1. I will look in to some of the alternatives you suggest.

    It is an expensive business buying the tick/flea treatments for three Dogs!


  2. Very useful and great information. I have a dog with dry skin. Everything I have tried so far has not helped. I am going to try out what you have suggested. Thanks for the help

  3. KTaylor

    Also, if you notice that your older dog now has an issue with fleas and has sores or “hot spots” it could mean there overall health is declining. Use straight apple cider vinegar on the hot spots or irritated skin. It will clear the area in about 24 hours and new hair growth will return in a week or so. Start giving brewers yeast daily and buy a good topical flea med. Dog will feel and look great in a couple of weeks. Worked a miracle on my old dog as I thought he was dying he look so bad, now a year later he looks like a new dog and he is almost ten!

    1. Cate Burnette

      Hi JPS,

      You are correct that garlic and onions may be harmful to dogs, HOWEVER, the toxicity revolves around the dosage given.

      The ASPCA states: “While it’s uncommon for dogs to eat enough raw onions and garlic to cause serious problems, exposure to concentrated forms of onion or garlic, such as dehydrated onions, onion soup mix or garlic powder, may put dogs at risk of toxicosis.”

      The key to supplementation for any dog is knowing the proper dosage. Any pet parent should check with their veterinarian to determine correct dosage before giving supplements. And, in this case, raw garlic is recommended, NOT garlic powder which is highly concentrated.

      According to “The Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats” by Dr. Pitcairn, a nationally-recognized expert on holistic care, this raw dosage can be given daily without harming the animal:

      10 to 15 pounds: 1/2 clove

      20 to 40 pounds: 1 clove

      45 to 70 pounds: 2 cloves

      75 to 90 pounds: 2-1/2 cloves

      100 pounds +: 3 cloves

      Again, one should check with their pet’s veterinarian before beginning any new supplementation.

      I hope this helps.

      Cate RVT


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