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Dear Daisy Dog

For the past three years, my friend has put garlic powder on her dog’s food, and her dog hasn’t had fleas. I use Frontline to keep fleas and ticks off my dog. Would garlic work better?

Daisy Responds

No. Garlic is not effective in flea control, and it can be toxic.

Your friend and her dog have just been lucky.

Flea numbers vary from year to year, and some animals attract fleas more than others – which might explain why your friend’s dog hasn’t been infested recently.

In our family, my cat brother Dougie and I are the flea magnets. We have found Frontline to be both safe and effective at controlling the pests.

Unfortunately, garlic is neither effective nor safe. It can cause anemia by damaging the red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body.

While some pets are particularly susceptible to garlic-induced anemia, in general, the risk increases with the dose of garlic.

Suggest to your friend that she consult her veterinarian about a flea preventive that works and is safe for dogs.

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