The Best Natural Flea Prevention Dog Treats

Nothing is worse than a dog (and a house) that’s infested with fleas. With my Homemade Flea Prevention Dog Treats,  you can keep  your beloved fur-baby flea free, without any of the toxic side effects or hassles of conventional flea treatments!

Homemade Flea Prevention Dog Treats {Grain-Free & 2 Ingredients}

I first making & using these flea prevention treats back in 2014 and while things have definitely changed in our lives, but we are still preventing flea infestations and deter ticks without using toxic sprays, collars or chemicals on our dog(s).

For those of you whom may not know originally I developed these for our black lab, Hercules.

Homemade Flea Prevention Dog Treats {2 Ingredients} - Say goodbye to toxic flea treatments!

For roughly a year I was giving him the ingredients in these treats separately, as a part of how we keep Hercules Flea Free, but then I had the brilliant idea to combine them to make it even more convenient! By combining coconut oil and brewers yeast, using the same idea behind my Perfectly Portioned Coconut Oil, I’ve created the prefect Homemade Flea Prevention Dog Treats!

And perhaps the best part is, DOGS (and cats) love Flea Prevention Dog Treats!!

Homemade Flea Prevention Dog Treats {Grain-Free & 2 Ingredients}

What about Cats??

I also give my cats some of this combination in a small bowl near their food and they lick it when they feel like it – I don’t give them a specific does at all because, well…. cats are fickle creatures. And I feel very strongly that animals instinctively know what they need! Sometimes our cats lick it up quickly, other times it will sit around for a couple weeks – regardless it’s astonishing that our indoor/outdoor cats are also FLEA FREE without using any other flea preventions or treatments!

Homemade Flea Prevention Dog Treats {Grain-Free & 2 Ingredients}


Brewers Yeast – Not to be confused with any other type of yeast, Brewers Yeast, is an inactive yeast that is a popular dietary supplement. Brewers Yeast has several uses for dogs. It is a source of B vitamins such as biotin, trace minerals such as zinc, proteins and amino acids. The amino acids and vitamins can help make a dog’s skin healthier and its coat shinier. Brewers Yeast is often recommended by holistic vets to help strengthen dogs’ immune systems.

Homemade Flea Prevention Dog Treats {2 ingredient & grain-free}

According to the Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care, Brewers Yeast was shown to protect chickens from salmonella-tainted feed. Brewers Yeast is also a common natural remedy for dogs with fleas.. It is believed to work against fleas because it contains sulfur compounds that make your dog less palatable to them. It’s recommended to give ½ teaspoon Brewer’s yeast daily per 10 pounds of body weight. I also use Brewers Yeast in my Frosty Pumpkin Dog Treats {for fall itchy skin}

Homemade Flea Prevention Dog Treats {Grain-Free & 2 Ingredients}


The coconut, also known as the “tree of life”, has been found to have many benefits not only for humans, but for our best friends as well. Many diseases and ailments, like yeast infections, smelly coats, hot spots, cuts that have been infected, and even cracked paws, can all be cured with just a jar of coconut oil. When all forms of diet remedies have failed, then it is time to try out this miracle natural medicine for your dog. Lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid, can help prevent bacterial and viral infections. This is most commonly found in a mother’s milk and builds the immune system. Fortunately, dogs can benefit from the same kind of protection and health advantages it gives throughout their lives.

In addition to preventing flea infestations, there are many other benefits of coconut oil for dogs. coconut oil can potentially reduce cancer risks. It also improves the digestion of your dog and becomes medicine for most digestive upsets. The thyroid function is also kept normal with coconut oil. It can give your dog a smooth glossy coat, as well as healthy, supple skin. Yeast and fungal infections are also treated and prevented through the use of coconut oil. Arthritis and similar pains can also be minimized or treated. Coconut oil can also balance your dog’s metabolism rate to keep his weight under control. Another area in which amazing results have been attained is in prevention of parasitic infestations, and apparently curing the problem in many instances. As described in an article on the website:

Coconut oil may provide an effective defense against many troublesome parasites including giardia. Like bacteria and fungi, giardia can’t stand up against MCFA found in coconut oil. Research has confirmed the effectiveness of MCFA in destroying giardia and possibly other protozoa.5,6,7 By using coconut oil and other coconut products every day, you may be able to destroy giardia before it can establish a toehold.

Coconut oil can be given internally or applied externally, and can provide remedies for many skin infections. It can disinfect cuts and improve your dog’s general skin and coat condition, making it healthier. Wounds also heal faster with coconut oil, and it helps to deodorize your dog’s skin and clear up some rashes as well.  Many vets and researchers today are recommending the regular use of coconut oil for dogs and many other pets as an excellent source of nutrients, which keeps your dog in good health.

The recommended dose is roughly 1 teaspoon of coconut oil daily per 10 pounds of body weight.

Homemade Flea Prevention Dog Treats {Grain-Free & 2 Ingredients}

Yours in Health,

Hayley Ryczek
Homemade Flea Prevention Dog Treats {Grain-Free & 2 Ingredients}

Homemade Flea Prevention Dog Treats

With my Homemade Flea Prevention Dog Treats, you can keep  your beloved fur-baby flea free, without any of the toxic side effects or hassles of conventional flea treatments!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
chilling time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 48 treats



  • Combine melted coconut oil and brewers yeast together in your blender. Blend for roughly 10 seconds until smooth.
  • Transfer blended mixture into a plastic condiment bottle (trim tip to 1/4 inch opening) and use to fill 2 – small paw print silicone pans.
    Homemade Flea Prevention Dog Treats {Grain-Free & 2 Ingredients}
  • Chill in the refrigerator or freezer until set & solid.
    Homemade Flea Prevention Dog Treats {Grain-Free & 2 Ingredients}
  • Remove from the pan and store in refrigerator or freezer for up to 6 months.
    Homemade Flea Prevention Dog Treats {Grain-Free & 2 Ingredients}


*1/8 cup = 2 tablespoons
Give up to 1 small paw print Flea Prevention Dog Treat per 10 pounds of body weight daily.
For dogs under 10 pounds, give 1 treat every other day.


Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg
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**Special Note** this post was originally published in 2013 and was updated on 11-10-2015 ** I updated it with ingredient measurements since many readers were having difficulty calculating out serving sizes. For each 10 pounds of body weight, give 1 teaspoon coconut oil and 1/2 teaspoon brewers yeast daily. You can modify the recipe as needed for using different size/shaped treats.

**October 31, 2018 update** Both of our dogs; Hercules 5 & Argos 2, are still 100% flea free by using these treats as our ONLY flea prevention method.

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  1. 5 stars
    I can sense your frustration when you have answered the same questions many times. Maybe a Faqs Sheet at the beginning of the post might help. By the way, you are a legend. I cannot believe how much pet products are priced through the roof (I priced a bottle of flea shampoo/skin softener – $109.00 for a litre!) I am sticking with my coconut oil shampoo & diatomaceous earth rub. My dog loves these treats and would not leave me alone when I was making them. Cheers, Marie

  2. 5 stars
    I made this recipe, got the silicone mold (small bone). They were adorable in the mold.
    However, when I coped them out, they broke in half. I put a tray in the fridge and one in the freezer.
    They both broke. Any suggestion?

    1. Occasionally if I’m really rough pushing them out one will break but it’s rare. Make sure you fill each mold to the top and are careful when you remove them

  3. I remember my precious mom gave me a recipe for mug cupcake and it save me from wasting the whole big cake. Thanks mom in heaven for the mug cupcake. Than you for reminding me.

  4. Thank you so much for the information and it will help me save money for the small dogs and cats. Where can I find cute dogs paws silicone mold?

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you! I’ve been looking for a wholistic way to treat fleas. My cats are not outdoor cats… other than theygo through a flap in my window to be inside their “Catio”. I noticed one cat scratching and found a flea. I did the topical flea treatment but they always start licking each other in the neck area where the treatment was applied. Scary. I do hope this makes a difference. Thanks again

  6. Hello, I couldn’t find what u recommended for brewers yeast but found brewer yeast powder in the baby section of my store (it helps with lactation) can I use this? Says it can be mixed in smoothies, sprinkled in foods, etc

        1. The measurements are very close, it doesn’t make a huge difference. I personally think it’s easier to measure it melted.

    1. Not at all intending to be rude, but I’ve answered this question countless times within these comments.

      2 ingredients
      2 layers

      We combine them so the dry ingredient becomes wet and they go into the mold easily.

      When they chill, the dry ingredient settles. So the 2 ingredients create two adorable layers.

      One ingredient is white, one ingredient is brown.

  7. Are your dogs outside dogs or inside dogs? We have fleas on the animals, on the porch, and in the house!

    1. They live in our home with us. It can be so difficult to get the fleas under control when you have in infestation, I’m sorry that’s happening for you.

  8. 5 stars
    Thank you. I’m so glad I read this. I will be ordering Brewer yeast today to make these treat for my dog. I’m always looking for natural ingredients to use instead of these harsh chemicals and unhealthy ingredients to use on my dog.

    1. There are 2 ingredients, they combine while you are pouring them into the mold then natural separate into pretty layers as they chill.

  9. Do your dogs go outside regularly to potty? Have you treated the ground for fleas as well? My dog is an inside did. But enjoys being outside 1/2 of the day.

