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Dog (cat) Care – Foods to Repel Fleas, Ticks, Mosquitos

In this article:
  • Supplementary Food Stuffs That:
    • You can add to your dog’s and cat’s daily diet to help your companion animal’s immune system and body naturally repel insects and parasites;
    • Fight infestations of insects, parasites, and;
    • Associated diseases;
      • Apple Cider Vinegar – Organic, unpasteurized
      • Beets, Carrots and/or Turnip
      • Coconut Oil
      • Garlic
      • Honey – organic, raw, unpasteurized
      • Kelp
      • Lemon
      • Omega-3 Fatty Acids
      • Papaya
      • Pumpkin (Pepita) Seeds or Oil
      • Yogurt, Kefir or Fresh sauerkraut
  • Additional Precautions to Ensure a Healthy Immune System

Supplementary Food Stuffs 

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) – Organic Unpasturized
for dogs and cats…
Dogs and cat’s that are fed a diet of commercially made dry dog food/wet food usually have an out-of-natural-balance(acidified) blood PH level. Disease, parasites and insects are attracted to acidified blood.
  • By adding Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to your dog’s and cat’s diet:
    • You can help re-balance his/her blood PH level. 
    • ACV is a prebiotic and helps maintain the proper acid/alkaline balance of the digestive tract.
    • Inhibits the growth of bad bacteria;
    • Helps to clean the blood and liver of toxins;
    • Helps prevent dry skin;
    • Promotes the growth and maintenance of healthy fur.
    • ACV can also be used topically to repel insects – you can make your own all-natural, toxic-free insect repellent spray;
  • Read here about:
    • Many more benefits of ACV;
    • Understand how to choose a good quality ACV;
    • How to add ACV to your dog’s and cat’s diet;
    • Daily Dosage;
    • Cautions for some medical conditions and drug interactions.
Beets, Carrots, Turnip for dogs and cats…
 
 Add to each meal one of the following (fresh, grated or finely chopped – organic is best) to help cleanse the digestive tract and scrub parasites away in combination with using a natural dewormer
Daily Dosage
  • Carrots ½ tbs to 2 tbs a day, or;
  • Beets ½ tbs to 2 tbs a day, or;
  • Turnip  ½ tbs to 2 tbs a day.
Nutritional Yeast (not baker’s yeast!) and B-Complex Vitamins
for dogs and cats…
Nutritional Yeast

A half teaspoon of nutritional nutritional yeast daily can boost complex vitamins a dog and cat needs.
Daily Dosage:

  • 1 teaspoon per 30 pounds of body weight.

B-Complex Vitamin Supplement
Daily Dosage:
  • Cats and smaller dogs – 50 mg once a day;
  • Medium to large dogs – 50mg twice daily.
You can also add other fresh foods that are high in Vitamin B complex – you can read about that here.
Coconut Oil for dogs and cats…

Coconut oil offers a wide spectrum of health benefits including properties that help support a dog and cat in the fight against insect and parasite infestation and related diseases. Coconut oil is

  • Anti-bacterial;
  • Anti-fungal;
  • Anti-viral;
  • Anti-parasitic.

Coconut oil helps to clear-up:

  • Flea allergies,
  • Itchy skin, and,
  • Supports healing required as a result of insect bites and stings.

Coconut oil supports fur and skin health.

Read here about:

  • Many more benefits coconut oil;
  • Understand how to choose a good quality coconut oil;
  • How to add coconut oil to your dog’s and cat’s diet;
  • Daily Dosage;
  • Cautions for some medical conditions and drug interactions.
Fresh Garlic
for dogs…
You may have heard or read that garlic is bad or toxic to dogs – this is only the case if garlic is consumed in unreasonable quantities. When added to the daily diet in a safe quantity garlic is very beneficial to your dog. In addition to having many other health benefits…
  • Garlic contains multiple forms of sulphur – sulphur is a natural insect repellent!
  • Garlic cleanses the blood which helps in fighting disease spread by some parasites;
  • Garlic is an:
    • Anti-allergen;
    • Antibacterial;
    • Antibiotic;
    • Anti-carcinogen.
    • Anti-fungal;
    • Antioxident;
    • Anti-protozoan;
  • Read here about:
    • How to add garlic to your dog’s diet;
    • How to prepare the garlic;
    • Daily Dosage;
    • Cautions for some medical conditions and drug interactions.
Honey – Raw Unpasturized, Organic
for Dogs and Cats
Raw unpasteurized organic honey (and bee pollen and/or bee propolis) is beneficial to dog’s and cat’s when provided in the correct dosage on a daily basis, Honey helps to protect the body from bacteria and viruses – including those caused by insects and parasites.

