Put a garlic clove in your pet’s water you can help deter pests such as mites and fleas.
There is this amazing substance call diatomaceous earth which you can get at health stores and some garden centres. It is a naturally occurring chalk-like rock which is harmless to us but attaches itself to the flea’s waxy coating and causes it to dehydrate within 48 hours. You can rub this into your pet’s fur, I use it on my chickens and my dog and it does have an effect. Also sprinkle it around your pet’s bedding, in the cracks or your floorboards, in your carpet or anywhere else you think fleas might be hiding. You can also use it on your garden to kill slugs and snails.
Garlic/Yeast powder for cat food.
I make this up by the jar load and sprinkle it in with the cat biscuits when I pour them into their container. It attaches itself to the slightly sticky outer coating and then the cats eat it no problem. The theory behind this powder is that fleas hate the taste of yeast and garlic in their blood so will hop off and look elsewhere. I sometimes wonder if the whole family shouldn’t be eating this mix so that the fleas don’t decide to eat us instead!
100gms Brewer’s Yeast
30gms garlic powder (not garlic salt! )
1 Tbs bran 1 Tbs wheatgerm Whizz together in a food processor and feed 1 tsp per day per cat. I just throw about half a cup in with a box of biscuits and give it a good shake up.
Doggy De-Flea Treats
My dog Shirl absolutely loves these biscuits and they have lots of other goodies in them too such as wheatgerm for vitamin E and linseed for omega 3 fatty acids. Do keep them in an air-tight container as one batch I made went mouldy after a week. Not that Shirl seemed to mind!
3 tsp Maggi beef stock powder
3 1/2 cups wholemeal flour
½ cup wheatgerm
½ cup bran
½ cup linseed
2/3 cup Brewer’s Yeast
2 Tbs garlic granules (in spice dept of your local supermarket)
1 1/2 cups hot water
Mix all the ingredients together except the eggs and water. Mix in the eggs then slowly add the hot water stirring all the time until you have a workable dough (stickier the better). Roll out, cut into shapes and place on a greased tray. Bake at 180 degrees for 20 minutes, and then turn off the oven and leave to harden overnight or at least a few hours.
For large dogs (like my Shirl) give 2 to 3 a day, smaller dogs 1 or 2.
I discovered this recipe after making this shampoo for myself and ending up with hair so dry and cleansed of natural oils that it felt like dog hair. So I used it up on Shirl and her coat looked amazing afterwards and she smelled gorgeous. I think she knew it too. Rosemary is a very old treatment for hair and is very antiseptic, as is lavender. People used to strew bunches of these herbs all over their floors to deter fleas and vermin, so there is a high chance this shampoo will keep fleas away, but I'm not claiming it will get rid of them altogether! It also contains glycerine, another wonderful old-fashioned moisturiser which I use in a lot of my recipes.
Get enough fresh rosemary stalks to stuff an old Agee jar. (Always cut your rosemary from the bottom of the stalk, not half way up, for the sake of the plant)
Water - I used rainwater
30ml liquid detergent - you can use dishwashing detergent, but I like to use a liquid castile soap like Dr Bronners, which you can get at some health shops.
1 tsp glycerine (available at pharmacies and some supermarkets)
1 tsp glycerine
1/4 tsp lavender essential oil
Pack the jar tight with rosemary and pour in boiling water. Seal and leave to steep overnight. Pour 300 ml into a bottle, and then add the detergent, glycerine and lavender oil and give it a good shake. Pour liberally over your wet dog, lather up and rinse off. Happy dog, happy you, fewer fleas, nice smell!