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    Can feeding a raw diet prevent fleas?

    By Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM

    Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM has 30 years of experience as a veterinarian. His love of dogs and passion for natural healing and nutrition led him to writing, teaching and helping people create health naturally, without drugs, chemicals and processed food.

    How good health can fend off pesky fleas

    Conventional flea products are known for serious side effects, such as seizures. Sadly, with almost every chemically-based product, there are reports of fatalities. This is one reason why so many dog lovers look for safer natural alternatives and why I often get the question: "Can feeding a raw, natural diet prevent fleas?"

    Fleas are ectoparasites, which means that they live on the skin's surface, similar to lice or ticks. As a holistic veterinarian, I've seen a marked decline in the overall flea infestation of my patients after they switch to a balanced raw diet and essential natural supplements.

    So, is a raw diet a cure-all, including for fleas? Of course not. A good diet is the fuel for your dog's body, but it would be a mistake to think that a raw diet can prevent fleas completely. It happens less often, but it still happens!

    Fleas are smelly, dog-loving, sugar junkies

    There are two main reasons why dogs that eat processed food have higher rates of flea infestation.

    The first is fleas love sugar highs and kibble diets cause severe spikes in blood glucose levels, which attracts fleas. This phenomenon can be compared to some people attracting mosquitoes more than others. It is the skin and body chemistry that makes a difference.

    The second reason is that fleas are attracted to animals with stronger odors and less healthy skin. Everyone who feeds a raw or homemade cooked diet will agree that the 'doggy smell' disappears in the vast majority of dogs after a few weeks of eating wholesome food.

    Fleas have power in numbers

    As I said above, some dog lovers worry their dog is sick when they find fleas, but that's not always the case.

    A few years ago, my dog Skai and I visited an old family friend. One of the reasons for our visit was to comfort her over the loss of her canine companion. We had a lovely visit, except that it wasn't only my friend who was missing her dog. The dog's fleas missed him too and they were HUNGRY!

    Within 24 hours of our stay, I found at least 50 fleas on Skai. There was no way Skai's immune system could fend off such a flea army. At that time, FleaHex was not available and I had to use a conventional product. It was also one of the reasons why we created Fleahex®, an all-natural alternative for fleas.

    Dogs are less prone to fleas and other parasites if they are healthy, however, there is a tipping point when even a healthy dog will get fleas and you'll need to deal with the infestation.

    Check out FleaHex®, our all-natural flea control product for dogs! 

    Recommended reading:

    10 wild and crazy facts about fleas and dogs

    What flea products are the safest - orals, spot-ons or washes?

    Flea product toxicity reports and natural flea product breakthrough 

    © Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM

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    Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM has 30 years of experience as a veterinarian. He graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1988 in the Czech Republic and obtained the Canadian Certificate of Qualification in 1995. He is currently licensed in the European Union, and his unique approach to healing and nutrition helps holistically minded dog lovers worldwide.

    Dr. Dobias strongly believes that disease prevention, natural nutrition and supplements, the right exercise and a drug free approach to medicine can add years to your dog's life.

    As a formulator of his all-natural vitamin and supplement line and co-inventor of natural, chemical free flea and tick control, FleaHex® and TickHex® his unique healing system and products currently hold the highest independent five star customer rating. For more information click here.

    Any general recommendations that Dr. Dobias makes are not a substitute for the appropriate veterinary care and are for informational and educational purposes only.

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