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Posted by Amanda (West Virginia ) on 10/18/2015

[NAY]  So I've seem to pick up a flea army in our home!!! Driving me my kids and our pets insane!! The cat is losing hair and none of us is getting sleep. I tried flea bombs three times!!! It is not helping. My mom helped me find vinegar as a solution. So I've been placing it in a spray bottle and spraying on everything. Rugs furniture and floors directly. I thought it was helping but today we got home and 100s jumped on our legs!! I've also been bathing pets obsessively. Washing all blankets and sheets pillows and keeping all laundry done! Am I doing something wrong?! ?! How long does this take?! I'm going on two months with this problem and can not afford professional help right now!! Please any advice!!!

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Amanda!

Please try the lamp trap. The type of lamp I use is a small desk lamp with a flexible neck - I point it so it shines downward. You put the lamp on the floor and then put a plate or tray under the lamp; a light color plate is helpful to see what you catch. Then use a glass and fill it with water and add dish soap - swirl it around to mix it but avoid getting it all sudsy - and then pour as much of this soapy solution into the plate until it is full - you don't need much. Then just turn it on over night and check in the morning. I find this lamp very effective at catching the adult jumping fleas and I have one in each room. If you can't get your hands on a small lamp, some people have had success leaving the TV on all night, on mute - and putting a cookie sheet of soapy water in front of the TV.

I have never used the ACV to repel fleas on my pets, rather I find it helps calm and balance the PH on skin that is itchy from the bites. I use it in an after flea bath rinse once all the shampoo is rinsed out - I use 1 part of vinegar to 10 parts water and leave that on to air or drip dry or lightly towel dry.

So set out your traps and see if you catch fleas; given the state of the infestation you seem to be experiencing, if you don't catch a bunch of fleas the first night you likely are not dealing with fleas.

Please report back!

Posted by Konkuest (Columbus, Ohio) on 08/22/2015

So you can use any type of ACV (from grocery store or wherever) ON your dog, but when feeding it to your dog you need a certain kind?

Replied by Wendy
Columbus, Oh
Only use the organic Apple Cider Vinegar (also known as ACV), the Braggs brand. The supermarket kind, usually Heinz, has absolutely no nutritional benefits whatsoever. Just read the numerous links here on earthclinic on how to use organic ACV. It can be added to a dog's food or water and also be used on his fur and skin to help with allergies. If you dog is suffering from skin allergies, you may also need to change his food to a higher-quality, grain-free food.

Posted by Diane (Uk) on 08/19/2015

[YEA]  I have 3 cats, all had fleas. I bathed them in Apple cider vinegar and was not sure what the outcome would be.

The adult fleas died within 2 days and as the eggs hatched they died within the day. I also sprinkled salt on my carpets left for 24 hrs then hovered which also seems to work. I am so happy with the result I had to tell the world. I had previously spent a fortune on flea products. I will b sticking to the Apple cider vinegar in the future.

Replied by Oldilocks
"... sprinkled salt on my carpets left for 24 hrs then hovered which also seems to work."

Please tell us (at least me) what "hovered" means. Thanks!

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Not the OP, but 'hovered' = Hoover Vacuum - so the OP treated with the salt and let it work for 24 hours before vacuuming the salt and dead fleas out of the carpet.
Replied by Raychel
I think they meant hoovered. Hoovered as in Hoover vacuum cleaners. English way of saying vacuumed.

Posted by Wandergirl (West Hartford, Ct) on 08/26/2014

We have 2 cats, older one for 2 years and goes outside on lease daily & never had fleas. Got a cute, little 2nd kitten and have had for almost a month and has fleas, think he had them when he came but I wasn't thinking clearly. I saw little speaks on him and just thought dirt but now think it came from fleas. Needless to say they both have some now but little one has the most.

I try to treat my family and my cats in a holistic way, mainly relying on homeopathy and home remedies. Right now trying apple cider vinegar on their coat, using flea comb. Using coconut oil on their coat, added nutritional yeast to their food.

