Flea season peaks around late summer and early fall. Try these homemade treats that contain brewer’s yeast, a natural flea repellent. Recipe appears in the 2015 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac, page 58.
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
In a large bowl, mix oil with dry ingredients. Slowly stir in 1 cup of chicken broth when mixture gets too dry. Mix thoroughly until you get a doughy consistency.
Roll dough onto floured surface to about ¼ inch thick. Use 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 its 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.