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?