Vinegar for Pets and Animals

From Pat Veretto,Your Guide to Frugal Living.

Cleaning, feeding and deodorizing

This reader says: My 6 year old cocker spaniel has chronic skin infections. After his weakly bath, I rinse him with a solution of 1 part cider vinegar to 3 parts water. His skin seems better.

Yet another reader - We live in the country with 4 dogs as part of our family,they sit on the couch,etc. BUT,they love to chase skunks since I don't usually keep tomato juice around,vinegar has come to my rescue. It doesn't take it away completely but its bearable. Keep away from eyes, of course. A friend's neighbor's dog, black lab, had just gotten sprayed by a skunk the night before. The neighbor poured vinegar on him, taking care around the ears, face and privates, of course, let him sit a couple of minutes, shampooed him and the scent was gone. Not only did he smell much better, he had a beautiful glossy coat afterwards.

Mix 1/3 rubbing alcohol and 1/3 white vinegar and 1/3 water. Store it in any old clean dropper bottle (like Visine eye drops) and use it to clean out ears!! It also works fine on dogs and cats. As a matter of fact my VET gave me this tip years ago when I had a cocker spaniel that got fequent ear infections. Just squirt 8-10 drops in ear holding head to side; let it stand in ear for a minute then drain. With my three dogs, while I'm holding their head tilted I message the ear around in a circle then tilt and wipe out with Kleenex; usually apply one a month or if they are ear scratching. My current VET laughed and said 'Well, I've got animal ear cleaning drops here and it only costs 8 dollars a bottle but what you are using seems to be working. Your dogs ears are certainly clean.' Warning: If applied daily for 3 days and dogs are still scratching or rubbing ears--see VET; they have mites or bacterial infection.

1/2 cup Vinegar to a quart of water sprayed onto the coat of a dog works like a vinegar hair rinse. Their coats gleam! An extremely economical alternative to expensive show shine products.


Fleas, and tear stains

I put 1 teaspoon of white vinegar into a super-soaker water gun and train my puppy great dane. You can reach him from anywhere across the room and he immediately stops his behavior. With the hint of vinegar it lingers.

To eliminate cat litter box odors: When you clean the litter box, rinse it out and pour about 1/2 inch of cheap white vinegar in the box. Let it stand for 20 minutes or so, then swish it around, rinse with cold water, and dry the box. The acid in the vinegar neutralizes the ammonia smell.

You can use vinegar for fleas on puppies too young for regular flea products. Straight white vinegar applied with a cotton ball, keep from nose and eyes. I warm it a little bit first, the puppies don't seem to mind the smell and their coats are so soft.

We have a Border Collie on our farm and when she gets to smelling pretty rank in the summertime, we add vinegar to her bath water to get rid of

I got a new puppy just covered in fleas. The store bought flea killers were for older puppies. We used apple vinegar to dip him in and rinsed him off with water. It did the trick.

I had a completely white bulldog with black spotted skin. He had dark tear stains running from his tear duct area down. I tried a few of the tear bleaching products sold for dogs but none worked (besides being expensive). I also tried some suggested home remedies (e.g. hydrogen peroxide, etc.) and those were not effective either. A vet told me the tear stains were caused by the acidity in the dogs system and if I neutralized his system, the stains would go away.

His suggestion was to put vinegar in the dogs drinking water! He suggested putting just a "tiny" bit of vinegar in the drinking water for a few days (I interpreted that as about 1/4 of a vinegar bottles cap full) and then increase the amount of vinegar added until I was adding about a teaspoon to the drinking water each day (I would estimate his drinking water bowl to contain about 5 cups of water.) Each time I changed or added water to his bowl, I also added the vinegar. Within a few weeks, the tear stains were gone for good!

Years ago, I put vinegar in my two dogs drinking water. I had never seen a flea. Start with only a little, so they will get used to the taste. I am now doing it to my Siamese cats. No fleas.

Put a tablespoon of vinegar in your dog's drinking water every day and you will no longer have those brown spots in your lawn from the dog's urine.

My Chihuahua puppy had tons of fleas and nothing was working to get rid of them. I gave her bath in nothing but white vinegar (from a spray bottle) and a little baking soda. I literally saw the fleas rinse off her and down the drain. It also made her coat very soft and shiny. No, she didn't smell of vinegar when done.

For coon hunters, if you will begin to add a teaspoon of honey plus a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar(the red kind) to your dog's food, he will have enough energy to run all night long compared to having to change dogs for part of the hunt.Farmers, if you will add 1 tablespoon of honey plus 1 tablespoon of red cider vinegar to your animals' feed, it will stop runny noses on cows, sheep and any other animal. This brings their ph balance to the correct level. It works! Farmers in Vermont used this remedy for many many years and still do. I had a book from Vermont physicians and it told of these and many other uses for the same recipes.

If you have cats that spray or pets that mark their territory, use full strength white vinegar in a re-usable spray bottle in areas where the markings are. It will neutralize the area so they don't mark it again.

A mixture of baking soda and vinegar can be used to soften and shrink embedded porcupine quills prior to their removal. You may have to apply more than once.

Last year I rescued a kitten off the street that had ringworm. I poured organic apple cider vinegar in a plastic dishpan and sponged him over his entire body twice a day. I then towel dried him but did not rinse with water. He immediately stopped chewing his feet and within three days the red bare spots cleared up and new fur started to grow. Most vet treatments are costly, take 2-3 weeks and are not always 100% effective.

Vinegar Kills Bacteria, Mold and Germs

Vinegar is a mainstay of the old folk recipes for cleaning, and with good reason. The vim of the vinegar is that it kills bacteria, mold, and germs.

Heinz company spokesperson Michael Mullen references numerous studies to show that a straight 5 percent solution of vinegar—such as you can buy in the supermarket—kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses). He noted that Heinz can't claim on their packaging that vinegar is a disinfectant since the company has not registered it as a pesticide with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, it seems to be common knowledge in the industry that vinegar is powerfully antibacterial. Even the CBS news show 48 Hours had a special last December with Heloise reporting on tests from The Good Housekeeping Institute that showed this.

Just like antibiotics, common disinfectants found in sponges and household sprays may contribute to drug resistant bacteria, according to researchers of drug resistance at Tufts New England Medical Center. Furthermore, research at the Government Accounting Office shows that many commercial disinfectants are ineffective to begin with, just like antibiotics.

Keep a clean spray bottle filled with straight 5 percent vinegar in your kitchen near your cutting board, and in your bathroom, and use them for cleaning. I often spray the vinegar on our cutting board before going to bed at night, and don't even rinse, but let it set overnight. The smell of vinegar dissipates within a few hours. Straight vinegar is also great for cleaning the toilet rim. Just spray it on and wipe off.


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