadybug from Fairfield, PA

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By Jennifer Nelson 1 314 Flag

July 13, 2009

No, never give garlic to a cat or dog. Please consult your Vet for a safe flea control. Read what the ASPCA Poison Control Center says about garlic: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/people-foods.html

Jennifer

Northern Virginia

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How much garlic is safe? I divided three gloves between my five Boston Terriers last night, they loved it. I want to use it to help keep fleas off of them. I don't know how much, or how often to give it to them.

Susan from Waycross, Ga

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RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use To Prevent Fleas?

Last week my vet told me garlic and onions can be toxic to dogs and can cause kidney failure. (08/05/2008)

RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use To Prevent Fleas?

When we wintered in Fl the vet told us to use a tiny sprinkle of garlic powder in their water. (08/05/2008)

By Graycrab

RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use To Prevent Fleas?

Please be careful giving your dogs garlic. It can build up a toxin in their bodies that can be deadly. Check with your vet as to how much is too much. He or she may tell you to stop using it altogether. Beware also of onions, chocolate, grapes, raisins and macadamia nuts. (08/05/2008)

By Vicki

RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use To Prevent Fleas?

I give my long haired dachshund a small piece cut from one clove of garlic once a week. He loves it and it keeps the fleas away. (08/05/2008)

By bluealt

RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use To Prevent Fleas?

I have a better solution. I had a problem with fleas for my cats and the websites all said that brewers yeast in their food and a bit of vinegar in their water is the best solution. But yes, chopped garlic mixed up in the food helps too. (08/05/2008)

By Poor But Proud

RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use To Prevent Fleas?

Hi Everyone,

I just spoke with my vet's office and he said 1/2 clove of garlic once a week is fine for a 24 pound dog to help with repelling fleas. (08/06/2008)

By SusanLee

RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use To Prevent Fleas?

After doing some research myself on giving my dogs garlic for fleas, the info I have found says that garlic can be toxic to dogs. In many cases it can be fatal to dogs as well. (08/06/2008)

By sasyblueyes

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I read that putting garlic oil in dog food prevents fleas. My dog eats dry food, so I unpeeled a clove of garlic, cut a little piece off, and put it in the middle of her kibble. She ate it with no problem. What I'd like to know is how much garlic should she ingest a day?

Debby from San Diego, CA

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RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use To Prevent Fleas?

Garlic is NOT good for dogs, they can destroy the kidneys and no does onion. You may want to google the toxic to dogs food list. Grapes are bad too, as chocolate and caffeine. My vet mentioned this to someone while I was there too. (09/12/2008)

By meoowmom

RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use To Prevent Fleas?

I wouldn't try any natural flea remedy without vacuuming the house daily, washing her bedding daily, and vacuuming her even if she doesn't like it. (09/13/2008)

By kimhis

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Before anyone even thinks of giving there dog garlic please go to this website and read the information
http://www.petsbynature.com/Garlic.htm .
After reading this I decided not even to attempt to give my dogs garlic. It is not worth the risk. (09/13/2008)

By JenSiv

RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use To Prevent Fleas?

Everything I have found on giving dogs garlic says moderation is the key. I would rather use a little garlic and brewers yeast than stuff like Frontline. Those are pure insecticides. So what would you rather do, put insecticides into your animals bloodstream monthly or give him a bit of garlic which has been used for decades? Dogs use to live for 15-20 years but since these chemical flea treatments have come along I know so many families losing their dogs at 10, 11, and 12 years old due to all kinds of ailments. Personally I believe it's the insecticides. (09/18/2008)

By Mary

RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use To Prevent Fleas?

Be careful giving dogs garlic. It can increase the white blood cells to dangerous levels, I have been told. My vet told me to use Advantage if my dog is in contact with others since she doesn't have fleas, at the moment. Also I have heard that rosemary works well, but must be boiled down. Just the leaves. Then maybe added to their food in moderation.

Personally, I would consult a homeopathic pet care professional if you are not interested in using commercial flea treatments for your pet(s). Always consult a professional when it comes to your pet's health. (09/19/2008)

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RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use To Prevent Fleas?

