This year I opted not to use the usual on the neck flea prevention aids unless I actually saw fleas.  I did treat the yard as I usually do.  We have a lot of Ivy ground cover and cool shade so I don’t think I could get away with not treating the yard at least once.

Every night at bedtime my Poms (and a Min-pin) get a Brewers Yeast w/Garlic tablet (1,000 tablets are $11 for cats and dogs).  I’ve been using it for almost 2 years and they think it’s a treat. In addition to containing some beneficial nutrients, it is said to repel fleas because they do not like the scent.

I also use cornstarch and Lavender powder between baths.  The cornstarch, in addition to deodorizing and being soothing to the skin, is also thought to suffocate any fleas that come in contact with it.  Lavender is another aroma fleas (and other flying insects) don’t like and also makes the Poms smell fresh.

We also take in rescues and after an initial bath with a flea soap, I have used the same methods on them.

So far this year we have not seen any fleas on our dogs, the rescues or in the house.

What do you do to control fleas on your pets?

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