In seeking information on how to treat our farm dogs for fleas we came across a natural flea preventative using Brewer’s Yeast, and we were very willing to give it a try.
When we moved to the homestead we noticed that we had a horrible flea problem, now add 2 very mild winters to this and the horrible problem quickly turns into a horrific problem. We couldn’t spray the area to help resolve the problem due to the poultry free ranging, and for some reason our 3 guinea (I know that is probably not enough to resolve the issue) wasn’t getting the job done! We stopped using chemical flea treatments while we were still living in the suburbs, so we needed something natural.
We started this treatment in May of 2015 when we added a new pup to the homestead, and I won’t lie, it took some time to build up in their system but we have seen a huge decrease in our flea problem. When consumed Brewer’s Yeast leaves an order and a taste that fleas do not like, which often sends them packing after the bite. The recipe is extremely easy to make, and the dosage amount is 1/4 of a teaspoon per every 10 lbs of your dogs weight. For our pup and our old farm pup, we split the amount to be given between their morning and evening meals.
Alongside the Brewer’s Yeast cubes we also provide raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar (ACV). The raw apple cider vinegar makes your pup’s skin taste acidic, which repels the flea. A tablespoon of ACV can be added to your pets water bowl daily, but we add a tablespoon directly to their food once a day. But there is a slight catch with this, if your dog has to much acidity in his body, using the ACV will not help the situation.
1 1/8 cup of melted organic virgin coconut oil. I melt at 30 second increments in the microwave until it is fully melted. Coconut oil is the binding element for the Brewer’s Yeast, and some of its beneficial qualities cover skin issues, digestion, bone health, it also helps to reduce weight and provides energy, contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease and aids in joint and arthritis issues.
1/2 cup of Brewer’s Yeast or Brewer’s Yeast with Garlic (affiliated). For the record, we opt to provide 1 small clove of freshly minced garlic in substitute of garlic powder.
Mix the two ingredients together (by hand, with a mixer, or use a immersion blender)
Pour the mixture into silicon molds, for this project we used 1/4 teaspoon Mini Heart Shape Silicon Molds (affiliated). To avoid a mess (we learned the hard way, and this is a photo of ‘the hard way’) when pouring the mixture into the mold you can use an old condiment dispenser (like a ketchup or mustard bottle), make sure to shake the bottle often as you work.
Your final step is to place the molds into the freezer until they are solid.
Store the cubes in a mason jar and keep in the freezer, using as much as needed per meal.
Keep in mind, fighting fleas naturally takes a lot of relentless work; we provide Brewer’s Yeast cubes, ACV, and a small clove of fresh garlic in combination of other natural methods. For example, we lightly sprinkle food grade diatomaceous earth on our carpets a few times a week, leaving it overnight and then vacuuming it up the following morning. We apply lavender and cedar oil (both work well to repel fleas) to their collars, and we also make a lavender and coconut oil lotion to rub onto their fur. During the summer, we will often lightly sprinkle Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (affiliated) directly onto our dogs to help immediately kill the fleas which are on them.
Don’t give up on fighting fleas naturally, when you least expected you will see effort in your work!
I am sure many of you are wondering why we would feed fresh garlic to our dogs, so I am including this article for you.