Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Tea Tree Oil and Cats
- Advice for Flea Infestations
- Aloe Vera
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Brewer's Yeast and Salt
- Baking Soda
- Baking Soda, Salt
- Banana Peels
- Beneficial Nematodes
- Black Walnut
- Borate Powder
- Borax, Baking Soda
- Borax, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Boric Acid Powder or Head and Shoulders
- Brewer's Yeast
- Brewers Yeast, Garlic
- Cedar Chips, Dish Soap
- Cedarwood Oil
- Cheryl's Remedies
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Crab Apple Flower Essence
- Diatomaceous Earth
- Dish Soap
- Dish Soap and Lamp Method
- Dish Soap, Garlic and Lemon
- Don's Flea Remedies
- Essential Oils
- Flea Bite Remedies
- Flea Combs
- Flea Medication Side Effects
- Flea Remedies for Kittens
- Fleas in the Yard
- Freezing the Bedding
- Garlic, Essential Oils, Citrus Water
- General Feedback
- Lavender Oil
- Lye Soap
- Lysol, Bleach and Joy
- Multiple Remedies
- Natural Flea Sprays
- Neem Seed Oil
- Oil Soap
- Orange Rind
- Pine Sol and Shampoo
- Pure Lemon, Rosemary and Lavender Oils
- Remedies Needed
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Side Effects From Frontline
- Side Effects From Hartz Flea Powder
- Skin So Soft, ACV Solution
- Soap Nuts
- Stash Earl Grey Tea
- Tea Tree Oil
- Vets Vs Remedies
01/29/2013: Ssfaith92 from Belleview, Fl: "Replying to Lainie, yes, my lab mix has had a problem for a long time. He was losing a lot of fur from all his itching. I thought he had mange and was treating him with the peroxide and borax mix. He regained most of..."
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|Dish Soap||19 YEAS|
|Diatomaceous Earth||7 YEAS|
|Essential Oils||7 YEAS|
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|Dish Soap and Lamp Method||6 YEAS|
|Neem Seed Oil||5 YEAS|
Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 07/03/2011: Alyssa from Austin, Tx: "Apple Cider Vinegar as a flea remedy:
My cats were keen to the ACV added to their water to prevent fleas, and they would steal water from their loving humans to avoid it. A little over a week ago, I started adding a few drops of ACV to their nightly soft food. The food is pungent enough to cover up any hint of the ACV odor. They no longer scratch themselves to the point of scabbing up and I can't find any fleas on either cat. As always, ACV is amazing!"
[YEA] 06/17/2011: Flourshoppe from Houston, Texas, Usa: "We are having one horrid heat spell as you all are aware, and no rain so the fleas want to live inside with us because we have air conditioning!!! I've used Frontline 2 times on my little dog (3 weeks apart), vacuum everything every day, and spray full strength Apple Cider Vinegar all over everything... Bed, pillows, floors, sofa... Anywhere she "hangs out"... Including, I spray her because fleas do NOT like vinegar. I've never had a flea problem like this and others have complained about the problem this year too... it has taken a few weeks, but Miranda has no fleas finally not to mention, the house is always fresh smelling once the vinegar small disappears."
[YEA] 06/09/2011: Lainie from Toronto, Ontario Canada: "Just reading through all of the suggestions & have had lots of success with ACV, but have to caution on diatomacious earth (DE), dish soaps & garlic.
DE can be harmful to all pets. When they groom themselves (particularly cats), they ingest the tiny particles which can damage their digestive systems. Dish soaps are toxic & although they work, are totally uneccessary. Any shampoo will kill fleas if left on for a few minutes, but the fleas will return. Many dogs love garlic but garlic can cause problems that can be deadly. Some dogs have eaten garlic all their lives without any problems but why take the chance?
A good organic brand of ACV is safe & natural if used properly. Don't put undiluted ACV on your pet, dilute it with warm or cool water. In their water is fine & cannot harm them at all as long as you don't overdose them! One tsp. In a quart should be sufficient. Smell their water to make sure it doesn't stink of vinegar. Humans are encouraged to use ACV for all kinds of problems & can manage 1/4 cup per glass of cold water without hating the taste.
