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Apple Cider Vinegar as Flea Control for Dogs

Can apple cider vinegar really get rid of fleas in dogs?

If you've ever dealt with a flea infestation in your home, you know that it isn't much fun at all. It can be difficult to break the fleas' life cycle and get rid of them for good.

Apple cider vinegar has been suggested by many is a good flea treatment for dogs. But is it true?

The Case for Apple Cider Vinegar for Fleas in Dogs

Fleas don't seem to like the smell and taste of apple cider vinegar, and it does seem to repel them from dogs.

Using apple cider vinegar on your dog as a flea deterrent might be adequate if you use it routinely and are in an area that isn't particularly flea-dense.

Mixing equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and applying it to your dog before going outside (avoid the eyes, nose, and ears) is a good way to use it. Check with your veterinarian first to ensure that your dog doesn't have any skin conditions which may be aggravated by this protocol.

Cautions About Relying on Apple Cider Vinegar for Canine Flea Control

Fleas are more than just a nuisance. They can cause illness and disease in dogs and even kill a young, small, old, or sick dog by causing severe anemia. They can also transmit diseases. If your dog is allergic to flea saliva, even one flea bite may cause an entire reaction that leads to scratching, hair loss, and secondary skin infection.

While apple cider vinegar may be able to keep fleas at bay when used routinely and in areas where there aren't a lot of fleas, it's probably wise not to rely on it as your only source of flea prevention and probably won't be sufficient to clear an infestation out of your home.

You can learn more about flea preventatives here: "Flea Control for Dogs."

Ultimately, your personal veterinarian is the best person to help you evaluate your flea prevention and treatment needs and help you choose products and methods.

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