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Fleas? Try These Flea-Be-Gone Treats For Your Pet!

Flea season peaks around late summer and early fall, although these parasites are found year-round. Try these homemade treats that contain brewer’s yeast, that has been shown to be a natural flea repellent.

Flea-Be-Gone Dog Biscuits

3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups flour
½ cup wheat germ
½ cup brewer’s yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chicken broth

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix oil with dry ingredients. Slowly stir in 1 cup of chicken broth when the mixture gets too dry. Mix thoroughly until you get a doughy consistency.

Roll dough onto floured surface to about ¼ inch thick. Use a knife to cut dough into squares, or use cookie cutters to make special shapes. Place cut dough onto large, ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, or until edges are brown. Allow to cool 2 hours, then store in plastic bags or airtight containers.

Administer treats as you would any other treat, after a walk, etc.

Important note: The garlic powder has been removed from the original recipe. Many dog owners wrote to us, expressing their concern, citing raw garlic can be toxic to some dogs. While others have read of garlic’s many health benefits. If you choose to add it, the recipe calls for 1 TBL garlic POWDER (not fresh garlic). But please check with your vet first. The brewer’s yeast in this recipe is the most important component of this recipe for natural flea repellent.

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Kelley
Kelley
5 years ago

How many “treats” should be fed, and how often? Is this also good for cats?

Susan Higgins
5 years ago
Reply to  Kelley

Hi Kelley, give as you would any other treats. And yes, it’s safe for cats, if they like them.

Wawa momma
Wawa momma
5 years ago

The Garlic powder is for taste,the Brewers yeast is the actual active ingredient against fleas.

Misty Kelley
Misty Kelley
5 years ago

What is wheat germ n where do I get it ????thank you

christine millis
christine millis
5 years ago

where can I get been seed

Joy
Joy
5 years ago

Misty get at whole foods or any health food store. They might even carry it at some grocery stores..

Mary
Mary
5 years ago

PLEASE, can you give me a recipe for fleasbegone for CATS? Don’t think my cats would eat this. Any suggestions for a topical recipe? Thank you!!!

Susan Higgins
5 years ago
Reply to  Mary

Hi Mary, if you don’t want to use chemicals, try a flea comb and a bowl of soapy water to drown the fleas in. If your pet will sit quietly for you, that is. But those are the best for ridding of fleas. The other is diatomaceous earth, which you can get on Amazon very cheaply. It’s mentioned in the article here: Natural Ways To Combat Fleas

Cynthia
Cynthia
5 years ago

Could you send me a recipe for cat fleas Thank you

Debbie
Debbie
5 years ago

I used to sit down on the bathroom floor with my cats and remove fleas with flea comb and dump them into the toilet with Pine-sol. It killed them. I applied brewer’s yeast into their coat with my bare hands. I bought the brewers yeast at a local health store. My vet didn’t like that. He said it didn’t work, but it did.

Amanda
Amanda
5 years ago

. Garlic is NOT good for cats. It is a poison to cats.

john
john
5 years ago

Garlic is poisonous to dogs!! It may be good to keep fleas away but can cause blood trouble with dogs

Rachel
Rachel
5 years ago

I had problems with fleas on our newly adopted kitten that we rescued last October. She was half a pound, and only 4 wks, so too young and small for treatments. I bathed her in dawn dish soap and added a drop of lavender essential oil. This worked! Now, I bathe all of the cats (we have 4) in baby soap mixed with a couple of drops of lavender. It’s gentle on their sensitive skin, and the lavender does repel fleas. Then use frontline and haven’t had any problems

Connie
Connie
2 months ago
Reply to  Rachel

I’ve never heard of dawn soap, I live in uk what’s the equivalent here please?

tammie
tammie
5 years ago

like to knw more about this

FitchFace
FitchFace
5 years ago

Never put garlic in food for dogs and cats. It’s highly toxic for them! Try just mixing the brewers yeast into wet food. They actually love the taste. https://www.petinsurance.com/healthzone/pet-articles/pet-health-toxins/Garlic-Toxicity-and-Pets.aspx

Alicia
Alicia
5 years ago

Dipping them in water with dawn dish soap in it will kill them, also Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo! Also white vinegar will repel them, you can try putting a little in their water bowl or in the water you rinse the dish soap off with! (All works for both cats and dogs!)

sherry
sherry
5 years ago

For then to be effective how many and how often. I have two 100# babies and two Chihuahua babies as well. Any thoughts would be great.

ilvmy19d
ilvmy19d
5 years ago

garlic CAN be toxic to dogs. Not is toxic, Can be toxic. All things in moderation. We have treated out dogs with garlic for more than 15 yrs and never had any trouble. We’ve never had trouble with fleas. Ticks are more difficult and require a higher dosage of garlic. Some small dogs are just too sensitive to give any garlic to. But do your own research, don’t just take people’s knee-jerk reaction of NEVER give garlic to a dog. Its just not true!

