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Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs

What Is Apple Cider Vinegar ?

Apple cider vinegar is made from apples and water. It is slightly acidic.

Apple vinegar begins as water and apples. When exposed to air, due the sugar content yeasts grow, which cause the sugar to ferment and become alcohol. As it continues to ferment, natural or added acetic acid bacteria turn the alcohol into acetic acid, which is the main component of vinegar.

Acetic acid is what gives vinegar its taste, smell and benefits. The word “vinegar” means “sour wine.” 

What are the benefits

Although research on apple cider vinegar’s benefits is minimal, most experts agree that its documented human benefits also help dogs.

Apple cider vinegar can help your dog with :
  • Flaking skin issues
  • Repels fleas
  • Clean ears
  • Aids digestion
  • Soothe itchy paws and skin
  • Relieve muscle soreness
  • Rinse soap residue from your dog’s coat after a bath
  • Improve coat quality
  • Clear some urinary issues
  • Fight few minor infections
  • Dilute pet stains and odors


Apple cider vinegar helps digestion by increasing the stomach’s acid levels, which results in better absorption and fewer gastrointestinal symptoms like burps and gas. Apple cider vinegar promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the dog’s digestive tract

Feeding it may help combat teary eye stains


OK. I am Sold. How do I give it to my dog?

Never feed straight apple cider vinegar. 

For ingestion, choose raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, preferably in a glass bottle. Why glass? Glass containers do not pose the risk (as plastic bottles can) of harmful chemicals leaching into the product.

Add it to food, at a rate of one teaspoon to a 22-KG dog. If you don’t see the desired benefit within 30 days of feeding apple cider vinegar, chances are it’s not working for that problem.

Many dog owners add it to the dog’s water bowl, but start with a small amount – a tablespoon in a big bowl of water, perhaps – and watch to make sure your dog still drinks the water readily  if not switch back to plain water.

Some dog owners mix it into plain yogurt.

 Topical Benefits

Vinegar is a well-known cleaner and mild disinfectant. Apple cider vinegar’s cleansing and disinfecting qualities can be good for your dog, too. 

Do a 24-hour patch test before applying it to the dog’s entire body. Signs of allergy would include vomiting, reddish skin, and/or itching and scratching.

To dilute: ACV to water ratio is with 50-50 . Apply using a sprayer or sponge. Apple cider vinegar rinse will remove leftover soap reside after a bath, help itchy skin and leave the coat shiny and soft. To use it as a dandruff preventative, rub the diluted solution into the dog’s skin just prior to giving him a bath (never do this without having done the 24-hour patch test), then wash it off in the bath.

Apple cider vinegar is a natural flea and/or flying insect repellent. Apple cider vinegar has a cooling effect, making it a good choice for small topical problems, like burns, bruises, and hot spots. Be aware, if the wound is at all open it will sting.

For itchy feet soak the dog’s paws in a diluted solution. Same solution can be used to clean ears. You can also the diluted solution to disinfect toys and bedding. Spray it for odor control. It can also work as a gentle disinfectant.

December 22, 2017 by barksnlicks team

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