To repel fleas, keep your dog smelling like citrus and garlic. To make your own repellnt, put 3 cloves of garlic, the peels from 1 orange and 1 grapefruit, 1 tablespoon of rosemary and 1 pint of water into a blender. Blend until liquefied, and then heat the concoction at a simmer for 20 minutes. Allow it to cool and strain. Put the liquid in a spray bottle and spray your pets before they go outside. During flea season, add sulfur and garlic to your pet’s food for additional protection.
Fleas, like any parasite, are more attracted to sickly animals. Therefore, your best line of defense against flea infestation is a healthy diet. A diet of raw meat with vegetables and cod liver oil (with DHA) is much healthier than any store bought food. Some companies sell raw ground meat for pets with various organ parts and bones mixed in. But if you buy prepackaged raw food for your pet, make sure the meat is produced the right way. For instance, if you’re buying beef, it should be from free range, grass fed, hormone free, antibiotic free cows.