Spoke to my vet and she says this whole garlic prevention is just a myth, and not to ever give this to any animal. (01/20/2009)

By Melody

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I have read different postings about garlic to get rid of the fleas. Is it okay to give the dogs (Shihtzus) oil from the minced garlic in the jar in their food? I never had fleas until I groomed two cats for a friend and they were covered in them. Now they have gotten in my house and I can't get rid of them.

The cat's ears are red and raw from scratching. I dosed them with Advantage. The dogs are scratching themselves silly. I don't see any fleas anywhere and have all tile floors. I have sprayed, bathed and dosed and still they are all scratching. Any advice? I just spent over $100 for 6 doses of Advantage for the cats and two of them are just covered in scabs from itching.

By foldlady from Florida

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Garlic can cause anemia in dogs, http://www.dogage.com/care/facts.aspx/FF/40.
I would do a bath in baby shampoo with a handful of peroxide mixed in and leave on for a minute or two. Then throw salt all over, even under sheets on furniture.

Frontline spray is sold online and it costs me under 25 dollars for a couple of months for all four of my dogs to be sprayed each month, and the cats too. It is cheaper and safer and more effective than spot treatments, because sweat can lessen spot treatments.

Go to earthclinic.com and look up remedies for pets and fleas. Vacuum frequently with a flea collar in the bag. Never use flea collars on a dog, they are so toxic. Blessings, Robyn (06/18/2009)

By Robyn Fed

RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use To Prevent Fleas?

Here is the site I order frontline from:

http://www.discountpetdrugs.com.

Hope this helps! (06/18/2009)

By Robyn Fed

RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use To Prevent Fleas?

If fleas have never been an issue, and you believe they are now because of that one instance. I would probably take everyone to the vet for a good flea dip and cleansing. While they're at the vet, I'd get Adams Foggers and fog my house, also spray around the yard. (06/19/2009)

By SusanLee

RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use To Prevent Fleas?

Lorann Oils, Inc. sells Oil of Cedar Leaf (American) - 4 oz for about $24. Which is really not expensive as a bottle lasts me 3-4 years in a 9 room home. Put a 3x3 inch square of brown grocery bag in every corner of every room in your home. With an eye dropper put 3 drops on each square every day for 3 days; then every other day for 3 days, then every 3rd day for 3 days. By then fleas will be gone.

What it does is make your home like a large cedar closet (though the scent isn't really noticeable to us after the first couple of days). If you do order sometimes they will tell you they don't have cedar leaf, but insist upon it and they 'find' that they do carry it. I have used this for 20+ years, with 4 to 12 dogs surrounded by woods and haven't had fleas. Make sure you put the squares where the dogs can't get at them. (06/19/2009)

By JoanDogs

RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use To Prevent Fleas?

Plain ole rubbing alcohol will kill fleas on contact. Very cheap and economical to spray your house with. I've used it for years! (06/20/2009)

By Bama_Jypsy1

RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use To Prevent Fleas?

Sevin dust sprinkled on your carpet and floors won't hurt anything in your house including you. It's safe to use on your vegetables for bugs in the garden. It comes in several strengths. A fogger is a good idea but I would use both. One suggestion would be immediate, and another would get them as they hatch off which they will very quickly and often. I've used garlic sprinkled on my dog's food for years and no problem. As far as anemia, I've never noticed or experienced any problem with it.

Your solution is a personal choice. I can't afford to buy all of the expensive solutions but I don't want to give up my pets which I love dearly, so this is my choice. A way to test if you have all the fleas out of a room is a plate with water and a tea light candle in the center of it lit with lights off. Leave for couple hours or longer on floor. Fleas will go to the light and drown. Works. I've done it on several occasions. (06/20/2009)

By angel3210

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I have read in countless places, including here, that feeding my dogs garlic every day will help keep the fleas off of them. My question is, how much? I have 2 dachshunds. One is a mini and weighs approximately 20 lbs. The other is a standard and weighs approximately 35 lbs. I just started them on minced garlic (the bottled kind) and have been giving them 2 tsp. each every morning. I don't know if this is too much or not though.

By Cricketnc from Parkton, NC

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RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use to Prevent Fleas?

Please check with a vet because I've heard garlic, onions, etc. are harmful to dogs. (07/30/2009)

By merlene

RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use to Prevent Fleas?