Jennifer
Jennifer
5 years ago

We use DE ( diatomaceous earth). Put in on their fur, on their food. We sprinkle it all over the yard. It kills anything with an exoskeleton. And it’s cheap. We get it at a feed store. Plus, it’s human consumption safe.

Jamie
Jamie
5 years ago

What bout cats can they eat it or what kinda treats for them…I always see things for dogs…come one there is cat owners out there too w cats who have fleas

Cheryl
Cheryl
5 years ago

DE – diaoromaceous earth should be of food quality! Only use the food quality!!!

Valerie
Valerie
5 years ago

there is no measurement given for the garlic in the defiance list.

Susan Higgins
5 years ago
Reply to  Valerie

Hi Valerie, we removed this optional ingredient from the recipe due to an outpouring of concern over feeding dogs garlic. Despite our research findings and consultations with several vets, who tell us that small doses of granulated garlic pose no threats (in fact many dog owners use garlic in holistic treatments), we felt it was better to simply take it out of the recipe altogether since it was optional.The recipe originally called for 1 tablespoon for the batch.

Savannah Lee Eicher
Savannah Lee Eicher
5 years ago

I plan to make these and will be including the garlic powder. Gasp!–our three dogs regularly eat leftovers that contain garlic and have had no problems. As with all things in life: All things in moderation!

danialle
danialle
5 years ago

If you’re not using a monthly topical flea treatment, make sure to give your pet a monthly heartworm preventative.

Phil
Phil
5 years ago

We’ve turkey treats for our girls over the years and they always include a moderate amount of granulated garlic. I made a batch of these flea treats and included the garlic (1 T.) and the girls love them, and no more itchy and scratchy.

Shelley
Shelley
5 years ago

They have dosage chart for the safe amount of garlic. I believe it’s on this site somewhere. It goes by the weight of your dog.

emja
emja
5 years ago

Garlic powder is not listed in the ingredients

Margaret
Margaret
4 years ago

Does this also work for cats?

Mary
Mary
4 years ago

Brewers yeast tablets fortified with garlic also work for fleas. You see results once your pet gets these into their system month or so. They go by your dogs weight. I used these for 3 of my dogs and never had a flea issue. Find them at pet and farm stores.

Mary Stanley
Mary Stanley
4 years ago

Does not list garlic powder in ingredients but in the directions it says mix garlic powder with vegetable oil.

Iva Lindsay
Iva Lindsay
4 years ago

I have just mixed the brewer’s yeast with their wet food – about 1 t.

Oma
Oma
4 years ago

read Dr. Pitcairns book, my dogs #75 lbs plus get a clove of garlic every day, I don’t use brewers yeast it’s stuff that’s swept up from breweries floors, use nutritional yeast from health food store, I don’t use heart worm meds or flea treatments, all can cause cancer, i will not put chemicals on my animals, I have them tested for heart worm once a year, in 30 years never a positive, never any fleas, ticks or heart worm, don’t believe everything you read, research the source

Drema G. C.
Drema G. C.
4 years ago

I have also given my horses 1-tsp. Garlic powder sprinkled with their food. It helps with flies. I had 3 horses, one lived to be 35-1/2 years old. So all the years I used must garlic must not have harmed them. The other 2 are 16 & 7

Kim
Kim
4 years ago

Does the flour in the mix make a difference? I have gluten issues and dont keep flour in the house but i have other types as options like almond coconut rice etc

Meredith
Meredith
4 years ago

This is listed below the recipe.
Important note: The garlic powder has been removed from the original recipe. Many dog owners wrote to us, expressing their concern, citing raw garlic can be toxic to some dogs. While others have read of it’s many health benefits. If you choose to add it, the recipe calls for 1 TBL garlic POWDER. But please check with your vet first. The brewer’s yeast in this recipe is the most important component of this recipe for natural flea repellent.

Kari
Kari
4 years ago

I’m going to try this with olive oil and vegetable broth. My dog is allergic to chicken…

Kari
Kari
4 years ago

Kelley, wheat germ is in the cereal isle. Usually near the top.

Shirley Woods
Shirley Woods
4 years ago

Can active dry yeast be used in place of brewers yeast?

L.shel.
L.shel.
4 years ago
Reply to  Shirley Woods

I would strongly suggest NOT using active dry yeast, as it can be incredibly toxic to dogs. Use only brewers yeast.

Susan Higgins
4 years ago
Reply to  L.shel.

L.shel – that is correct. Brewer’s yeast, or “nutritional yeast” is a completely different source. What the Heck Is Nutritional Yeast?

Shirley Woods
Shirley Woods
4 years ago

Is the flour called for plain or self-rising?

