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Best Natural Flea Remedy For Dogs

Updated on October 14, 2013

Fleas-dogs; they just seem to go together and fighting them can be tricky. There are many flea remedies for dogs but most are full of harsh chemicals that can make your pet sick. The best way is to use a natural flea control that won’t harm them.

I live in Oklahoma where fleas and ticks are a way of life. They drop out of trees and flourish in the weeds. Not having harsh winters gives the best weather for insects of all kinds.

The best way to get rid of fleas is to keep them off in the first place but how?

Keeping fleas off your dog

I’ve tried flea dip, flea collars, flea shampoo and those flea drops you run down their spine, nothing seemed to work and the smell was terrible. I even tried an Avon product that left their coat oily. Not so great when you want to pet your dog. Flea control is an ongoing problem when you have pets and if you don’t keep it under control you can get fleas in home where they are really hard to get rid of.

We tried several brands of flea collars thinking if we got a better brand or paid more money we’d find one that really worked. My dog still had fleas, maybe he had less but with fleas one is too many. He would sit around scratching and the collars seemed to bother him because he would scratch at those too. Poor dog not only had a leather collar with his name tag and shots tag clanking together but another one full of chemicals.

What works?

The best solution I’ve found is garlic tablets with brewers yeast in them. They are chewable and you give them to your dog everyday. They are about the size of a pea so not too big. Garlic and yeast are food so this remedy will not harm your dog(s).

The garlic and brewers yeast get in their blood stream making their blood taste bad so fleas, ticks and mosquitoes won’t want to suck their blood. Sorry if you didn’t know fleas drink blood, I know it’s gross information. Your dog won’t have a chemical smell and you don’t have to worry about your kids getting poison on their hands when they pet Fido.

If you had a mild winter you need to be especially aggressive in your flea prevention so your pet doesn’t get sick.

Fleas lay hundreds of eggs so where there’s one there are many more you can’t see in varying stages of growth, the larvae are too tiny for the naked eye.

Fleas can cause worms and other nasty diseases

Fleas carry parasites that can get in your dog’s blood stream causing worms that can eventually kill your pet.

They also carry other diseases that can make you and your dog sick. They are nasty vermin.

They make your dog itch and then they scratch which can irritate their skin. Some dogs are allergic to fleas giving them a terrible rash that has to be treated with ointment you get from your veterinarian. If left untreated this can develop into a skin infection that resembles mange.

Where do you get garlic with brewers yeast tablets?

I get mine at either Petsmart or the health food store. You can also find them online through Amazon or Wal-Mart. I haven’t seen them in Wal-Mart stores but you might check because they carry different things in different areas. Your Wal-Mart may have them, if so they should be in the pet department where the dog vitamins are kept.

They vary in price but all go by your dog’s weight, usually one tablet for each ten pounds. To me it’s worth it because my dog never has fleas on him, no itching, no scratching and no bugs in my house.

It takes a few days or a week to get enough in their bloodstream to notice a difference but suddenly you’ll realize that Fido isn’t scratching anymore. Just don’t forget that daily dose or you’ll be back to Itch City. Use Post It notes, reminders on your cell phone or whatever it takes to remember Fido’s flea pills.


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    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Zeke, I'm not sure about cats. You might ask your veterinarian.

      Lens, it is a safe and non-toxic way to prevent fleas and other biting insects from your dogs. Thanks for reading.

    • LensMan999 profile image


      5 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

      The metthod to keepaway dogs from flea sounds great. Though a small hub it's very informative and useful. Thanks for sharing it.

    • zeke2100 profile image


      5 years ago

      Can cats eat garlic tablets with brewers yeast?

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      5 years ago from Oklahoma

      It is a serious situation we have to deal with when we have furry friends. Thanks for reading.

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      Alexander Okelo 

      5 years ago

      That is some great advice Pamela, given the fact that fleas can be a real pain in the behind for dogs. Lovely Hub.

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks, Kasasyarn. This remedy really works and is the safest I've found. I don't like using poisons on my dog.

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      Teresa Sanderson 

      5 years ago from Rural Midwest

      This is an excellent hub! I have 3 rat terriers that live outdoors in the summer. We have timber on 3 sides of our property. So, ticks and fleas can be a problem. Love this hub for being useful and very succinct. Thanks for providing the info. Voted up, useful and shared!

