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
11/07/2012: J from New York, Ny: "Do not use it if you have pets it certainly is bad for their respiration! (I did plenty of research when I used it against bedbugs a few years ..."
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Apple Cider Vinegar
[QUESTION] 07/06/2009: Clarissa from Springfield, Mass: "I haven't tried the ACV yet on my dogs. I did buy it and I want to start using it but first I have a couple of questions. I have six dogs and they range in size. First I have a pug which is in medium size and then three other dogs that I would say are small to medium size and the last two are small. Now how would I measure the ACV in their water since they drink out of the same water bowl and they also share the same food bowl??"Replies
07/15/2009: Doby girl from Ozark, Al replies: "I have been using ACV on my doberman for fleas for a monoth and it has worked. I take a cup of vinegar and a cup and a half of water. Just smell to see if it is too strong and it has been working. I have tried it with my lab but she will not let me spray her so I have continued using the K-9 with her. I have also used speramint oil for flies. I use 15-20 drops in one of the big spray bottles that is half full. It works great. This is a great site."
05/27/2009: Jennifer from Reynoldsburg, Ohio: "I was so happy to find your site! Not only does it give the possible solutions with home remedies, but gives warnings (which are important!) and negative comments as well. I will not use chemicals on my dogs if at all possible and use white vinegar for all of my house cleaning. I found the ACV solutions very helpful and will try this for my dogs' Summer itching and flea prevention. Thanks so much!!"Replies
07/02/2009: Kaitlin from Lansing, MI replies: "I put half ACV and half water in a squirt bottle and sprayed my dogs, but am wondering if too much ACV is bad for them, they keep licking it off themselfs.....can they get sick?"
12/11/2011: Ay from Ahoskie, Nc replies: "Coat dog in a mixture of cocacola & palmolive dish dertergent. Let this dry to a sticky film. Hose dog down while brushing at the same time. Lightly towel to a dry dampness. Blow dry on cool or low setting. Good for 30 to 90 days."
12/11/2011: Jay from Ahoskie, Nc replies: "Soak dog with coca-cola, let dry until sticky [wrap a towel on to keep from getting on furniture] use a 12 ounce bottle of pamolive dish liquid, rub in to coat thoroughly."
02/24/2009: Lisa from Central Point, OR: "I have just started putting ACV in my dog's water and food. I mainly wanted to stop some tear stains that were happening, but I am also hoping it will keep fleas away this season. As I was reading this site, I was getting concerned when I read it can help with weight loss...my dog doesn't need to lose weight. How much would be too much to feed to a 15 lb. dog? I am currently putting 5 eyedrops of the ACV on his food, twice daily, and then 1 tbs. per a 5 cups of water. His dish holds 2 cups and right now that takes him about 2 days to drink. Is this too much or too little? Or is it an ok amount? He seems to be tolerating it just fine. I know it is way too soon to see results for either issue I am trying it for. But I am hoping and praying it works."Replies
03/17/2009: Shannon from Orlando, FL replies: "Found this is on the _____ website, thought I'd share!
I began using ACV as a supplement for my dogs in 1994. Some holistic health practitioners recommend that ACV be placed in a dog's drinking water. I recommend placing it in fresh food because I believe that a dog's drinking water should be free of additives, with the exception of an electrolyte solution or a medicinal product that is used on a short-term basis. The dosage I use is 1 tsp. for small dogs and 1 tbs. for medium-large dogs. It can also be given orally diluted in water under the guidance of a vet or holistic health practitioner.
ACV can be useful to your dog's health in conjunction with feeding it a wide variety of foods, but should never be looked upon as a panacea. Fresh food ingredients, such as raw meat and bones, fruits, vegetables, grains and dairy products make up the wholeness that will effectively help your dog to achieve optimum health.
Often times one looks for the magic ingredient that will miraculously make their dog well. Whether it is an antibiotic, grapefruit seed extract, Aloe vera or milk thistle... there will always be a single popular or trendy supplement of the moment and this supplement will be promoted as the great healing agent. But, if we focus on the part rather than the whole we are not taking a holistic approach to our dog's health."