    1. Our dogs spend lots of time outside, we do not treat our yard (3+ acres) we also spend weekends camping with our dogs and do lots of hiking.

  10. How long are they good for? Like, I have 3 dogs that are over 60lb and I would like to make a bulk size of this. I just don’t want it to go bad within 2 days being out.

  11. 5 stars
    OMG, this is a miracle,I have a 17 lb. Shih Tzu Caesar That is the Fussiest dog in the world I guarantee you,he has had every dog food that they make eats it a couple times and then does not want it anymore I have to keep changing his food to get him to eat which is not good for his little stomach anyways I made these and I figured he is not going to eat these cause he is so fussy but he loved him and wanted more and I didn’t give him any more I don’t know if too many of them would make him sick or not.But I made these cautiously thinking he is not going to eat him but he did he loves it

  12. How many of the large bone ones would you give to a 70lb lab and a 130lb Great Pyrenees?

    1. I’d estimate 1 large bone for every 30-40 pounds – I’d start on the higher end and reduce after a few weeks. 3 for your lab and 6 for your GP – there is no risk with higher doses

  13. I have a question. Can naturally debittered brewer’s yeast be used? Would it alter the effectiveness?

  14. 5 stars
    Is it possible to substitute nutritional yeast for brewer’s yeast? Would it be as effective as a flea deterrent?

  15. 5 stars
    Just made these the other day for my great dane and two pomeranians and they love them. Thank You for sharing.

    1. How many do you give your Great Dane ? Our Buck weighs118lbs.Also did your Dane get any potty problems from it in the begining ?

      Thank you

      Kathy MacKenzie

      1. The only potential digestive issues are if your dog eats a no fat or low fat diet, in that case just slowly increase the dose 😘

  16. Okay, I only just saw the comments after I posted my questions/comment. So that you don’t have to post the same answers “countless” more times, please just ignore my first comment, I have no desire to annoy you anymore than you plainly already are.
    However, for what it’s worth, I would love to see the title of your post be “Dog & Cat Treats”, as opposed to dogs only. Many cat owners will skip over it entirely, as I almost did myself, believing it works for dogs only.

  17. So many times these recipes are geared for dogs only. Please suggest (1) How much to give for cats, who are often less than 10 lbs., and (2) How I can make them up in smaller pieces for cats? I am a cat only household at the moment.
    Also, where did you buy the paw-print baking pan, so cute?!

    1. The dose isn’t critical. I give our cat a little jar of the mixture that’s solidified and let her intuitively enjoy it. The paw pan is linked in the recipe card and post.

  18. I know this is an old post so I hope you still monitor. Can you mix these 2 ingredients with others to make treats? I already make a pumpkin/peanut butter treat for my dogs. I would like to add this to that to get the added flea protection.

    1. This is one of my most popular posts, while it’s been on my site it’s definitely one that I monitor daily.
      You are welcome to create any recipe using these ingredients.

  19. Hi Haley,

    I’ve been reading through your comments and noticed that in 2017 someone posted about the dangers of gluten in Brewers yeast. You responded that this yeast doesn’t contain gluten. However, the yeast I received from Amazon today clearly states that it contains wheat and barley and was made in a facility that also processes grains (among other things). Brewers yeast is a by-product of the barley used to make beer. The brand in your recipe specifically states ‘gluten free’. Unfortunately, I can’t find any gluten free ones on Amazon. Would this be safe to use?

  20. Can I use Anthony’s Brewer’s Yeast, 1 lb, Made in USA, Gluten Free, Unflavored and Unsweetened for is recipe?

      1. 5 stars
        I was wondering how many treats should i give my 100Ib dog ?

        can I put the mixture in regular ice cube trays ? If so how many should I give him ? Hes a German Shepard

        1. The quantity you give your dog is determined by the size of the treat. So unless you are using the same size treat as me I can’t calculate it

  21. I used the link you provided for the paw print molds. Hard to tell from photo on Amazon, but these seem to be more of a medium size and don’t match the mold you use in your photos. To make sure the dosage is correct and i don’t overdose my pup, can you tell me how many ounces one treat is?

    1. You cannot OVERDOSE on the treats! that’s the beauty of adding a healthy food supplement vs a toxic pharmaceutical drug.
      Each paw is just under 1.5 inches wide. One recipe will yield roughly 2 molds.

  22. I have an 80lb shepherd & a 12 lb shittu mix, it will be interesting making different size treats for them. I’ll post how it goes. I would be happy to get them off these chemical flea treatments so thank you.

  23. Hi Haley,

    Does this remedy work against ticks as well? We have a bad tick problem in my area.

    Thanks for sharing!

  24. 5 stars
    If I wanted to just be able to give one treat a day for a 120 pound Shepherd what would the ingredient measurement be for that?

    1. It mentions: Give up to 1 small paw print Flea Prevention Dog Treat per 10 pounds of body weight daily. For dogs under 10 pounds, give 1 treat every other day.

  25. My husband is wondering if that much yeast daily would cause possible yeast infections in our girl Shepherd?
    Thank you.

  26. Ive made this and used it on my dogs for monhs! no fleas, worms, and minimal shedding. i couldnt find “brewers” yeast, and so i used nutritional yeast, found in the grocery aisle. it gives food a cheesy flavor that my pibbles absolutely love. its also delicious on popcorn lol. anyways, thanks for sharing!

    1. I’ve answered this question countless times. There are 2 ingredients, one is brown one is white. They separate as they harden, into layers.

      1. I was just getting ready to ask about the separation of the colors in the treats. Glad I scrolled on a few more comments.

  27. I read that the quantity of brewers yeast needed for larger size dogs can make them sick to their stomachs. I gave my dogs (50 and 60 lbs) the recommended dosage and noticed that they wanted to eat grass the next day. Is this something that you’ve run into? I thought about trying a smaller dosage, but wasn’t sure if it would be enough to be effective.

    1. We’ve used brewers yeast in these treats and added to our dogs food for 7+ years. No issues what so ever.

  28. Could I use the AniMed brewers yeast? It says it’s specifically for animal use. Not for human consumption.

    1. I recommend any coconut oil that YOU would consume if you aren’t able to purchase what I recommend.

  29. can i use nutritional yeast flakes?

    NOW Supplements, Nutritional Yeast Flakes Fortified with Additional B-Vitamins, 10-Ounce

  30. I’m considering these for our dogs 26lbs Beagle Sissy and 68lbs Mix Teddy rather than the expensive Braveco. I was wondering how or why these are two toned with only two ingredients?

      1. I think the reason why people are asking about the two layers is because in the directions you say to blend the two ingredients together and didn’t mention the separation of the ingredients until your replies to posts. ( I too was wondering what the two layers were) First, thank you for the great ideas for flea protection, I appreciate it. But we need to do the math to make sure it’s correct regarding the yeast.
        1/2 cup or brewer’s yeast = 24 teaspoons. Therefore, there’s 48 1/2 teaspoon servings in this recipe. Since this recipe fills 20 paws, 10 per silicon sheet, you are serving almost 1.2 teaspoons of brewer’s yeast per paw treat. So, if you have a 10 pound dog, only give them 1/2 a treat per day.

  31. Hi I read another post that said they only need about 1/4 teaspoon per 10 lbs? You do not think that would be enough? It’s just I have a great dane and I balk at the idea of giving him ten treats a day!

  32. 5 stars
    I did not think these treats would work. I made a batch and noticed fewer fleas within a week and after a couple of weeks, I no longer see any fleas!

  33. Hello I have come across your post on the paw dog treats for fleas , I want to make but I live in Australia and was wondering if our supermarket Brewers yeast is equivalent to yours cheers Michelle

  34. The picture shows a “top” and a “bottom”, is this due to settling? or are there two separate layers?

    1. I’ve answered this same question many, many times here in the comment section. The treats contain 2 ingredients; one is brown one is white. When they solidify they create a layered look.

  35. Hi Hayley! Brilliant recipe by the way – wanted to ask if it was stable outside the fridge in winter weather as quite a bit of coconut oil is used? How did you get the paws to be two-toned in colour? Thank you and can’t wait for your reply! xx

    1. Whether or not they will melt depends on the temperature. If your house is 78 degrees, nope. If your house is 68 degrees probably. When in doubt keep in the fridge or freezer. The 2 ingredients are different colors and make the layers.

  36. Wonderful idea! My biggest dog weighs 110 lbs though! That seems like a ton of these treats that would be needed for flea prevention. Should I make larger treats? Has anyone had results with less ?

    1. You can make them as large or small as desired. I would suggest giving the full dose initially and see how your pet reacts.

  37. 5 stars
    My dog gets coconut oil and flaxseed mixed in with her dinner and the improvements in coat and skin have to be seen to be believed. Thanks for sharing this Hayley! I’ll try this one.

  38. My quick question is, since coconut oil kills yeast, how does the yeast still work in this recipe?
    Since one can treat a yeast infection simply by applying coconut oil, how are the benefits of the Brewers Yeast still applicable in this recipe?

  39. Have you noticed any reduction in ticks with this recipe? We hike frequently and would love to use something like this to keep our guy tick-free.

    1. We don’t use any tick repellant other than a little essential oils and these treats as a part of their healthy/raw diet and don’t have issues with ticks.

