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17 Proven Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs (No. 4 is Best)

 

 

1. Clean dog ears, treat yeast-based ear infections with ACV

  1. Make a mixture of equal parts distilled water and apple cider vinegar.
  2. Soak cotton balls in the mixture.
  3. Swab your dog’s ears, going in only as far as you can see, until the cotton balls come out clean.
  4. Dry the ear with a clean cotton pad or cotton ball, as damp ears are associated with ear irritation and infections.

Caution: Prior to using apple cider vinegar to clean your dog’s ears, it is important to make sure that the inside of the ear is not raw.

 

2. Improve fur, skin, odor with an ACV rinse

  1. Combine 2 to 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to 1 quart of water to make a post-bath rinse.
  2. Bathe your dog as usual and, after thoroughly rinsing the shampoo from your dog’s coat, pour the ACV mixture over your dog, carefully avoiding his eyes.
  3. Do not rinse; towel dry your dog until damp and then let dry naturally.
  4. Another option is misting diluted or undiluted ACV onto your dog’s fur immediately before brushing to help give his coat a beautiful, healthy shine.


 

3. Soothe itchy, irritated paws with ACV

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  1. Mix two parts water and one part apple cider vinegar in a large bowl or bathtub.
  2. Soak the irritated paws for up to five minutes each.
  3. Don’t rinse, but do ensure you thoroughly dry your dog’s paws after soaking.


 

4. Repel fleas and ticks with ACV

Repelling fleas, ticks and other biting insects with ACV can be done several ways: with a sponge bath, a mist or by mixing ACV into your dog’s food or water.

 

Flea and tick sponge bath
  1. Bathe your dog as usual, rinsing his coat and applying an ACV mixture while he’s still wet.
  2. Combine one part water to one part ACV in a medium bucket or container.
  3. Dampen and squeeze out a large sponge, then dunk the sponge in the ACV mixture to absorb the fluid.
  4. Sponge the mixture onto your dog’s coat, dunking the sponge as needed to absorb more of the mixture.
  5. Make sure the coat is soaked all the way to his skin, then allow the fur to air-dry.

 

Flea and tick mist
  1. Mix one part water with one part ACV in a clean spray bottle.
  2. Spray a fine mist of the mixture onto your dog’s coat before he head’s outside.
  3. Be careful not to spray the mixture into your dog’s eyes or nose.

 

Flea and tick food or water additive
  1. Add a daily dose of ACV to your dog’s food or drinking water.
  2. Use the recommended daily dosage of ACV, which is 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon per 50 pounds of your dog’s body weight. Start with a lower amount and increase if needed.
  3. Add the dose to your dog’s drinking water or food once each day, mixing it well into water, wet food or coating the kibble.
  4. If adding to drinking water, make sure plain water is also available to prevent possible dehydration in case your dog ends up drinking less water due to the vinegar additive.


 

5. Treat dog bruises, itchy skin, rashes, hot spots and burns with ACV

  1. Mix one part water to one part ACV in a medium bowl or container.
  2. Dip a sponge or cotton ball into the mixture, ensuring it’s fully saturated.
  3. Sponge or dab the mixture onto the affected area on your dog.
  4. Reapply daily as needed until the affected area has shown improvement.
  5. Never apply ACV to open wounds or extremely raw skin.


 

6. Treat dog arthritis with ACV

Applying warm ACV to the dog’s joints can help alleviate arthritis pain, while adding ACV to your dog’s food or water can help break down calcium deposits that form around older dog’s joints.

 

Arthritis pain compress
  1. Warm a small portion of undiluted ACV in the microwave.
  2. Soak a compress or folded washcloth in the mixture until saturated.
  3. Apply the compress directly to the dog’s joints.

 

Arthritis food or water additive
  1. Use the recommended dose of 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of ACV per 50 pounds of body weight.
  2. Add the recommended dose of ACV to your dog’s food or water twice per week.
  3. Continue use to help joints become less painful and more flexible.
  4. Have plain drinking water available as an alternative if adding ACV to water. Dogs may drink less water if ACV is added, and having plain water available reduces the possibility of dehydration.


 

7. Improve dog digestion with ACV

  1. Add the recommended dose of 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon per 50 pounds of body weight to your dog’s food or drinking water daily.
  2. Mix the ACV directly into the food or water, or pour on top of wet food or kibble.
  3. Provide plain drinking water as an option if adding ACV to the water bowl in case your dog drinks less water due to the ACV. Drinking less can possibly result in dehydration.


 

8. Alleviate dog muscle sprains, soreness, and fatigue with ACV

  1. Create a mixture of one part water to one part ACV in a medium container or bowl.
  2. Saturate a sponge or compress with the mixture.
  3. Apply the mixture to the affected muscles, gently massaging it into afflicted areas.
  4. Repeat daily as needed until your dog shows improvement.


 

9. Detoxify, purify, boost dog immune system with ACV

  1. Measure out 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of ACV per 50 pounds of your dog’s body weight.
  2. Add a daily dose of ACV to water bowl or pour over food.
  3. If using ACV in water, make sure plain water is also available in case your dog decreases his water intake due to the addition of ACV.


