fleas

United States
February 21, 2008 12:03pm CST
hi all i am having a flea problem with my one dog i tried everything even stuff from the vet and she is still scratching herself to death .she hates me to brush her and hates baths ao i chase her around like crazy spraying her. someone said put garlic on her food . has anyone tried this?
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@wolfie34 (26881)
• United Kingdom
21 Feb 08
I'm sorry I shouldn't laugh but I can't resist you know me well enough not to take offence, but I just had this picture of all these fleas marching out of the door with their suitcases disgusted that their residence has been infected by garlic! I think the garlic would frighten anyone off, including vampires, fleas won't stand a chance, if you hear little coughing noises you know it's working! Sorry again my friend but I can't stop laughing. I hope it does work on a serious note, our cat wouldn't touch her food fussy little madam if it's been tampered with!
• United States
21 Feb 08
Unfortunately the garlic would also scare you away, especially if it gave her gas, ewwww...lol (brewers yeast works without the smell, but more expensive) From what I have gathered about fleas, both here and in real life, I have many suggestions.. The first one, I don't know if it works, but have heard many people say it does. Give your dog a bath in the original Dawn for dishes. Soap her up, leave on for a few minutes and then rinse well. What has worked for me, is after I give my dog a bath, I use Avon's skin so soft oil on her. While the dog is still damp, I pour the oil into my hand and rub them together, then rub the oil all over the dog. Another good one, which also makes the dog smell good, are used fabric softener sheets..Rub a used sheet all over the dog, it may take one to a few, depending on the size of the dog.. I also tie one around the collar, to help repel fleas..(this should be changed every so often as it wears out.. I used the skin so soft oil and fabric softener sheet on my dalmatian her whole life. She had no fleas at all and she was in a back yard with many trees and weeds.. I hope that helps..:)
@webeishere (36377)
• United States
21 Feb 08
HAHAHA! Yeah the gas would be terrible. I say clean everything around the house like sofas beds bedding and her kennel or pillow etc. Also all animals in the house would need a bath to get rid of the fleas if theres more than one pet around. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@wolfie34 (26881)
• United Kingdom
21 Feb 08
Just don't provide the fleas with armbands or a dinghy and they'll drown nicely!
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@a1intnet (249)
• Mauritius
22 Feb 08
Hi Laura I have a husky and I always put garlic in his food! Not enough to make him smell like a pizza but enough to sacre the fleas!!! He has never had a flea in his life! I swear by garlic in dog's food. Usually I would put it into his pet's mince with a bit of rice and some leftovers from the fridge. I cook all of this up and mix it in with his pellets - he loves it. The only problem I have found is that ants seem to quite enjoy garlic too - strange as that may sound. I had to buy a big pot pan and fill it with water then put his bowl in that to keep the ants away! Give the garlic a try for a week or so - I'm sure you will see the fleas run away!
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• Canada
22 Feb 08
You are so right with garlic....it has been my mainstay, with brewers yeast for flea control. I just posted the recipe for cookies that my vet gave me many years ago.
@a1intnet (249)
• Mauritius
25 Feb 08
I was given a recipe for dog biscuits years ago when I took my Husky to training school but I lost it! Please give me your recipe......
@dragon54u (31185)
• United States
22 Feb 08
I'll reinforce what others have said and recommend brewer's yeast. Most dogs will take the pills happily, they like the taste. I give one in the morning and one at night and no fleas or ticks! I'm very happy with it, as I hated putting that poison once-a-month flea stuff on them.
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• Canada
22 Feb 08
I use brewer's yeast too, but baked in the cookie recipe tha t I have just posted, but my cats, listen for me taking the lid off the brewer's pills and go as crazy as if I am giving catnip. My animals beds (like duvet covers) have cedar shavings in them, too!
@webeishere (36377)
• United States
21 Feb 08
I've not heard of this garlic trick. But another thing is even though the dog has had flea baths their bedding and furniture etc in the house needs a total cleaning as well as the fleas will jump all over for the warmth. Even onto humans. So try cleaning everything the dog comes in contact with then a flea collar also helps. For the dog not you. Hee hee. J/K HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
• United States
21 Feb 08
thanks BOB
@deebomb (15347)
• United States
21 Feb 08
I have been using this for our dog for about 2 month now. No more fleas. I give her one of these every day. Our dog is an Australian Shepard to give you an idea of her size. No-Flea Dog Biscuits Ingredients: * 2 cups of unbleached flour (I used whole wheat) * 1/2 cup of wheat germ * 1/2 cup of brewers yeast (This is nutritional yeast that you can get at the health food store. It is also good for getting rid of fleas.) * 2 cloves of garlic, minced * 3 tbs. of vegetable oil * 1 cup of chicken stock Directions: * Preheat the oven to 400F and oil two or three baking sheets. * Combine first 4 ingredients in a large mixing bowl . * Add garlic, oil and stock, slowly stirring it into the flour mixture and beating well, until the dough is well-mixed. * Shape dough into a ball. On lightly floured surface, roll out dough 1/4" thick. * Using a 2" biscuit cutter or knife, cut the dough, transferring the biscuits to prepared baking sheets. * Bake 20-25 minutes or until well-browned. * Turn off heat and allow biscuits to dry in oven for several hours. * Store in refrigerator or freeze. Makes about 26 biscuits. If your dog has gone out side she/he might be bringing the fleas into the house so Borax, 20-Mule Team Boraz. Sprinkle that on your carpets, work it in with a stiff broom, let it sit overnight and then vacuum it all up, using a new vaccum bag each time--THEN THROW AWAY THE BAG WAY OUTSIDE THE HOUSE. Do this with each room in your house where there is any flea activity at all. Repeat every week, until there's no sign of flea activity in your house. You WILL go through quite a few vacuum cleaner bags, but this process is much safer on your family and kitties than bug bombs and other stronger pesticides. To check to see if there are fleas in the house put a night light in a lower outlet then place a pie pan with some water and dich washing liquid in it. The light will attract the fleas and they will drown in the water. This is a way to check to see if you have fleas in the house.