Vinegar for Pets and Animals, Part Two
From Pat Veretto, Your Guide to Frugal Living.
Fleas, fish and tear stains
We add apple cider vinegar to our goats water all year around. It seems to repel flies in the summer and causes the water not to freeze as fast in the winter. We only add about an eigth of a cup to each 5 gallon bucket. Some people told us that this would give the milk an "off" flavor, but we have yet to find that. Maybe it would if we were giving them white vinegar. Anyhow, the bonus is that our goats LOVE it!
For reducing swelling on a horse (or any animal), wrap the leg in a rag soaked in apple cider vinegar. Wrap in plastic and then bandage to hold it in place - leave on for 4 or more hours.
I got a new puppy just covered in fleas. The store bought flea killers were for older puppies. We used apple vinegar to dip him in and rinsed him off with water. It did the trick.
I had a completely white bulldog with black spotted skin. He had dark tear stains running from his tear duct area down. I tried a few of the tear bleaching products sold for dogs but none worked (besides being expensive). I also tried some suggested home remedies (e.g. hydrogen peroxide, etc.) and those were not effective either. A vet told me the tear stains were caused by the acidity in the dogs system and if I neutralized his system, the stains would go away.
His suggestion was to put vinegar in the dogs drinking water! He suggested putting just a "tiny" bit of vinegar in the drinking water for a few days (I interpreted that as about 1/4 of a vinegar bottles cap full) and then increase the amount of vinegar added until I was adding about a teaspoon to the drinking water each day (I would estimate his drinking water bowl to contain about 5 cups of water.) Each time I changed or added water to his bowl, I also added the vinegar. Within a few weeks, the tear stains were gone for good!
Years ago, I put vinegar in my two dogs drinking water. I had never seen a flea. Start with only a little, so they will get used to the taste. I am now doing it to my Siamese cats. No fleas. Put a tablespoon of vinegar in your dog's drinking water every day and you will no longer have those brown spots in your lawn from the dog's urine.
For flies, you can mix 1/3 Vinegar (any type but Apple Cider smells better), 1/3 water, and 1/3 Pine Sol (and scent but I like Orange). Mix in a spray bottle and it makes the greatest fly spray for horses (and other animals -- dogs, goats, etc.) as well as barn spray to keep flies down. I live in Texas where the flies are monsters and this REALLY truly works!!! The three vets I have talked about it with said it was 100% safe and the Pine Sol contains less powerful and harmful chemicals than actual fly spray! The 1,000's of horse owners that have used it (I got the recipe off a very popular horse website) have used it with no ill effects what so ever for years now. This will save you a ton of money and less yucky chemicals!"
07/20/2009: SUZE from Orange, CA replies: "NO, NO, NO. Never use Pine-sol or anything with the ending -sol on your animals. This is a deadly toxin and pets can get sick or die just by breathing in the fumes. Bottom line, is to avoid any man made chemicals."
08/01/2009: I_luv_my_cats69 from Campton, Florida replies: "I was just wondering if I can use Apple Cider Vinegar on my cats too?? I have been reading this page, and it only mentions dogs."
EC: Yes! Please read: http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/acv_for_cats.html
03/03/2012: Lisa from Central Point, Or replies: "This is Lisa, from Central Point, OR again. I had forgotten I had put up a question here, about ACV and pets, back in 2009. I wanted to give an update. Ever since that time, I have been putting approx. 1 tsp. A day, in my dog's homemade food. There is a lot of water content in it, and my dog's don't mind it in their food, but really don't care for it in their waterdish. Anyway, I have been using ACV for several years now and I have yet to see a flea or tick on them. I still have to treat our yard and home, once in awhile, but no fleas are ever on the dogs, when using the ACV. One of our dogs, we had put on kibble, forgetting that they were not getting any ACV, and within a few weeks, had a flea on them. So put him back on the food with the ACV and once again, no fleas. Eyestains are better but not completely away. I recommend ACV for flea and tick prevention."
