Using vinegar for flea control is an effective natural alternative for your dog instead of using potentially harmful chemical based products. Vinegar not only works but is cheaper and something you probably have around the house right now. Here’s excerpts from a recent article published by Holmes Animal Clinic and how to bathe your dog:
“parasites hate the sour piercing stench of vinegar and its ingredients have proven to effectively get rid of them.
You can use it as shampoo for your pet. Instead of buying bottles of flea shampoos, it is more economical to make your own with vinegar and other ingredients. all you need is half cup vinegar, half cup dawn dish washing soap and fill the he tub up with warm water. The fleas will fall off into the water upon bathing. to totally ensure that the parasites do not stick to your pet, comb thoroughly after dipping it into diluted vinegar.
Mix water with vinegar, about one third cup into two pints of water and transfer the mixture into a spray bottle. Dispense by spraying on couch covers, bedding, drapery etc. but ensure that you do not over do the proportion of vinegar to water else your bedding and draperies disintegrate even before your flea removal plan sees results.” read more
Vinegar for flea control- apple cider or white?
The article fails to mention what type of vinegar to use but it is generally recommended to use apple cider vinegar instead of white. I also recommend not using Dawn dish washing soap, as we’ve found this to be an irritant to us (humans) and don’t recommend it for your pet either. This next recommendation from doglady1.tripod.com suggest the following:
“also try soaking your pet with apple cider vinegar after a bath, or misting it on. This normalizes the skin’s pH, helps prevent dandruff, and creates an acidic base undesirable to fleas and ticks. The downfall to this is that the ACV leaves a rather strong scent on your pet. However, it should work, and you will eventually get used to the odor. Perhaps you will reserve this potent repellant for when you travel to infested areas. Just don’t make the mistake of substituting white vinegar – that stuff is way too strong; not for the skin, but for the nose! read whole article
We have used vinegar for flea control on our own dogs and have even added a tea spoon (apple cider) to their drinking water from time to time to help with their immune system.