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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.

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.

Posted by Amy (Madison, Wi.) on 01/07/2011

[YEA]  I have sprayed ACV from a spray bottle for the last 3 years around the baseboards of my house and I have yet to see a flea in or on my dogs or cat. I mentioned this to the veterinarian and he replied with only a flat gaze. I am thrilled to have found something so natural and good not only for my animals but for me, my family and the environment and at such a low cost.
I spray maybe once a week, just a gentle mist on only the first floor of my 2nd floor home, along the floorboards. You can do this outside too, along the foundation of your home. It also seems to be working with other insects, but especially fleas. It doesn't smell the greatest for a while but it is well worth it! Had to let everyone know!

Replied by Valerie
Eaton Rapids, Michigan
I was wondering, we have no more pets but still have fleas the pets have been gone for weeks now and we have flea treated the whole house sprayed the bedding and washed everything in the house. But we are still finding them and they are getting bad again and my kids are allergic to them and I don't know what to use to get rid of the fleas or to help my kids not itch. I heard that apple cider vinegar works on the bites and stops the itching. We can't leave the house for days or hours will the Apple Cider Vinegar work if sprayed on my floors and things like that.

Posted by O (Fairfield, Ct) on 10/26/2010

I just wanted to say thank you for the feedback! I also wanted to give my personal experience. I recently moved into a new house and since the move, my dog has had a reoccurring ear infection and no matter what I did, it wouldn't work. I tried the ACV with Alcohol and water mixture and it would start to work, but then it would come back. I just didn't know why!

Well, she had fleas! I was grooming her one day and I saw one and shaved her off completely and bathed her with everything. I gave her ACV and water mixture and then bathed her with Flea and tick shampoo and the borax mixture. What didn't I do! Cleaned the whole house down. The thing was that we have wooden floors, so those little buggers were doing a very good job at hiding. When I finally started to attack the real problem, then she started to heal. I thought maybe she had ear mites or something. But, after I found the fleas, I read online that they can even infest the ears! Gross! Just wanted to put it out there in case there is someone with a similar problem.

P. S. I had already been giving her ACV in her water for a year and giving her garlic. I also feed her raw food. I'm just so happy to finally find out what the real problem was all along!

Replied by Suzanne
Myrtle Point, Or
Dogs can definitely get ear infections from fleas, but it is not because the fleas are in the ears. When a dog has flea allergy dermatitis, their skin gets inflammed, due to the allergic reaction from the flea bite. This allergic reaction can show up anywhere the dog has skin including the skin inside the ear canal. So the fleas can be biting him on his rear-end and he is reacting in his ears. Once the skin is inflammed bacteria and yeast can easily set up shop and cause a secondary infection. This inflammation can also occur in the GI tract causing alot of intestinal problems. Strange to think that fleas can cause ear infections and/or diarrhea but it's true :)

Posted by Tanya (Lakeland, Florida) on 05/26/2010

i've been reading about the acv remedy for fleas but i'm wondering if anyone can tell me if the fleas can make my cat want to hide all the time and act scared? i'm gonna try the acv in hopes that it will help him but is it best to spray it on, put in his water or put in his food. can anyone help, i'm desperate.

Replied by Kimberly
Uniontown, Oh
I can tell you... yes, your cat can go into hiding and act scared (at one time, it took me 2 hours to find him, he was under the basement steps hiding in a flap top box and managed to get the boxed closed!) One of my cats did last summer after an infestation. Once I took care of the problem, bathed both cats and applied advantage, he was a happy cat again. I was looking at the site to see if I could find home remedies as flea season is coming up, and also, for him deciding not to want to use his litter box (this happens a few times a week).
Replied by Anna
Ramsgate, Kent, uk
My poor cat got fleas was terrified of the spray and hid on top of a kitchen cupboard for 3 days. Alas when she eventually ventured out she got runover and killed, so be careful not to traumatise your pet, having trouble now with my cavalier king charles and the fleas so willing to try these remedies, thanks, AW uk

Posted by Kathy (Freeman, Mo) on 11/10/2009

I am trying the Apple Cider Vinegar for bathing the dogs. But this will do no good unless I can get the infestation under control in their dog houses. I would like to be able to sprinkle or spray something in the houses that won't hurt the dog to breathe. I use fresh straw also for bedding. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?