Good luck with everything. Our Black Lab is going nuts with allergies & has no fleas. The ACV is helping her stop chewing her paws but has to be done daily. We've gone through everything imaginable from changing foods to prednisone which we cannot stand to continue. Right now, we're giving Evening Primrose oil a try. Anybody have similar problems with their labs?"Replies
[YEA] 08/07/2011: Jb from Atlanta, Ga/usa replies: "One of my German Shepherds had an awful time with gooey ears, crusty lips & itching/scabs on her lower back & neck. Once I placed her on raw meat & bone diet all symptoms disappeared. It took about 3 months for her skin to heal. Suppose it took that long for the grains to get out of her system.
I have even tried grain-free food but, the crusty lips & ears start up again after one serving.
RMB diet works.
Also, food-grade DE is not harmful if mixed in food. I use it several times a year to clear intestinal parasites in my dogs. In fac, t I add it to my own smoothies. It's silica. Food-grade DE is used in the midwest to treat cows & hogs for parasites. It is perfectly safe. One has to take precaution not to allow the powder to enter the eyes or breath it in. Add to moist food or broadcast in the yard & lightly water into soil.
Use common sense when using DE."
02/22/2012: Jet-set-net from Rocky River, Ohio replies: "To Lanie from Toronto and other pet owners - My Black Lab was a rescue dog, in bad shape inside and out, had been beaten, hit by a car... You name it. Rhasta wasn't supposed to ever be able to run again, but he did - alot! The vet said there was no chance to rid him of fleas and his itchy skin, goopy eyes, etc unless I gave him the "prescribed medications"... But he was the happiest, healthiest, shiny-coated, handsome, loving dog for the rest of his long life I believe BECAUSE I refused to give him Frontline, flea baths, etc. I sprinkled and then brushed Diatomaceous Earth on and under him - sparingly! (and I use this in and around my home for pest control- have none! ) and always mixed a spoonful of Brewers Yeast into his dry food. Also would put in a freshly cracked raw egg every couple of weeks. I also NEVER used lawn chemicals - why don't people get it? You are killing your weeds and your pets at the same time! Pets (and kids! ) are low to the ground. They eat/walk on/roll around/dig in your grass or soil. Never ever use sludge/milorganite anywhere something living would sit, stand, garden, play.... Period! No matter how "safe" or "organic" 'they' say it is, "the pharmaceuticals and many toxic organic chemicals are present in sludges but are not regulated or monitored. " It repels deer -for a reason- IT'S NASTY!
PLEASE, think for yourself, most doctors/vets are not nutritional experts, they treat (not cure). They push the drug from the hot rep who brought in lunch that day! They're in business. Put good things in and you'll get good things out. READ THE LABEL! My all-time favorite and most useful book is Prescription for Nutritional Healing. This is my 'bible', my guide through life and I only wish everyone could own it so they'd understand how everything affects the circle of life. Go natural - you know it's the right choice!"
06/01/2012: Dean from New Port Richey, Florida, Usa replies: "I'd like to respond to post by Lainie of Toronto, Ontario, Canada posted on 06/09/11. I don't know if you still have a problem with your labs coat due to allergies that aren't flea related but my black lab would loose fur and itch horribly. The vet wanted to treat with cortizone which didn't really work, it helped but my dog still looked horrible. I own horses so one day I tried "Fungicide" its a spray for different horse skin problems. She stopped itching almost immediately but wanted to lick where I sprayed and I didn't think that would be good so I dried off the excess. I noticed in 3 days to a week her hair actually grew back where she was having a problem. Then every 6 months, sometimes less, sometimes more, the problem would return. I'd spray again, wipe the excess but leave dampened and the problem would be gone again. I had friends with labs that had the same problem. I'd actually lend them my spray. Their dogs were cured in a matter of days. I'd highly recommend it and you can find in just about any horse feed store. Good Luck hope you find this useful. It works!"
06/19/2012: Piglet from Denison, Tx replies: "We use oatmeal bath for my dogs allergies, she is a Boston Terrier and loves rolling in the grass but she is allergic. The oatmeal bath helps relieve the redness and itching. Now just gotta try the ACV to get rid of fleas."
01/29/2013: Ssfaith92 from Belleview, Fl replies: "Replying to Lainie, yes, my lab mix has had a problem for a long time. He was losing a lot of fur from all his itching. I thought he had mange and was treating him with the peroxide and borax mix. He regained most of his fur but the itching comes back just a couple days after the bath. I have been treating him for 2 months and he still has terrible itching. I see little bumps on his skin. I am starting to think it's allergies. I don't know, I've tried changing his food, but that doesn't help. Did you find a solution that worked for you?"
