Non-Poisonous Flea Control
by Dot Martin
TheDogPlace Sept. 2006
Cats have them. Squirrels have them. Dogs have them and even
some humans have them. They are everywhere - indoors as well
as outdoors. We spend hundreds of dollars every year trying
to get them out of the carpet, out of the yard and off our
companion animals. Many, many years ago, humans used lap
dogs to keep them off their own bodies.
I found this flea product when I first started making my own
dog food in 1986.
I admit that I didn’t get it to prevent fleas and had no
idea at the time that it worked for that purpose. It was
suggested in a book “Reigning Cats and Dogs.” The
recommended usage was for the home made dog food which
contains raw beef. The product destroys E. Coli and
Salmonella in the meat. Every time I made a batch of food, I
added Nutribiotic (the brand name) Grapefruit Seed
Extract, aka GSE, to my moist food and fed it to my
some time, I began to notice that any fleas that were on the
dogs were already immobile and/or dead. This was always the
case. Upon discussing the phenomenon in my homeopathy class,
I learned that this was a bonus to be gained from use of GSE.
That was 14 years ago. Since then I have not had fleas on my
dogs. We attend dog shows, have other dogs in close
proximity to our dogs and still any fleas that turn up
during a bath are dead. How much money I have saved, I do
not calculate. An additional bonus is the departure of Tape
worms that were at one time painfully obvious on the pants
of my Poms. Fleas are part of the life cycle of the
A 4 oz. bottle of GSE costs about $20.00. There is a smaller
2 oz bottle for $12.00. Since the dosage is one drop of GSE
per ounce of water, we only need to purchase one bottle each
year. Add to that the cost of those worm preparations; the
savings are quite welcome for me.
For a gallon container of moist food, I add 20 drops of GSE.
Then my dogs get the benefit each time they eat. It must be
used each day and be in the animals’ blood so that when
fleas bite, they are poisoned by the
GSE. Some of my friends who use commercial dog food put the
GSE in their dog’s water each day so that the protection is
provided when the dog takes a drink. Either way, your dog
won’t be poisoned and you will save money to spend on other
Humans can use GSE when they have eaten something that may
have been a bit off color and has upset one’s stomach. Again
the dosage would be 1 drop GSE to 1 Oz. of liquid.
Don’t use directly in the mouth.
It is quite bitter and you will not enjoy the taste.
Consider the humble product that is never advertised and
therefore, not well known but the word is spreading and
perhaps some day we could have “flea free dogs.”
To your continued good health.