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Apple Cider Vinegar  
153 User Reviews | 37 YEA | 2 NAY | 1 WARNING!

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.


Posted by April (Scio, Ohio) on 10/08/2009

[YEA]  I read on this site about using apple cider vinegar diluted for fleas on my dog. He was really really bad! He was constantly itching and biting at them but I didnt see any fleas at first and he went 2-3 weeks with scratching and biting at himself. I felt so bad for him I called the vet and they told me it was probably dry skin, so they said to rub in vegetable oil into his skin. So I tried it and while I was doing that I finally noticed the fleas. He has really thick hair so when I checked the first time they might not have been very bad, well today I noticed them and they were horrible. He has big spots of hair missing and skin broke open. It was kind of late and so I needed something from home I could use until going to the store so I looked up home remedies for fleas and found this site....I applied the ACV and water 50/50 about 30 minutes ago and I have already noticed a difference in him!!!! I have never been happier in my life! He can finally have relief from it. Thank you soooo much...Rusty thanks you all on here!

Replied by Montica
Portland, Oregon
We recently came back from my brother & sister-in-laws house where we had visited & stupidly took our dog. We brought back unknowingly a whole army of fleas. Our dog, Annie is a Black Lab with webbed feet and a huge amount of allergies. She has horrible abscesses inbetween her toes and on her body now because of the fleas. All of us in the house are allergic to the bites & I am getting open sores. We put Genetian Violet extract on the abscesses after an epsom salt bath. It made her quit chewing on her feet. :)

Will the acidity of the ACV damage her skin? She already stinks because of the skin allergies & what we think is skin fungus. We have tried EVERYTHING for her including changing her diet to antifungal shampoos & sprays, PLEASE HELP!!! We are at a loss for what to try next. Also... We have one room (with the kitty litter box & computer) that seems to be overly infested (more-so than anywhere else) and we cant figure out why & what to do about it. Does the ACV actually kill fleas on the carpet, or just deter them??

Replied by Deana
Columbus, Ohio
In response to Montica from Portland, Oregon, I think probiotic enzymes might be your answer. I have a Shepherd/Husky mix who started getting what I was told was a skin allergy when he was about 11 years old. I had the vet do an allergy workup and was told he was allergic to everything and would need allergy shots for the rest of his life. I was told there was no cure. Not buying the "no cure" mantra from anyone, I went to another vet for a second opinion. This vet told me that fungal infections produce effects that mimic allergic reactions and treated my dog with a prescription anti-fungal. It worked, but about two weeks after my two-month supply was gone, the itching, scratching, red skin, dry/black skin started returning. My vet told me it was not a good idea to keep my dog on the anit-fungal treatment consistently. I did tons of research over hours and hours, days and days, and even had my dog on a completely natural meat diet with vegetables and supplements. This helped, but he still had the problem. Then I gave him probiotic enzymes. I bought the people-grade, multi-enzyme probiotics from Wal-Mart for less than $5 a bottle. As long as I give him a probiotic enzyme pill with each meal, he does not have any more itching, red, raw, or dark-colored skin. His skin is perfectly healthy. He is 15 now and doing well. I found that yes, it was a fungus in the body. Fungus is caused by a yeast overgrowth in the body. It can have many symptoms, including itching skin. The enzymes create more good bacteria in the system which doesn't allow for yeast overgrowth. It's the same concept as women taking probiotics or eating it in Activia or other yogurts to deter yeast infections. For anyone who has gas, acid reflux, hives and a number of other afflictions, often yeast overgrowth in the system is the culprit. Take probiotic enzymes and the problem goes away. I've spent years researching this and other health issues, and have found the most amazing results by going the natural route. I thank Earth Clinic for taking me down this road in the first place a few years ago. This site is a true godsend. For you naysayers who discount this site, try what's working for others. You'll change your tune in a heartbeat.