  40. So, I accidentally added 1 cup of yeast to the correct coconut oil. All 3 of my dogs weigh at least 30. So would I just give them 1 a day, or will even that amount make them sick ?

    1. There isn’t any toxicity reported with either ingredient. Just give them one a day or a 1/2 to start. Honestly I don’t even measure anything for our boys after years of giving these treats, this post is a guideline.

    1. just let your pup lick a little coconut oil and sprinkle brewers yeast on it’s food daily.

  41. Hayley,
    I saw this post a couple of years ago and have been using the brewer’s yeast and coconut oil since then. Altho I believe that I need to do some tweeking, I haven’t been giving them enough. But I also saw that you were using the Pet Protector disks. I did sign up with Pet Protector (and put your name down as my referral), but I never purchased. I am now ready to purchase and tried to on the website but having some issues. Could I get some help from you please. Donna Montgomery

    1. I used Pet Protector Disks for a couple years but found they are not necessary with my flea treats.

    1. I’ve answered this several times. It’s the 2 ingredients. As they chill they create layers.

  42. I have a 5lb yorkie that has digestion problems. I wanted to add pumpkin and honey to your recipe I didn’t know how much or if it would hold up??

  43. Hello ,
    I saw your tweet about animals and thought I will check out your website. I like it!
    I love pets. I have two beautiful that dogs called Tammy(female) and Yommo(male). Yommo is 1 year older than Tommy. He acts like a bigger brother to her. ?
    Keep up the good work on your blog.
    Jim Fox

  44. You have the patience of a saint! I would be screaming answering all the repetitive questions. God Bless you.

  45. 5 stars
    Hii I bought the same paw pan as you to see if the doses were easier for me to understand. But I didn’t understand, could you explain to me the doses?

    1. the dose is not critical. You’ll need to do math to come up with an exact ratio based on your dogs weight. Generally speaking the dose I suggest using the paw mold is all you need to worry about.

        1. I do not understand your question.

          For each 10 pounds of body weight, give 1 teaspoon coconut oil and 1/2 teaspoon brewers yeast daily. Each paw shaped treat, as made with my recipe and the paw pan I linked to, is 1 dose for a 10 pound dog. If your dog is 50 pounds give 5 per day.

  46. Hi i dunno if someone already ask this but i read in some other post that coconut oil and parsley is a breath freshner for dogs so i was wondering if i can hit 2 birds in 1 stone with this combining coconut oil the brewer’s yeast and parsley all together? Thank you in advance! I have a little dachshund puppy

    1. There isn’t any reason that parsley would negatively effect the treats. I do encourage you to look at your dog’s diet if they have bad breath. Completely grain free, if not raw.

  47. 5 stars
    HAYLEY RYCZEK I wanna take a moment to thank you for all your hard work and dedication all these years. I have read 80% of the comments and you are a better person then me lol. I have a mini farm with a pitbull, a min pin, and cats and they all love it. It was very easy to find the products Amazon and well worth the cost vs the vet Bill’s. Thank you so much you’re a life saver!

    1. They are completely different and, just as I discuss in the post, nutritional yeast does NOT provide the same benefit.

  48. Hi. I don’t want to ask a silly question but is there a difference if I use brewers yeast powder or brewers yeast flakes? The one you used isn’t available on Amazon right now but they do have the powder. Thanks!

    1. Nikki – Like with any SUPPLEMENT there isn’t a set time frame for it taking effect.. think of these as taking any other vitamin, you’ll want to give them daily to get their system ‘updated’ then regularly for maintenance. Our Black Lab is now 5 and I only give the treats a couple times a week after giving them daily for the first 2 years and had ZERO fleas. Same with our rescue who’s 3, neither dog had any fleas this summer (2018 was HOT and wet in Pennsylvania)

  49. Hi there. Thank you for the recipe. I was wondering how much it would alter how much I gave to my dogs (35 lbs and 15 lbs) if I were to add peanut butter (no sugar/sugar substitutes).

  50. Approximately how old should the dog be before you administer these treats because I have a 6 week old pup and I’d like to start as soon as possible.

    1. If you measure accurately, you swipe the top of a measuring cup or spoon with a straight edge item, like the back of a butter knife so that the ingredient level is completely smooth and level with the top of the measuring device. Slightly rounded means that you don’t need to swipe the top and it’s OK if the ingredients are heaping up.

  51. I made these but used 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup coconut oil, half cup brewers yeast, dogs love them

    1. Glad your dog likes them! Next time ommit the peanut butter (since dogs love them plain and peanut butter can be inflammatory)

  52. May I use this recipe and images and credit you? I am working on a database of dog recipes and I would love to include this one.

    1. You are welcome to use my photo and a link back to this recipe, however please do no republish my recipe.

  53. Hurrah! Finally I got a blog from where I be able to truly get valuable facts regarding my study and knowledge.

  54. I used the silicone candy molds and my dogs and cat all loved them but the coconut oil is so expensive.

  55. Just curious: your treats appear to be layered. Will they settle like that, or did you do something special to them?

    1. there are 2 ingredients, one white, one brown, as they solidify they naturally separate and create layers.

  56. Hi Haley I have 2 questions. 1-ddoes it have to be coconut oil for pets, cant i just use orbganic coconut oil?2- Why are the treats in the photo 2 different colors?

    1. I’ve answered both questions a few times already 😛 — you are welcome to use any coconut oil you’d like, I share what I personally use. There are 2 ingredients in the treats, one is white, one is brown. When they solidify they create distinct, pretty, layers.

    1. Since they are made with coconut oil, it will get soft at roughly 70 degrees. My dogs prefer theirs frozen. You give them daily, so they don’t need to be kept long just until a single batch runs out.

  57. I would like to try these if they really work. I can’t take a chance that they don’t as I have 2 dogs and 3 cats. Has anyone been using these long term and are they effective with no other flea treatment?

  58. Obviously this has been done for a long time. I have just started making home made food for my pups. Many of the ingredients in recipes are listed as toxic on the SPCA Poison Control website. Coconut Oil is listed as toxic to dogs. I call my vet as I am confused and she says stick with Poison Control. However, Poison Control does not list half the ingredients in dog food that we KNOW are toxic to our pups, so I don’ t know who to trust. 90% of the foods on the Poison Control list are in foods for dogs on pinterest. If you have been giving Hercules these treats since 2013 seems like there would have been a consequence by now. How could coconut oil be toxic after four years? I also see many peanut butter treats on Pinterest and in stores yet you mentioned earlier peanut butter is not good for dogs. Why not? lo and behold that is not listed on Poison Control for dogs. Go figure.

    1. In our home, common sense trumps all other advice. The main reason why “coconut oil” and other fats are demonized for pets is the same debunked theories that plague human health. We eat ample fats and our boys (and cats) enjoy them too!

  59. Hi, Hayley! I couldn’t find Brewer’s Yeast in powder form, so I got Brewer’s Yeast tablets. Each tablet is 500mg. I have nothing to compare tablets to powder, so could you PLEASE do the math for me? Either that or just send me a rough estimate as to how many tablets equal the nutritional value equal to 1/2 cup powder…. Thank you!!!!!

    1. Here is some general information that might help you – the nutritional label for the brewers yeast I recommend is available in full detail when you click any of the brewers yeast link in my post.

      Brewer’s Yeast Flakes
      Nutrition Facts
      Serving Size: Approx. 3 level tbsps. (25 g)
      Servings Per Container: 14
      Amount Per Serving % Daily Value*
      Calories 95
      Calories from Fat 9

  60. These treats look so cute. I didn’t realize these ingredients prevents fleas. What a great idea for natural prevention. I’m going to make them as soon as I buy some brewers yeast.

  61. I have a question about the protective disc all of my dog’s tags are riveted to their colors because they like to lose them in the woods off leash running do you think the disk would still work if it’s riveted to the color instead of dangling

    1. as long as you use a single rivet though the existing hole and do not damage the tag in any way it should be ok

  62. My Foxy is part Pomeranian and long-haired Chihuahua she weighs 5lbs. She has allergies and has an intestinal problem. I have her on Science Hill z/d Prescription can food per her veterinarian. We tried other foods however others didn’t work. This one seems to have taken care of the problem for now. I’m very interested in this flea product and also the flea protector. I want to try both. Also would like to know if you have any other suggestions as my baby is a rescue dog and is at least 8 years old according to her Vet. I want her to be as comfortable and healthy as possible. She was really sick for a couple of months till we hit on the right food. IF you know of anything that will help her I would appreciate your expertise.

    1. Have you tried grain-free and/or raw feeding? I do not advocate feeding dogs Science Diet brand foods, they are known to cause more problems that not.

  63. What would u add to also deter ticks a tap or 3 or garlic powder? And or what Like I’ve seen in tablets .

  64. I have a new rescue Dog that i received 2 weeks ago. Fleas season has started .. And they seem to be bothering me bonkers more than her 😀 THANK GOD I found your post .. I ordered the ingredients a few days back. They came in today. I immediately made her a Batch.. made a giant mess :/ But I managed to get 12 ( 3.75 tspn each ) treats for my 24-25 lb dog. SHE LOVES THEM. *whew*

    Come this weekend I an going to dust my home with Diatomaceous Earth.
    I also ordered some food grade D.E to add to the next batch of treats I make her. ( carefully doing the math of course.)
    I am also currently doing essential oil research.

