Fleas can be a troubling pet problem that crops up again and again. If you want to discourage fleas from making your dog a prime target without chemicals and medication, bake them flea repellent dog treats at home. Your dog will love the taste of natural treats that use brewer's yeast and garlic to repel the pests.
Many recipes for anti-flea dog treats require the same basic ingredients. Brewer's yeast and garlic powder are the most important, as these substances repel fleas naturally. According to the Easy Homemade Recipes website, brewer's yeast also provides complex B vitamins for your dog. In addition, you need beef bouillon, cornmeal, whole-wheat flour, water and egg yolks to make these treats.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Dissolve three beef bouillon cubes in 1 1/2 cups of boiling water. Add 2 cups of whole-wheat flour, 1 cup of cornmeal, 2 tablespoons of garlic powder and 2/3 cup of brewer's yeast to a bowl and mix well. Stir in 2 egg yolks before slowly adding in the beef broth. Stir the mixture until it has a doughlike consistency before rolling the dough out until it is approximately 1/4 inch thick. Use bone-shaped cookie cutters to cut the treats and place them onto greased cookie sheets. Bake for 20 minutes and allow the treats to harden for three hours or overnight.
A variety of foods can be added to these anti-flea dog treats to make them even more appealing to your canine family member. Consider chopping up banana and apple for a dog with a sweet tooth, or adding a small amount of peanut butter, which is loved by many dogs. You can also add cooked, chopped meat, such as bacon or chicken, or vegetables, such as carrots. Be sure to ask other dog owners before giving these treats to their pets, as some dogs suffer from allergies.
More Flea Repellent Ideas
The Easy Homemade Recipes website suggests adding apple cider vinegar to your dog's drinking water, or to the final rinse of your dog's bath, to repel fleas. Adding small amounts of grated, fresh garlic to your dog's food can also be effective; speak with your veterinarian for recommendations about the frequency and amount of garlic to feed. You can also rub some tea tree, eucalyptus, lemon, lavender or citronella oil onto a cloth dog collar or bandanna to create an all-natural flea collar.