My question is does anyone know that if cats lick off all the apple cider vinegar off them will that affect their PH. I read somewhere it does so a little concerned.

Any knowledge/help on this matter is much appreciated. Wanda

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
Dear Wanda, nice to know you have such a caring attitude towards your cats.

Having had lots of rescues over the years, I have not resorted to chemical means, knowing they are poisoning the blood and host. I always combed them. A big plus is having no rugs.

I use borax a lot to clean floors. Also, in the summer time, they get a sleeping mat only at night if it is cooler. I have combed them daily and when there was an invasion that year, more often. If given ACV over their food, they did not mind and their coats are good. The presence of ACV in the blood makes it unpalatable for fleas. The little one will, over time, raise the immune system with your good care. I find it also very good to add water kefir to their food once a day to counter parasites even though that has to be addressed twice a year IMO . You seem to be holistic inclined enough to do a good job without harming their immune system.

This year is the first year without fleas where I live. What a joy. Love, Om

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Wandergirl!

Om gave you some very excellent advice, and your flea combing protocol is just what I would have ordered, so I will only add that you may wish to use a flea trap in the environment as well. You will need a desk type lamp, a very shallow tray or dinner plate that is white colored, and some dish soap. Set the lamp on the floor in any room you suspect is infested with the fleas. Set the dish down and fill with soapy water. Leave the light on all night long, and then in the morning take a peek at what you have caught. This is an easy, inexpensive and green way to rapidly remove fleas from your home. It may take 2-3 days, or rotating the trap through various rooms until you trap them all, but it works.

Replied by Awesome
Ca, US
Don't put oils on cats, it can be dangerous. Good luck
Replied by Joe
Central Florida, Usa
Modern Cat Flea Control

Unfortunately, the promising agrochemical corporations most effective toxins for insect control, over the last seventy years, of production, has proven to be too toxic to be used indoor in dwellings, on pets and where humans or their food are. Currently, the most effective of these old-style insecticides are banned and outlawed for consumer use [most of which, came out of World War II nerve gas technology]. The few, of the currently and generally available, agrochemical insecticides for consumer use are variants of a few similar but, different formulations of synthetic pyrethrin, insecticides that have currently proven ineffective for rapid reproducing insect pests. Most synthetic pyrethrins are patentable replacements for the less effective tincture from the natural pyrethrin plant. When these insecticides are used, as a ineffective contact poison rather than the more effective use on crops, for killing chewing insects that eat the poison on plants. Basically, insects like fleas out-breed poisons by becoming immune to them through rapid reproduction by the low dosed survivors. It is to the point now that synthetic pyrethrins and other older insecticides are; having no effect or only weakening some of the insect populations for a few days, at most.

Luckily, a new group of insecticides that do not approach insect control the way older poisons did from the agrochemical crop pesticide age of insecticides are becoming available. These new pesticides are products that offer metabolic insect control rather than act, as direct poisons.

Like, "(IGR) Insect Growth Regulator" basically birth-control for insects or more precisely an insect hormone that prevents larva insect stages from transforming into adult insects. And, since only adult insects like fleas bite and feed off blood, larva [very small nearly impossible to see with the human eye, transparent micro slug-like animals] never cause any notable harm. IGR's have no effect on non-insect animals and it is, to these, as if, it was not even there.

Or, the new metabolic wounder kid insecticide, on the block "Spinosad" is a corn fungus derivatization insect control that kills any animal with an exoskeleton, such as, insects, spiders and scorpions along with others AKA: fleas. The fungus feeds off corn and to protect itself from the corn and fungus feeding insects, it evolved this chemical strategy that prevents animals with exoskeletons from replacing their exoskeleton, as they grow and consequently prevents breathing. It is so safe for non-exoskeleton animals that they can safely eat the substance and in rather absurdly high amounts, with no affects what-so-ever. Its one draw back is after exposure to light the chemical is destroyed so, if it is used as a surface applied contact insect control or as an ingested insect control it can lose its kill power. The good part is an unbelievably small amount, kills most insects within its photo-sensitive twenty-four hour effective window.