Posted by Melissa (Budd Lake, Nj) on 09/25/2009

[YEA]  I came upon this site while looking for a home cure for fleas for my kitten and I can't be grateful enough. We adopted a kitten that was found in the woods and after we had had him for 3 weeks, my husband one day noticed what he thought were fleas. I looked online only to find Apple Cider Vinegar as a primary cure when used with water. So we gave him a little bath -- actually, we gave him 3 baths in 2 days with warm water and the ACV. The first instance, we saw fleas, as many had claimed, jumping for higher ground -- the head. So in the 2nd bath, we put some ACV around the key areas (everywhere on the head but the eys and nose) and sure enough, when we bathed the rest of him, those fleas had nowhere to go but into the bathwater - straight to their demise. The last bath we gave him -- there was NOT A SIGN of a single flea. Nothing jumped off our kitten whatsoever. It might have helped that we took some ACV that 1st night and dabbed it on his fur to ensure that if we had missed any, they might abandon ship throughout the night. Looks like ACV is a great first resort for the critters, not to mention that it's safe!

Replied by Cheesetazmallyshadow
Chicago, Il
I just tried the acv bath and the smallest little sucker fleas just started falling off, so many I had no idea how small they could be. I tried it on my two 10 yr old cats and my two pups one 3yr old 20lb guy and one 7yr old 35lb fella. My dogs did very well with it but I my cats stomach turned and they started throwing up. If anyone can help it would be great. They've stopped now and its better than when my dog threw up blood after I used a toxic spray, so I'm not too worried but if someone could tell me if 1/2 avc to 1/2 water is too much should I cut it more? Thanks now off to wash the floor with avc too!

Posted by Katherine (Raytown, Missouri) on 09/21/2009

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!

Replied by Katherine
Raytown, Missouri
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 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!

Replied by Michelle
Rock Hill, Sc
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 )
Replied by Terry
Birmingham, Alabama
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:

and the many reviews on garlic for dogs here:

Replied by Leah
Costa Mesa, Ca.
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 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.

Posted by Jean (Morgan Hill, Ca) on 09/09/2009

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???

Replied by Dee
Jackson, Nj
[YEA]   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.

Posted by Trish (Cathlamet, Washington) on 08/19/2009

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....

Replied by Nancy
Richmond, Va
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!
Replied by 2manypets
Woodbridge, Nj
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.

Replied by Rob
Brooklyn, Ny
Replied by Kim
Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania
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!

Posted by Amber (Altamont, Ny) on 08/03/2009

[YEA]  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!!!

Replied by Sidrah
Southport, Ct
[YEA]   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.
Replied by Shawna
Bakersfield, Ca
[YEA]   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!

Posted by Rebecca (Oxford, Mississippi) on 08/02/2009

[YEA]  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!

Replied by Carol
Pittsburgh, Pa
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.
Replied by Haley
Schenectady, Ny, Usa
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?
Replied by Millee
Erie, Pa
Replied by Saralin
Springfield, Il
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!!
Replied by Shay
Tustin, Ca
What exactly is DE?

EC: DE= diatomaceous earth

Posted by Clarissa (Springfield, Mass) on 07/06/2009

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??

Replied by Doby girl
Ozark, Al
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.

Posted by Jennifer (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) on 05/27/2009

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!!

Replied by Kaitlin
Lansing, MI
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?
Replied by Ay
Ahoskie, Nc
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.
Replied by Jay
Ahoskie, Nc
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.

Posted by Lisa (Central Point, OR) on 02/24/2009

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 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.

Replied by Shannon
Orlando, FL
Found this is on the _____ website, thought I'd share!

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!

Replied by SUZE
Orange, CA
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.
Replied by I_luv_my_cats69
Campton, Florida
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:

Replied by Lisa
Central Point, Or
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.

Posted by Romana (Chaparral, Otero County) on 02/10/2009

[YEA]  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

Replied by Candy
Kansas City, Mo
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.

Replied by Sandy
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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.