• United States
21 Feb 08
thank you so much i will try this
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
Haven't done this but ever since my dogs were tied up,I would give them baths during weekends and they got used to it and they sorta like it.
@winterose (39932)
• Canada
22 Feb 08
I heard garlic helps but you really should go back to the vet for that problem.
@catjane (1036)
• United States
22 Feb 08
The fleas will eventually go away, but it takes alot of time and patience. You not only have to get the fleas from the dog but you will need to deflea your intire home. Fleas get in to everything, especially furniture. My puppy had fleas when I got her, a ton of them. She's 5 now, and has very few. I put Advantix on her monthly. It is also good for mosquitos in the summer. Keep giving her flea bathes and putting flea stuff on her. Evenutally they will be gone.
@pergammano (7756)
• Canada
22 Feb 08
I am hoping the enclosed recipe will be of some assistance to you! I got it from my vet about 22 yrs. ago. I am also wondering if your dog might be plagued with hot spots or dry, irritable skin. The ingredients in the recipe will help that too! Doggie/Kitty Cookies 1/2 lb. beef or pork liver 1 tsp. minced garlic 1/2 cup wheat or bran germ 1/2 cup ground flax seeds 1/3 cup molasses 1 drop anise extract 1/4 cup brewers yeast 1/2 cup grated carrots 1 1/2 to 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour Preheat oven - 350 degrees. Liquify liver in blender or food processor. Mix garlic, wheat/bran germ, molasses, anise, ground flax & carrots. Add to liver. Stir in flour. Dough should be very stiff. Add flour until it is. Roll out very thin, cut in shapes or spread on cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown, about 30 mins. Turn off oven & leave in oven to harden. I quadruple this recipe & freeze once they have dried. Defrost & reheat to get out moisture. Once your pets learn to love these, I keep increasing the garlic. I feed two to three cookies per day! Has worked for me, and have only had to use perscription "flea annihilators" a few times when we have a season that the fleas are uncontrollable. The Omega 3 in the flax seed will help with the dry skin/hotspots.
@Dinolist (55)
• United States
22 Feb 08
Haven't tried garlic, but Frontline works great for my Lab and beagle. If your dog is scratching like crazy, it may be an allergy. I had a Lab once who was allergic to fleas and he looked like he had the mange.Best of luck! -Listasaurus.com
• United States
22 Feb 08
I had the same promble with my inside dogs also like you i tried everything and nothing would work then a friend of mine told me about a spary called py-80 premium farm and dairy spary this works really good you only have to spray the dogs or cats once.
• United States
22 Feb 08
Once a year I apply "Frontline" on each of my dogs at the first sign of a flea and never have to reapply it again until the next year. I swear it is because I put garlic powder in all their meals. I have been told that the garlic secretes something on their skin (although I cant smell anything) and that repels fleas. I also live in an area where sand fleas as very prevalent!
@heidibur (310)
• United States
22 Feb 08
i dont know about garlic but i have worked with animals for the last 8 years. humane society, boarding , and veterinarians and am currently a dog groomer and my best friend swears by brewers yeast. I dont know where you live but some stores carry it in the bulk section all she did was buy it and sprinkle about a 1/4 of a tsp. on her dogs food every feeding and she never had any problembs with fleas or ticks..... me myself am a big fan of frontline plus it takes care of ticks for up to 1 month and fleas up to 3 month i an an old vet tech but i know this stuff works.
• Canada
22 Feb 08
take some fresh garlic and add it to cooking oil( you have to cut or press the garlic) and add the mixture to their food. the garlic will get rid of the fleas and the oil will help keep her skin healthy. also if there arent any fleas add a raw egg to her food once a week. my mom does this with her dogs and they never have fleas and they are outside all the time.
@34momma (13918)
• United States
21 Feb 08
no i have never tried that before. but you know once the dog get's fleas you have to de-flea the whole house. they live in the carpet on the beds every place your dog goes. and the dog is never going to get rid of them until you have them gone from the home
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
21 Feb 08
Hi Laura. She's probably bitten so many times that the bites are what's bothering her. Get frontline plus. It kills the flea eggs before they hatch and the adult fleas as well. First give her an oatmeal bath, you can find that at Petsmart which will help ease her itching, get some Chlortabs (equate brand of chlortromatron - spelling) at Walmart and give her a pill every four hours or later when/if she starts itching again. It does wonders for dogs for I've had to do that with my cocker spaniel when she was alive. It doesn't make them or humans sleepy at all but man it does wonder the trick very well. After the bath and she's dried, put on the frontline between the shoulder blades and give her a pill of Chlortabs and you should see a BIG difference. Another thing, the cheapest place I've found to buy Frontline Plus is through this web site countrysidepet.com where it's much cheaper than the places I've searched. I have 5 dogs and 9 cats so knowing that, I have to find the cheapest price. lol Good luck to you and your precious doggy gal!
@Nykkee (2524)
• Canada
21 Feb 08
Do not put garlic in your dog's food. That WAS conidered a way to repel fleas but it has recently been discovered that garlic is bad for dogs and can cause health problems. I use Sergeant brand flea stuff for my cat and dog. You can but it at the pet store or at Sobeys and it works just as well or better than the vet stuff and is MUCH MUCH more affordable. An added bonus is that the dog stuff repels mosquitos as well, and that is the first dog mosquito repellant i have ever seen.