02/06/2013: Annabel from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina replies: "We have a Bedlington Terrier who had red bumps on her belly and scratched constantly. I tried Ted's Mange recipe and put it in a spray bottle. I sprayed her every day or twice daily for awhile and it worked. She is basically itch free. One important point: The borax is difficult to dissolve so I heat the borax in the water to dissolve and add everything else to that. You will find that the borax will solidify into chunks after a period of time and you will need to make the recipe again. Hopefully the problem will be gone by that time."
03/07/2011: Suny from Ponca, Ok: "Hi everyone, I've been reading about different remedies for this and alot of you talk about ACV. Do you put it in the cats water? dilute it? on their fur? Cats are alot more suseptible to things( such as essential oils which you cannot use at all). Where I live there are ticks and fleas for most of the year and my cats are indoor and outdoor cats since that is their need. I have to be careful what to put on their fur as they love to lick onean other. Any suggestions would be appreciated."
[YEA] 01/07/2011: Amy from Madison, Wi.: "I have sprayed ACV from a spray bottle for the last 3 years around the baseboards of my house and I have yet to see a flea in or on my dogs or cat. I mentioned this to the veterinarian and he replied with only a flat gaze. I am thrilled to have found something so natural and good not only for my animals but for me, my family and the environment and at such a low cost.
I spray maybe once a week, just a gentle mist on only the first floor of my 2nd floor home, along the floorboards. You can do this outside too, along the foundation of your home. It also seems to be working with other insects, but especially fleas. It doesn't smell the greatest for a while but it is well worth it! Had to let everyone know!"
10/19/2011: Valerie from Eaton Rapids, Michigan replies: "I was wondering, we have no more pets but still have fleas the pets have been gone for weeks now and we have flea treated the whole house sprayed the bedding and washed everything in the house. But we are still finding them and they are getting bad again and my kids are allergic to them and I don't know what to use to get rid of the fleas or to help my kids not itch. I heard that apple cider vinegar works on the bites and stops the itching. We can't leave the house for days or hours will the Apple Cider Vinegar work if sprayed on my floors and things like that."
10/26/2010: O from Fairfield, Ct: "I just wanted to say thank you for the feedback! I also wanted to give my personal experience. I recently moved into a new house and since the move, my dog has had a reoccurring ear infection and no matter what I did, it wouldn't work. I tried the ACV with Alcohol and water mixture and it would start to work, but then it would come back. I just didn't know why!
Well, she had fleas! I was grooming her one day and I saw one and shaved her off completely and bathed her with everything. I gave her ACV and water mixture and then bathed her with Flea and tick shampoo and the borax mixture. What didn't I do! Cleaned the whole house down. The thing was that we have wooden floors, so those little buggers were doing a very good job at hiding. When I finally started to attack the real problem, then she started to heal. I thought maybe she had ear mites or something. But, after I found the fleas, I read online that they can even infest the ears! Gross! Just wanted to put it out there in case there is someone with a similar problem.
P. S. I had already been giving her ACV in her water for a year and giving her garlic. I also feed her raw food. I'm just so happy to finally find out what the real problem was all along! "Replies
03/19/2011: Suzanne from Myrtle Point, Or replies: "Dogs can definitely get ear infections from fleas, but it is not because the fleas are in the ears. When a dog has flea allergy dermatitis, their skin gets inflammed, due to the allergic reaction from the flea bite. This allergic reaction can show up anywhere the dog has skin including the skin inside the ear canal. So the fleas can be biting him on his rear-end and he is reacting in his ears. Once the skin is inflammed bacteria and yeast can easily set up shop and cause a secondary infection. This inflammation can also occur in the GI tract causing alot of intestinal problems. Strange to think that fleas can cause ear infections and/or diarrhea but it's true :)"
05/26/2010: Tanya from Lakeland, Florida: "i've been reading about the acv remedy for fleas but i'm wondering if anyone can tell me if the fleas can make my cat want to hide all the time and act scared? i'm gonna try the acv in hopes that it will help him but is it best to spray it on, put in his water or put in his food. can anyone help, i'm desperate."Replies
06/07/2010: Kimberly from Uniontown, Oh replies: "I can tell you... yes, your cat can go into hiding and act scared (at one time, it took me 2 hours to find him, he was under the basement steps hiding in a flap top box and managed to get the boxed closed!) One of my cats did last summer after an infestation. Once I took care of the problem, bathed both cats and applied advantage, he was a happy cat again. I was looking at the site to see if I could find home remedies as flea season is coming up, and also, for him deciding not to want to use his litter box (this happens a few times a week)."