[YEA] 02/10/2009: Romana from Chaparral, Otero County: "I would like to Thank you for having this web site!! For those who have no idea how ACV works wonders on cats .. I use it for a flea spary and non of my pets have ever had fleas or ticks . Thanks R.L.W & kitty crew Chaparral N.M"Replies
10/13/2009: Candy from Kansas City, Mo replies: "I need help, I have two cats that has fleas so bad I try Frontline on them one of them I had to take to the Vet. because she went into shock per the Vet. I have try giving them acv bath but these two cats I cannot handle by myself to bathe them. The only thing I can say is that my house does not have carpet, but I desperately need help to get rid of these fleas from my home and my two cats, that are not outside cats. This is the first time I have this problem and it is driving Jasper and Baby and me crazy. Jasper he is eight year old I have had him for six of his eight years. Baby came to me just two years ago very mistreated and it took me six months just to get her to come out of her room still if someone showed up she gone in sixty seconds. So I really need help to get rid of this flea infestation I got.
Thanks, Candy in K.C. Mo."
08/15/2012: Sandy from Grand Rapids, Michigan replies: "what we do to bath a cat it fill the yub with the soapy water. Put cat in cover with laundry basket with holes in it. then just drain the water and spray the cat threw the holes and then let them go. protects your hands and arms from there claws."
11/04/2008: Jen from Kirkwood, MO: "I have purchased ACV in a tablet form. I wrap it in cheese and give to my dog. I also am taking it myself. It's much better than drinking it! We just started it for fleas, so I'm not sure if it works yet, but I'll try to post back."Replies
11/22/2008: Shanna from ottawa, ontario replies: "I just got a kitten, he's 8 weeks old. He is infested with fleas. I also have an 18 year old cat who now has fleas thanks to the kitten. I treated him with Zodiac spot on...What a waste of money, infact it seemed to get worst. I was wondering if ACV is safe for a kitten his age?"
[YEA] 07/03/2009: Mary from Rhome, Tx replies: "We used ACV on our kittens in the barn, they are almost 2 weeks and on the mother, it got rid of the fleas and didn't hurt the kittens."
10/22/2008: Jill from Newport News, VA: "We just moved into a new house and it is completely infested with fleas! The previous owners had 3 large dogs. I have tried everything and the neighbors said it is "that time of year". Myself and my son (not my husband) have been getting bites all over. My Jack Russell was is so miserable. I read on this site that the ACV works well so I went out and bought a large container and sprayed the dog, the furniture and all the floors ( carpet and hardwood). Can anyone tell me how long it takes to start noticing a difference?"Replies
07/14/2009: Tara from Milford, NY replies: "I have hardwood floors and oriental rugs, tile, and cement in our basement and I am wondering if the ACV on your furniture and floors worked for you? Thank you."
10/21/2008: Toni from Ponca City, Oklahoma: "I don't have a comment yet, just read your articles yesterday, however, I have hardwood floors in an old two-story house. I have many cats, 2 older dogs, aquarium fish and 2 parrots. No one had comments on the hardwood floors, danger to birds and cats walking on some of the treatments mentioned, namely distomaceous earth. I got a flea infestation this year and they are attacking me too, but no sores (not allegeric I assume). Any suggestions about cats walking around on these treatments or my birds inhaling any of these products? Pets and me leaving the house is not an option.
Would appreciate your feedback and I will use the ACV and garlic as a spay on the hardwood floors, on the cats and dogs and in their water (organic, I assume or distilled?)
