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Apple Cider Vinegar Flea Treatment for Dogs

Last Modified on May 20, 2015

Fleas   20  1   

Posted by Lyn (Jeannette, PA)

[YEA]  I just wanted to comment on the fleas section. It is true that any shampoo will kill fleas, but it needs to be left on for 30 min. Also, if you have a flea infestation in your house, just spraying your animal wont help. You must treat where the fleas live. See, they only feed on your animal. I have tremendous luck using table salt and food-grade diatomaceous earth all over the house to kill fleas and prevent. The salt (I prefer organic unprocessed sea salt) cuts into the body of the flea and then allows the DE to dehydrate the animal. Salt by itself does seem to work also, I just like a faster approach. Keep in mind though that this means of defense does take up to 2 months to work as some fleas are still hatching. In really bad infestation, it could take longer. I think flea eggs can survive up to 280 days. I would also like to recommend quadruped pet products. I work at a holistic pet care center and this is what we use to bathe the animals. They do not contain(unlike most pet shampoos) any harsh chemicals. Also, all their products are concentrates so it is much cheaper than buying the harmful stuff from pet shops or grocery stores.

Posted by Sheerec (San Antonio, TX)

[YEA]  ACV for Fleas, itching and scratching works. My dog was itching and scratching everywheree very badly to the point,he had a small raw spot on his neck. I can say that it works. I put some apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle, sprayed him down and let him air dry. The severe scrathing stop and the raw place under his neck has healed.

Posted by Lana (Caro, Michigan)

[YEA]  I just tried the ACV on my Maltese, she's been miserable every Aug-Oct for years. Now she's resting quietly, within minutes. Thank-you so much! Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you! We've tried allergy shots, bathing, haircuts (she's practically bald now) benedryl, baby oil, seems like more things too, nonstop itching 24-7. Now she's happy again. Thanks so much!

Posted by Jennifer (Doonan, QLD, Australia)

[YEA]  My 3 poodles have 2 tbsp in jug of water each day to prevent fleas. I also use it in their rinse water after a bath each week.

Posted by Jennifer (Doonan, QLD, Australia)

[YEA]  It truly works for eliminating fleas from dogs. Just a few drops in the drinking water each day BUT it does take about six weeks.I have also sprayed the dog's beds and cleaned rugs and floors every day so it is an ongoing chore to for the six weeks but I am now on top of the situation.I run a Poodle resort so I have quite a few dogs and to have solved the flea problem is an enormous relief.

Posted by MJ Fox (Ireland)

[YEA]  I use ACV in my rescue dogs' food twice a week and give them diluted ACV rub downs with a wet sponge or rag about every 10 days. There are no fleas on these dogs at all, which I think is a result of the ACV. I also use it full strength for ring worm and seem to be having some good luck with mange.

Replied by Mary
Fredericksburg, Va, USA
can you tell me how much you dilute the apple cider vinegar for the rub down.

thank you,

mary in va.

Replied by Luann
Bath, MI
50/50. water/ACV

Fleas and Ticks   1  0   

Posted by Mrsg (Jupiter, FL, USA) on 06/13/2013

[YEA]  I have a 10 month old Maltese. I add ACV to my dog's food and water, also use it as a rinse after shampoo and I think I helps keep fleas and ticks away.

Ticks   1  0   

Posted by Shirley (Midwest, USA) on 09/10/2007

[YEA]  Borax Bath, ACV remedies -- I have two dogs; both are less than 5 lbs. One has itchy skin so I started using the borax solution bath on both dogs. In about 3 hours after the bath, the one with itchy skin was scratching again. I didn't know what to do at that point so I rubbed dry baking soda over her whole body. While I had her on her back applying the soda under her legs, she went to sleep. It was that comforting to her. Anytime she starts scratching and it seems it won't quit and I don't have time to do a bath, I have been using the baking soda. She seems to love it and her skin stops itching for at least 3 days.

While she was in her comfort zone of no itching, she was walking better, running and playing and wasn't so scared all the time. So the itching was causing some social behavior problems too. I have tried both recipes of borax and peroxide and then I've done borax and ACV, Her skin still itches after each but she does seem a lot better then before, not quite as much scratching going on. One question though.

Do you think if I added some baking soda to the solution that would help her since the dry soda does wonders for her? They do not have mange or fleas. Also I have been putting a teaspoon of ACV in their drinking water all summer. Their water bowl holds 2 & 3/4 cups water. I do add about 1/16 teaspoon of baking soda to the vinegar. For a couple years I was putting the medicine on their backs for fleas and ticks. Ticks are the worst problem here. I decided to put the ACV in their water and I then stopped the spot on- medicine. They have gone the whole summer without getting one tick on them. We live in a heavily wooded area with lots of tall grasses where ticks love to wait for a host to walk by so they can latch onto them. Both dogs play in the woods a lot because they are always looking for something to chase Using the ACV water instead of the medicine has saved me a bunch of money and made both dogs a lot healthier.

Replied by Linda
Montgomery, Alabama
Shirley from Midwest, USA said she puts baking soda in her dogs water with vinegar. I hope she knows this combination creates carbon dioxide. This is used in my teaching science experiments to create volcano eruptions. I don't think she wants to give her dogs this combination. It could be deadly for her dogs. I hope she reads this.
Replied by Rainman
Central, Vt, Usa
Linda, if you are a teacher of science, you must know that carbon dioxide (CO2) is only a biproduct of the secondary reaction of this mixture. Basically acetic acid and sodium bicarbonate create the unstable carbonic acid which immediately breaks down into water and CO2 (fizzing). However, once the CO2 has been dispersed in the air you are left with nothing more than sodium acetate diluted in water (no more fizzing). Which is basically a common electrolyte. Simply put: Once the fizzing has stopped. . . So does the production of carbon dioxide. Do not consume while fizzing.


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