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Flea and Tick Repellent For Your Dog

Editor's Note: Most veterinarians do not advocate the use of garlic with pets as it can be toxic, especially to small breeds. Please consult with your own vet before trying this home remedy.
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked hamburger meat
  • 1 tablespoon brewer's yeast
  • 1 clove of fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 raw egg

Directions:

Cook hamburger meat in skillet until browned, set aside to cool. Combine egg, garlic, and brewer's yeast. Add to hamburger meat, stir until blended well. Feed to dog.

Note: They love it! Use once a month to control fleas and ticks.

By DeAnn C.

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Anonymous
February 23, 20050 found this helpful

Please be careful about what is put in your pet's food. Here is a website with a list of things you should avoid feeding your dog.
www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1661&articleid...
(yeast, garlic) Perhaps checking with your veterinarian first would be good. The recipe does look delicious though!

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By Teri (Guest Post)
February 24, 20050 found this helpful

I'm not sure about ticks, but I do know that garlic is what repels fleas. Several years ago we had a huge flea problem on our dogs, and the vet gave us garlic pills and had us give them to the dogs once a week. Supposedly, the dogs excrete the garlic when they sweat, and the fleas find this offensive and stay off. Sprinkling garlic powder on their food will give the same desired results. But this only works in the summer when it is hot as the dogs have to sweat. I understand this works for cats as well.

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I guess the old wives tale that garlic repels vampires is true after all!!!
Not sure of the purpose of the yeast in the recipe, nor am I sure I would want to feed it to dogs in any uncooked form, the hamburger is just the way to get the animal to eat it, and the raw egg actually is what helps give their coats that shiney, healthy look.
I did take a look at the web site that Maryanne provided and think you would probably be better off talking to your vet about what you should feed your animals as some of the foods listed on there are foods that my own vet has suggested we feed our animals for one reason or another.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 24, 20050 found this helpful

I read somewhere that garlic eaten frequently by cats could cause a nutrient deficiency which could be fatal to the cats. I don't know if this is true.

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I would ask a vet before doing this for cats. I have heard several places that it is OK for dogs. Still I have asked my vet about feeding this to my dogs and he would rather sell me the expensive flea meds!

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By Sheryl (Guest Post)
February 24, 20050 found this helpful

We have lots of pets and when the kids were small I needed to get rid of fleas in the house but I was concerned about the flea poison around my baby. I went to the library and learned of what I now call ''The One Two Condiment Punch for Pets"... Salt and Pepper! When fleas eggs hatch the embryo is a tiny microscopic soft boddied MAGGOT! YUCK! If you sprinkle salt over the carpet, sofa etc. the salt grains will work their way down through the carpet to the padding and when the tiny flea maggots touch it ... Well have you ever salted a slug? They die and dry up, breaking the life cycle and ending the infestation. Simply sprinkle a little more salt out after each vaccuming. The only problems I have ever had with this is it can be a little gritty and during one especially hot humid summer there was some dampness in the carpet due to the salt drawing out moisture from the air.

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But, NO MORE FLEAS! Salt is cheap, safe, and does not stink. I have even used it on my hardwood floors, but then again my floors are scuffed up and not in too good of shape to begin with. It may damage yours. Remember you CAN NOT salt your yard ...unless you NEVER want GRASS again! And you can NOT salt your pet... just the house.
As for the pepper... when potty training a kitty or puppy and they have an oopsie, simply clean the area throughly and then apply finely ground pepper to the oopsie spot. When the pup starts smelling around for a likely spot... pepper in the nose says NO! Kennel training and an observant owner is the quickest and most successful way to house break. The pepper is just for insurance.

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By Sherry (Guest Post)
February 28, 20050 found this helpful

You really shouldn't cook the hamburger, very bad for the dog. Uncooked, raw meat is the best thing you can do for the dog & cat - all of the time. Also helps keep fleas off, and parasites (worms). Raw meat keeps dogs intestinal walls free of mucous, when that's gone parasites can't live because the mucous is what they feed on.

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Dogs never had cooked meats in the wild. They need the nutrients, bone, marrow, etc. for their health from the meat. Also, don't feed them cooked bones - they splinter.

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By Will (Guest Post)
June 7, 20050 found this helpful

Dogs do not sweat.