David Landers
David Landers
4 years ago

Many Treats and how often should be given?

Gwynn
Gwynn
4 years ago

How often do you give these treats and does this work on cats?

Kim j
Kim j
4 years ago

Doesn’t work in Texas. 🙁

Connie Clark
Connie Clark
4 years ago

Hey Kim J from Texas…I live in the Houston area and the fleas are horrible. What have you used that is successful? 2 dogs with fleas are enough to drive a nondrinker to be an alcoholic.

Connie
Connie
4 years ago

2 dogs & 1 cat inside–1 cat outside. Had a horrible flea infestation after moving into current home. Bought & applied beneficial nematodes last summer & this spring. Zero fleas on any of the animals. Completely non toxic to people & animals. Best money I’ve ever spent.

Sharon from texas
Sharon from texas
4 years ago
Reply to  Connie

Hi Connie. Where do you buy this stuff and if you don’t mind how much is it? I have 1 cat that is in/out, 1 only inside, and right now 3 babies trying to fi homes for homes for. All have fleas bad.

Carol Morris
Carol Morris
4 years ago
Reply to  Connie

Where can I get nematodes and how were they applied?

Vicki
Vicki
4 years ago

I have been a licensed dept of agriculture dog bakery for the past 12 years. They monitor every ingredient I put in every treat. Garlic is safe for dogs, most people assume that because it is part of the onion family it is toxic to dogs but that is untrue.

Bob
Bob
4 years ago
Reply to  Vicki

I think the garlic depends on the dog. I gave our 13 lb dog some garlic powder according to her weight and she spent the next 24 hrs throwing up. The only thing different she had was the garlic.

Julie
Julie
4 years ago
Reply to  Vicki

I am a certified veterinary technician that works as a ER nurse and I run a blood bank. Garlic is not ok for your dog. Any plant in the onion family is not ok for your dog. In small quanties it won’t do permanent damage but it is harmful. Onion/garlic ingestion causes Heinz body anemia. If your dog has enough of a reaction, the red blood cells in the body won’t work properly and won’t be able to circulate oxygen throughout the body. Further more, your pet my need a transfusion. At home remidies like these don’t work for fleas anyways. You pet should be on proper flea and tick preventatives.

pauline blackburn
pauline blackburn
4 years ago

I have seven cats every day I use a comb on them but still they havev fleas can anyone help

Abigail
Abigail
4 years ago

I’ve used Apple cider vinegar in small amounts. I’ve been told you can soak them in it; but my cats hate baths and I hate getting scratched up. Hehe… so I give them small drops..

Susan Higgins
4 years ago

Hi Pauline Blackburn: Try some of these remedies here: Natural Ways To Combat Fleas

Scott
Scott
4 years ago

Does this formula protect the dogs from mosquitoes as well? Southern Mississippi, and we have lots of them, nearly year around.

kactuskandy
kactuskandy
3 years ago

Hi Carol. Try http://www.arbico.com This is a great company for all natural needs

off2florida2
off2florida2
3 years ago

Is it safe to substitute the brewers yeast with Active Dry Yeast when preparing the flea-be-gone treats? And if so, what would the measurement be?

Susan Higgins
3 years ago
Reply to  off2florida2

Hi off2florida2 – No, do NOT substitute active dry yeast. This is a completely different product as brewer’s yeast. Take a look at this article here: What the Heck Is Nutritional Yeast?
We have also emailed you this information.

Jennifer
Jennifer
3 years ago

Ok I’m a little lost here, everything I’ve read says use “brewers yeast”, but there is one hitch to this for me. I live in a really small town and no brewers yeast to be found anywhere within 60 miles of me. This is frustrating because I don’t use chemicals on either my 9 yr old beagle or my 5 yr old shizuterrior mix. What is another way to rid my two babies of their flea problem. If I got to bake it, cook it, or whatever I have no problem doing so. My beagle is diabetic so whatever it is has to be suitable for her as well as my mixed male. If anyone knows of anything that will work please please help it will be so appreciated.

Susan Higgins
3 years ago
Reply to  Jennifer

Hi Jennifer, you can buy “nutritional yeast” or “brewers yeast” online if you can’t find it in stores; https://www.amazon.com/Bobs-Red-Mill-Large-Flake/dp/B000WLCHDA/ref=sr_1_7_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1489504802&sr=1-7&keywords=nutritional%2Byeast&th=1

Jennifer
Jennifer
3 years ago

How can this be modified for cats?

Susan Higgins
3 years ago
Reply to  Jennifer

Hi Jennifer, because of the size of the biscuits, they are not suitable for cats. If you broke them up, you might end up with sharp edges. And keep in mind, if you have an infestation, these treats won’t help with that, they’re just a gentle way to make your pets unappealing to fleas. Good luck!