10/06/2011: Anna from Ramsgate, Kent, uk replies: "My poor cat got fleas was terrified of the spray and hid on top of a kitchen cupboard for 3 days. Alas when she eventually ventured out she got runover and killed, so be careful not to traumatise your pet, having trouble now with my cavalier king charles and the fleas so willing to try these remedies, thanks, AW uk"
11/10/2009: Kathy from Freeman, Mo: "I am trying the Apple Cider Vinegar for bathing the dogs. But this will do no good unless I can get the infestation under control in their dog houses. I would like to be able to sprinkle or spray something in the houses that won't hurt the dog to breathe. I use fresh straw also for bedding. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?
11/26/2009: Lezlie from Portland, Oregon replies: "So, I use an organic shampoo product with tea tree oil. I then used the Apple cider vinegar as a rinse, and left it on for 15 minutes. Then gently rinsed it off. My Shih Tzu has terrible skin allergies and is VERY allergic to fleas. This really really works thank you to everyone!"
[YEA] 12/05/2009: Fredia from Mount Vernon, Washington replies: "I just found your website today regarding the acv. I immediately went out and bought 2 gallons and a spray bottle. My Rott/Blue heeler mixed dog age 19 mos loves his baths but was unsure about this acv. I liked it because it's natural. I used 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water and noticed more fleas in the water than just plain shampooing. Thanks to people like you on this site I am able to keep to handling problems "naturally" rather than "chemically"."
12/22/2009: Lori from Appleton, Wi, Usa replies: "I think dish-soap kills fleas on contact - it's good to bath the animal in that, but as far as ACV, oils and whatever, they are only deterents. They will not kill the fleas, but are excellent as a preventative measure. You need to get rid of the fleas initially and I believe that the ACV and using diluted essential oils will help prevent a re-infestation. I am using diluted eucalyptus oil on all of our bedding, in closets, on clothes and also misting it on our skin and hair to prevent flea bites. I also mist it on the cat to prevent more fleas on him. If you really want to get rid of the fleas, use some spray or powder on carpets and furniture (there are all natural ones at pet stores) and also treat your pet with a flea/tick product. It is not all natural, but it will take at least a few months to rid the house of fleas because of their life cycle. If you don't do something to kill them initially, there will be re-infestation problems"
01/02/2010: Gina from Grand Rapids, Michigan replies: "okay, so im trying the ACV thing right now. my 2 cats and dog wouldnt drink their water with it in it, so i mixed it in yogurt, and they ate it. the 2 cats vomited the ACV/yogurt up though...i sprayed them all down with the ACV && water mix too.
i just did the baking soda/salt mixture all over my carpet. hope this works."
09/08/2010: Ajoy8 from Fayetteville, North Carolina replies: "Your cats probably vomited b/c cats cannot always digest cow's milk and I would assume that would apply also to cows' milk products. Lol Try a TBS. in the water or just mix it with tuna, it has a strong enough flavor and smell to mask the ACV sufficiently. :)"
09/16/2011: Angie from Waverly, Oh replies: "Use cedar chips as bedding instead of straw. Cedar is a natural flea repellent."
01/14/2012: Hawaiiancoconut from Hawaii replies: "Acid milk(yoghurt)= curdling, it will cause them or any person to vomit."
