by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)
Fleas are pretty much disgusting. Especially when you have pets, fleas are definitely a concern; so, how then can you prevent and rid yourself of fleas in your yard, consequently preventing those fleas from dwelling on your pet. The method is quite simple actually and if you act now, you will most likely find success!
You can actually use vinegar to dissuade fleas from landing on your pet, and it's very simple. All you have to do is add one quarter of a cup of water to their water three to four times a week. The vinegar will make it so the blood tastes a bit funny to the flea, and so the fleas will pick up on that and will leave your pet alone. There is a good chance however, that your pet won't want to drink water that's been spiked with vinegar, and seriously, who can blame them? I wouldn't want to drink vinegar water either!
If your pet refuses to drink the vinegar water, then you have a couple of different options. You can either force feed your pet the vinegar by simply holding your pet's head and dropping a little vinegar in its mouth. If you can do this quickly, then it shouldn't be a problem at all. You can also try spraying a bit of vinegar all over its coat. You might not want to do this too often because it will make your pet smell pretty funny, so only do it if you can't find another way to use the vinegar.
You do need to remember, however, that this is just a preventative measure. The vinegar trick will not work to completely rid your pet of fleas, and it definitely won't work to exterminate and ward off significant amounts of fleas. If your pet's flea problem is serious (meaning persistent and a lot of fleas), then you need to look into a more intense plan of action. You should visit your vet and see what the vet has to say about your pet's flea problem. Chances are, your pet will be prescribed special food or treatment to get rid of the fleas.
Fleas are fun for no one, and so whatever you can do to prevent fleas from attaching themselves to your pet, you should do. Wiping out fleas using vinegar is one of the easiest ways to go about your flea extermination. Fleas are no fun, and if you can help your pet avoid them, then you'll be one great pet owner and you'll be left with a happy, flea-free dog!
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