Thank you, Toni"
02/06/2009: Dan from Brooklyn, Iowa replies: "I don't have hardwood floors, I have vinyl and carpet, what I use for fleas on my floors may work for your hardwood floors. Since I have 10 cats,I use one box of baking soda to 4 tablespoons of table salt, mix them togethor and sprinkle on the floors covering the whole floors leave standing for 24-48 hours, then vaccum repeat process every 15 days for 6-8 weeks depending on how bad the infestation is. Why does this works for me is the baking soda kills live fleas, and the salt dries up the eggs, bonus its safe to use around your pets (no hazardous chemicals), and it leaves my carpets smelling fresh. For my cats I put 3 drops using a eyedropper of ACV into their water, this leaves their coats shiney, velvety soft, and thick, plus it gets rid of fleas, its been proven fleas don't like acidic skin. I hope this helps you."
11/16/2009: Barbara from Wichita, Ks replies: "Wish I had found this site before I wasted my money on Advantage. My cats don't go out, but the maintenance men or visitors sometimes bring fleas in to the apartment. I'm going to try the vinegar solution.
On a side note, those who are interested in DE (diatomaceous earth) should be aware of two things: 1) Use only garden or food grade DE, not pool grade and 2) DE is only harmful to shelled insects such as fleas and roaches. It will not harm your pet."
12/01/2009: Melissa from Easley, Sc replies: "just wondering if you can use white vinegar?"
11/07/2012: J from New York, Ny replies: "Do not use it if you have pets it certainly is bad for their respiration! (I did plenty of research when I used it against bedbugs a few years ago)."
[YEA] 10/20/2008: Pat from Monticello, Georgia: "My 5 month old kitten unfortunately has fleas and so he is constantly scratching and biting. I read on another website (written by a vet) about using ACV. You use 1/2 water & 1/2 ACV or just regular vinegar in a spray bottle. While you spray it on you also rub it into their skin. Apparently the fleas don't like the smell or the taste of it and won't stay on the cat.The article also said that cats don't like the smell of vinegar. It seems to be working. My kitten isn't scratching as much (hardly at all), but boy is he licking at the vinegar and water combination. The article also said that the vinegar and water combo will help heal the sores that were created from the scratching and biting. I just thought I would pass this on."
[WARNING!] 10/06/2008: Suzanne from Harrisburg, PA: "I used organic apple cider vinegar in the past in my dogs water, but lately I have gotten a flea infestation. One of my dogs is allergic to fleas and has lost hair and had open sores on his body because of his biting. I just wanted to let people know who use the apple cider vinegar NOT TO SPRAY THE DOG WITH OPEN SORES WITH THE VINEGAR. Some people may know this and some people may not. I had flea bites myself and put some on the bites and about cried it burned so bad. So please if your animal has open sores don't spray them with this. I would rather put it in the water."Replies
10/15/2008: Denise from Butler, PA replies: "Rub your dog's coat with Avon's Skin So Soft. It repells fleas, dont over do it because it makes the fur a little greasy, it works."
11/13/2008: Rachel from Underwood, Indiana replies: "I use to have a ferret that was allergic to fleas. She had loss of hair, and weight, she had become animic due to the blood loss of the flea bites. I just read this post and it reminded me of not only Skin -so-soft but Avon's Intensive Care lotion. I would give my ferret baths with Dawn dishsoap,(which kills fleas instantly without having to let the animal sit with the soap waiting for it to work)Dawn does remove all the natural oils on the skin though. So it works great for killing the fleas, but then they are still itching from the dry skin. So to try to help with the dry skin I put the lotion on, then I discovered that the lotion repelled and killed the fleas for a couple of days. Then I would just put some more lotion on. She gained all her weight back and her hair grew back even thicker and lusher than ever before. The only problem I had with it was it did make her coat oily looking and she loved to lick it. It must taste good but it did not apparently hurt her."