"Spinosad" comes in two forms an oral drug and a contact spray or spray concentrate. The oral form for pets also, generally comes with a month-long oral repellent/insecticide and in one formulation comes combined with an added heart-worm medication , as well.

The oral pet capsules are in a tuna or beef flavored powder base that you sprinkle into a cat or dog's feed [it is recommended that it is a fatty wet pet food feed, this helps it get into the cat's system quickly] which contains both "Spinoside" and the other active ingredient "Lufenuron" is also used in flea collars and other oral or squeeze-on flea drops. The oral version of "Spinosad" is called "Nitenpyram" and lasts a day but, kills all the active fleas that live off or on your cat during that twenty-four hours. The second ingredient lasts a month and helps to prevent re-infestation.

The spray Spinosad comes, as a concentrate or pre-mix application spray. This is a great product for quick knock-downs of flea populations, as it takes a few life cycles for the "IGR" to completely keep all hatching flea eggs from becoming adult fleas. The spray like, the oral version is completely harmless to mammals and other animals without exoskeletons but, deadly to animals with exoskeletons. Extremely low doses of the nearly odorless spray kills all insects.

Together this combination of modern insect control, is the most effective and least toxic to humans and pets system available. And, if the idea of flea larva living in your carpets, base-boards and furniture bothers you, a good kill for these is to spray your house with straight rubbing alcohol. A smelly and possibly flammable process. [If you cut 70% rubbing alcohol with an equal amount of water and apply with a pump garden sprayer indoors you can cut risks without cutting the kill power.] You will only need to do the alcohol twice, about a week apart to break the cycle. It helps to combine the IGR with the alcohol to save a step. Do not spray wood finishes though, as some wood furniture is sensitive to alcohol. It is best to lock the pets in a room not sprayed, if you go the alcohol route, and spray at night or when you are going to be out, as a rubbing alcohol mixture, will smell for twelve to twenty hours.

The "Spinoside" and water sprays have little to no smell and will not harm your pets even if they walk on the wet spray. You can add perfume, fragrance oil or other sent to any spray, if you want. We add Lysol concentrate, flagrance oils and such with the IGR spray mix [the one once to two gallons of water IGR concentrate is in in a kerosene like oil base and even that little bit does have an insecticide odor, for a few days.

Replied by Delores
Have a question can you. Use ACV on cats for fleas?
Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia
Delores - yes, half strength for cats, but don't get it in their eyes.

Posted by Virginia (Ponca City, Ok) on 08/03/2014

[YEA]  I came home from work one day and my legs were black from the knee down with fleas. Somewhere I heard I could spray ACV full strength all over my carpet and anything else in the house. It was hot in Los Angeles at the time so I shut the house up, turned off the A/C and let it bake for three days while I was gone to work. I continued spraying for about 3 days just to be sure they were all killed. Amazing how this works, but it does!

Grease cutting blue dish detergent works for bathing my dog. Also, I have used diluted ACV which works too.

Replied by Diamond
The very best flea and tick repellent is small amount of peppermint oil, any amount of lemon juice and water. Then the animals and the house if you choose. Good Luck.
Replied by Dave
Sacramento, Ca
Hello Diamond,

Where do you purchased Peppermint Oil? Is it a baking supply or what?


Replied by Kristen
Dave, the best kind of peppermint oil would be an essential oil. When looking for an oil, be sure to purchase one that is therapeutic grade, which means it can be taken internally. Most essential oils that you find in the store are not safe for consumption, so I wouldn't recommend putting an essential oil that isn't therapeutic grade in your body, or on the body of your feline or canine companion. Do a quick search online for 'Therapeutic Grade Peppermint Essential Oils' and you should find what you need!

