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How Vinegar Can Solve 10 Pet-Related Problems

Critter Culture Staff
Updated Jan 17, 2023

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Does your pet have an issue with bad breath, ear infections, or fleas? If so, consider using vinegar as a natural solution. Yes, vinegar, the common household item isn't just for cooking and cleaning; it can also help keep your pet healthy and happy. From soothing itchy skin to deodorizing, vinegar can be a great way to keep your pet feeling their best. It's time to put that bottle of vinegar in your pantry to good use and start caring for your pet naturally.

1

Clean the litter box

Curious Devon Rex Cat Watching Owner Cleaning Garbage Bin for Cat Litter CasarsaGuru/ Getty Images

Adding one part vinegar to two parts water in a spray bottle and spritzing your cat's litter box can help freshen up the smell of the area and make it more inviting for them to use. Plus, it will help cut through any odors and bacteria that can quickly build up within the litter box. For best results, clean their litter box regularly and spray it with vinegar solution between those cleanings.

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2

Get rid of fleas

 puppy trying to get rid off fleas MRBIG_PHOTOGRAPHY/ Getty Images

Fleas are one of the most common problems for pets, but vinegar can be a great natural solution. It kills fleas, making it a good alternative to harsh chemical treatments. Dilute vinegar in water and spray it directly onto your pet's fur to help kill fleas. You can add a few drops of essential oils such as lavender, lemongrass, or citronella to the mixture for a pleasant fragrance. Only use this remedy on pets over eight weeks old. Leave it on for about 10 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water.

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3

Whiten teeth naturally

Woman veterinarian brushes the teeth of the dog jack russell terrier with a special brush putting it on her finger inside-studio/ Getty Images

Mixing one part apple cider vinegar with two parts warm water can help remove plaque from your pet's teeth, leaving them with a pearly white smile. You may want to try and apply this to your pet's teeth when they are relaxed beside you, as some animals are protective of their teeth. Only use this solution once a week, as using it too frequently can damage their teeth and gums.

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4

Soothe itchy skin

Maine Coon cat scratching its face Carrigphotos/ Getty Images

If your pet is scratching or biting excessively, adding a cup of vinegar to a warm bath can help soothe the itching and reduce inflammation. The vinegar helps restore their skin's natural pH balance and acts as a natural antiseptic. This way, adding vinegar to baths can help deodorize their fur and eliminate bacteria. Be sure to rinse them off thoroughly after their bath so that no residue is left behind.

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5

Deodorize their fur

Cute Golden Retriever dog is taking a shower in a grooming studio ArtistGNDphotography/ Getty Images

Vinegar can neutralize pet odors without using harsh chemicals. Just add half a cup of vinegar to a gallon of water and put it in your pet's regular weekly baths. The acidic nature of vinegar helps neutralize alkaline odors, such as the smell lingering on your pet when it's been too many weeks without a bath. Alternatively, keep a spray bottle of diluted vinegar around and spray your pet whenever they need to be freshened.

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6

Clean your pet's ears

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Vinegar is a great way to clean your pet's ears, as it helps remove dirt and bacteria that can cause infection. Make a solution of equal amounts of white vinegar and warm water. Take a Q-tip or a cotton ball and wet it with the solution before gently swabbing your pet's ears. Avoid getting the mixture in their eyes or nose. After you've finished, use a dry cloth to wipe away any remaining moisture.

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7

Remove pet stains

Adorable akita inu puppy near puddle on rug at home Liudmila Chernetska/ Getty Images

Vinegar can be a good natural alternative to store-bought cleaners for cleaning up pet messes. Just mix an equal amount of vinegar and warm water, then use it to blot the mark until it is gone. The acidic nature of vinegar helps break down any proteins in the stain, which helps remove it from the surface. You can also use a vinegar solution to help get rid of any pet-related blemishes on carpets and furniture. Just spray the area liberally with the mixture and let it sit for about 15 minutes before blotting it with a clean cloth.

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8

Cleaning pet bedding

Cute dog lying down on a wooden floor at home, Oscar Wong/ Getty Images

Use a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water to make an all-natural cleaner for pet beds. The acetic acid in the vinegar has antimicrobial properties that help fight bacteria, fungi, and other microbes. Just spray the cleaner directly onto the bedding and let it sit for a few minutes before blotting it with a damp cloth. Let the bedding air-dry after cleaning with this natural solution.

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9

Reduce shedding

Problems with hair of home pets. Girl with brush and hair of cat on her clothes, close up. Sergiy Akhundov/ Getty Images

If your pet sheds too much fur, adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to their water may help. Ringworms can cause excessive shedding, so if your dog or cat is shedding more than usual, this may be an excellent natural remedy. If you think your pet may have ringworm, you may also want to see a veterinarian.

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10

Make a homemade shampoo

Dog Taking Bath At Home. Jaromir Chalabala / EyeEm/ Getty Images

Mixing three parts water with one part vinegar makes a great pet shampoo that can leave your pet's fur feeling soft and shiny. This diluted vinegar shampoo is an excellent solution to keep their coat clean and healthy without paying big bucks.

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