    The cost up front, is hurting a lil bit due to the Vet visit I have to do to get her tested. But I want to get her started on this preventive measure ASAP b/c the flea are driving me Batty.. And I personally cannot handle the Flea soap shampoos sold over the counter.. it attacks my nerves. Not to mention once Bathed .. as soon as she goes outside she picks up even more fleas. :/ Apparently they find her quite attractive.. previous owners did not do her Justice. So I have a long battle ahead of me.

    My point is I want to say thank you for taking the time to share this information. And addressing all these questions.
    ** off I go to read you thread on Essential oils now. 😀

    1. BTW — I am adding your recipe to my Cookbook to be passed down to my son (( he is 4yrs right now ))

  65. Hey!
    I notice in the picture one half of the paw is brown and the other white. How do you do that?
    Kind regards

  66. Hi I have 6 dogs ranging in sizes I have a 80lb 1yr old mastiff a 70lb blue nose pit a 36lb border aussie a 34lb blue nose pit a 5-6 lb chiweenie and a 4 mo old hound/mastiff mix is there any way to make this recipe in bulk because if my calculations are right that would be 168 paws a week. Could i make it in maybe a cake pan and cut them? If so what size should i cut them to if i completely fill a 13×9 cake pan? Im not very good at this whole calculating recipes thing but i would much rather do this then put chemicals on my babies or spend 1000s on meds a year

  67. Be careful with brewers yeast! It. An cause inflammation in dogs that are allergic to gluten. It caused my dog to develop an autoimmune disorder in her eyes that caused her to start loosing her eye sight. Thankfully it went away when we stopped the brewers yeast.

  68. I made these tonight (SOOOOOOOOOOOO easy!) & my girl will get to try them in the a.m.

    I’m actually writing because I think someone has taken your recipe/website address on pinterest & has a spam account – I reported it to pinterest, but wanted you to know too. It is coming up www.healthstartsinthe I searched homemade flea prevention (specifically to find your recipe) when I found the fake.

    Best wishes in getting it taken care of!

  69. Hi Hayley! Thanks for sharing all your knowledge on natural living and staying healthy. I love readying your blog posts. I know it’s been a couple of months since this original post, so I hope it’s not too late for a question…

    I know you’re not a vet, so to ask this question may be a bit presumptuous. Sorry. We live on a farm, our dog is an outdoor dog, and we are discovering that he definitely has something wrong with his skin/coat. Scabby, patchy spots that itch, but they are on mostly his back so he can’t itch them as well. I think I have narrowed this down to two things: either a type of yeast infection or mange. I hate going to our local vet because they are the stereotypical vet that wants to pump him full of antibiotics and steroids, which, I believe will only compound the problem in the long run. I want a healthy dog, not just a band-aid, ya know? If this is mange, I have learned that it is a microscopic bug (parasite) that is attacking his hair follicles from a weakened immune system. In your honest opinion, would these treats help since it could be a parasitic infestation, or would I just be shooting myself in the foot so to speak (waste of money)? I’m just not sure what to do at this point… Thanks in advance!!

    1. I always recommend starting with diet, what are you feeding your dog? By default remove ALL GRAINS immediately and increase fat, while I don’t love that coconut oil isn’t a local/ancestral food for most people/animals it’s generally an inexpensive and effective way to get more fat into the diet, along with an omega 3 supplement. Give that 10-14 days and see how it impacts him… As in just switching to a grain free dog food, several pumps of Omega 3 liquid on top and a few large doses of these flea treatments + extra coconut oil every day.. no rawhides no grain treats.

  70. Is there any way to add flavoring to these? Peanut butter powder… I don’t know many examples. I’m new to the homemade dog treats but I really want to make these and thought Ruby would love it even more with a tasty addtion.

    1. Hannah – you don’t need to add flavoring to these, the brewers yeast and coconut oil on it’s own is yummy for dogs. Peanut Butter is not a healthy food for dogs.

      1. You could add in a bit of salmon oil, but I don’t know how the treats will set as salmon oil is liquid at room temp.

  71. Thanks for the great flea control recipes! Some of your commenters have asked about the safety of peanut butter for dogs. If you chose to give your dog peanut butter you should know three things. First, always give them natural peanut butter with no added sugar or artificial sweeteners. Second, always check the ingredients label for an ingredient called Xylitol. Many manufacturers are replacing sugar with this substitute and it is deadly for dogs. Finally, be aware that dogs can have allergic reactions to peanuts and peanut based products the same as humans do. If you give your dog peanut butter and you observe any kind of negative reactions, get your furbaby to a vet immediately for lice saving measures. Hope this helps with the peanut butter queries! Have a blessed day!

  72. Hello,

    Can I use Coconut Oil and Bragg’s nutritional yeast instead of brewers yeast? I have a 24lb Beagle, how much can I give him?

    Thank you! 🙂

    1. As I mentioned in my post, Brewers Yeast is the key ingredient, not to be confused with other types of yeast. Nutritional Yeast is not the same.

  73. Hi there! Is there a recipe you have tried with pumpkin, salmon oils coconut oil, and brewers yeast? If so would you mind replying with the recipe?

    Thank you kindly!

    1. Are you joking?? — hope so since I go into so much detail about the benefits of BREWERS YEAST throughout the post.

      1. I only ask because I currently have the coconut oil and active dry yeast on hand. I have to get brewers yeast next time I go to the store. Thanks for the snooty comment though.

        1. Kristen – you clearly didn’t read the post. I specifically talk about how brewers yeast is different and no other yeasts can be used. Was I snooty? Absolutely. But it’s rude to not read a post then ask obvious questions.

          1. I don’t think Kristen meant to be rude. Like so many who are unfamiliar with brewer’s yeast and who probably have never heard of it before, she asked a question that revealed her lack of knowledge. In her enthusiasm to try your wonderful new solution to fleas, she hurriedly posted a question without first searching out the details. It happens to just about all of us sooner or later–I committed the very same offence myself earlier today. I assure you, we have no intention of being rude or offensive. We are just so anxious to learn as much as we can as quickly as we can, to solve a problem that plagues us as much as fleas do, that in our haste we neglect to slow down and absorb the details.

  74. Maybe I missed it, but can you please tell me what makes the brown on top of the treats? Could you please tell me what it is and how to make it.

    Thanks for sharing this amazing recipes.

    1. Sheila – there are 2 ingredients in my flea treats, just read the recipe 🙂 one ingredient is white and one is brown – easy peasy.

      1. Good morning Hayley – thanks for this recipe, we are excited to make it. The recipe posted is simple but I’m clearly missing something. It calls for 1 1/8 c melted coconut oil, 1/2 cup Brewers yeast. Then the instructions say to combine melted coconut oil and brewers yeast together in blender for roughly 10 seconds until smooth. Put mixture into bottle and fill the paw print pans. My question is, does the mixture separate on it’s own into the brown and white sections or do you add additional coconut oil after the mixture has firmed up? Sorry if you have already addressed this question and thanks again for sharing your natural methods of flea protections of the health of our furbabies!

        1. it naturally separates. Blending them together helps to ensure that it’s well mixed when filling the molds.

    1. You cannot purchase these treats pre-made. they take less than 5 minutes to make and only 2 ingredients, no matter how busy or how unskilled you are in the kitchen, you can make them yourself!

  75. What are your thoughts on adding diced up peppermint leaves to the mixture. Ticks hate peppermint and maybe it might get into their coat and repel ticks? Any thoughts

  76. I absolutely LOVE the idea on feeding my babies good, wholesome foods, so this really caught my attention.
    Though I am concerned about storage. I live in Guam, so it gets decidedly warm all year round. Do I just keep it in the fridge/freezer? And I think it would be a great idea to give thsee out for the boys’ birthday puppy party coming up. I’m just concerned about the temperature.

  77. So how come the ones in the photo’s aren’t the ones in this recipe? What’s in the ones in the photographs???

    1. Most dogs like the brewers yeast/coconut oil combination. if you dog does not feel free to experiment with flavors your dog prefers. If you choose to use bullion, please throughly review the ingredients. Many inexpensive bullions contain less than healthy ingredients like wheat, corn, soy, sugar and msg.

    2. I add bone broth that I’ve made from marrow and cartilige bones. Look the recipe up for dogs., it’s not hard and its an immune booster. A LOT better than the processed stuff you buy. Dogs do not need processed food.

      You could also add puree steamed kale, or puree berries or raw goats milk kefir, or goats milk by itself. I make different ones from all this

  78. I have 2 ferrets, a cat and a min Pin. None of them weigh much. My question is do you think this mix would be safe for my ferrets too? I don’t like using the flea meds in them bc they are so small. Thanks!!

    1. Amy – We had a ferret (Pepe) and they are the cutest things! Here’s my opinion, since they are predominately inside only pets the only risk of flea infestation is what is brought into your home. If there aren’t other animals bringing fleas to them, there is no risk and no need to worry. I haven’t researched ferret nutrition but did see that they do thrive on a raw meat diet for optimal health, I would look to that before any other supplementation.

