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Old 01-22-2010, 07:01 PM
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brewer's yeast

Does anyone give this supplement to their dogs? I've heard it helps repel fleas and ticks. The last two summers we've had a flea problem and I'm looking for an alternative way to prevent them as opposed to spot-on treatments. Does anyone know how safe it is? Are there any effects from long term use? Is regular brewer's yeast as effective as b.y. with garlic?

I've been giving it to Opal and Jasper and one of our cats (the other won't eat them) for a couple of months now and I've definitely noticed a difference in their skin/coats.

Thanks in advance for any info!
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Oh I thought you were going to talk about how its poisonous. It may just be activated yeast-but raw bread dough can kill a dog because of the yeast..hmmm googled it and it's definitely a supplement-so I guess I just want to say though it's nothing to do with the supplement-I always forget this when I answer 'do not feed this to fido' -yeast or raw dough Toxic Foods that you should Avoid Giving Your Dog

Anyways way off topic! Sorry I was musing

I really wouldn't give garlic-first I don't think it's that effective-garlic is cure all and really a cure nothing (Except good breath-garlic cures that ) AND garlic is toxic in large amounts-what that large amount is for each dog depends-so I just steer clear. (You can see it in the link I just posted or just google it)

It looks like-and I've never given it before-so know that I'm just googling and browsing-it looks like it's only effective against fleas when combined with garlic-as covered above-I wouldn't give garlic or yeast just in case. But I live in the arctic practically and we just don't really get fleas lol so I can imagine something as annoying as fleas' making you go 'well it's not that bad we'll try it'

Lemmie see if I can find something better-
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Here we go-you know I've even heard of this being given to rabbits (I know you have horses so you know-rabbits and horses have the most insane sensitive systems ever invented-if it's safe for them well )

Diatomaceous Earth

This might be your solution
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Thanks for the info, Mikey! I knew garlic was bad for dogs so I was confused about a supplement that had garlic. I did Google brewer's yeast and only saw all the wonderful benefits it toted. I'll keep searching for the cons of giving it. I was just hoping someone else had experience with it.

I'll definitely check out Diatomaceous Earth! Thanks again!
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This is actually something I have little knowledge on but have inteneded to look up and research.

I use Advantage Multi and would like to go to a non-chemical agent for flea and tick control.

Please post the information you get for us all. I would very much be interested in reading it.

I have heard good and bad things about both so anyone with first hand knowledge please - stand up!
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So I've been trying to find as much info on brewer's yeast with or w/o garlic and these are some tidbits I've found on both sides of the fence:

RE: Garlic and Brewer's Yeast for Fleas

The garlic that is in the brewer's yeast with garlic pills has been processed, which removes the sulphide compounds that are toxic to your dog. These pills were actually recommended to me by my vet, because my little Maltese is allergic to every other flea control product we try him on. We feed the brewer's yeast pill to him daily in a cube of mild cheese, and he is fine.

I definitely wouldn't recommend feeding your dog unprocessed garlic, but the brewer's yeast with garlic is safe and effective. Just keep in mind that it usually takes 4-6 weeks for the pills to start taking effect! (11/01/2008)

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Brewer's yeast is a one-celled fungus used by beer brewers to turn grain sugars into alcohol. The form used as medicine is a by-product of brewing; the yeast has been dried and sterilized. The tiny yeast cells are packed with vitamins and minerals that could be beneficial to your dog's health. The B vitamins are touted as good for the dog's skin and coat. Brewer's yeast for dogs is often packaged together with either ginseng or garlic--ginseng for energy and joint health, garlic for flea repellent.

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However, controversy has plagued both Brewers Yeast and Garlic, because each have been linked to having a potentiality for causing health issues in pets. Brewer's Yeast has a long history of being touted as a “cure for fleas,” but there is no research to show that this is true, and new information actually suggests that large amounts of brewer's yeast may cause health problems. Brewer Yeast can be “gassy,” and because of this, it is suggested to be an underlying cause of “bloat,” which is a serious health condition for dogs. Many experts suggest that if you are going to use this substance that you should do so sparingly, while others suggest that it may be best to simply rub it into your dogs coat instead.
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I also wouldn't count on it being 'processed' and removing the 'sulphur compound' thats harmful in garlic. The compound in question is called thiosulphate if you want to look into it more.

Here's more info on the diatamacecous earth stuff for you both

Diatomaceous earth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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We brought Bella to the vet today for an eye infection and he noticed how much she was shedding, he recommended brewers yeast and gave us a bottle. It comes with garlic in it but he said they are specifically made for dogs. The pills we got are 1 pill for every 10 pounds. So Bella gets 6 since she's 53 lbs
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Charlie's dog food has some brewer's yeast listed as an ingredient so I HOPE dog food companies wouldn't intentionally put something that is poisonous to dogs in their food. I've heard so/so reviews about brewer's yeast but if it's specially made for dogs it should be good for them (well then again...).
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I have used Brewer's yeast and garlic tabs to our fur kids for over 13 yrs. It is great against ticks and fleas. We were infested with ticks when we first moved here. I found out about BY&G tabs, We got rid of the ticks and they haven't come back. Our daughter started giving her dogs BY&G tabs after she moved here and her dogs got infested with fleas. They got rid of them and and she hasn't had the problem again. She gives them to her fur kids every day just like I do. They each get at least 2 tabs or more a day. They love them so beg for more. I have given them as much as 4 a day.
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