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Goldendoodles, I don't recommend using dish soap to bathe a dog. They have harsh chemicals in them that can irritate their skin. I use baby shampoo for mine because it's mild and I don't have to worry about getting it in his eyes when washing his face.

      If you give them the brewers yeast and garlic tablets they won't get fleas or ticks ever. I think it even keeps away mosquitoes but still give my dog heart worm preventative just in case.

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      5 years ago

      I also bath my dog in dawn dish detergent with a few drops of tea tree oil in it and that works well

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Martin, I give my dog the same dose year round but I live in Oklahoma. Follow the directions and you should be able to keep your pet free of pests.

      Glad to hear it is working, Vocalcoach. It works for me. I'm so glad I don't have to use poisons anymore.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Here I am again to thank you for the information about the garlic and brewers yeast!

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      5 years ago

      So has anyone of you tried this with success? I have been using this for the last 5 months and it has worked pretty good so far, but summer is approching and I hope it continues to work. My directions say to double the dose in the summer, I started the double dose this spring as the fleas are really bad where I am.

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Sinea, it really works. I live in a rural town and my dog never gets fleas or ticks. I doubt he gets mosquito bites but go ahead and give him heart worm preventative just to be safe.

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      Sinea Pies 

      6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Wow, now this is a remedy I never heard of but truly want to try for our dogs. I hate using chemicals when there are safer alternatives. Thanks so much for the tip. Voted Up and useful...very UP!

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Teaches, I have had great luck with it and feel much better not putting harmful chemicals on my dog.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I have friends who need this information. As you write, all the normal aids do little to combat those little pesky bugs. It is well worth the cost and effort to help a pet stay healthy. Voted up and interesting!

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for reading, Angela. I've been to Texas many times. Your weather isn't cold enough to kill off these pests. I hope this helps.

    • Angela Blair profile image

      Angela Blair 

      6 years ago from Central Texas

      Hi Pam -- definitely going to try this as we have a long and serious flea season in my part of Texas. Thanks so much for the info and definitely enjoyed this Hub. Best/Sis

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Ruchira, I appreciate you reading and sharing my story.

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      6 years ago from United States

      Pam...I am not a pet lover..but will fwd this to my friend who has 2 dogs.

      it does sound good and useful information :) Thanks for such an extensive research!

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Charlu, that does sound like a challenge. Pet allergies are no fun.

      Kashmir, I have an ant problem too. I've fought those little bugs for years and still have fleas. I have a really big yard. I live in a suburb but it's a rural town so the lots are big.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Pamela, this is all great information to try to keep your dog free of fleas.Another thing you could try is spreading lime in your yard just before a heavy rain,it makes the soil sweet which increases the ant population which eat flea lava, i have been doing this for years and my dog has been flea free.

      Vote up and more.

    • Charlu profile image


      6 years ago from Florida

      Awesome hub I have 5 dogs (all white with spots) One is very allergic to fleas (makes me crazy just one bite is all it takes), the other to frontline (literally put a hole in his skin) so this hub is definitely a blessing. Thank you so much Voted all the good ups.

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Daughter of Maat, I've heard of dog's with skin irritations from flea collars too. Those poisons are harsh and not safe. I think you will be pleased with the tablets, I love them.

      Vishnu, this remedy really works and is safe for our pets. Good luck.

      Frank, you probably live in a city, those of us that live in suburbs or the country fight them continually. You are lucky to not have any problems.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      this was very dog doesn't have fleas.. but this will help if she should ever get fleas.. useful

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      6 years ago

      Great article. I've been looking high and low for alternate ways to treat my dog's flea problems. Very useful hub. Can't wait to try it!!

    • Daughter Of Maat profile image

      Melissa Flagg COA OSC 

      6 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      OMG, thank you so much for this hub. I've been looking for an alternate flea treatment for my dog, she's allergic to frontline and advantage so we've been using peppermint oil, which works to keep the fleas off of her, but doesn't last more than a few hours. I just ordered some of these tablets, I can't wait to try them!

      Voted up, awesome, useful and interesting and thanks for SHARING!

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      J.S. it really works and I am so glad I found it.