  79. My little one isn’t liking just the coconut oil and brewers yeast can I add other ingredients to change the taste?

  80. You mentioned something about gradually giving these treats because of the dog having loose stools…my 8 month old German Shepard has a very finicky stomach and has loose stools often so I’m concerned about that! Is this something that she will need to get used to that will not give her loose stools or should I be more cautious about giving it to her? Also you said it’s safe for puppies…how young of puppies…we have 4 week old Great Pyrenees puppies that are outside and always have fleas and flea eggs that I’m constantly using a flea comb on, would it be safe for that young or not? Thanks

    1. Angela – the “possible” issue is related to dogs who have been fed an unhealthy diet low in fats. Just like when humans, when they are starved for essential health-buliding fats, then they ingest a large amount all at once, they body can be lazy to process them. If you GS has a sensitive stomach, PLEASE address this with her food. I STRONGLY recommend a high quality grain-free kibble if you are not able to feed 100% raw. (that includes treats and food, grains are notoriously inflammatory and unhealthy for dogs)

      Coconut Oil contains MCTs – which are the main component in both human breast milk and dog breast milk. These fats are health building and nourishing for mammal babies of all kinds. And brewers yeast is simply a B vitamin supplement, also very healthy There should be no reservation to starting to give them these supplements very early. Just give a small amount. These are flea prevention NOT flea treatments so you still may need to use another method while build a natural healthy body which repels fleas, especially for the puppies, Fleas can quickly kill a puppy 🙁

      1. Thank you so much. I feed my GS Feshpet food so I’m going to check out the ingredients and see about starting “raw” diet!

  81. Do you have any idea what size your pan is? I ourchased thru the link but it seems to be larger than the one you’re using. 1 1/2tsp didnt cover the bottom of the oan, and they break removing them

    1. My Link takes you to a 9×5-1/2 inch silicone paw pan has fifteen paw-shaped cavities and each cavity measures 1-1/2×1/2 inch – I just manually measured 1.5 teaspoons into the cavity it was more than 3/4 of the way full.

  82. Im wondering, you didn’t state if this treat was a hard or soft treat. I’m am very intrigued on this, my Corbin has had trouble with fleas since he was a pup. I really struggle with it. The frontline doesn’t seem to be helping, I bath him with the dawn and that helps for awhile but only a little while. Anyways off topic. My older pup doesn’t have any teeth anymore, wondering if this is a softer treat or no. you state to keep in the fridge/freezer do they tend to melt when at room temp?

    1. The treats are essentially the same consistency as coconut oil. Softer when warmer, hard when cold. Coconut Oil melts at 70 degrees so body temperature will soften them in their mouth.

  83. Question: My 13-year-young Golden Retriever has been recently diagnosed with Insulinoma. Is it okay to give him Brewers Yeast? I know that Brewers Yeast affects the blood sugar by stabilizing it so that sounds ideal for my Rocky.

    Thank you for all that you do and share for our fur-babies!

    1. Brewers yeast would be awesome for him! I’d also make sure you’re feeding him a raw or grain free diet.

  84. Hi Hayley!

    I recently stumbled across your blog via Pinterest. I have a 1-year-old German Shepherd-Husky and he is a little adventurer. Because we are avid hikers and constantly outdoors, I have him on a tick and flea medication (Frontline) and also one that covers heart worms and ticks (Advantage Mutli). I have been concerned that having him double-covered is not good for his health. So when I came across your blog and posts about your dog I was very intrigued. We are highly considering switching him over to an all-natural tick and flea spray along with your treats. However, I’m a bit concerned that he won’t be covered for heart worms. What do you do and or what do you recommend for natural heart worm prevention?

    Thanks so much for your help!

    1. Ally – we keep mosquitos away from our dogs with the pet protector disk and essential oils – my true thoughts on Heart Worms are rather complicated – but I’ll try to explain. They are a parasite and parasites are present in all bodies (mine, yours, all animals) the imbalance where parasites over take/infest is in unhealthy animals – so by feeding a naturally healthy diet (raw, raw bones, healthy fats, etc) we are keeping the defenses up against an infestation.

  85. I made my first batch of these today. I’m excited to try them with my dogs. “Dad” is worried about ticks though because now I won’t be treating them with Frontline. Only one of our dogs wears a collar so the item Hercules wears isn’t an option for us. Any other recommendations? Thanks!

    1. I’d recommend using essential oils as a repellant and frequent use of a flea comb (also catches ticks)

  86. I can get a big jar of coconut oil at a good price at winco foods. Does it matter to get organic virgin coconut oil or coconut oil for dogs
    Can I just use coconut oil

    1. You are welcome to use any coconut oil you would like. I just share what I personally use.

    2. It does matter actually. \\

      It is important that you give your dog only Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) or Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (EVCO) both are also called unrefined-oil. Cold-pressed VCO is best. Organic and non-GMO coconut oil is even better. Despite what manufacturers and people may say the difference between VCO and EVCO is simply a marketing campaign borrowed from the olive oil manufacturing community – there is no real difference between the two (EVO and EVCO).

      Different brands of coconut oil will have different tastes – some faint, very subtle coconut taste to others that will have a much stronger taste of coconut. Remember the one sense we humans have that is stronger than our dog’s senses is taste. Your dog has about 1700 taste buds, while we have about 9000. Don’t worry about the taste – concentrate instead on the quality of the product…that it is VCO or EVCO.

  87. I was just in need of such few information about healthy dog’s recipe. So, you described as like and expert and I love this. I must try to follow these recipe.

  88. So I was wondering how much to put in the molds? It says 1 tsp of coconut oil and a 1/2 tsp of Brewers yeast but when you mix them together how do you know that they are getting that? so should I put 1 1/2 tsp into the molds?

  89. Hi! I live in Chile, here the coconut oil is very hard to find and really really expensive, Can I use only brewers yeast until find oil?.
    We need to begin the war against fleas now XD, last summer was really bad for our pets

  90. Wonderful article! Can this be given along with a monthly flea, tick and heartworm prevention?

    1. I don’t give chemical treatments to my dogs so i can’t speak from personal experience, HOWEVER there is no reason why both ingredients would work against them.

  91. Love This Info For My Pooch// I Use Cocoanut Oil often, its a miracle oil! Please
    Send me more Pet info via Email !!!

  92. Our dog is two years old. We started raw feeding when she was nine weeks. She has never had a single flea ever! I spoke with some vets and they think the raw feeding has made her flea free. Perhaps you don’t need these flea prevention treats if your dogs are raw fed?

    1. I give them daily. Read the full post for dosage details based on weight and treat size.

  93. I loved to read your instructions! Especially the part with the portioned coconut oil! A few days ago I just made those little bricks with a mold for several flat flowers (similar to daisies). And yes, I had to learn that these must be stored in the refridgerator, after some of them began to stick together.

    Your idea with the cat goodies is most welcome to me. I started to trickle coconut oil on our cats’ fur, what they accept more or less. But to let them decide on their own, when to deal with this stuff, makes me feel a lot more comfortable. My next purchase now will include yeast 🙂

  94. Hayley,
    Must I use the coconut oil for pets as shown in the recipe? I know you stated you trust that brand, but could another be substituted? Thanks

  95. My frenchie LOVES coconut oil. Recently my vet recommended I switch her to a new diet due to allergies (constantly licking and itching) and it’s hard to find treats that’s aren’t outrageously expensive. I tried these and she she LOVES them! They turned out perfect. I ordered one silicone and cut the recipe in 1/2, put in the freezer for about 45 minutes. When I take into account that they also help with fleas and ticks…I can’t go wrong! Thank you for sharing!

  96. I am excited to try these! Do you think that these might help with tear staining? We have a mini aussipoo and she is having issues with eye buggers and tear staining. Looking for natural ways to combat this. Thanks!

  97. Sorry to go off topic a bit here. We have a border collie with very severe flea allergies, a guardian dog and two house cats. Last year for some reason the house became overrun with fleas so bad they were biting us and had infested the animals so bad the biting and scratching made scabs and hot spots all over. It was heartbreaking. We were so desperate we reluctantly tried assorted chemical treatments (ugh!) on the carpets for at least 4 months but nothing even slowed them down. We saw the borax treatment on some sites but had concerns of toxicity. Then came across a site (sorry don’t remember who to credit) that used a mixture of salt and baking soda sprinkled on the carpet and left for a few days vacuumed and repeated again until they’re gone. Inexpensive fix worth a try (nice change from expensive chemicals) and it worked miracles! After 1 treatment we saw a noticeable difference and after 2nd haven’t had a problem. I don’t remember if there were exact amounts but we just gave a good thorough coating of both at the same time. Make sure you empty vacuum outside after vacuuming so any live fleas or eggs don’t reinfest the floors. Happy to say all our pets are feeling better. No more scratching and biting and sores have all healed. Good luck. I feel for anyone going through this. Oh and I love the treat recipe and plan on making some soon. My pets all love coconut oil.

  98. Have you began using the Pet Protector; The Best Non-Toxic Way to Prevent Fleas, Ticks & Mosquitos? If so, have you found that it actually works? I would like to believe it works but my husband is not a believer.

    1. Yes, Peggy. I use 2 pet protector disk on our Hercules and it’s working great for us. I don’t talk about ANYTHING here at HSITK that isn’t 100% authentically a part of my life.

  99. Wal mart is out of this particular brand is there another brand that I can buy? That is the same as this one but maybe a different brand.