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By Are You Kidding? (Guest Post)
March 12, 20060 found this helpful

To the poster who said that YEAST was bad for dogs, and generally misread the link they were posting:

Brewers Yeast has been known to aid in repelling fleas from pets for many years. The article you cited clearly says yeast DOUGH, not YEAST. Brewers yeast is also quite different from the yeast used in baking - it is not for creating air to make things puff up, it is for aiding in fermentation of beer. It also says RAW garlic but the article is not very good - garlic is effective as a remedy for many things, what you should not do is feed large doses. I bet if you actually made the effort you would find other web sites saying to use garlic to help your pets.

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And dare I even take the "raw meat" poster to task? Ground Beef can contain many contaminants - more than whole cuts of meat. If feeding ground beef to a domestic animal the same rules apply was when feeding it to humans - COOK IT PROPERLY. Parasites can run rampant in any ground raw meat because of the amount of surface area of the product, and mucous has nothing to do with it.

Dogs are DOMESTICATED animals, you can rest assured that no regular breed of dog who is a house pet has lived in the wild for many many generations.

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By Amanda (Guest Post)
March 15, 20060 found this helpful

can u give a dog garlic pills for humans????

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By (Guest Post)
June 8, 20070 found this helpful

DO NOT EVER feed your dog Garlic....Garlic & Onions are toxic to them!...also NEVER feed your dog a raw egg as it may contain salmanilla!

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By Guest (Guest Post)
September 8, 20070 found this helpful

I happened upon this post when looking for info on giving raw eggs to dogs. First - the concensus on the net thus far is:raw eggs are unhealthy for domesticated pets. Fish oil is a better source of added fat. Second - onions, never - garlic, yes in small amounts. If you will read the label on commercially prepared foods(a good idea anyway) you will find many contain garlic. Three - the brewer's yeast does work on dogs and cats - with or without the hamburger as it is also available in a chewable tablet which a lot of dogs will readily take like a treat. The key to effectiveness is to find out through trial and error how much it takes and how often it's needed in order to control the fleas. Just be prepared. It doesn't work instantly with the first dose. Your pet has to get it in his/her system plus, while your pet adapts to the brewer's yeast he/she will have gas - very odorous - but this too will pass.

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By Guest (Guest Post)
September 8, 20070 found this helpful

I happened upon this post when looking for info on giving raw eggs to dogs. First - the concensus on the net thus far is:raw eggs are unhealthy for domesticated pets. Fish oil is a better source of added fat. Second - onions, never - garlic, yes in small amounts. If you will read the label on commercially prepared foods(a good idea anyway) you will find many contain garlic. Three - the brewer's yeast does work on dogs and cats - with or without the hamburger as it is also available in a chewable tablet which a lot of dogs will readily take like a treat. The key to effectiveness is to find out through trial and error how much it takes and how often it's needed in order to control the fleas. Just be prepared. It doesn't work instantly with the first dose. Your pet has to get it in his/her system plus, while your pet adapts to the brewer's yeast he/she will have gas - very odorous - but this too will pass.

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September 15, 20130 found this helpful

I have 4 dogs, 2 large (48lbs and 75lbs) and 2 small (8lbs and 10lbs). So the repellent recipe (1 cup hamburger, 1 Tbsp. brewers yeast, 1 raw egg and garlic) is that for one dog, or should I double or triple the recipe for all 4 of my dogs?

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March 7, 20140 found this helpful

Under NO circumstances should you ever feed dogs or cats garlic or onions in any quantity. Both are extremely toxic and can be fatal even in small amounts. Even if your dog or cat may have eaten some in the past with no adverse effects, every single time you do it you are playing Russian Roulette with their lives. This is a completely unsafe way to control fleas and downright irresponsible. Their are many, many known safe ways control fleas on your pets, this is not one of them.

No respected vet would ever advocate this as we are very aware of the consequences. Treating an animal that is fighting for its life or having them die because their owner gave them garlic/onions is not a pleasant part of the job and happens far more frequently than you may think.

Raw eggs are not advisable either. Many people give their dogs raw eggs with no ill effects but there is always a risk of Salmonella or E. coli poisoning which can also be fatal. It's really not worth taking the chance. As the owner of this blog you should really remove this particular part of the post - the advice is dangerous.

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November 17, 20160 found this helpful

Dogs cant eat garlic!!

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July 26, 20190 found this helpful

Blue Dawn! Baths and outdoor pesticides!! Works like a charm. I love it and it is safe

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