I once heard vinegar kills fleas on dogs. It doesn't but it is a natural flea repellent, yeast and fungi killer, relieves itching and gobbles stink while it conditions fur.
First, there is one caveat. Just one type of vinegar is medicinal.
ONLY raw apple cider vinegar has healing properties since it has not been processed (killed) and organic is best. It's great for humans too!
Using white vinegar, red vinegar, or regular apple cider vinegar is not the same.
Kinda like Superman, it does a lot. Internally it's a health tonic; externally it's a coat conditioner, flea repellent, mosquito repellent; and in the ears it can stop ear yeast infections.
Alright, let's get to some recipes, but these are all for the dog. (For you, replace any vinegar you use for food, salad dressing etc. with Braggs Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. You can also put a teaspoon in your bottled water if you can manage the taste.)
Like the saying from the Frankenstein movie, "It's Alive!"
The first time I saw it in the store I wondered if it was bad but looking up close it has a "mother" which is the cloudy stuff in the bottom. Guess what it's made of?
Probiotics and prebiotics. And not all vinegars have the alkalizing affect on the body we want (and is oh so good).
For a natural flea and mosquito repellent, and a general tonic, here's the basic recipe:
You can start with just a few drops until she gets use to the taste. You can use it daily if you keep the doses a bit lower.
A very soothing rinse for natural itch relief, control odor, and condition the fur:
Mix 1 cup organic raw apple cider vinegar with enough filtered water to make a gallon. Rub into the dog's fur well and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse. This one is much easier to do outdoors!
The reason I say filtered water is if you have city water in the United States, the chlorine kills the good stuff. Hopefully you don't let your dog drink tap water either. (Check out my water page.)
For an ear wash that kills yeast and fungus, mix 1 Tablespoon organic
raw apple cider vinegar per cup water. Put a few drops in with an
eyedropper and massage. Lulu would stand still all day and moan if she was getting an ear massage.
Combine equal amounts of water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray light coat on your dog before you go for a walk or to the dog park.
No need to rub it in.
Unless you can get them to jump in a bowl of the stuff, I don't think vinegar kills fleas but it sure is good for dog health.