Posted by Brittany (Meford, Oregon) on 11/29/2012

So I have 5 cats and they have been infested with fleas. I am wanting to start doing the ACV baths for them but I am curious as to how many times a week I should be doing this. Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks

Posted by Jean (Homewood, Al) on 09/04/2012

How much Apple Cidar Vinegar should I use on my 2 yr old Yorkie? She has flea bites and is itching terribly. I've tried other flea products with no help.

Replied by June
Winfield, Kansas
[YEA]   I never bathe mine in ACV. If they are infested I guess you should bathe them to get the fleas off, probably with soap so it kills the fleas, but you can also just put a few drops of ACV on their fur and rub it in. Also put a few drops in their food every day. You will see the number of fleas decrease within a day or two. All my cats are outside and none of them have fleas. I have been using ACV for several years now. I put a few drops of ACV (organic with the mother) in their food every day. It works like a charm.

There is also this stuff called bug arrest you can buy online. It's non-toxic and contains no pesticides. It has enzymes in it that eats the exoskeletons off bugs. It will get rid of mange, scabies, earmites and all other bugs.

Good luck.

Posted by Sara (Lexington, Kentucky) on 05/18/2012

[YEA]  My dog Lila had a very bad rash around her neck and ears. I thought that maybe I would have to take her to the vet! But instead I mixed a spray bottle with apple cider vinegar and water and soaked her with it. A couple of hours later the redness of the rash was gone and she was itch free! Thank you Apple Cider Vinegar!

Posted by Mary (Glenford, Ny) on 02/27/2012

Hello, I'm really anxious to try the ACV treatment for my Cocker Spaniel to get rid of his fleas and allergies to the fleas. How much ACV should I put in his food daily and how much should I put in a topical spray for him?

Replied by Nightfire
Danville, Illinois, United States
lol, I am still amazed at the uses for ACV. I buy the normal ACV a gallon a month. I do realize there is more benefits with the unfiltered, but can't get out much n I ish a po girl. *Ahem*, but I digest er digress XDDD. After researching and reading. I filled a small, clean spray bottle FULL STRENGTH with ACV, then me and my roomy went nut's misting the floors. After bout an hour when the smell went away. I went to having a miserable itchy cat to a playful kitten who sleeps well and is more lovey and playful. *Note-I also added half a teaspoon of ACV to some Tuna Water along with a teaspoon full of melted VCO and gave it to him (tee hee he thought it was a treat) to get rid of recurring *Shivers and ew* worms. I now have a happy parasite free kitty, and he wont stop thanking me (rub, curl, wind XD). Good luck n I hope this helps.

P.S.-I was so thrilled that I was saving money, it was safe, and it actually WORKED that I told my neighbor for her little Poochie.

Replied by K.gonzales
Pomona, Ca
What does VCO stand for? would like to try this for my cat.

"with a teaspoon full of melted VCO and gave it to him (tee hee he thought it was a treat) to get rid of recurring *Shivers and ew* worms"

EC: VCO = virgin coconut oil

Replied by Sandee
Huntington Beach, Ca
[YEA]   (YEA) My Husband & I came home from a two week vacation to a unhappy flea infested cat and house... Yikes... We had our two Scotty's with us and they showed no signs of fleas till our return... It was misserable for all of us, we were ready to go to a hotel... We took both dogs and our cat to the groomer to get defleaed (with Frontline) while our home was being sprayed... It did not solve either problem... Still we had fleas... For three weeks we treated our dogs & cat with flea shampoo and pest control, still fleas... By now our dogs have soars on them one was getting an ear infection... Yikes... I took the advise of ACV put it full strength into a spary bottle sparyed everything in the house (including pets with 1/2 Water 1/2 ACV solution) no more fleas! I will continue with this natural remedy from here on... Yeaaaaaaaaa! :)
Replied by Nlb
Belle River, Ontario Canada
i just wanted to know if you used this remedy on your furniture also?