Daily Dosage:

  • 1/2 tsp for every 20 pounds of body weight

Read here about:

  • The many benefits of honey;
  • Understand how to choose a good quality honey;
  • How to add honey to your dog’s and cat’s diet;
  • Cautions for some medical conditions and drug interactions;
    • Do not give natural honey to a kitten or puppy whose age is less than 6 months, See section 10.0 of this article for more information and selection of a safe alternative.
Kelp
for Dogs and Cats
Adding Kelp to your dog’s and cat’s diet helps to protect against fleas and can mediate the irritation caused by flea-bite allergies. Kelp also reduces skin inflammation – itchiness resulting from other allergies and improves the health of skin and coat.
Kelp also supports your dog’s and cat’s health in other ways. Kelp…
  • Helps to keep the GI tract clean and promotes a healthy balance of GI fluids;
  • Is high in bio-available iron which helps supports blood health and heart health;
  • Kelp is also high in Vitamin C, iron needs the presence of Vitamin C to increase its absorption rate by the body;
  • Speeds healing as the amino acids present support repair of injured tissue;
  • Helps to avoid and treat thyroid problems as kelp is rich, natural source of iodine – low iodine levels are a trigger for thyroid problems;
  • The high-levels of iodine and other nutrients (i.e. manganese, folate, magnesium, tryptopan, copper, calcium, vitamin B2) also support the health of the adrenal and pituitary glands.
The best kelp is that which is most contaminant and toxin free:
  • Deep sea kelp;
  • Norwegian kelp.
Maximum Daily Dosage:
  • Small size dogs and cats – ¼ tsp
  • Medium size dogs – ½ tsp
  • Large size dogs – 1 tsp
Fresh Lemon
for Dogs
 
Lemons are a very alkaline food that helps the body balance PH levels – as noted above dogs that are fed a diet of commercial dry dog food have acidified blood PH levels which attracts insects and parasites.
  • Lemon is a detoxifier and can kill undesirable microorganisms in the GI tract.
  • Lemon is a natural dewormer.
  • Lemon can also be used topically to repel mosquitoes and other insects;
  • You can make your own all-natural safe spraysand collar drops for your dog;
  • Read here about:
    • The many more benefits of lemon;
    • Understand how to choose a good quality lemon;
    • How to add lemon to your dog’s diet;
    • Daily Dosage;
    • Cautions for some medical conditions and drug interactions
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
for Dogs and Cats
Ensuring that your dog and cat are getting enough good quality Omega-3 fatty acids on a daily basis helps to ensure that you dog’s and cat’s skin and fur are healthy and that their immune system is properly supported. 
A proper daily intake of Omega-3 fatty acids also offers a vast number of other essential health benefits that you can read about here. Remember that insects and parasites are attracted to animals that have weakened immune systems. Animals with strong immune systems have their own natural defence against infestations of parasites and associated diseases. 
I am not aware of any commercially made dog or cat food (and I have looked at many from all over the world) that provides the proper balance of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids for a dog’s or cat’s daily diet. Make sure you add good-source Omega-3 fatty acids to your dog’s and cat’s diet on a daily basis. You can read about that here.
Fresh Papaya
for Dogs and Cats
Benefits
  • The enzymes in papaya:
  • Help to irritate and destroy worms in the animals GI Tract;
  • The enzyme papain aids in the digestion of proteins and also helps alleviate allergies;
  • Papaya promotes the health of the cardiovascular system;
  • Papaya helps provide protection against colon cancer;
  • Papaya has anti-inflammatory qualities (important if your dog suffers from conditions such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, etc.);
  • Helps to prevent macular degeneration;
  • Papaya is:
  • A rich source of antioxidants including:
  • B vitamins;
  • Carotenes;
  • Flavonoids;
  • Folate;
  • Vitamin A, C and E;
  • Minerals:
  • Magnesium;
  • Potassium, and are:
  • And excellent source of fibre. 

To Prepare the Papaya…

  • Remove the skin of the papaya;
  • Remove the seeds;
  • Finely chop or mince by hand or using a food processor or blender;
  • Or use in powder form (in which case dosage would be as per manufacturers’ instructions).

