Yes! This morning he was scratching when i got up so i took him outside and rubbed nutritional yeast into his fur, i've read that fleas do not like it. Zack, and Fluffy, seem to love it. Zack wants to lick it. So that's good too because taken internally, it's like taking a B complex vitamin and supposedly it gives their body a flavor fleas don't like. I didn't know if it would work, but after i put it on, he stopped scratching. Coincidence? i don't know. i had to go out for several hours and when i came back, he was scratching. So i put it on him again and he has not been scratching since. I also have flea combed him but haven't found any fleas. I did see one on him earlier though. Last night it was worse, i was seeing more evidence of them. Fluffy has not been scratching at all. We all three sit together on the reclining chair, but the fleas have not been here. Knock on wood. I put nutritional yeast in their bedding too.Originally Posted by Claire
I first saw fleas about two and a hafl weeks ago and that's when i started the brewers yeast/garlic tablets for pets from the health store. I stopped giving them because Zack got discharge in his eyes which i thought might be yeast. Within about a week or less from when i was giving him the tablets, he got that itchiness and then lethargy and prostration, and i'm very suspicious of the garlic. So is my favorite vet. In his blood tests, it said his reticulocytes were elevated. I read an abstract from a study on the web of hemolytic anemia in dogs induced by feeding onion, which has the same toxin as garlic only stronger, and they said reticulocytosis starts within 5 days of starting the onion. I'm suspicious that the whole syndrome he had was related to the garlic.
but, right after i started giving the tablets, i stopped seeing any signs of fleas. I was impressed and pleased. It was after i stopped the tablets that i moved on to diatomaceous earth and neem oil. That was about a week and a half ago, and i am only just now seeing signs of fleas again, so it's possible those things really worked, and would take care of the problem if i kept them up. it's trial and error.
Dr Pitcairn says there are studies with conflicting results about effectiveness of nutritional yeast against fleas, some suggest it is, some don't. but he said no studies of garlic have shown it to be effective against fleas. so i'm just giving the yeast now, and hopefully it is working as it seems to be. No scratching, no signs of fleas. It's kind of hard to use, it's flakey and messy, but not really a big deal. It smells yummy. the animals love it.
i still haven't read the article from WDJ about nontoxic flea control, i'm hoping to get some ideas from there too. it seems too good to be true that the yeast is working so well.
That is a great idea, to get a smaller dose of the Advantage, and combine it with the other things. I am open to trying the Advantage again, but i think it may have not been a good idea to do it when Zack had those lesions on him and has been having an unexplained illness or reaction to something, with a secondary infection. I will only do it again if i can't do it with nontoxic things, but it may come to that, and as Cathy M says below, a dog with a flea allergy is the last thing i want, there is terrible suffering with that condition. and that is exactly why, against my gut feeling, i chose to do the Advantage yesterday.