Thanks, Kathy

Replied by Lezlie
Portland, Oregon
So, I use an organic shampoo product with tea tree oil. I then used the Apple cider vinegar as a rinse, and left it on for 15 minutes. Then gently rinsed it off. My Shih Tzu has terrible skin allergies and is VERY allergic to fleas. This really really works thank you to everyone!
Replied by Fredia
Mount Vernon, Washington
[YEA]   I just found your website today regarding the acv. I immediately went out and bought 2 gallons and a spray bottle. My Rott/Blue heeler mixed dog age 19 mos loves his baths but was unsure about this acv. I liked it because it's natural. I used 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water and noticed more fleas in the water than just plain shampooing. Thanks to people like you on this site I am able to keep to handling problems "naturally" rather than "chemically".
Replied by Lori
Appleton, Wi, Usa
I think dish-soap kills fleas on contact - it's good to bath the animal in that, but as far as ACV, oils and whatever, they are only deterents. They will not kill the fleas, but are excellent as a preventative measure. You need to get rid of the fleas initially and I believe that the ACV and using diluted essential oils will help prevent a re-infestation. I am using diluted eucalyptus oil on all of our bedding, in closets, on clothes and also misting it on our skin and hair to prevent flea bites. I also mist it on the cat to prevent more fleas on him. If you really want to get rid of the fleas, use some spray or powder on carpets and furniture (there are all natural ones at pet stores) and also treat your pet with a flea/tick product. It is not all natural, but it will take at least a few months to rid the house of fleas because of their life cycle. If you don't do something to kill them initially, there will be re-infestation problems
Replied by Gina
Grand Rapids, Michigan
okay, so im trying the ACV thing right now. my 2 cats and dog wouldnt drink their water with it in it, so i mixed it in yogurt, and they ate it. the 2 cats vomited the ACV/yogurt up though...i sprayed them all down with the ACV && water mix too.

i just did the baking soda/salt mixture all over my carpet. hope this works.

Replied by Ajoy8
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Your cats probably vomited b/c cats cannot always digest cow's milk and I would assume that would apply also to cows' milk products. Lol Try a TBS. in the water or just mix it with tuna, it has a strong enough flavor and smell to mask the ACV sufficiently. :)
Replied by Angie
Waverly, Oh
Use cedar chips as bedding instead of straw. Cedar is a natural flea repellent.
Replied by Hawaiiancoconut
Acid milk(yoghurt)= curdling, it will cause them or any person to vomit.
Replied by Ellie
Stga Sps, Ny
I have to agree with Angie, Waverly, Oh. She recommended using cedar shavings instead of straw in a dog house. I bought catlitter cedar shavings and also used it to insulate my rosebush with it for winter. Surprisingly the following year for the first time my rosebush didn't have a bug anywhere on it or holes in the leaves as it previously had year after year. It is sold as catlitter and may be great to retard fleas and other critters too. Ellie
Replied by Jackie
New York, NY
Cedar is toxic for all animals - including humans. Breathing in the scent can cause/trigger asthma, Upper Respiratory problems, and more. It is especially toxic to cats. It is sold as litter and bedding - but SHOULDN'T be. It is commonly used for rodents for bedding. Those rodents live roughly HALF as long - as rodents who are not bedded on Cedar. All soft woods emit toxic chemicals in their essential oils. If you can smell the wood aroma - it is toxic. (Including Feline Pine Litter - which HAS killed some cats.) ALL essential oils are toxic to cats - to varying degrees. Cedar and Tea Tree Oils are ESPECIALLY toxic. If you research this info on the internet - it's hard to find - but it's there! (eg. search "Toxic effect of Cedar" or "softwoods" et al.


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