Apple Cider Vinegar for Flea Control

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Apple Cider Vinegar for Flea Control

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Apple cider vinegar (ACV) for flea control is something we recently began using after watching our dogs suffer from fleas. It smells pungent, tastes bad and what we bought today was 5% acid. Yet it is considered a natural product, at the price of pennies. And apple cider vinegar works for flea control.

ACV appears to be one of the better flea treatments on the market today, in addition to other parasites such as ringworm, ticks, fungus, and bacteria. It is not a flea treatment that is free, but it is affordable. At least, compared to the high prices we have been paying for OTC sprays, shampoos, pills and between the shoulder blade droplets. Within three days, the fleas are usually back by the droves. So..back to the stores we went. Time and time again.


There are many reasons why you should keep your home flea-free.

Does apple cider vinegar actually kill fleas?

The odorous smell of apple cider vinegar does not kill fleas ‘per se … but its smell and taste alone drives them away. When combed through an animal’s hair or when you wipe down a dog’s face or wipe inside their ears … well, it changes the environment of a dog’s body to something so distasteful that fleas literally hopped themselves to death trying to escape.

Fleas in hot summers can quickly become an epidemic. Once flea infestation sets in on the family pets, your home looks like its full of long-tailed dogs in a room full of rocking chairs. Dogs are on the run, itching continuously, scratching, howling, digging, and running around in circles. Continuously, all you can hear is the ‘thump, thump, thump of feet hitting the floor as they attempt to remove the biting vermin.

Sheer madness occurs in a flea-infested home, spreading to pets and people almost over night. By the time you set eyes on them, they have already started infesting and everyone suffers, two and four legged. ACV, an ingredient used by cooks, has been around for centuries. with most aware of ACV’s benefit … good and bad.

About apple cider vinegar

There are over 30 vital nutrients in this product that shows it is one of the healthier natural products on the market. This includes over half dozen vitamins, a dozen minerals, essential acids, enzymes and pectin. Of course, additional research is needed regarding its health benefits and healing powers.

Proponents of alternative medicine feel that apple cider vinegar is a rich source of potassium and aids in curing diseases. Many medical health experts feel the opposite. In 2006, a scientific investigation does not support vinegar as an anti-infective agent. In 2015, two studies have suggested that ACV offers antifungal properties against “denture-related stomatitis.” [Cider vinegar ingredients]


“A dog, such as myself, thinks he amounts to a great deal. However, to a flea or a mosquito, a dog is nothing but something delicious to chew upon. Now, where did that little fellow go?”

5 Side effects of apple cider vinegar

As perfect as apple cider vinegar seems to be, using it too much or in too high of a dosage can cause serious side effects, serious reactions and body damage for both animals and people.

  1. Do not give a pregnant dog or nursing young pups ACV due to serious issues. Mothers and pups have died taking the product.
  2. The best apple cider vinegar to use is organic to spray onto the dog, mixed half-and-half with distilled water. “You can spray the dog’s coat (get her completely wet) with the organic Apple Cider Vinegar (the brand that begins with a B) and a distilled water mixture. Mix the distilled water and ACV 1/2 and 1/2 in a spray bottle. Again, get her completely wet with the mixture, and then let her air-dry. No need to towel dry her. Letting her air-dry will let the mixture soak into her skin.” [ Earth Clinic ]
  3. The recommended dosage of ACV varies on the requirements. Another mixture for health benefits is 2 Tablespoons to one cup of water, once or twice a day. More than this will make the dog or person ill.
  4. The basic ingredient of ACV is acetic acid. This will cause certain health problems when taken without dilution.
  5. Given in large amounts or undiluted, apple cider vinegar causes reduction in potassium content present in the body.

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