Fleas can be a serious health concern for pets and their parents. Not to mention, having to deal with a flea infestation can be very frustrating for everyone involved. Anyone who’s researched flea treatments may know that many of the over-the-counter and prescription medications are full of ingredients you may not want to give to your pet. The surface sprays and powders can also contain chemicals that may not be safe for your pets, yourself or your family. There are natural ways to prevent fleas, and one of those ways is with homemade flea prevention treats.
These treats are simple to make and the ingredients are wholesome and offer many benefits for your pet’s overall health. With no chemical ingredients, you can be sure this recipe is safe for your family and your precious pets. The recipe is simple and cost effective. It will also save you the time and money involved with treating fleas in the event of an infestation.
This recipe requires two simple ingredients: coconut oil and brewer’s yeast. Coconut oil can be found at nearly any grocery store and is becoming more readily available due to all the health benefits for pets and humans alike. It’s best to buy unrefined, virgin and organic coconut oil. Brewer’s yeast, not to be confused with other active yeasts, can be found in most pet stores or ordered online.
1 1/8 cups coconut oil
1/2 cup brewer’s yeast
Mix the two ingredients in a blender and pour into a cake pan. Place in the refrigerator and allow to chill until solid. Once solid, pop out of the pan and cut into 48 equally sized squares, as the portion size for this treat is one teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight, once per day. The recipe can be modified based on the size of your dog and the pan you’re using.
Note: This works best as a preventative measure and is a great option to give pets year round, not only to prevent fleas but to aid in achieving overall health.
(Recipe courtesy of PawBuzz.com)
Brewer’s yeast provides your pet with:
- A rich source of protein
- Essential fatty acids
- B-complex vitamins
- B1 Thiamine
- B2 Riboflavin
- B3 Niacin
- B5 Pantothenic Acid
- B6 Pyridoxine
- B7 Biotin
- B9 Folic Acid
Coconut oil benefits for your pet:
- Aids flea allergies and itchy skin
- Minimizes doggy odor
- Reduces allergic reactions
- Creates sleek and glossy coats
- Improves digestion
- Increases nutrient absorption
- Helps with colitis and inflammatory bowel syndrome
- Reduces or eliminates bad breath
- Powerful antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agents
- Helps prevent or control diabetes
- Aids arthritis and ligament problems
- Helps prevent infection and disease
- Aids in increasing energy