 

10. Treat dog dandruff, rejuvenate hair, balance pH with ACV

  1. Bathe your dog as usual, rinsing well.
  2. Pour undiluted ACV directly onto your dog’s fur.
  3. Thoroughly distribute ACV throughout the fur by massaging lightly with a dog grooming glove.
  4. Rinse well once again to remove all traces of ACV.


 

11. Fight dog tooth decay, strengthen nails with ACV

  1. Mix a portion of ACV into your dog’s food or water, using 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of ACV per 50 pounds of body weight.
  2. Stir ACV into water, kibble or pour directly over food once each day.
  3. Provide a dish of plain water if adding ACV to your dog’s water dish in case he drinks less, which can lead to a risk of dehydration.


 

12. Get rid of dog mange with ACV

  1. Have your dog stand in a tub, sink or other location that can get wet.
  2. Pour undiluted ACV over the affected area.
  3. Do not rinse.
  4. Gently pat off excess moisture with a towel; let the area dry naturally.
  5. Repeated as needed daily until the issue is resolved.


 

13. Treat dog urinary tract infections (UTI), bladder issues with ACV

  1. Mix the suggested portion of ACV into your dog’s food or water bowl daily.
  2. Suggested dosage for treating UTIs is:
    • 1 teaspoon for small dogs (under 30 lbs.)
    • 1 tablespoon for medium dogs (30 to 80 lbs.)
    • 2 tablespoons for large dogs (more than 80 lbs.)
  3. Add the ACV directly to your dog’s water dish or sprinkle over or mix with food.
  4. Provide an alternate water dish without ACV when mixing with water in case your dog drinks less due to the addition of ACV in the other dish.


 

14. Eliminate dog tear stains with ACV

  1. Add a small amount of ACV to your dog’s drinking water over the course of several weeks.
  2. Start with about one-quarter of a capful, working up a full teaspoon over the course of several days.
  3. Change the water daily, adding fresh ACV to each fresh batch of water.
  4. Make sure you provide a bowl of drinking water without ACV just in case your dog drinks less of the AVC mixture due to the taste. Gradually increasing the amount of ACV, however, should help him get used to the taste.


 

15. Deter pesky flies with ACV

  1. Start with a clean, empty spray bottle.
  2. Fill the bottle with a mixture consisting of equal parts water and ACV, and 10 drops of cedar oil.
  3. Spray the mixture on your dog’s fur, taking care to avoid the head an eye area.
  4. Spray the mixture on other locations to eliminate flies, such as barns, patios, picnic areas and yards.


 

16. Other ACV dog treatments

While we covered a multitude of ailments and health issues that can be helped with ACV, there’s no way we covered them all. Apple cider vinegar is just too comprehensively powerful to provide an absolute end-all list of issues it can help!

 

Additional issues ACV can help with include:

  • Allergies
  • Cancer
  • Candida and other fungal infections
  • Cold weather adaptation
  • Depression
  • Disease prevention for parvo, urinary tract infections and others
  • Eczema
  • Elbow calluses and other rough skin patches
  • Fatigue
  • Fecal odor reduction (no kidding!)
  • Metabolic issues
  • Osteoporosis

Follow the instructions for an ACV sponge bath for external issues. Add ACV to your dog’s food or water for internal issues. Detailed instructions for both the sponge bath and internal treatment can be found in the flea and tick section.

 

17. How ACV can balance your dog’s pH levels

Healthy pets generally have a pH of 6.5 to 7, something you can test through a urinalysis or with pH strips available at many drug stores. If pH levels are too acidic or too alkaline, bacteria is more prone to thrive, potentially causing health issues down the line.

  • Acidic pH: Below 6
  • Healthy pH: 6.5 to 7
  • Alkaline pH: Above 7

Although ACV typically has an acidic pH somewhere between 4.25 and 5, it can help balance pH levels either upward or downward as needed.

 

How’s That? 

All foods have two different properties when it comes affecting the body’s pH:

  • Foods can be alkaline or acidic, referring to the alkaline or acid contained in the food
  • Foods can be alkaline or acidic forming, referring to the affect that digesting the food has on the pH balance of the body

Apple cider vinegar has both acidic and alkaline properties. While the vinegar itself is acidic, the apples used to create the ACV are alkaline. Vinegar and other food items undergo oxidation in the body’s digestive system.

The oxidation process actually alters the vinegar to alkaline, since alkaline was the natural state of the apples before they were transformed into vinegar.

  • ACV is acidic, referring to the acid contained in the vinegar
  • ACV is alkaline forming, referring to the affect that digesting the food has on the pH balance of the body

Apple cider vinegar can thus give your dog the best of both options, boosting a low pH or lowering a high one as needed in his body.

 

How ACV is Made

Apple cider vinegar comes from apple cider that has been fermented. The fermentation process involves the breakdown of the cider’s sugars by yeast and bacteria. The yeast and bacteria first turn the sugars into alcohol and, if fermentation continues, the alcohol turns into vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar has a light yellow-brown color. Unpasteurized and unfiltered ACV contains a dark, cloudy sediment known as the “mother.” While the “mother” may not look particularly appetizing, it is where all the beneficial living bacteria and nutrients reside.