11/13/2012: Ellie from Stga Sps, Ny replies: "I have to agree with Angie, Waverly, Oh. She recommended using cedar shavings instead of straw in a dog house. I bought catlitter cedar shavings and also used it to insulate my rosebush with it for winter. Surprisingly the following year for the first time my rosebush didn't have a bug anywhere on it or holes in the leaves as it previously had year after year. It is sold as catlitter and may be great to retard fleas and other critters too. Ellie"
[YEA] 10/08/2009: April from Scio, Ohio: "I read on this site about using apple cider vinegar diluted for fleas on my dog. He was really really bad! He was constantly itching and biting at them but I didnt see any fleas at first and he went 2-3 weeks with scratching and biting at himself. I felt so bad for him I called the vet and they told me it was probably dry skin, so they said to rub in vegetable oil into his skin. So I tried it and while I was doing that I finally noticed the fleas. He has really thick hair so when I checked the first time they might not have been very bad, well today I noticed them and they were horrible. He has big spots of hair missing and skin broke open. It was kind of late and so I needed something from home I could use until going to the store so I looked up home remedies for fleas and found this site....I applied the ACV and water 50/50 about 30 minutes ago and I have already noticed a difference in him!!!! I have never been happier in my life! He can finally have relief from it. Thank you soooo much...Rusty thanks you all on here!"Replies
05/10/2010: Montica from Portland, Oregon replies: "We recently came back from my brother & sister-in-laws house where we had visited & stupidly took our dog. We brought back unknowingly a whole army of fleas. Our dog, Annie is a Black Lab with webbed feet and a huge amount of allergies. She has horrible abscesses inbetween her toes and on her body now because of the fleas. All of us in the house are allergic to the bites & I am getting open sores. We put Genetian Violet extract on the abscesses after an epsom salt bath. It made her quit chewing on her feet. :)
Will the acidity of the ACV damage her skin? She already stinks because of the skin allergies & what we think is skin fungus. We have tried EVERYTHING for her including changing her diet to antifungal shampoos & sprays, PLEASE HELP!!! We are at a loss for what to try next. Also... We have one room (with the kitty litter box & computer) that seems to be overly infested (more-so than anywhere else) and we cant figure out why & what to do about it. Does the ACV actually kill fleas on the carpet, or just deter them??"
06/24/2010: Deana from Columbus, Ohio replies: "In response to Montica from Portland, Oregon, I think probiotic enzymes might be your answer. I have a Shepherd/Husky mix who started getting what I was told was a skin allergy when he was about 11 years old. I had the vet do an allergy workup and was told he was allergic to everything and would need allergy shots for the rest of his life. I was told there was no cure. Not buying the "no cure" mantra from anyone, I went to another vet for a second opinion. This vet told me that fungal infections produce effects that mimic allergic reactions and treated my dog with a prescription anti-fungal. It worked, but about two weeks after my two-month supply was gone, the itching, scratching, red skin, dry/black skin started returning. My vet told me it was not a good idea to keep my dog on the anit-fungal treatment consistently. I did tons of research over hours and hours, days and days, and even had my dog on a completely natural meat diet with vegetables and supplements. This helped, but he still had the problem. Then I gave him probiotic enzymes. I bought the people-grade, multi-enzyme probiotics from Wal-Mart for less than $5 a bottle. As long as I give him a probiotic enzyme pill with each meal, he does not have any more itching, red, raw, or dark-colored skin. His skin is perfectly healthy. He is 15 now and doing well. I found that yes, it was a fungus in the body. Fungus is caused by a yeast overgrowth in the body. It can have many symptoms, including itching skin. The enzymes create more good bacteria in the system which doesn't allow for yeast overgrowth. It's the same concept as women taking probiotics or eating it in Activia or other yogurts to deter yeast infections. For anyone who has gas, acid reflux, hives and a number of other afflictions, often yeast overgrowth in the system is the culprit. Take probiotic enzymes and the problem goes away. I've spent years researching this and other health issues, and have found the most amazing results by going the natural route. I thank Earth Clinic for taking me down this road in the first place a few years ago. This site is a true godsend. For you naysayers who discount this site, try what's working for others. You'll change your tune in a heartbeat."
[YEA] 09/25/2009: Melissa from Budd Lake, Nj: "I came upon this site while looking for a home cure for fleas for my kitten and I can't be grateful enough. We adopted a kitten that was found in the woods and after we had had him for 3 weeks, my husband one day noticed what he thought were fleas. I looked online only to find Apple Cider Vinegar as a primary cure when used with water. So we gave him a little bath -- actually, we gave him 3 baths in 2 days with warm water and the ACV. The first instance, we saw fleas, as many had claimed, jumping for higher ground -- the head. So in the 2nd bath, we put some ACV around the key areas (everywhere on the head but the eys and nose) and sure enough, when we bathed the rest of him, those fleas had nowhere to go but into the bathwater - straight to their demise. The last bath we gave him -- there was NOT A SIGN of a single flea. Nothing jumped off our kitten whatsoever. It might have helped that we took some ACV that 1st night and dabbed it on his fur to ensure that if we had missed any, they might abandon ship throughout the night. Looks like ACV is a great first resort for the critters, not to mention that it's safe!"Replies
09/29/2009: Cheesetazmallyshadow from Chicago, Il replies: "I just tried the acv bath and the smallest little sucker fleas just started falling off, so many I had no idea how small they could be. I tried it on my two 10 yr old cats and my two pups one 3yr old 20lb guy and one 7yr old 35lb fella. My dogs did very well with it but I my cats stomach turned and they started throwing up. If anyone can help it would be great. They've stopped now and its better than when my dog threw up blood after I used a toxic spray, so I'm not too worried but if someone could tell me if 1/2 avc to 1/2 water is too much should I cut it more? Thanks now off to wash the floor with avc too!"