How To Add Papaya to Your Dog’s or Cat’s Diet

  • Mix the papaya in with your companion animal’s regular food.

Minimum Dosage

  • Small Size Dogs and Cats – ½  tsp to 1 tsp
  • Medium Size dogs – 1 tsp to ½ tbs
  • Large Size Dogs – ½ tbs to 1 tbs

 

Pumpkin (Pepita) Seeds and Pumpkin Seed Oil
for Dogs and Cats
Benefits
  • Antimicrobial support;
  • Antioxidant support;
  • Nutrient support;
  • Are an anti-carcinogen, and;
  • A dewormer.
  • Use raw pumpkin seeds – certified organic raw is best.
Preparation:
Grind the pumpkin seeds to a fine powder (you can use a mortar and pestle, a coffee grinder, a food processor, etc.).
Use
  • Add the ground pumpkin seeds to your dog’s food once a day for two weeks.
  • As pumpkin seeds are completely non-toxic to dog’s and have many health benefits, i.e.
    • Are a good source of zinc, vitamin A and are high in protein; 
  • You can also choose to add pumpkin seeds to your dog’s diet on a regular, daily basis;
  • My dog’s get finely ground pumpkin seeds sprinkled on their food daily. 
  • For more information on the benefits of pumpkin seeds you can read here.
Dosage Seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 lbs of body weight
Dosage Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin seed oil (or wheat germ oil) for every 10 lbs of body weight.
Yogurt and/or Kefir and/or Fresh Sauerkraut
for Dogs and Cats
Ensuring that your dog’s and cat’s gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) is healthy also supports your dog’s immune system. The beneficial microorganisms in viable probiotics do a series of things that help your dog and cat naturally fight-off parasites and associated diseases…
Probiotics:
  • Produce antibacterial agents and enzymes that kill a wide range of pathogenic bacteria and viruses;
  • Help to deactivate toxins that are produced by pathogenic bacteria;
  • Produce:
    • Beneficial enzymes;
    • A range of essential B-Vitamins;
  • Perform digestion of:
    • Old organic compounds (muco-proteins);
    • Parasites.
  • Read here about:
    • More benefits of kefir and yogurt;
    • Understand how to choose a good quality kefir and yogurt;
    • How to add kefir and yogurt to your dog’s and cat’s diet;
    • Daily Dosage;
    • Cautions.
  • You can read more here about why adding probiotics to your dog’s and cat’s diet is essential.
  • You can read about the benefits and dosage for fresh sauerkraut here.
Additional Precautions to Ensure a Healthy Immune System
The following provides some additional pre-cautions that will support your dog and cat in having a healthy and strong immune system…
Your dog and cat:
  • Is on a species appropriate diet;
  • Is not over-inoculated;
  • Is not on repeated doses of antibiotics;
  • Is not on chemical-based insect, parasite preventatives unless TRULY necessary;- but is instead on natural, herbal, homeopathic insect, parasite preventatives, worm preventatives, etc.
  • Is not exposed to toxins in their immediate, daily environment, i.e.
  • Natural non-toxic household cleaners are used instead of chemical-based cleaners;
  • Does not come into contact with or ingest grass and other vegetation that has been treated with chemical-based lawn and garden pesticides and herbicides, road salt, etc.

About Karen

Dogs are my life, my work, my passion… I am a Dog Whisperer, Dog Behaviorist and Holistic Canine Wellness Adviser with a wealth of real-time, real-life experience living and working with dogs. For two and a half decades I have worked with and shared my life with dogs. My own dog pack is comprised of eleven dogs, various breeds and ages. I provide a full range of services including Obedience Training for puppies and dogs; canine Behavior Modification; canine Psychological Rehabilitation, specializing in assisting dogs that are experiencing extreme states of insecurity, anxiety and aggressive-reactive behavior; Diet, Nutrition and Wellness Advice and Plans for canines and felines…natural wisdom for you and your companion animal.

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4 comments

  1. Hi Karen, do you grind whole seeds, with peel?

    • Hi Teja, I am assuming you mean pumpkin seeds – by peel, if you mean the sunflower seed shell, the shell must be removes and only the seed should be ground and given.

  2. Would BRAGG Nutritional Yeast Seasoning be alright to give my dogs? The ingredients say: Inactive dry yeast, Niacin (B3), Pyridoxine HCI (B6), Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin HCI (B1), Folic Acid, and Vitamin B12. Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into this site to help us.

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