Flea And Tick Remedy Recipe
- 8 oz. apple cider vinegar
- 4 oz. warm water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
First, put the dry ingredients into a spray bottle and then slowly add the liquids. You’re going to get a reaction, so do it over the sink. Be sure to note the shelf life of your apple cider vinegar so you can mark the spray bottle with your own expiration date. Store it in a cool, dark area.
This spray may not kill fleas and ticks, but these nasty bugs hate apple cider vinegar. The solution is likely to make fleas and ticks jump off of your pet and stay off, as long as you treat them regularly.
You can use this recipe as you would an over-the-counter flea and or tick spray. You can treat bedding and spray it directly on your pet’s fur.
Obviously, be careful to avoid the face and eyes like you normally would.
This spray is natural and non-toxic, so you can use your hands to massage it into the fur so it can reach the skin beneath.
Spray your pet once a week or when your pet starts scratching, and don’t forget to work the solution down into your pet’s skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Ear infections
Many dogs with skin allergies also develop ear infections. Apple cider vinegar can clean a dog’s ears and rebalance the skin pH, but it will also dry out ears to combat yeast and bacterial infections. When using apple cider vinegar around your dog’s ears, remember to never use it on raw or open sores since it is an acid and will burn and cause irritation. The vinegar should always be diluted to at least a 50/50 mixture with water.
An easy ear cleaner recipe is to use half apple cider vinegar with half purified water, soak a cotton ball, and wipe out the ears until there is no more gunk coming out of the ear. It is not recommended to pour the mixture into the ear canal. Some ear infections have ruptured eardrums and if this mixture gets into the middle ear, diseases like vestibular disease or exacerbation of a middle ear infection can develop. If there are any signs of sensitivity to the dog when using this dilute mixture, stop applying the mixture to the ear and seek veterinary advice.
Itchy & Dandruffy Dog’s Skin
Dogs with itchy skin and dandruff may also benefit from apple cider vinegar. One of the best ways to help is to use an apple cider vinegar bath for dogs. The acidity in the vinegar helps balance the pH of the skin, while its antiseptic and antibacterial properties help resolve skin infections naturally. It also helps calm skin irritations and inflammation to help dogs feel better.
With sensitive dogs, a 24-hour spot test should always be used first to make sure the dog does not develop vomiting, increased irritation, or redness.
A dilute solution of 50/50 apple cider vinegar and purified water can also be added to a spray bottle and applied to the dog’s fur to improve coat quality and dandruff. Make sure to avoid any open sores or hotspots with this mixture.
There are numerous recipes that use this 50/50 mixture prior to shampoo to help with coat quality. Two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar can be added to a 1.13ltrs of water and applied after shampooing, without rinsing off, for the added benefit of repelling pests and longer-lasting coat benefits. Make sure to do a 24-hour spot test prior to this to ensure your dog tolerates the treatment.
For GI issues, like excessive gas or burping in dogs, using the liquid version of apple cider vinegar is the most beneficial. Adding 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of apple cider vinegar to the water bowl or food once a day is recommended. If adding to the water, ensure there is a water bowl without apple cider vinegar available in case the dog does not like the flavor. Never give undiluted apple cider vinegar directly to your dog.
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