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Vinegar Uses for Pets

Vinegar Uses for Pets

Vinegar is one of those kitchen cupboard wonders–it can do as much for a salad dressing as it can for a pet’s coat or neutralizing odors. Here are a few clever ways to put vinegar to work for your pets.

Shine Enhancer
Mix one cup of whte vinegar to one quart of water and rub or spray it on the coat of your dog.

Skin Soother
Mix 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar to 1 1/2 cups water and use as a rinse after your dog’s bath to help soothe skin affected by chronic skin infections or irritations.

Ear Helper
Vinegar hampers unfriendly bacteria and other microorganisms that are a common cause of ear infections in dogs and cats–keep infections at bay by wiping ears out weekly with a cotton ball saturated with equal parts water and apple cider vinegar.

Skunk Spray Fixer
Tomato juice is the odor remover of choice for pets sprayed by skunks, but vinegar works as well to neutralize the stink. Soak the coat with a mixture of half water and half vinegar, then rinse with plain water. Repeat if necessary.

Cat Deterrent
You’ll need to do a patch test before spraying vinegar on fabric, but the smell of vinegar is a great deterrent for cats. Spray white vinegar anywhere you don’t want your cat to scratch, sleep, or sit.

Cure Cat Odors
Click here to read about Annie’s vinegar secret to neutralizing the smell of cat urine.

Make Dog Shampoo
Try this DIY Formula using vinegar for a healthy homemade pet shampoo.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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7:05PM PST on Dec 30, 2013


9:24AM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

Always use cider vinegar.It's good for arthritis so I put it in soups and stews,also tenderises the meat.My dog has an allergy so I put a spoonful in his food and wipe his coat over with it inbetween his baths.Malt vinegar is also good for yeast infections as they go hand in hand with skin allergies.Cider vinegar is also good for diets,1 desertspn in a glass of water.The uses are really endless.

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11:01AM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

Dobre porady, dziękuję.

6:38AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

This is gentle to both our furry friends and the environment

10:32AM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

Good tips.Thanks for sharing

12:02PM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Vinegar preserves things wonderfully. Think about pickles.

5:11PM PST on Dec 23, 2012

Great tips, Thank you!

4:40AM PST on Dec 23, 2012

Thank you Melissa, for Sharing this!

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Good advice, thanks.

I wonder how wrinkly their cheeks are under their fur.


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