None. Ask your vet for some Frontline or Advantage instead. When our cats got fleas, we tried every natural remedy, lemon baths, salt, etc. And only the medication worked. We wasted so much time on the organic stuff we ended up having to flea bomb the house with chemicals. It's definitely worth going with the proper medication from the start. (07/30/2009)

By NatashaLee

RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use to Prevent Fleas?

Please don't use at all. Despite companies claiming garlic is good for pets, in order to sell their product, garlic is toxic to pets as are all alliums.

aspca.org (07/30/2009)

By Deeli

RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use to Prevent Fleas?

I always laugh when I read remarks about garlic and dogs. Yes, big amounts of garlic are toxic to dogs but Brewers Yeast Tablets with Garlic, which are designed for dogs and cats, are not toxic. There is a small dose of garlic in each pill and you have to give it to your animals for about one month before enough builds up in their system to keep biting bugs away.

I have used these products for eight years, I breed Australian Shepherds and have 7 adult dogs now and they all get the tablets with no side effects. It decreases shedding and repels bugs. I am such a believer in this product, which I buy from UPCO, that I started my three horses on Bug Check this spring. It has the garlic to repel biting bugs and also has diatomaceous earth as an ingredient which is a natural wormer. These products are natural, not chemical and I endorse both products. They really work. (08/11/2009)

By bsmoreland

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Can I feed my dog garlic salt on her food for fleas?

By little bit from Gadsden, AL

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RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use to Prevent Fleas?

No, I don't think so. (09/18/2009)

By veda815

RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use to Prevent Fleas?

Alliums (onions and garlic) are poisonous to dogs and depending on their age, weight and health, even small amounts can be lethal to them. :-( (09/19/2009)

By Deeli

RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use to Prevent Fleas?

Please don't give your dog garlic salt. No salt for canines! Please! (09/22/2009)

By islandsage

RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use to Prevent Fleas?

Hello, I have worked for a Veterinarian for over 27 years. Please do not give your dog garlic, this is an old wives tale that it gets rid of fleas. Take your dog to his groomer for a bath and then apply some Advantage once a month, you can get this from your Vet. Good luck. (09/22/2009)

By K9cats

RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use to Prevent Fleas?

First off, garlic salt is not the same as garlic cloves or fresh chopped garlic, much less strength in the salt product, but regardless, garlic really does not do anything to rid the fleas, just gives the dog stinky breath! You also do not want to add salt to a pet's diet as it can throw them out of wack with increased salt intake. Try using Vitamin D, 2 a day seems to work.

Also, you can use lavender oil on the bed that they sleep in, fleas hate lavender. It works to plant lavender around your house to keep them out of your yard as well. We use the yeast tablets from the health store. We have a 200 pound "puppy," he is a Newfoundland, we give him 2 tablets twice a day as we did for our other dogs and we have absolutely no fleas. I would know if they were still here, as I am allergic to the bites and have not had a single one in two years. Best of luck to you! (09/22/2009)

By Beau D

Archive: Using Garlic to Repel Fleas

They say to give your dog half a clove of garlic in there food daily for fleas. Will this work for ticks also? I am having a big problem with them!

Donna from Jacksonville, FL

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RE: Giving Garlic to Your Dog

Actually I head that garlic and onions (and even raisins) can be toxic to dogs. You'd probably be better off talking to your vet before you do anything. (03/31/2006)

By halloweenfreak

RE: Giving Garlic to Your Dog

My advise is to check with your vet and have the doctor put your dog on something like Program, Sentinel, or Frontline. Don't rely on garlic alone. (03/31/2006)

By Anonymous

RE: Giving Garlic to Your Dog

Wal Mart has some garlic and yeast tablets to give to your pets. They love them, if you have more than one pet, they fight over them. The name of them is "Brewers Yeast". They are in the pet section and cost under $5 for a bottle of 100. It also has omega oils and vitamins. It makes their coats shiny. Good luck. (04/01/2006)

By Janice from LA

RE: Giving Garlic to Your Dog

Please take your dog to the vet and get dog medicine. There are wonderful remedies that the vet can recommend for fleas and ticks that work well. (04/01/2006)

