Natural Flea Control

Last Modified on Jul 12, 2014


 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Approval Ratings
YEA (35)
95%
NAY (1)
3%
WARNING! (1)
3%

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!

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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???"

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[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...."

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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!!!"

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[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!"

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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

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??"

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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!!"

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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."

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03/17/2009: Shannon from Orlando, FL replies: "Found this is on the _____ website, thought I'd share!

http://www.bragg.com/products/vinegarPets.html

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"

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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."

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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?"

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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"

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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."

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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!"

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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."

Laura G

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."


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