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Old 05-02-2013, 04:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was thinking about using ACV and water in a spray bottle to spray on Lily when I brush her. I understand this is supposed to aid in repelling fleas. Is it OK to use this even if she is currently using a topical flea/tick treatment? I thought it would be a substitute for using a grooming spray.
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I am just learning about fleas and ticks having just moved to a hotbed :( I understand that putting it in the water will help as well we have been discussing this at length in my group .. Lots of natural stuff out there.. I am using chemical for now Until I can research what really works But for now I am putting the ACV in the water
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I've been putting ACV in Molly's water to help with tearing, but now rhat you mention it, I haven't put any Advantage on her in 3 months and she has no fleas....I thought it was because it was winter, but the weather has been warm for weeks now.......I wonder?
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I've heard of that, and one if my customers has had it work by putting it in her dogs' water.


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Lula gets ACV in her morning raw meal & in her drinking water. She has for 2 months.
No fleas here but have found 5 ticks on her already this season. Finding one every other day basically.
I check her daily.


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I've been putting ACV in Molly's water to help with tearing, but now rhat you mention it, I haven't put any Advantage on her in 3 months and she has no fleas....I thought it was because it was winter, but the weather has been warm for weeks now.......I wonder?
I am doing this as well so fingers crossed
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ACV is great and my vet for Jake when he originally was switched to raw, suggested a few drops in his water just for health, generally. Never heard of it for fleas.

I have, however, been told by a holistic vet to use a concoction as follows:

Get about a dozen lemons, and slice them and put them in a pot. Add just enough water to cover them and slow boil, until very thick (adding water if needed); cool, strain and pour the strained liquid into a spray bottle and keep in the refrigerator. Spray dog whenever dog goes outside. Mind you, this will be very strong lemon since the peel also cooked down, but it definitely keeps the fleas and mosquitos away.....and, if the dog licks it, no worries! I use it every summer for my poodle.
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I have, however, been told by a holistic vet to use a concoction as follows:

Get about a dozen lemons, and slice them and put them in a pot. Add just enough water to cover them and slow boil, until very thick (adding water if needed); cool, strain and pour the strained liquid into a spray bottle and keep in the refrigerator. Spray dog whenever dog goes outside. Mind you, this will be very strong lemon since the peel also cooked down, but it definitely keeps the fleas and mosquitos away.....and, if the dog licks it, no worries! I use it every summer for my poodle.
Great tip, but...
Wouldn't this bleach a colored Poodle's hair?



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Doubt lemon juice would do anything to the coat. I have done it for years initially with a black poodle and now Sunny, who is cream. It works. Here is a recent article which states you can actually sponge it -- actually the spray, which I keep in the refrigerator, does its job and cools the pup, too on a hot summer day.

How Often Should You Apply Lemon Juice to Repel Fleas? | eHow.com
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I have an article they extracts the lemon juice and you put much like advatix.. I will look for it . Here is one that I had shared to me .
Yay!! It's Spring!! Time to get ready for Mosquito invasions. ;-) Here's an easy & pleasant repellent recipe you can make at home:

Combine in a 16 oz bottle:
15 drops lavender oil
3-4 Tbsp of vanilla extract
1/4 Cup lemon juice.
Fill bottle with water.
Shake.

Ready to use. Make some extra to gift to your neighbors, family & friends. (Trust me.. it'll be appreciated!)
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