      1. The brewers yeast brand, Sorry about that. I have been to a stores and they don’t carry a jar or can of yeast.

          1. Sherry – I’ve researched different brands of Brewers Yeast for the highest quality and this is the brand a I use and recommend – I can’t recommend another brand because I have not tried them 🙁 Please keep me updated if you use another brand and how it works for you. (you can click the links in my post to purchase it on AMAZON – we live in a very rural area and most of my shopping for things like this are exclusively done online)

      2. I just went with what you used instead of trying different ones got it online. Going to make them this week. Thanks

  100. Im a little confused with the measurements. My sissy is about 110lb american bulldog. Would i be feeding her 10 – 11 treats a day?

    1. Based on the small sized treat measurements I included – Yes. You can make them any size you want – I had to pick a universal size to make that would appeal to most people. If you have a large dog (like our Hercules is 99 pounds – I recommend making larger treats – there is however, so math involved.)

  101. So glad to find this post and plan on trying them. Beyond that, may I tell you how much I admire your grace in answering the same questions, time after. You’re a lady.

  102. I really like these treats for flea prevention, but I’m a little concerned about the advice you’re giving people. ORIGINAL Dawn dish soap is used worldwide to help rid aquatic animals fur & skin from oil from oil spills. And plenty of vets recommend using it as any easy treatment for fleas. The link you posted was for Ultra Concentrated Dawn, not the original Dawn.
    Also, you say that peanut butter is not healthy for dogs. Can you explain why? There are numerous recipes for treats/cookies for dogs that include peanut butter as an ingredient. I’ve given all my dogs straight peanut butter as a treat and our vet has never told us we shouldn’t.

    1. Dori – beacause it’s used and vet recommended is irreverent, I understand dawn has helped save the lives of animals who would have otherwise died due to man’s irresponsibility – that does not mean it is 100% safe. Look at the ingredients in dawn, research each one for yourself and make your own decision. For my Hercules – NEVER EVER.

      As for peanuts, giving them to dogs lacks basic logic. Peanuts aren’t something a dog would ever eat naturally – raw peanuts are toxic to humans and dogs alike – so they require processing – think about it. Dogs aren’t going to dig them up, boil/roast them ? They do however eat raw food and vegetables naturally. I don’t even recommend humans eat peanuts do to the difficulty digesting and inflammatory issues.

      Generally speaking conventional vets recommend/encourage many things I would never. Like dangerous, excessive vaccines, toxic flea treatments, disgusting and deadly cheaply processed dog foods.

  103. So…2 things. 1) a your beautiful Hercules look like my sweet girl Puck & 2) I made these and my dogs WON’T eat them. Any ideas?

    1. Ugh. I don’t know. Hercules LOVES them… and your Puck Girl is the first I’ve heard that won’t eat them – generally dogs love brewers yeast….. try making a game out of it… or using them as a reward treat for training..

  104. Hi, I am wondering if this can be used for cats? I have two cats and a dog. Oreo the dog I know will eat this! He is a jack a poo weighing in about 10 lbs

  105. Thank You! I made this about a month ago for our beagle, Cuda. I give him one in the morning and one in the evening. 2-3 days from the start we noticed he was not scratching. I did the flea check to see if it was working, and NO fleas! It has now been about a month, and his skin and coat are so healthy looking, and still no fleas! I have not seen ticks here, but always fleas. My guess is the squirrels are carriers of the fleas. So, THANK YOU!

  106. Will give this a try for my dog. Moved recently. No fleas before but they are obviously in this yard. It’s February! Have to treat the yard and kennel her inside from now on. I appreciate how frequently you have responded to all the questions and comments.

    1. For a non toxic yard and kennel treatment, I use products from Wondercide. My yard has been flea free for four years and I live where we never get a hard freeze to kill the fleas off. All natural, cedar based products.
      I’m very excited to have this additional treat recipe!

  107. If you use the Pet Protector disk and it works on fleas, do you still use this flea prevention treat? And, if so, why?

    1. because they are extremely HEALTHY regardless… Hercules needs healthy fats and B vitamins – not only for flea prevention but for overall health.

    1. No, they are healthy for all dogs! Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are a form of fat that does not require pancreatic enzymes for digestion, so it is well tolerated by dogs with chronic pancreatitis, EPI, and other forms of fat malabsorption. MCTs can be used to increase calories, and to help with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins for dogs who cannot tolerate other forms of fat in their diets. MCTs may help to reduce triglyceride levels in the blood and prevent pancreatitis that is caused by hyperlipidemia, though it does not lower cholesterol levels.

      MCTs are found in coconut oil, and small amounts are found in dairy fat. Purina Veterinary Diets EN Canine Formula, one of the prescription diets recommended for dogs recovering from pancreatitis, uses coconut oil to supply 22 to 34 percent of its fat. Since MCT oil is also available, but MCT oil is not very palatable, so you may find coconut oil easier to use.

      Coconut oil is 63 percent medium-chain fatty acids (8 percent caprylic, 7 percent capric, and 48 percent lauric), and 36 percent longer-chain fatty acids (16 percent myristic, 9 percent palmitic, 2 percent stearic, 7 percent oleic, 2 percent linoleic), while MCT oil is made up solely of the shortest of the medium-chain fatty acids, caprylic and capric acids. If your dog has problems with coconut oil, MCT oil may still be an option.

      When feeding coconut oil, it’s best to use virgin (unrefined) oil sold in glass jars. You can give as much as 1 teaspoon per 10 lbs of body weight daily, but start with much less and increase only gradually as you see your dog can tolerate it.

  108. May I ask where you live? We live in South Carolina and the fleas here are on STEROIDS!!! they are very persistent. Has anybody in the south had a good experience with this recipe? thank you.

  109. According to the poster in my vet office (@our visit last month) yeast is very toxic to dogs. I would research yeast more before using it in a treat.

  110. Hi, thank you for this wonderful post!!! I’d like to make some and ship them to my friend. I guess these may not make it thru the mail tho? Is that correct? I imagine they will melt. ? Wonder if I could add something to keep them from melting. I’d really love to do this for my friend.


    1. You can ship them just as you’d ship anything that needs to stay cool – pack them in a cooler with a couple ice packs.

  111. My 10lb Maltese/yorkie constantly chews, licks her butt. Her glands aren’t full and she has no health problem….but this drives her nuts, and keeps us up at night occasionally. Any ideas? Would the oil ,yeast mixture help? Thanks

    1. I talk about cats in my post – “I also give my cats some of this combination in a small bowl near their food and they lick it when they feel like it – I don’t give them a specific does at all because, well…. cats are fickle creatures. And I feel very strongly that animals instinctively know what they need! Sometimes our cats lick it up quickly, other times it will sit around for a couple weeks – regardless it’s astonishing that our indoor/outdoor cats are also FLEA FREE without using any other flea preventions or treatments! “

  112. Hi, thanks for the tip. Does the product also work against ticks and mosquitos? Or do you know what can we use for those, so we can also prevent babesia and heartworms? Thank you!

    1. Mireille – think of these as a vitamin supplement, typically to keep healthy you’ll take vitamins as a part of your every-day-regular life.

    1. Diana – I live in Rural SW Pennsylvania and don’t shop chain stores outside of our regional grocery options – which are typically vastly more expensive than purchasing on line so I never even look there.

  113. Hayley
    Curious if I could use Brewers yeast in other dog treat recipes that are baked? Would the yeast still have the same effect?

  114. Hi! My senior pittie has an excess amount of yeast on his coat. He’s super stinky and oily all of the time. Would the Brewers yeast make that worse? I don’t completely understand what his vet says and have never heard of Brewers yeast. Thank you!!

      1. Is rewears yeast Powder the right on?? In a gold labeled 14 oz .can????
        It’s the only one I could find after searching about 8 stores..found this at Wegmans.

  115. Hi are these treats safe for an 8-10 week old puppy? I’m getting an yorkiepoo in a couple of weeks..
    .he will most likely be no more than 7 pounds full grown. How much should I give him? 1/2 of your dose a day?

    1. IMHO it’s never too late to start boosting healthy! Our Hercules was eating raw chicken feet at that age 🙂 Yes – I’d give 1/2 a dose.

      1. If anyone is having problems with fleas in the house I useborax on my carpets and clean my pet with dawn dish liquid

        1. I agree with the borax but please don’t use dawn dish liquid, it’s contains toxic chemicals (read the label)

        2. We use all-natural dish soap on our babies instead of Dawn due to the toxic chemicals. I don’t use products on our pets that I don’t use on my toddler. I’m excited to try these treats to eventually complete replace needing flea treatments.

  116. I measured everything (I measured the coconut oil after melting it) but after filling the 2 pans very full i still ended up with a fair amount of mixture left in the bottle. What did i do wrong? Also wondered if you thought adding a few drops of fish oil to each treat would be ok? I try to remember to give them fish oil daily but it would be so much easier combined in this treat.

    1. I’m shocked that you are having a lot left over – the math just doesn’t add up. The 2 – paw print pans that I have (and have linked to in my post) have a total liquid volume of roughly 1 & 1/4 cups — which matches up very closely to the volume of the recipe, once combined. There maybe be a little left, 1 or 2 treats worth in the bottle, but never a “fair amount” — I typically just scrape out the little bit left and give it to our kitties in a little tiny dish.

