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Hi all! I have been doing a lot of research on natural ways to prevent fleas because when I get a dog I will do it the natural way. I have seen so many things, from amber collars, brewer's yeast tablets, to essential oils. I was wondering if anyone here has used natural prevention and if you have, would you be willing to share what you have used and if it worked well for you?

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I don't use any flea preventatives, and my dog has never had fleas. I prefer to rely on a healthy immune system, gained through a healthy species appropriate diet and no artificial immune disruptors. Fleas, ticks and mosquitos are not attracted to a healthy host because a healthy immune system is able to annihilate their off-spring. Many in the natural rearing community can attest to this, having their raw fed, non-vaxxed or minimally-vaxxed animals exposed to fleas but never having them get infested. They might see two or three fleas hitching a ride on their dog after being in contact with an affected animal, but they are generally gone within a couple of days never to return, whereas the conventionally cared for animals, despite being given preventives, are infested.

Shirley's Wellness Cafe has quite a bit about natural flea/tick preventatives and solutions.

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I feed a clove of garlic with his meal every other day and have had no problems. He's raw fed (PMR), so I probably wouldn't need to be feeding anything specifically for fleas typically, but we care for a colony of stray and feral cats, a couple of whom like to come inside in the evenings to eat. So the garlic is a precaution.
 

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When we got our girl in June she was covered in fleas, despite her super-short hair and no undercoat. She was given Advantage at that time.

Since then we haven't used any flea treatments. However I do give her brewer's yeast every day, add 1/2 tsp ACV to her morning meal, and after her monthly bath I pour a 50/50 rinse of vinegar and water over her.

We spent the summer at the beach and in parks, and we visit other dogs, and she hasn't had any fleas. Several people have asked what treatment I use as fleas have been really bad here this year and they can't get rid of them, so I'm pretty confident that the BY/ACV/Vinegar combo helps.
 
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Thank you all for the replies! I will be sure to keep this all in mind when the time comes for me to get a dog.
 

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I use Springtime's Bug-off Garlic granules daily. I previously used fresh garlic, but honestly, the granules are simply more convenient! We've had great success. No fleas since Lena has been on garlic, even though there was an outbreak in our house - the other dog in the house had many fleas (he was on topical prevention), and the dog that frequently visited even had a few (she was on tablet prevention).

Having an overall healthy dog will really be some of your biggest prevention, though. Quality diet, good exercise, that's all part of it!
 
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