09/21/2009: Katherine from Raytown, Missouri: "I have an 11 year old saint/sheperd mix with the most stubborn fleas i have all the sprays and powders i can think of and still have fleas, we shaved off his hair cause he now has hot spots everywhere and couldn't treat them through his hair. I cook with garlic almost daily and pour the juice over his food does it not work if you cook it? I will try the vinger too cause i also have a 20 year old cat who is senile and can't remember if she ate seriously, she is very small has been for past 17 yrs that i have had her don't know why vet says she is healthly just little like 7 pounds. Don't want to use chemicals cause we have a 10 month old baby who crawls and puts everything in her mouth and worried about making her sick. will the cat drink the water and not get sick? willing to try everything thanks for the advise."
EC: Hi Katherine, will you please tell us what brand of food you are feeding your dog? Some brands make the flea issue much worse, which is why we are asking. Thanks!
09/22/2009: Katherine from Raytown, Missouri replies: "we feed him whatever is on sale, he's been on ol'roy for the past 6months.I use the store brands and then give him chicken breast, ground chuck, and pork in his food whatever meat we are eating he gets and always gets the broth from what we cook, only thing he doesn't get is dairy found he to be lactose intolerant. I bathed him again in dawn and tried the acv last night and covered my house in it too, wet my carpet with it before we went to bed and furniture too, so far this morning i don't see fleas on him or my daughter. Cats aren't happy bathed all three of them in dawm and acv 2 are 12yrs old outside only and the other is 20yrs old and i don't let her out cause she is too senile to come back in. we fed the cats friskies.so cats are mad and my house smells like pickles but if it gets rid of the fleas i don't care what it smells like lol. do you need to repeat anytime soon? i put some acv in the water too will do that daily."
EC: Thank you for the update!
11/03/2009: Michelle from Rock Hill, Sc replies: "Just so everyone knows... When giving Garlic it needs to be fresh... Cooked Garlic, for some reason, does not work as well. One piece of Garlic Clove or about a table spoon of Crushed Garlic once a week should be enough. Too much Garlic will make your Pet sick.. But Fresh Garlic, helps keep fleas off, and Kills Intestinal Worms. (I hide the Garlic in a a cooked egg, or a piece of sandwich meat )"
06/13/2010: Terry from Birmingham, Alabama replies: "This article mentions garlic. According to Catherine L. Barker of the National Geographic and my own vet, garlic should NEVER be given to dogs. Garlic breaks down a dog's red blood cells, leading to anemia and possible kidney failure from leaking hemoglobin. The damage to hemoglobin is CUMULATIVE, so even small tastes over time can be worse than wolfing down the whole bulb. Same is true for onions. Please, never give your pet garlic or onions in any form. Many major manufacturers, so far, haven't gotten the message -- many dog treats and brands of wet and dry food contain onions and garlic."
