Are there any foods that naturally repel fleas?

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There are three food items commonly used as natural ways to repel fleas. Many holistic veterinarians, though, look at the dog’s overall diet, because they believe that dogs severely infested with fleas are likely suffering from an underlying health issue.
Because most holistic treatments begin by looking at the pet’s diet, a holistic practitioner would likely recommend a homemade diet made of human-grade, organic ingredients for a dog suffering from a flea problem. If you are considering a homemade diet as a holistic treatment for your dog’s fleas, consult with a licensed holistic veterinarian. You can find a holistic veterinarian in your area using the directory on the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association’s Web site at
Foods include:
• Brewers yeast: One of the most popular food remedies for repelling fleas in dogs, this can be bought at most health food stores. The general recommendation is to add one teaspoon of brewer’s yeast per 20 pounds of body weight to your dog’s food. For example, if your dog weighs 50 pounds, you would add two to three teaspoons of brewer’s yeast to the pet’s food each day. You could add one teaspoon at the breakfast feeding and two teaspoons at the dinner feeding. In addition to helping to repel fleas, many holistic veterinarians prescribe daily feedings of brewer’s yeast to meet dog’s daily needs for B-complex vitamins.
• Garlic: It’s thought to be effective because it makes the animal taste unpleasant to fleas. Careful, though, because garlic and onion can be toxic to dogs in large amounts. It is best to first consult with your veterinarian or a holistic veterinarian to ensure you are not feeding enough to cause your pet harm. Garlic is generally fed for flea repellent in dogs by grating a bit of the fresh clove onto the pet’s food each meal.
• Vinegar: One teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s water bowl each day. If your dog won’t drink it, you can add the vinegar to the food.

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