By sylviecyn

RE: Giving Garlic to Your Dog

You can put brewers yeast on their food. Hartz also makes a great topical (once a month). Just be sure to check size. (04/01/2006)

By camo_angels

RE: Giving Garlic to Your Dog

If you go with an OTC topical repellent (fleas/ticks and mosquitoes by the way). Tell your vet because it can be like an overdose. And read what the vet recommends before actually giving it to them. Some of these new combos can double up, making a sensitive dog VERY sick. (04/01/2006)

By camo_angels

RE: Giving Garlic to Your Dog

Yes, onions kill dogs, as well as grapes! They affect something in their blood. (maybe other foods too). Garlic is reported to actually work perhaps, but also can present some very serious health consequences to pets for the same reason. Check with a vet and be very cautious when giving supplements to your pets and to people, too! Many supplements and medicines for people can be quite harmful or fatal to our pet companions. (04/01/2006)

By kidsNclutter

RE: Giving Garlic to Your Dog

It is better to talk to your vet first. Over the years, there has been new information about our pets' diet.

My father-in-law fed his two dogs fresh garlic every day. The dogs smelled so bad, their breath was unbearable. No one wanted these dogs near them because of their awful odor. They both died of a liver problem less than a year apart which now makes me wonder if by giving them garlic caused their health problem.

By the way, the dogs still got fleas. They had to have their home "bombed" a few times by an exterminator. (04/01/2006)

By mkymlp

RE: Giving Garlic to Your Dog

In California we always used eucalyptus
leaves and put that on dog's bed and made
a collar from the little round things from the eucalyptus trees. It helps for fleas and we never had
fleas on our dog or 3 indoor outdoor cats who each
wore those collars. (04/02/2006)

By meoowmom

RE: Giving Garlic to Your Dog

Onions are toxic, but garlic is safe in moderate doses. It takes a huge amount of garlic in one serving to overdose. I have used garlic tablets for 4 years with no problems and have proof it works for fleas and ticks. My dog hunts and never gets ticks, but the other dogs that go do. (04/21/2006)

By Christy

RE: Giving Garlic to Your Dog

"Please do not poison your dog with garlic". Please see this link from National Geographic. I used to give my dog garlic, thinking I was doing her a favor. She got Addison's disease and I always wonder if that's why. Please see this link.

nationalgeographic.com (08/17/2009)

By amino

RE: Giving Garlic to Your Dog

As a veterinarian of 31 years, I typically send people over to a store named, Southern States. I believe they have a website, too. They carry a product by Excel specifically for dogs called Brewers Yeast with Garlic. It is in a tablet form. This is the best way to provide the garlic to your dog. In addition, the tablets contain Omega 3 and B-Complex. The bottle contains 1000 chew tabs for around $10.00. (09/29/2010)

By William

Archive: How Much Garlic Should I Use to Prevent Fleas?

How much garlic powder do I give my 50 lb. dog to prevent fleas?

By Eddie from Dallas, TX

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RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use to Prevent Fleas?

I have heard that garlic and onions are on the list of toxic substances for dogs. Please check this out first. (07/20/2010)

By merlene

RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use to Prevent Fleas?

Absolutely none! Anything from the Allium family of plants can be toxic to dogs! It affects their red blood cells and can cause anemia, among other health problems over time. It is not worth the risk even in small amounts. (07/21/2010)

By Deeli

RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use to Prevent Fleas?

People, people, people! I have fed my dog garlic powder sprinkled over his food and he is healthy, spry and his coat is beautiful, and not one flea! So, listen to your vet tell you it's bad for them (but they get kick-backs for selling flea protection as well as a huge profit) or listen to those that have used it for years and saved big $$$ over paying out.

**Above all, chemicals are never better!** (09/15/2010)

By friv2004

RE: How Much Garlic Should I Use to Prevent Fleas?

As a veterinarian of 31 years, I typically send people over to a store named, Southern States. I believe they have a website too. They carry a product by Excel called Brewer Yeast with Garlic. It is in a tablet form. This is the best way to provide the garlic to your dog. The bottle contains 1000 chew tabs for around $10.00 (09/29/2010)

By William

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