      I wouldn’t see an issue combining the fish oil into the treats – you’ll just have to do some math for the dosage. I give Hercules his fish oil in his frosty pumpkin treats.

      1. I will try to be more careful with measuring out my coconut oil on my next batch (maybe i overfilled my 1 cup?) I did buy the same pans (K9 Cakery paw prints) and ended up making 6 1/2 more treats with my excess. They also didn’t separate into distinct layers so they aren’t as pretty as yours. Not sure what caused that… i stuck them right into the fridge after squirting into the molds. I was thinking maybe they need to cool more slowly to separate or else i should be using Brewers Yeast flakes instead of powder? Regardless, the dogs absolutely LOVE the treats and haven’t complained about how they looked or my possible mis-measuring. Thanks!

  117. I’ve seen these also made with peanut butter, any thoughts on if the peanut butter would mesh well with the brewer’s yeast. My dog loves coconut oil but I have never tried the brewer’s yeast so forgive my ignorance.

    1. Kimberley – I don’t feel that peanut butter is healthy for dogs so I would not recommend adding it to the treats. Brewers yeast is a savory smell/taste.

  118. I’m having trouble getting these out of the silicone molds without them breaking. Any suggestions? Thanks! Sherri

    1. Sherri – are you using the paw print molds I recommend? and are they COMPLETELY hard? perhaps they will need to be placed in the freezer for a few hours to harden completely.

      1. Hayley, thank for your reply! I did not put in freezer, only fridge. I’ll try freezer and repost my results. Yes, I do have those silicone pans. Thanks again!

        1. Haley, ugh, I put them In freezer too, but they all still broke. I actually did not order the silicone pans from k9cakery, but bed bath and beyond. The pans I used are apparently more flexible and they bend too easily. Durn it! Do you have any suggestions on how to get those treats out of the flexible pan without breaking?

          1. Sherri – send me a picture of what you have going on and I’ll try to help. My pans are very-very flexible. hayley at healthstartsinthekitchen dot com

  119. Hello, I was wondering if I could put the daily dose of yeast in the pan and top it off with the daily dose of oil (in each cavity) so I’d only have to give one treat a day? Thanks!

  120. Do the dogs like this taste combination or do you recommend adding something to flavour the treats? Also, how should you store the treats, and how long they keep??? Thanks for the great idea.

    1. Yes Ginger, most dogs enjoy the taste of brewers yeast very much.

      “Remove from the pan and store in refrigerator or freezer for up to 6 months.”

  121. I’m excited to try this. I have 2 grandbabies that live here and we’ve used Coconut Oil,for diaper rashes.

  122. Would you please email me this recipe I would really appreciate it. My 4 dogs and 4 cats need a good non toxic remendy. Thank you.
    PS where can I purchase the paw print pan?

  123. How long would you recommend you give recipe before discontinuing awful monthly chemical for fleas? Thank you!

    1. I would recommend starting to give these prevention treats in the fall/winter when fleas are no longer an issue in your area and then after giving them all through the colder months your furry baby should be naturally repelling them in the spring/summer.

      1. I was wondering if you can add to the recipe , like pumpkin or peanut butter, just to add a different flavor ? Do the dogs usually like the flavor?

        1. I personally don’t deem peanut butter suitable healthy food for dogs so I’d avoid it completely. Dogs typically enjoy the flavor of both coconut oil and brewers yeast. For a pumpkin treat that includes brewers yeast, try my frosty pumpkin treats.

  124. Does the coconut oil have to say for pets? I have organic raw coconut oil in hand. But it’s the standard kind for humans.

  125. I have a very large dog, over 100 lbs. Is there a larger silicone tray you’d recommend so I don’t have to remember to give so many times a day? (Just being honest) Thanks for your insight!

    1. You can make them in a silicone cupcake pan. You’ll just have to do a little math to figure out the dose, but don’t worry much about hitting the dose exactly it’s not a big deal to give a little more or a little less daily.

  126. I give my dogs garlic and nutritional yeast in their food for fleas. It would be much easier to just give them a daily treat as they get them anyways. Lol My Charlie gets yeast infections in his ears from it. Do think Brewers yeast will do the same thing?

  127. Great idea! We have a 200lb English Mastiff that struggles with yeast infections in his ears and paws. I’m gonna give this a try and see what happens. Problem solving will be to figure out best way to portion (cupcake pan? Other large cookie cutter?) Giving him 20 treats a day using your recipe would be silly. 🙂

  128. Homemade flea prevention….my dog is highly allergic to Brewers yeast….any other suggestions for flea prevention?

    1. Angela – so sorry that your pup is allergic to brewers yeast! is it all yeasts or brewers yeast specifically? I don’t have any other recomendations that I can use from personal experience you can always give coconut oil alone and focus on keeping your pup healthy!

    1. Sandra – I haven’t personally used coconut oil for Hercules’ paws however you would just rub into the pads of the paw like lotion.

  129. UGH!!!! FLEAS!!! Hate these darn things! Our poor dogs have fleas that are actually impervious to the commercial flea products! I have tried the expensive and the inexpensive to no avail. I have already been doing the dawn dish soap bathing and it works wonders, but the next day there are more giant fleas. I’ve heard there are different types of fleas, my dad has a dog who is insanely allergic, to whatever strain his aunts dogs in Missouri have and had to be put on special meds before any visits. I’m afraid thats what we have. I know it sounds crazy, but I was thinking that whatever the fleas are on my dogs , don’t seem to be infesting our house. We have rarely seen a flea anywhere but on the dogs. I will sometimes see the escapees in the bathroom after bathing the dogs, but hardly ever in the house. Even so, I’m sure I need to treat the carpets, what is your best remedy? I have been using a carpet cleaner that has Dawn, vinegar and Borax in it. Maybe that’s why I don’t see fleas around the house?

    1. Tori – I’m so sorry for your flea struggles 🙁 once fleas move in it’s hard to get rid of them. Unfortunately, I don’t personally have any experience to offer you.

    2. Diatomaceous earth. Spread it on carpets,pet beds and the yard. Wherever the dogs sleep or hang out. Food grade is best. It’s also a pretty good wormer when fed.

    3. I sprinkle my carpet with salt, then I vacuum it up. It chops up the fleas and kills them. Depending on how bad your infestation is, you may have to repeat it a few times.

  130. I was so excited to read about this til I saw one of the 2 ingredients…brewer’s yeast. My Maggie May is allergic to it. 🙁

    1. Gloria – I understand that “yeast” may be confusing – Brewers Yeast (nutritional supplement) is not active yeast like you would use for making bread.


  132. I’ve been battling with a major flea infestation for about a month and a half now and I have 5 animals in the house, so I’m about going crazy trying to find a solution :(. These treats sound great as I only give natural treats to my babies anyway. Wondering if there is any danger of giving them too many of these treats? Will that harm them at all?

        1. Hey Mrs J, thanks for your comment however it’s not correct, here’s a handy list of conversions for your reference.

          3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon
          1 tablespoon = 1/16 cup
          2 tablespoons = 1/8 cup
          4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup
          5 tablespoons and one teaspoon = 1/3 cup
          8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup
          16 tablespoons = 1 cup
          2 tablespoons = 1 fluid ounce
          2 cups = one pint
          2 pints = 1 quart
          4 quarts = 1 gallon

  133. Thank you so much for this great idea. I hate pharmaceutical flea medicine and the side effects are awful. I was wondering if you give these treats all year long or just around “flea season”?

    1. Hercules has not had a tick attach since we started giving them these – occasionally we find ticks on him/us after spending all day in the woods hiking but it’s practically impossible to be 100% free when you are avid nature-loving hikers like us.

  134. Hi Hayley! 🙂

    You mentioned putting some of the mixture in a small bowl near you cat’s food. Do you just put in the bowl from the mixer or do you freeze it in something first?


  135. Are these safe for puppies? I found a little puppy whos 5 weeks old ( abandoned) he was covered in fleas,Gave her a bath and some came off but how much of the puppy treat can She have?

    1. Ashely – Coconut Oil and Brewers Yeast are great for puppies too! I’d give them to her based on her weight =- just like for adult dogs.

    2. The original BLUE DAWN dish washing soap is effective in killing fleas and SAFE for young puppies and kittens

        1. I;ve had vets even recommend the Dawn dish soap it’s even what environmentalists use on animals affected by oil spills. Hence the picture on the bottle lol

          1. None of that makes it less-toxic. I understand that desperate times call for desperate measures but in most cases there are better options.

          2. Please remember Dawn is effective to remove oil and will leave your animals coat without natural oils. You’ll need to replace it in their diet and the coconut oil will be a perfect replacement!

  136. Thank you so much for all the useful information for naturally taking care of our beloved pooch. I’m enjoying learning about your tips and tricks. I’m making the coconut oil treats today. So much easier than scooping into his bowl.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  137. So, if i give these to my puppy, are you saying that we do not have to give him oral flea medicine from the vet or something like Advantix? That would be wonderful if so!! Also, we do not live anywhere near a holistic vet, so do you have any recommendations for natural parasite prevention and control? We live on a farm, and he will be an outdoor dog, chasing all kinds of pests and wildlife. I know what bunnies carry, and want to avoid that if at all possible.

