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garlic powder

Postby Coco Chow » Sat Apr 18, 2009 8:32 am

I'm looking for something natural for Coco so she won't get flea bites (Frontline & Advantix make her scratch terribly).

I heard giving 1 spoon of garlic powder in their meal 3 days in a row can protect them against insects.
Anyone know if it's true?
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Re: garlic powder

Postby Sylvia » Sat Apr 18, 2009 9:01 am

I am giving Sweetie these vitamins. http://www.fleaaway.com/
I've never had fleas in my yard, and if I can I like to avoid using pesticides (although Sweetie is on heartgard). I showed these to Sweeties vet and he doesn't actually believe they will work for fleas but said they won't hurt her. So I give them to Sweetie 1-2 pills a day. They are liver flavored so she thinks they are treats and will eat it right up. So far so good, but if you have a heavily infested flea area, these might not work.

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Re: garlic powder

Postby Coco Chow » Sat Apr 18, 2009 9:09 am

Thanks Sylvia, I will check the website you gave me.
My area is not at all infested with fleas, but I take Coco to the park every morning, it's not a dog park, it's like a little forrest, there is grass, trees, bushes, flowers, etc... I think there is a good risk she might be bitten by something sooner or later if I don't protect her one way or another!
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Re: garlic powder

Postby kiwani » Sat Apr 18, 2009 9:59 am

If the flea-away contains brewer's yeast, Coco will probably have a problem with it. She had a problem with the Platinum food containing brewer's yeast. She also had a systemic yeast problem (allergic itch reaction). Brewer's yeast is an itch trigger for such dogs.

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Re: garlic powder

Postby Coco Chow » Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:41 pm

Ok thanks, no brewers yeast for Coco! :D

So basically, would you say it would be ok to try to give her the powder garlic as long as there is no brewers yeast inside too?
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Re: garlic powder

Postby kiwani » Sat Apr 18, 2009 1:55 pm

Coco Chow wrote:Ok thanks, no brewers yeast for Coco! :D

So basically, would you say it would be ok to try to give her the powder garlic as long as there is no brewers yeast inside too?


Even if it was pure garlic, I don't think it would make much difference. I think you would be better off balancing her diet (lower pro-inflammatory ingredients and increase anti-inflammatory ingredients), adding the high potency probiotics, etc., so that she doesn't over-react to every irritant in her environment, including the 'frontline'. A better diet changes the skin pH and it becomes less attractive to fleas.

You might also try misting her fur with vinegar before you set out for the park.

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Re: garlic powder

Postby Sylvia » Sat Apr 18, 2009 3:38 pm

Oh yes, the flea away product does contain brewer's yeast, so if Coco is sensitive to this, it would be a problem like Kiwani says. When I started Sweetie on this, I only gave her one tablet every other day or two just to see if she might get a reaction. Eventually, I got her to what she takes now, one to two tablets a day, and she has been fine.

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Re: garlic powder

Postby Layla » Wed Apr 22, 2009 1:20 pm

I use shampoo with citronella in it during the summer Elodie. Never had any fleas here!
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Re: garlic powder

Postby Coco Chow » Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:00 pm

Layla, is it the only protection they receive against fleas?
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Re: garlic powder

Postby kiwani » Thu Apr 23, 2009 3:10 pm

The problem with citronella is that it can be a skin irritant for
sensitive individuals.

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Re: garlic powder

Postby Layla » Sat Apr 25, 2009 10:19 pm

Coco Chow wrote:Layla, is it the only protection they receive against fleas?


Yes. I don't give any heartworm (not a risk area here) or flea meds I take them out to woods, camp with them, etc, etc. Fingers crossed they aren't sensitive to it & have never gotten fleas. Millie also comes to work with me a lot, lots of dogs there :D
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