Q: garlic powder for fleas?

September 22, 2008 | By cynthia w. | 19 answers | Expired: 2681 days ago

I was told to put garlic powder in my dogs food to help with fleas. Is this correct? we used flea powder and hartz flea misture.

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Sep 25, 2008

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The Use of Garlic & Onion in Dogs and Cats
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.

Garlic and onion belong to the plant species Allium. Garlic has been used by humans as a food flavoring, blood purifier, antibiotic, and antiparasitic drug.

Both garlic and onion can be toxic to dogs, cats, and other animals. Cats appear to be more sensitive than dogs. In dogs and cats, onions and garlic can cause a breakdown of the red blood cells, resulting in Heinz body anemia. The bulbs, bulbets, flowers, and stems of the garlic and onion can all be toxic. There are some human baby foods that have onion in them, and it is not recommended to feed them to pets. The very small amounts of garlic that are present in some commercial pet foods have not been shown to cause any problems.

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Sep 28, 2008

I've heard of (and used) garlic powder in horses' feed to help with flies, but have not heard of any use of garlic (internal or exteral) for cats/dogs and fleas. One year many years ago, however, based on a scientific study I did a science project on putting cinnamon on cats and dogs as flea prevention, and it did seem to work.

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Lauri C.

Sep 25, 2008

Please, please, please, throw away the Hartz. It's poison, pure and simple. If you have a bad infestation, you probably do need Frontline or Advantage. If you are just trying to prevent fleas, garlic can be effective. Use fresh garlic, not powder Grate 1/2 to 1 clove per meal and mix in Brewer's yeast, into your pet's food. (Check out Dr Pitcairn's guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats.) You can also try a lemon rinse. Put 1/4 fresh lemon, including peel, in a pot of boiling water and let steep overnight. Use a sponge to apply to your dog. You can do this as often as every day.
The most important thing, no matter which method you choose, is to clean!
Wash your pet's bedding at least weekly in hot, soapy water.
Vacuum at least every other day, and throw out the bag immediately after vacuuming.
Keep your lawn short, and water it regularly.
Bathe your dog!
Good, luck. And remember, fleas can cause tapeworms, so be sure to discuss this possibility with your vet.

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