09/23/2008: Jillian from Omemee, Ontario: "I have a 9 year old german shepard mix and she has had fleas for about a month now and nothing has worked. It has resulted in my house being infested with fleas and now I am being bit by them and it's so bad that they are turning into open sores. I guess i'm allergic to the fleas too. I've tried everything and now am at a loss for words. I now have searched the internet for help and found this site. I have an appointment tonight to have my carpets steam cleaned to see if we can have any result in riding my house of these nasty little creatures. I am also going to try the whole Apple Cider Vinegar thing. It sounds like it might help. Also before my carpets get cleaned i'm going to wash my dog with Dawn dish soap and see if it makes a difference. If anyone could help me find some info on why I myself am being bit so bad and what I could do because they have opened up to quarter sized sores I would be very grateful. Thanks so much!"Replies
09/23/2008: M from Oz, KS replies: "hope this helps googled info:
Borax Eliminates Fleas
Mix four parts of Borax with one part of salt, and sprinkle over your carpet. The mixture gets down amongst the fibers, and dehydrates the fleas and eggs, and prevents them re-hatching. This works great, and it is much more effective and cheaper than "flea bombs."
editor's note: Some parents prefer to keep Borax away children. Especially if the children crawl or play on the carpets.
Flea Advice from a Vet
As a veterinarian in Louisianna, I have been dealing with fleas for over 20 years. If Donna takes the following steps her fleas will be gone in 45-60 days and will not return.
1. Bring the cats to her vet and get a Program injection every six months.
2. Give her dog Program (or Sentinel) monthly.
3. Treat all four pets with Frontline spray monthly.
All of these products are the safest fleas products we've ever had. No Premise treatment will be necessary! The total cost of this program is less than thirty dollars a month."
08/30/2008: Laurie from Fort Valley, GA: "To all of those that have moved into homes and got mad at previous occupant. Remember the cycle of the insect. If they steam cleaned the carpet they did a good job....BUT the eggs then hatched and the breeding began. I used the type that sends the spray in the air. We went to new home and set it up. Only to come back to a total infestation. So all well intentions should be followed up by spraying the home with Apple Cider Vineager. (Yes sometimes people are just pigs) (Previous cleaning company owner) Good luck to all. By the way vineager in a natural deoderizer, the smell will go away. If you like fish after cooking, set a small bowl of vineager on counter and it will asorb the oder. Then send down drain, kills bad oders there also. (straight in a bug sprayer) Also use in my yard."Replies
09/11/2008: Nancy from Gloucester, MA replies: "The fleas are on my Flat Coated Retriever-seems like the same time last year. I tried putting ACV in his water, but he wouldn't drink it. Is there another way to get it in his system-droppers or mixing it with food so he can't detect the taste? For right now I've sprayed him down with it, but would like to get it inside him. Thank you."
[YEA] 10/01/2008: Leslie from Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico replies: "I have used apple cider vinegar for several purposes for my dogs. I give it to them the way I drink it, in warm water with honey. This way the ph is balanced also. You can also try to give it to your dog in yogurt."
07/14/2009: Angela from Rutland, VT replies: "For Laurie From Fort Calley. I understand how frustrating it can be to deal with fleas but your comment about some people are just pigs was uncalled for. Fleas go into any type of home with any type of people. And yes sometimes if a place has been unocupied for a while and windows are left open ( in your case probably cuz they cleaned the place out and cleaned the carpets as u said) Fleas will get inside and even chiggers. Which are just as bad if u ask me. SO my point is Fleas dont are not selective on where they infest. Piggy people and Clean people are equal in that aspect. Get over it. Believe me i keep clean and it offends me to think that u may as well be sayin cuz i have fleas i'm a Pig. Who are u??????"
01/02/2010: Anna from Ocala, Florida, United States replies: "I think you were taking something personally in Laurie's post that was a long way from applying to you. Her statement did not apply to Fleas it applied to the fact that she owned a cleaning company and that there are people who DO NOT do the things that were mentioned prior to moving out of a house. I recently leased a home that when I took possession of the keys, I had to do much more than wipe down and surface clean. It seems as if the previous occupants had never so much as swept the floor so yes "SOME" people are pigs. Get over it. She was not talking about you."
[YEA] 07/22/2008: Rachel from Johns Island, SC: "After reading all the feedback about Apple Cider Vinegar, I was eager to try it. I originally researched it because of the horrid flea infestation on my dogs. I have two Great Danes, one of whom recently experienced a bad reaction to the Frontline we had been using (weird!) for years.