EC: Please see this article: http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/garlic_for_dogs.html#ARTICLE
and the many reviews on garlic for dogs here: http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/garlic_for_dogs.html#GARLICFORDOGS
09/18/2011: Leah from Costa Mesa, Ca. replies: "The vinegar sounds great, it works on itching for people rather well, it itches at first but then it stops and the original itching is no more. I have a blood protien abnormal issue and my scalp gets sores that the vinegar heals. For cats, they have an issue that their skin would be too dry to use vinegar, so my vet said no. I am a psychic and I think I'll try the stone! Frontline plus no longer works on most animals. Mine at least. A new product called vectra for cats is all my vet uses except revolution. Revolution is too strong for my kitty. I hate any chemicals but I need to use this. I used capstar until I have 30 days time period that the frontline had been applied before I'll use the vectra. Capstar does work, and the fleabusters is scary! My baby cat and I have a bit of asthma and it can ruin your lungs permanently with boric posisoning. Look at the reviews on amazon.com and you would be afraid to use it! I won't!!! I am vaccuming a lot, using a flea comb and capstar until oct. First, then the vectra. I use the flea comb every time I see a scratch on my kitty. I am not finding fleas now but it's a matter of time till more might hatch. I think continuing the capstar once of twice a week till the vectra should keep the buggies in line! I am not getting bit. I saw one on my pj leg last night but I grabbed it and put it down the drain with hot water. I wipe down and wash her beddings ect. every two to three days. We live by the beach so I think it is sand fleas. My baby has never been outside."
09/09/2009: Jean from Morgan Hill, Ca: "I have a yorkie and just found out she is 4 weeks pregnant and also found out she has fleas. I have never had this problem before and my vet had advised us not to use any chemicals to get rid of the fleas. So I found this site and was wondering if this would be safe for her to bath in and to add apple cider vinegar to her water???"Replies
[YEA] 05/22/2011: Dee from Jackson, Nj replies: "From N. J. RE: FLEAS.... I used Dawn Dish Liquid on my cat and it kills the fleas alminsed him off ost immediately, now I have a pretty bad infestation so I just relather up the cat left him in the bathroom for 15 minutes and rinsed the soap off and rinsed him off again with ACV... Wallah!!! NO FLEAS on the cat... Now just waiting on the flea bombs to do their job."
08/19/2009: Trish from Cathlamet, Washington: "I was given two adorable kittens (Cookies & Cream) and they were infested with fleas. Now my teacup poodle has them too. I am going to try the ACV in bath and in their water. My little Muffy has a major problem with the runny eyes. Vet said it was a hazzard of down breeding. Will let you know if it works on her eyes. I do lots of surfing on the web, and this is an AWESOME site. Will add it to my favorites...I really prefer natural to chemical....Besides it is WAY cheaper. Love my babies, but like to keep a little ca ching in my pocket also...."Replies
08/19/2009: Nancy from Richmond, Va replies: "Thank goodness I read all this - I have 3 cats with fleas and a house jumping with them. I'm still unclear on how you treat cats [not kittens]. I can't see any of mine sitting still long enough to be sprayed, LOL. My shorthaired cats should be pretty easy to spray as they run by, but the long haired cat - do you soak the cat to get to their skin? I'm going to try it in their water, here's hoping. Also thanks for the reminder on where to buy DE. It didn't work for me last time I used it but believe that at the time they said to only leave it on for a couple hrs. Never heard to leave it longer ... gonna try that too for the house. I am entertained watching the cats run for a table and leap from table to table to avoid the floors, but this has gotta stop!"
08/28/2009: 2manypets from Woodbridge, Nj replies: "I tried the organic ACV on my dog. He's a german shephard/timberwolf mix. He's very allergic to fleas and all chemicals to get rid of them. He's been itching and scratching and biting and his hair all fell out. I tried to rub him down with the ACV mixture, 1/3 cup acv to 1 cup of water. He's still scratching badly. Am I not using a strong enough mixture? By the way - he LOVES it and has been licking it off! I also put a capful in his water. This dog is the sweetest, gentle, most loveable dog I have ever had. I hate to see him in agony and not feeling well. I will try anything to help him out.
Also, when he is not feeling well from his allergies, he also pees and defecates in the house. Is this normal? He never does it any other time."
09/29/2009: Rob from Brooklyn, Ny replies: "I HAVE 3 DOGS AND 3 CATS THE DOGS ARE ITCHING LIKE CRAZY. USED THE FLEA SHAMPOOS. HAVE 1 CAT SUFFERING INSANELY. I AM GOING TO TRY THE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOU INPUT. I WILL WRITE BACK WITH THE RESULTS."
01/16/2010: Kim from Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania replies: "never use more than a couple of tablespoons per gallon when adding apple cider vinegar to your pets' water dish. More than that can dry out their skin and cause an itchy rash. Not to mention, they probably won't drink it, anyway!"