      Wetnosedogs, I think you'll be pleased with the results.

      Austinstar, I hand't tried cat food, that's a good one to remember.

      Vocalcoach, I didn't have good luck with Frontline and like you say it's expensive.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I am delighted to learn that garlic and brewers yeast will kill fleas. The frontline is so expensive and I hate using chemicals on my dog. I am ordering a bottle from your amazon link above. Thanks and a big woof!

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      6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

      I will try this too. Using cat food to disguise a pill or two will work. Dogs LOVE stinky cat food. They never seem to notice the pill in it. I spoon feed them a bite of cat food with the pill in it. The love it.

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      6 years ago from Alabama

      Pamela, This is great news and I am going to order it. I believe my dogs will think it's a treat since on the amazon review it says it has a taste of liver. The reviews were good and I wish I had tried these before. Thanks so much for this tremendous, informative hub.

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      JS Matthew 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Garlic and Brewer's Yeast...who would have known! I have dealt with fleas (not me, my cats and dogs!) several times in my life and have found many commercial products to be useless. If I ever run into this problem again, and I hope I don't, I will try this remedy. Great Hub! Up and SHARED!


    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Melovy, when I went to Amazon to find links so people could buy these tablets if they want to, I saw some that said they are for cats too so it must work. I'd make sure to get a bottle that said it was for cats, not sure if there is a difference but just in case.

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      Yvonne Spence 

      6 years ago from UK

      I didn’t know about this before and found it very interesting. We don’t have dogs, but I wonder if this would also work on cats?

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Megni, we can't bathe our dogs too often or it dries out their skin. If we bathed them everyday in it that might work but twice a month or however often you give them a bath probably wouldn't be often enough.

      JKenny, those products didn't work for mine. I live in a rural suburb with lots of dogs and we have an ongoing flea problem here.

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      James Kenny 

      6 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Great article, Pamela. Fortunately I haven't had major problems with fleas with my dog. But I'll definitely bear your advice in mind. I never did think flea shampoos and collars made any difference. Thanks for sharing.

    • megni profile image


      6 years ago

      Garlic is a natural antibiotic and it should be included in every one's diet regularly. Has anyone tried adding garlic water to a dog's shampoo routine? Would this naturally control fleas and tics?

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks, Veronica, I love this remedy and am happy that we don't have to worry about fleas anymore.

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      Veronica Roberts 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I've never heard of this. How interesting! I, too, am going to try it, especially w/ the incredibly mild winter that we had here in Ohio. Voted up & useful, & shared!

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Susan, my dog eats garlic in the food I cook but doesn't get very much. My veterinarian said it takes quite a bit of garlic to harm them and these pills are okay. I haven't tried the yeast powder but my dog will only eat garlic if it's in food. I've tried giving him a little raw garlic and he won't eat it.

      L.L. it's an old Indian trick, yes eating garlic will keep those insects from biting you too as well as keeping you from getting sick. It's a natural antibiotic.

    • L.L. Woodard profile image

      L.L. Woodard 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      This is great information. I also live in Oklahoma and have to say fleas are not my dogs' biggest problem -- it's those darn ticks! I'm definitely giving this flea and tick remedy.

      Do you suppose if people eat garlic regularly, it might keep mosquitoes at bay?

      Voted up and SHARED.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've been using brewers yeast for my two dogs their entire lives. My dad always gave it to our dogs as well. I buy a huge bag of brewers yeast powder from my local health food store and it only costs about $6.00. That will almost do me an entire flea season. I sprinkle it on their food once a day. Then about 3 times a week I add 1/2 clove of garlic to their food. I have read that garlic is bad for dogs, but my dogs have always loved it.

      Excellent hub.

      Voting up and Sharing!

    • Pamela N Red profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Poohgranma, I added a link up above to help give dogs medication. Some are harder to get to take pills than others.

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      6 years ago from On the edge

      50 Caliber, a writer here and good friend told me about this last year and I have to say it helped some. I made the mistake of getting the powder to sprinkle on their food because they will NOT take pills, even wrapped in a hot dog. I'll try this small pill and see if I can get that down them. I know all of the "critters" are going to be bad this year with the mild winter we've had.

      Thanks for a helpful write!


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