Posted by Tiffany (Los Angeles, California) on 08/25/2011

[YEA]  I have a small dog who was miserable with fleas I bathed him with dawn dish soap and rinsed him with a 50/50 mix of Apple Cider Vinegar and water after, he was dry I massaged organic olive oil in his skin which was red and inflamed. He finally stop scratching! And the fleas are gone for now I'm sure I will have to repeat this process until all the fleas are gone.

Posted by Dianec (Los Angeles, California United States) on 07/14/2011

[YEA]  My dog Maggie a chihuahua/terrier mix had a problem with FLEAS! And her body would smell like a fish. After a bath is the only time she smelled good. The next day she would smell bad again. Well I read that dogs with this condition have too much alkaline in their system.

And that about 1 cup to 1 cup and a half of Apple cider vinegar in a pail of warm water might help.

I bathed Maggie using commercial dog shampoo and rinsed her in warm clear water and then I used an apple cider vinegar rinse, WELL IT WORKED! Maggie no longer has fleas and she doesn't smell bad. I also dip her in the apple cider vinegar rinse about twice a week. In the past even with Frontline she would have a few fleas. And her skin would get pink to red.

She is now normal. And no fleas! For me this apple cider vinegar rinse was a miracle.

Replied by Bo'smama
Indianapolis, Indiana
Replied by Fallopium
Toronto, Ontario Canada
B0'smama I started using ACV as a rinse for my puppies at 6 weeks with no issues. I used one part ACV to Three parts water and would let it sit on the skin for a few mins while I massaged it in. I had dobermans and I started giving them ACV in their water at 6 months only because I also didn't know if it was safe for puppies before that and they contracted a stomach bug at 6 months so I wanted to give it a try. My dogs were exceptionally healthy and shiny!!

Posted by Alyssa (Austin, Tx) on 07/03/2011

[YEA]  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!

Posted by Flourshoppe (Houston, Texas, Usa) on 06/17/2011

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Lainie (Toronto, Ontario Canada) on 06/09/2011

[YEA]  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?

Replied by Jb
Atlanta, Ga/usa
[YEA]   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.

Replied by Jet-set-net
Rocky River, Ohio
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!

Replied by Dean
New Port Richey, Florida, Usa
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!
Replied by Piglet
Denison, Tx
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.
Replied by Ssfaith92
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 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?
Replied by Annabel
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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.
Replied by Crystal
Dover, DE
Our pure white mixed Pitty has been battling what our vet called seasonal allergies. We've changed food. Done the prednisone. Even antibiotics at one point. I'm going to try ACV tomorrow. I use it. It's worth a shot. He has, or I should say HAD a beautiful coat and skin. Now he looks awful. And I know he is uncomfortable. I guess we get sneezing and sinus infections. They get doggy hives and tear their skin up.
Replied by Gina
Duncan Bc Canada
My black lab would have terrible itching and even lose fur on her rear. I started giving her my wild salmon oil capsules that I had for myself. I started by giving her a couple every day for a couple weeks and now she gets a couple caps every few days.
Replied by Dee
Lexington, Ky
I have a black lab that had horrible allergies, after trying every type of dog food and many steroid shots, I read something on the internet that said to give your dog 1 apple cider vinegar pill daily and feed your dog Eagle dog food ( I buy the natural lamb formula). I wrap the vinegar pill in a piece of bread and put it with her bowl of food. For the first couple of months I could not see much progress, but I hung in there and it worked great. She has not needed a steroid shot in five years and her skin is great!!!!! I still feed her the Eagle Brand dog food and now I will put an apple cider vinegar pill in her food every other day or so. She always had yeasty smelling ears too, and that is cleared up!! I think it has something to do with their pH level. It really works. She is now 15 years old.
Replied by Andrea
Columbia, Sc
Also use fish oil in their food. Use ACV in drinking water n spray with ACV on bedding but fish oil helps skin and fur soothes itching from dryness of ACV. I put a gel capsule in food at night.

Posted by Suny (Ponca, Ok) on 03/07/2011

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.