[YEA] 08/03/2009: Amber from Altamont, Ny: "I have had a flea infestation from hell for the past 4 months, I had to have a cat put to sleep that had a VERY severe reaction to the flea bites. I just tried the Apple Cider Vinegar on my 9 week old puppy and immeditaly the fleas died that were on her belly. I would DEFINATELY recommend trying this treatment!!!"Replies
[YEA] 06/02/2011: Sidrah from Southport, Ct replies: "Besides apple cider vinegar treatment, I would also recommend making a spray of Lavendar. Get a small spray bottle, and fill with warm water. Add two drops of lavender oil and shake well. Simply spray a small amount on your dogs coat to help deter fleas from living there. You can spray this mixture on them a couple times a day if needed. Be sure to avoid spraying it in their eyes."
[YEA] 01/07/2012: Shawna from Bakersfield, Ca replies: "I started washing my dog with Lavender baby shampoo and rinsing her in diluted ACV 3 days ago and she has completely stopped scratching. Her fleas were so bad she has open sores all over from scratching. I put a little bit of it in her drinking water but know my kitten won't drink it so today I started misting them both with the diluted ACV. It cured the problem quickly so hopefully it will keep them away as we haven't noticed any around the house yet. Good luck to everyone searching for solutions, it's nice to see so many people who want to use only natural products!"
[YEA] 08/02/2009: Rebecca from Oxford, Mississippi: "I just got a tiny Chihuahua puppy that was covered in fleas. There has been a major flea infestation this summer here in Mississippi. I already had a German Shepherd, Chihuahua, and 2 cats who are also infested. I just took the puppy and dipped her in a bowl of half water half white vinegar, THE FLEAS ARE OFF OF HER! I left the bowl sitting so that I can put any fleas I find in the bowl and let them die. I am about to dip my other Chihuahua and then spray down the German and the cats. Fleas really scramble and HATE this vinegar. I would rather smell the vinegar than have the fleas. I am also going to start putting it in their water. This is an amazing, cheap remedy. The Advantage, Advantix, Frontline, nothing worked...thank God for vinegar!"Replies
08/31/2009: Carol from Pittsburgh, Pa replies: "I don't think it is a good idea to put vinegar in a pet's water. This is disgusting. If you wouldn't drink it why would they? You will make the pet not want to drink water and then they will have kidney trouble."
09/07/2009: Haley from Schenectady, Ny, Usa replies: "It's totally safe and healthful to use apple cider vinegar in a pet's water, as long as you buy the slightly more organic brand available in, say, the natural section at your local grocery store. Start with just adding a capful to a bowl of cold water, and mix it up a little. I haven't had one feline refuse - in fact, the water goes faster. Animals love salty tastes, that's why they lick us so much, and you can increase the amount if the flea infestation is very bad. This will also clear up any black gunk around a cats eyes or nose, and make their fur shiny and soft. As a cat owner for more than 20 years, always with multiple cats, I've never had a problem with water refusal due to vinegar as long as you buy organic apple cider vinegar. In contrast, I've had cats foam at the mouth when given drop flea treatments - which would you prefer?"
11/01/2009: Millee from Erie, Pa replies: "HEY CAROL.....I DO DRINK THE ACV MIXED W WATER EVERYDAY...LOL....HALF BOTTLE ON MY WAY TO WORK AND HALF ON THE WAY BACK.....IT'S GOOD FOR SO MANY THINGS AND JUST GENERAL HEALTH FOR HUMANS AND FURKIDS!!! GET THE UNFILITERED ONLY!!....USUALLY FOUND IN HEALTH FOOD STORE.....WON'T GO IN TO ALL THE BENEFITS BUT JUST GOOGLE AND YOU WILL BE AMAZED!!! I GOT IT ORIGINALLY FOR MY PETS BUT AFTER READING ALL THE BENEFITS STARTED TAKING IT MYSELF!! YOU JUST PUT IN ABOUT A TEASPOON TO A BOWL OF WATER....TASTES LIKE LEMON WATER!"
11/09/2009: Saralin from Springfield, Il replies: "My partner and I both drink unpasteurized ACV all the time, and am looking forward to giving my cats some & bathe them to get rid of the fleas!! They never drink water, and it is a problem.. I'll also report if their typical chronic persian cat eye/nose gunk problem clears up. Thanks!!!!!! and i think I'll use DE for the carpet!!"
06/30/2012: Shay from Tustin, Ca replies: "What exactly is DE?"
EC: DE= diatomaceous earth