So, I bathed them in baby shampoo and then sprayed some Apple Cider Vinegar on them both. Poof! Within two weeks of spraying every other day and adding a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to each gallon of their water, they practically live outside (Johns Island is notorious for fleas) and not a single flea. I'm not sure about ticks, though, because they rarely get them in the first place.
So, meanwhile, my son is getting eaten alive in our house. The fleas didn't touch the cat (I used the same process on the cat), my husband or myself but apparently my son was delicious. We tried gentle bug-repellent, natural bug-repellents, nothing worked to keep them off. I bombed the house, but then the eggs hatched and we went 'round and 'round again. To top it off, he developed an allergy to flea bites so now instead of just itchy little bites, each bite turns into about a dollar-bill-sized rash.
So, I began to give him a light tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar per day mixed in with 8 oz. of water. Not three times like you'd do for weight-loss, but like you would do for the dogs or the cat and lo and behold, after another week of benedryl and calamine lotion, he stopped getting bitten. It took almost three weeks to really work for my son, though, so be patient if you want to try this. I also talked to my doctor and he says it's alright (for my son, not medical advice!) just as long as he kept drinking lots of water and kept up his vitamins because, apparently, a high dosage of vinegar can sometimes deplete you of necessary vitamins and minerals as well as speed dehydration, not much but enough to notice.
I kept this up until I didn't spot a single flea for about a month, then took my son off the vinegar (about two and a half months).
Now, I don't know if this was a side effect of the vinegar or just getting rid of the stress of the flea bites, but my son stopped wetting the bed about halfway through the vinegar "treatment". The only reason I mention it is because someone else posted on here that her grandfather? (sorry, not sure) gave her a spoonful of vinegar and honey in water to help her to stop wetting the bed. But, like I said, it could have been either and most likely taking away the rash-stress was the determining factor.
I just started reading the comments on how Apple Cider Vinegar can help you shed those few extra unwanted pounds, so I'm trying it. I'll try to keep you guys updated, I'm pretty excited about it!"
[YEA] 04/12/2008: Brandy from Dallas, TX: "I have a one and a half year old pekignese/pomeranian mix who in the last couple of months has shown symptoms of flea allergies, constant licking biting and scratching of her hind legs and rear end as well as her feet. We would find maybe 3-4 fleas on her a week. Which on a dog without allergy probably would not cause this kind of reaction. I wanted to only use natural treatments to try to cure this problem so I looked online and found alot of information. To treat my yard I used diacomateous earth, which is a fossil that kills bugs by injesting/breathing these sharp peices of fossil. Inside my house I did a salt and borax detergent on the floors and furniture. I did this every two weeks attempting to rid my house of any fleas. My dog still had hot spots, and was losing hair and getting scabs from her itching. I also tried lavender essential oil on her collar, and in the bath, and I used Dawn dishwashing detergent to try and drown any fleas that may be on her. This was all in addition to the advantix monthly treatment. These monthly treatments kill the flea when they bite the treated animal, the problem was keeping the fleas from even getting on her. One bite meant misery for my sweet pup. My vet told me to try benadryl and I did that to try to prevent her from itching, while I looked for another remedy. I came upon this site and started using it in her water just a small drop in her water once a day. Then last weekend I tried the half water half ACV rinse after her bath and let her air dry. I have seen MAJOR improvement this week, and have cancelled my appointment with a specialist to find a better way to treat my dog. I am a beleiver now, and will continue using this method as it really has proven itself to me. It is peak flea season here in Dallas and I am amazed at these results, and have even shared them with an online dog allergy group that I belong to. I am so thankful that I dont have to medicate my dog, or use unatural treatments. Thank you so much to this site and everyone who shared their success and failures, My little Nilly thanks you also!"Replies
05/17/2009: Melissa from Arcola, Tx replies: "I am in Tx & have a Pomeranian who is also scratching & losing hair. It drives here CRAZY. We give them liquid drops for heartworm. It also does fleas & ticks. When I check her she only has 1 or 2 fleas but she is still scratching & losing hair. I'm going to try what you said."
