How Apple Cider Vinegar helped with my dogs tick infestation

by Brill, Peanut & Marley's, Owner Judy
(Phoenix, AZ USA)

2 dogs

2 dogs

French translation

I was in shock, my dogs have never had fleas or ticks until we bought a house that had been vacant for years on the hillside.

The cute squirrels and raccoons and wildlife were fun to watch and then summer came.

I had never seen ticks this bad.

I bought flea and tick shampoo, tick collars including a prescribed by my vet and paid to my vet, the liquid Frontline Plus I squeezed on the backs of my Havanese, toy poodle and Lhasa and confined them to one end of the house.

Days went by, the ticks were still there!! My sleepless nights and constant checking was too much, I could not wait any longer, the vet staff said I would have to tweeze them off the dogs!! Gross!!

I searched the internet for a better option and from what I read I would try Apple cider Vinegar.

I shampooed my dogs again with an oatmeal shampoo then rinsed with Apple cider Vinegar, to my surprise my dog did not mind it and some of the ticks started to come off by themselves which I would quickly tweeze off the ACV soaked fur strands and drop into a plastic cup containing ACV which quickly killed the tick.

The tougher ticks that did not come off, I sprayed, sprayed, sprayed with ACV I had poured into a spray bottle, until I could see the mouth parts then getting next to the skin with the tweezers, tweezed the tick mouth parts easily and with no resistance removed the blasted tick. The ACV wet fur made it easier to separate the fur away from the tick to allow a really good hold of the nasty thing by its nasty tick lips, eeewww!!

I will not use anymore so called "safe" pesticide type products on my dogs from what I read the possible long term effects they have may take years to show. I am angry I followed the advice and paid for the liquid Frontline Plus from my Vet. The ingredients list is terrible.

I love the internet which provides great info like the use of ACV which is safe for my dogs, I would not have known.

Thank you.

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Jun 03, 2018
Blood test for vaccinations
by: Anonymous

There ARE titer tests that can be done on your furbabies to see if they still have the antibodies to various ills for which they are vaccinated.

Check around for some holistic vets.

May 20, 2018
Light rub with Cider Vinegar

Am so worried about the chemicals in tic collars and as have three dogs they are way over priced as well.

So every day take a bowl of ACV and lightly rub down their coats and round their necks with a soft cloth dipped in ACV. I KNOW THEY SMELL A BIT BUT THAT SOON WEARS OFF.

Now am going to add a little to their water.

I am appalled also at the stuff that is put in the injections they have to have every year. Why can't they just have a blood test once a year instead, to see if any virus is present in their body.

I guess its all about money that vets seem to make at an alarming cost!

Jun 12, 2017
Apple Cider Vinegar
by: DLeon

I have two Dogs, And they never have fleas or ticks.

In their drinking water, I add a little bit in the cap of organic apple cider vinegar every single day.

Both are very healthy, they never get sick.

Dec 20, 2016
by: perVyyn kaVarana

To those whose dogs are infested with ticks and fleas, please include ACV in their food and also spray diluted acv on their coats and run a comb through their fur .... a few drops of eucalyptus oil, a pinch of baking soda, a pinch of pink himalayan salt can be added to the spray bottle.

Shake well before use.

Good luck


May 19, 2011
Yes it's working
by: Anonymous

Ok I tried apple cider vinegar on my dogs ticks today. They came loose after a while, possibly even unconscious with no movement, making it easier to pick. Some take time though.

I'm using it full strength, not diluted with water, on a ball of cotton soaked with it, and dabbed onto the ticks directly. However I'm doing so with the clear, pasteurized variety ACV, not the cloudy, organic one which is preferred but not easily available, or too expensive, in the finer stores in Pakistan.

Now I have to see if it prevents ticks from getting onto him.

Frontline (insecticide) has so many precautions listed on it for humans applying it onto their pets, even saying to wear gloves so it doesn't get absorbed through the skin. You can imagine how bad it must be for the animals themselves, I noticed in my dog, it doesn't even work for more than a week.
- Giving your dog a little ACV mixed with his food once a day (1/2 a teaspoon to a teaspoon, depending on his size), can be helpful, making him less "appetizing" to fleas and ticks.
- Also, spraying your dog's coat (being careful to avoid the eyes and genitals areas) with a mixture of water and ACV (1 tablespoon to 1 pint) in between shampoos can help in areas heavily infested with ticks.
- To keep fleas and ticks at bay, the PetCare page of our site recommends the use of an "ACV RINSE", 1 tablespoon (15 ml) to 1 pint (3 785 ml) of water, as an after bath rinse. For more info, click on the link below.

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