    1. I cannot make any guarantees, I can only share what has shown to be effective for our dog. These treats are the only supplements he received in addition to his raw food diet and he has been flea free. Hercules has never had any flea treatments other than a healthy diet and these prevention treats – and he does not have any fleas.

      1. So are you not using a Pet Protector Disc either… I’m curious we are adding to our family and have a “shnaz” now and am soaking in any flea tick mosquito info…I can. We live in GA … wooded 5 acres… Thanks for posting all this great info!

        1. I use both my flea prevention treats and pet protector disk on Hercules. There’s never too much natural prevention.

      2. Do you live in a climate where fleas can live year round? We just moved to FL and I swear these fleas here have super powers. All the bugs do. Frontline doesn’t work, flea shampoos don’t work. So far anything short of Comfortis hasn’t worked. I don’t want to keep giving my pugs Comfortis!

        1. We live in Pennsylvania, our flea season is roughly 9 months. The best course of prevention of infestations is a layered approach, starting with the nutritional health of your pet – are you feeding them a high quality raw/grain free diet? are they active? are you supplementing with my flea prevention treats? Are you using anything as a barrier prevention such as the pet protector and/or essential oils? Healthy pets naturally repell insect infestations.

          1. Anyone in PA has no clue about what fighting fleas is about. Come on down to south FL and test that stuff.

    2. Dr Clark has a great holistic parasite prevention and detox for animals.

  138. How do you get the two different colors? Your picture shows white on the bottom and brown on top. I am thinking that perhaps it separates automatically when the mixture sets up? Thanks for any help with my question.

  139. Hi Hayley,
    Thanks for the great flea repellant recipe. I have made the doggy treats and been giving our dog Shelley three treats every day for about 3 weeks now. Shelley weighs 12 kilos and I made your recommended 1/2 and 1 tspn recipe. She Loves her “lollies” but she still has fleas.
    How long will it take before the treats kick in and she is flea free?

    1. Dana – I haven’t given these as a flea treatment but as a flea prevention. When treating a dog naturally/holistically you have to look at the complete picture – what is she eating, are there fleas in your home, did you bathe her and try other natural methods to eliminate the fleas? How is her health overall? I’m here to help you!

      These treats work by creating an environment that fleas don’t like. It can take some time for the body to change – for example with humans who eliminate gluten, it is recommended to completely, 100% eliminate it for 6 months to purge out the consumed gluten and start to heal the body.

      1. Bathing your pet (dog or cat) using blue Dawn dish soap is very effective for flea control. If you lather your pet up, try and let is soak got about 5 minutes then rinse throughly. I can’t emphyseize enough to rinse all the soap off. It can easily irritate the skin. Taking the coconut oil will be helpful if any issues should develop. Dawn soap kills the fleas on contact. I even wash my pet’s bedding in the washing machine, careful not to use too much soap, otherwise you end up with too much suds. If your pet has sensitutive skin give the load an extra rinse. Do not do this more often than once a month because of easy skin irritation. I also recommend that you do not use it on their head and keep away from the eyes. Baby shampoo is safe to use on a pets head and around the eyes.

        1. As blue Dawn works good alone, here is another mixture you can use.
          Mix 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup Dawn and 1 quart Water in a old large shampoo bottle (you may need to use a large bowl to mix and transfer to use) wet the dog down with water and start at the NECK!!! it will lather well! By starting at the neck and going back to the tail, they will not all head to the head, when you do make your way to the face, you might want to use a washcloth and be VERY careful around the nose, mouth and eyes. It is best to leave on for AT LEAST 7-10 minutes. if you keep talking softly and rubbing, your dog should not mind. it is important to shampoo the entire dog, underbelly, paw pads, YES- you read correct, inside each foot needs to be done! you will notice after about 3 minutes they will start to die and you will see dead little bodies on your hands and in the tub and if you feel more comfortable, use your nail to cut the little lifeless bodies in half.
          I do know for a fact that the above recipe works, I groomed a little Shih-Tzu who was covered in them and let the little dog sit in its lather for 15 minutes, when I took the dog out of the tub I had a yellow towel on the table, dried gently with another light colored towel just to see how many fell off and even after 2 hours, all the little bodies were STILL dead on the towel.
          If you believe you have an infestation Google homemade flea traps on line. To long to write in this reply, Maybe that could be another post that could be done later on this site!! Anyone who uses wood to heat their house in the winter KNOWS Fleas will be coming in from living in the wood during the summer months. 🙂

          1. Thank you for this response. I will look for natural flea infestation remedies as I’m seeing a reoccurrence on my dog although dawn worked very well.

          2. This does definitely work! I use this on my dachshund all the time and much cheaper than dip are dog shampooed!

    1. You can welcome to use any pan you’d like – you’ll need to do some calculations to determine the dose of each new sized treat. These paw print pans hold roughly 1.5 teaspoons of flea prevention dog treats mixture which is equal to 1 single dose for a 10 pound dog.

      75 (your dog’s weight) divided by 10 (pounds) = 7.5 (you would give 7 to 8 of the paw sized treats per day)

      7.5 (from above) X 1.5 (dose size for 10 pounds) = 11.25 teaspoons (roughly 4 tablespoons) of mixture per day for your 75 pound dog

      then you’ll need to determine the capacity of your pan’s individual portion (using teaspoons or tablespoons of water)

      If your mini cupcake pan is 2 tablespoons then you’ll give 2 per day.

        1. Make sure to start the pup at a much lower dose and work it to the full dose over a couple weeks so they don’t get loose stools.

        1. Yes. “Give up to 1 small paw print Flea Prevention Dog Treat per 10 pounds of body weight daily”

          1. Can I add probiotics to this? I’m getting the Animal Prime powdered probiotics for dogs 5billion CFUs/Scoop, from Amazon & I’m wondering if I can add it to the treats since they aren’t baking or anything but unsure. My pup is 2 1/2 yrs old lab/Dalmatian mix. I’ve made similar treats before but what a wonderful idea to add coconut oil 🙂 LOVE it!

          2. I have a mastiff that weighs at least 160 pounds. 16 treats a day? I also have a Jug that weighs about 20 pounds. I think I will be broke from buying brewers yeast, coconut oil and making treats everyday.

          3. After boosting your dog’s health, you can experiment with a lower maintenance dose. I’d personally rather pay for coconut oil and brewers yeast – instead of vet bills, toxic flea repelling chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs. Hercules has not required any vet appointment or medications beyond when he was neutered and had his eye repaired at 15 months. He’s almost 4 now. He only takes about 1 to 2 flea treats a day now after taking them for 3 years.

            An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

      1. I have 3 dogs! 1 weighs around 4lbs, 1 around 5 or 6 lbs & the other one is about 7 or 8 lbs! Can you give them 1 every other day! Where would you purchase a paw print pan & how much?

        1. Sure you can give them every other day – there are links to the pan and all supplies in the recipe, just click!

      2. Ok i have a 30.50 pound dog and only have a regular size muffin pan what would i give her i used ur measurements u gave another person and i came up with 4.578 but im not eactly sure how many teaspoons/tablespoons that would be can u help

        1. “For each 10 pounds of body weight, give 1 teaspoon coconut oil and 1/2 teaspoon brewers yeast daily. You can modify the recipe as needed for using different size/shaped treats.”

        1. garlic is not poisonous for dogs, quite the contrary in fact, it has many health benefits. as with any treatment or supplement to a regular diet, the dosage and other factors matter.
          here is one link that can offer some helpful information:

        2. HI, I do not understand that I have Brewers Yeast that has garlic in it for dogs so I so do not understand that statement . Please reply

          1. If you are asking about the safety of garlic for dogs, I believe there is such confusion with blanket statements. Garlic is perfectly safe in low to moderate doses for dogs, however in very large doses it can be problematic. Much like we all need to drink water but too much water can be fatal.

        3. Rita,
          Our Vet also cautions against using garlic. Why are there so many companies who put it in their treats saying it’s healthy?!

          Thank you for helping get the word out!

          Your pet’s best friend next to you.

          1. Vets also give toxic, known potentially deadly chemicals to our pets daily. They also recommend highly unhealthy dog foods. Garlics dangers lie in the dose, too much CAN cause issues much like we CAN die from drinking too much water.

        4. Garlic is good for dogs. Many healthy benefits among them is that it repels fleas. I also make treats for my cat. NEVER give garlic to cats. It IS toxic for them.
          On a side note I have not only added garlic powder but also ground flax. So far no fleas and a shiny coat. Sometimes for a change of flavor I add organic peanut butter. They live all versions.

          1. I see this warning repeated over & over on the internet. I gave garlic to my cats for years when I made their food myself, and they never suffered any adverse consequences. It’s onions that are toxic to cats, not garlic. People are always lumping onions & garlic together.

      1. I have always given my dogs garlic. First I was buying it from a store where it. I bought vitamins and it had garlic in it. I realized that my big dogs never had ticks or flea’s. So now I just put a dab in there food, and still not ticks. I have read where ticks do not like garlic. I believe it

    2. You could use mini muffin pans with the tiny cupcake liners (small dogs size) or just the liners on a cookie sheet. or partially filled full sized muffin tins for bigger dogs.

    3. I used the silicone candy molds but the coconut oil is so expensive .My dogs loved them and my cat too. But it still took a lot for a big dog. I have a 150 German Shepard.

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