Use Vinegar to Kill and Prevent Ticks on Dogs

Use Vinegar to Kill and Prevent Ticks on Dogs

The Daily Puppy (website) offers pet lovers 3 ways to use vinegar to kill ticks:  spraying a solution of vinegar and water directly on your dog; put straight vinegar on the tick or put vinegar in your dog’s drinking water.  The tips are noted below:


  • A homemade spray solution of one part vinegar and one part water helps keep ticks and fleas away from your pets. Pour the solution in a spray bottle and spray directly onto your pets, but be careful not to get it in their eyes.


  • If, after inspecting yourself and your pet for ticks, you find a tick, rub distilled vinegar directly onto the tick with a cotton bud or cotton ball — or pour over the site — until the tick lets go. After the tick releases its hold, pull it out with tweezers and dunk it in a cup of vinegar until it has drowned, then dispose of it.

Drinking Water

  • After you have gotten rid of your pet’s ticks, the Vinegar Institute recommends adding a teaspoon of white distilled or apple cider vinegar to a quart of your pet’s drinking water — this is for a 40 pound animal, so adjust accordingly. Consuming the vinegar will change your pet’s scent and, if your pet will drink it, will help prevent and kill future ticks and pesky fleas.