Vinegar Bath for Fleas

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Fleas are brown, tiny, wingless creatures who survive on blood. Once your pet gets infested with these pests, they can be difficult to get rid of. The most alarming thing is that they can quickly communicate to other pets in the house too. If you are looking to find a natural way of getting rid of fleas, then a vinegar bath can be a nontoxic, affordable and safe solution.

Symptoms of Flea Infestation

  • Most commonly, fleas live just above the pet's tail. If your pet is biting or scratching this area, check it for signs of eggs or fleas. Fleas are tiny brown creatures with extra long back legs. Pass your hand through the pet's fur and look out for live fleas. Any scratches, scabs or redness can also be a sign of flea infestation on your pet's body.

Properties of Vinegar to Get Rid of Fleas

  • Vinegar is sour and acidic, and fleas hate its taste and smell. So, when you bathe your pet in vinegar, it just works to repel the pests. The coat of your pet will become acidic and fleas will not only go away, but will also stay away from its body. As your pet will also dislike the taste of vinegar, it will no longer bite its own body, which is the main reason for loss of hair and scratches.

How to Give a Vinegar Bath to Your Pet

  • Mix 1 cup white vinegar or apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of dish detergent. Sit your pet in a tub full of warm water and wet its coat until it is soaked. Apply the solution on its body and remember to carefully avoid its eyes. Rub the solution gently on the pet's coat and then rinse completely. The smell of vinegar will go away over time, but if you want, you can bathe it with its regular shampoo to get rid of the smell earlier.

Regular Routine With Vinegar

  • Mix equal amounts of water and vinegar and add it in to a spray bottle. After bathing and drying your pet, spray this solution on its fur, avoiding ears and eyes. Pass your fingers through the fur so that the mixture works well into its coat. It is a good idea to spray the solution at least once in a week, until fleas leave the pet's body completely. You can also dip a brush or comb in the solution and pass it through the pet's fur.

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