09/10/2009: Roni from Marietta, Ohio replies: "If your dog doesnt really have a lot of fleas and is still so bad that there losing fur/getting hot spots it may not JUST be a flea allergy your dog can be allergic to pretty much all the things we can be allergic to my Lab mix is like that he has seasonal allergies his brother and his mother dont its rather difficult so u might wanna try changing food could be allergic to wheat or corn.
Be careful giving alot of baths the vinegar wash that could really dry out their skin and that could itch even more hope this helps"
[YEA] 03/01/2008: kim from sebring, florida: "I got my german shepard from wretched people, they had taken him off his mother at 3 weeks old, the feeding and watering was horrific. I immediately began him on mothers milk for 4 weeks.
Later when he was 4 months old, i bathed him and treated him with flea treatment. IMMEDIATELY he broke out in a terrible rash with lesions and such. The odor made me physically sick. My dog is allergic to flea treatments, AND fleas. It was so bad, that i considered putting him down, it broke my heart to see him suffer so much. what kind of life is that? always constantly itching and bleeding. I found this site, i bathed him in acv and sprayed him down three times a day. all gone. now he is 9 months old. my son flea treated him for me while i was out of town. BAM, horrible, and i do mean horrible rash blood red, lesions, sores, constant itching and crying. I immediately sprayed him down with the acv solution and he fell asleep in about ten minutes, relief from the itching. I began just two days ago adding it to his water, and I can not believe the difference. A dog that is allergic to the chemicals in monthly flea treatments AND allergic to FLEA's has a miserable life. Thankfully due to the acv my dog has a chance at a good itch free life. I cannot thank you enough. It made me cry to see him in such torment. thank you to everyone who shares their stories, it saves lives and the quality of those lives."Replies
06/02/2008: Laroka from Detroit, Michigan replies: "What is the ACV solution you use to spray your dog with? (What is the water/ACV ratio?) Also, how much ACV should we put in their water bowl? Thanks!"
06/03/2008: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Spray your dog with pure ACV - no diluting required. Works the same way for you - except instead of spraying it on, I wet a wash cloth in vinegar and make like I'm taking a bath. After letting it dry and getting dressed, I head for the fields or woods with no fear of ticks, chiggers, or sand flies."
06/11/2008: Cindy from Buckatunna, Mississippi replies: "Will the acv work in the house? I have tried everything possible. Fleas are taking over our house!!!!!"
06/18/2008: Lori from West Allis, WI replies: "To get rid of fleas in the house you can put a bowl of soapy water (ajax soap works well) under a night light or smaller lamp. The fleas are attracted to the light and will fall in the water and die. It worked for my family when I was young and our cat was infested with fleas. Set up more than one of these traps and I'm sure it will work. Good Luck, Lori."
[YEA] 08/23/2008: Aprilluvv from Los Angeles, CA replies: "Borax in the carpet for a few days before vaccuming works and the ACV does work in the house but it will make you house stink. I didn't care, I had GHETTO FLEAS FROM HELL for 2 months. ACV works well on your body too."
[NAY] 07/21/2007: Kathy from Danville, Indiana: "I was really hoping this natural inexpensive remedy would work for my dog but unfortunately, it didn't. The poor dog is still infested after several days of drinking nothing but acv mixed with the water. I have sprayed him as well with the solution and the poor dog is still miserable. I'm afraid I will have to resort to Advantage to give him some relief. It's breaking my heart to see him so miserable. The fleas are making him miserable. I wanted it to work so badly. Maybe it depends on the coat of the dog. One dog doesn't scratch at all and the other one is miserable. Thanks anyway, it was worth a try."Replies
06/29/2008: LovesDachshunds from Bayonne, The United States replies: "Every month I give each Dachshund a Sentinel flavor tab, which you get from your Vet, and I also use as backup Frontline Plus for dogs. So far so good."