Fleas have plagued dogs, cats, and their owners since time
began so ways to kill or repel them has been a constant
search. Today, with the shake of a can, the spray of a
bottle, or a flea dip fleas are more easily controlled. But
before these controls were available, pet owners were
constantly on the lookout for a better way to free their
pets of these disease carrying insects.
The flea can cause many illnesses including anemia,
tapeworms, typhus, and skin infections, according to
veterinarians. The National Institutes of Health says that
bubonic plague was, and still can be, transmitted by fleas.
Rocky Mountain Fever and Lyme Disease are the most common
illnesses caused by fleas. The last two diseases were
thought to be transmitted only by ticks.
Common foods and herbs were used to help keep pets flea-
free. Brewer's yeast, sprinkled onto the dog's coat like
flea powder is today, was used as a deterrent. Unlike flea
powders, it wasn't harmful to the dog if the dog licked the
brewer's yeast off. Internally, the yeast fortified the
health of the dogs skin because it is high in B-vitamins.
Keeping the skin healthy is necessary for good control of
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