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Ways to Prevent Fleas on Dogs

Updated on August 25, 2012

Natural Ways to Prevent Dog Fleas

  • Keep grass cut short
  • Bathe dogs regularly
  • Feed dogs dog treats and dog food with garlic and brewer's yeast
  • Clean floors with borax solution
  • Wash bedding weekly in hot water
  • Vacuum carpets and furniture frequently
  • Soak collars in lemon juice

Dog Treats that Prevent Fleas

Some people put brewer's yeast and garlic on dog's food to prevent fleas. I find it easier to make these garlic dog treats instead. They smell very strong but all my dogs love them. I use garlic powder since real garlic is more expensive and not anymore effective. The garlic powder alone will help repel fleas but if you add brewer's yeast you will get even better results. Brewer's yeast is not always easy to find. Some, larger grocery stores sell it as well as natural supplement stores. However, I live in a rural area and had to order it online.

These treats alone will not fight fleas. You still need to follow flea fighting guidelines and when fleas seem to be eliminated continue to feed the garlic treats to keep them away.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 40 medium size dog treats


  • 3 cubes beef bullion
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup brewer's yeast
  • 4 TBS garlic powder
  • 2 egg YOLKS


  1. Mix the beef bullion and boiling water in bowl
  2. In separate bowl mix all the other ingredients
  3. Pour the beef bullion and water mixture into the other ingredients and mix well, add more flour if it is too sticky
  4. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness
  5. Use cookie cutters to cut out treats and place them on a greased cookie sheet
  6. You can also make small balls and press down on them with your thumb for round treats
  7. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes and then leave in the oven overnight to harden
  8. Store in an airtight container
Healthy dogs that love treats!
Healthy dogs that love treats! | Source

Other Healthy Dog Treat Options

If your dog gets tired of these treats, consider my recipe for pumpkin peanut butter dog treats. I usually give my dogs the garlic treats in the morning before I leave for work and then give them the other treats at night before bedtime. My dogs also enjoy pretzels, apples, bread, and almonds as well for treats. The ASPCA considers all of those items safe for dogs, however every dog and breed is different so you should still check with your vet prior to giving your dog new food or treats.

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Understanding Fleas

There are four stages to the life cycle of a flea

  1. The first stage is the eggs. Dogs are an ideal location for fleas to lay eggs. They will lay eggs in their fur or around their bedding. The female flea lays hundreds of eggs and may move to different locations to do so.
  2. Once eggs hatch they become larvae. The larvae feed on dried blood from your dog as well as your dog's dander.
  3. The third stage is pupa. Usually pupa are around areas the dog frequents and not always on the dog's fur or skin. Pupa can also remain dormant for months and suddenly when a warm and humid day develops the pupa will hatch into an adult flea. Once the pupa turns into an adult it jumps onto your dog.
  4. The final stage is adult. Adult fleas can be found by using a flea comb on your dog. You may actually see them jumping around in different areas of your home.

Regular bathing and frequent cleaning can kill flea eggs, larvae, pupa and adults. Some commercial flea products only kill adult fleas and do not prevent fleas. If you choose a commercial flea product be sure to read all the labels and instructions carefully. Fleas are usually worse in the summer time, but can be a problem all year long. Some people use commercial products only during the summer months and use more natural methods at other times of the year.

I personally, do not use any commercial products and I live on five acres of land and have three dogs. It does take time to naturally deal with the fleas and there are times when the fleas do get bad despite all my prevention efforts. However, I have always been able to deal with fleas at their worst with frequent bathing and cleaning and often go months without any fleas.


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    • Ariel-Cal profile image

      Evelia Veronica Rivera 3 years ago from Bridgeport, CT

      I have heard of the garlic which I used for my sensitive pit bull last summer and it worked well, i haven't tried the yeast but that was good to know!

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      ChandiKuta 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I am definitely trying some of your tips. I feel the flee season started earlier this year.

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      chrissieklinger 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I like that except my dogs would eat each others I am sure...LOL! Thanks for the tip!

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      lupin21 5 years ago

      I sewed a little piece of cedar to my dogs collar and the scent seems to keep the fleas away. You can change it to a new piece every month.

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      chrissieklinger 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I recommend using Dawn dish liquid to bath him and then after 3 days of that switch to an oatmeal bath to relieve his skin. That has worked the best with all three of my dogs. My smallest dog actually has an allergic reaction to flea bites, fortunately he is the easiest one to find fleas on and the easiest to bathe. I am fortunate to have a junk tub that I bathe all the dogs in and I can use very warm water. If you don't have that luxury, consider a baby pool for your boxer. Best of luck!

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      Recently Awakened 5 years ago

      I am experiencing this problem with my boxer right now. I am happy to try a natural remedy, since many others do not seem to work. I have been bathing him more often, but he has sensitive skin so I don't want to dry out his skin. This hub is very useful so I voted up! Thanks!