Natural Flea Prevention
Food- and plant-derived
substances are a healthy substitute for chemical-based products. But are they
strong enough to control fleas and ticks? Well, why are some people are more
prone to mosquito bites than others? There's a nutritional reason, and it has to
do with the strength of each person's immune system and the levels of B complex,
zinc, selenium and antioxidants in the body and bloodstream. A strong immune
system and high nutrient levels help repel insects. (source:
If your cat or dog has a severe flea problem, it is often a signal that their
health is not as it should be. Many commercial pet foods are nutritionally
inadequate and contain harmful additives and by-products. By feeding your
animals a high-quality, natural diet, free of additives and preservatives, you
improve their health and dramatically increase their protection from fleas. A
healthy animal does not taste or smell as good to fleas.
Some excellent nutritional supplements we offer include Nupro Dog
Supplement, Nupro Cat Supplement as well as the Animal Essentials line,
Herbal Multi-Vitamin Powder (overall health support), Plant Enzymes and
Probiotics (digestive aid), Omega 3 Plus (an essential fatty acid supplement
aimed at skin, coat and heart health). Both Nupro and Animal Essentials
supplements will greatly enhance your pet's health and thus, strengthen their
You can also add these inexpensive, easy nutritional supplements (you may
even have these in your cupboards right now).
Garlic and yeast
Fleas particularly dislike the flavor of garlic and yeast (nutritional or
brewer's yeast). Mixing garlic and yeast with your pet's food can render their
blood unpalatable to fleas.
Cat owners: Please be aware that raw garlic is known to be
toxic 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
Use about a teaspoon of brewer's (or nutritional) yeast daily for cats and
small dogs, and a tablespoon for a 50-pound dog. Some animals are yeast
intolerant and will react with a skin allergy. Discontinue use if this occurs.
Combine the yeast with the garlic in your animal's food, and consider doubling
the dosage during peak flea season.
Other natural repellents include vitamin B1 (thiamine) and apple cider
vinegar. (See your veterinarian for the correct amount of a vitamin B1
supplement for your pet.) The dosage of apple cider vinegar is about one
teaspoon daily in the pet's drinking water. Apple cider vinegar helps strengthen
the immune system.