Clear vinegar has been processed and distilled, giving it a clean, pure look. That processing and distilling, however, strips all the beneficial components out of the vinegar.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar Ingredients and What Each One Does

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Acetic Acid

  • May slow down digestion of starch, which can help prevent the spike in glucose common after eating

Lactic Acid

  • Improves nutritional value of foods[1]
  • Enhances digestion of lactose
  • Controls intestinal infections, serum cholesterol levels and possibly some types of cancer

Citric Acid

  • Enhances kidney health, prevents kidney stones[2]
  • Fights free radicals
  • Improves absorption of minerals
  • Decreases nausea
  • Revitalizes skin

Malic Acid

  • Makes ACV resistant to fungus, bacteria and viruses
  • Reduces pain
  • Boosts energy[3]
  • Promotes production of collagen, enhances skin
  • Stimulates saliva production

Ash

  • Provides alkaline property in ACV
  • Helps body maintain proper pH levels

Calcium

  • Supports strong teeth and bones

Potassium

  • Essential for proper functioning of muscles, nerves and enzymes[4]
  • Helps maintain optimum balance of fluids throughout the body
  • Protects against hair loss and brittle teeth

Pectin

  • Highly soluble fiber[5]
  • Assists with blood pressure regulation
  • Promotes proliferation of beneficial microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract

 

Additional ACV Tips

21Apple cider vinegar has a very strong and distinct taste. When incorporating it into your dog’s food or water, you want to do so gradually and in small amounts so your pet can adjust to this taste. Some dog owners find it better to combine ACV with their dog’s food as it helps to mask this distinct taste while others find adding it to water actually encourages their dog to drink.

 

Help! My Dog Absolutely Hates the Taste of ACV

If your pooch simply refuses to eat or drink when ACV is added, you can get creative by:

  • Mixing equal parts ACV with plain Greek yogurt as a creamy treat
  • Combining equal parts ACV with peanut butter and honey for a nutty treat
  • Trying ACV capsules instead of liquid, and then coating them with peanut butter

 

What Else You Need to Know about ACV

While many dog owners, vets and holistic pet care providers swear by apple cider vinegar, the benefits of apple cider vinegar for dogs are not well studied. Because most of the claims are based on testimonials or personal experiences, not everyone agrees that ACV should be used as a canine supplement.

If your dog suffers from an existing health condition, is taking a daily medication or if you are simply unsure whether or not your dog could benefit from apple cider vinegar, contact your local holistic veterinarian.

Your holistic veterinarian can also provide you with more precise dosage information based on your dog’s weight, along with ensuring you’re using the right type and strength of ACV. Your choice should be naturally fermented, unpasteurized, unfiltered, and organic.


Dog Health Treatment & Advice : How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Pets

Apple cider vinegar can be used for pets to treat an ear infection or inflammation when diluted with warm water and used to flush out debris and foreign objects. Make use of apple cider vinegar as an all-natural treatment for pets with health information from a veterinarian in this free video on pet care.

 

Sources and Citations

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2271223
  2. http://www.zliving.com/health/natural-remedies/citric-acid-essential-for-body
  3. http://www.newsmax.com/FastFeatures/Malic-Acid-Benefits-Health-Supplements/2015/03/31/id/635519/
  4. http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1659&aid=700
  5. http://naturs-way.com/pet/artc3.htm
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  • Andrea Robinson

    Wow, this is a treasure trove of information. I didn’t know that you could use ACV in so many ways. It’s very powerful stuff. In fact, once I couldn’t afford to go to a doctor for a bladder infection myself, and cleared it up by drinking copious amounts of water mixed with vinegar. (I don’t recommend it, and it tastes terrible, but it did work.)

    I had a vet once that didn’t think anything you gave a dog orally (like garlic or ACV) would be effective for fleas because dogs don’t sweat, so the repellent effect of the substance would not be noticed by fleas on the skin. However, I do think that dogs have sebaceous glands that produce some kind of oil that keeps their fur lubricated, so it’s quite possible my vet was wrong on that. Also, since we had that conversation years ago, Capstar, an oral flea treatment has come out and we’ve found that garlic is toxic to dogs anyway and should not be used.

    So I totally appreciate the natural remedies but also appreciate the writer’s note that a lot of these stories are anecdotal and that there is more research to do.

    I have one more comment about vinegar. I had a dog that couldn’t keep food down for years. She would also have horrific seizures that were so bad she couldn’t breathe while she was in the middle of one. We tried various medications but they didn’t appear to do any real good. Then, of all places to hear this, I was watching the Pet Psychic on Animal Planet one day and Sonya Fitzpatrick said that dogs are much closer to the ground than we are, and that floor-cleaning chemicals can give them the exact symptoms that my Lassie had. I switched to mopping the floor with white vinegar and water, and all Lassie’s symptoms went away.

    🙂

  • Elisabeth

    This article was so highly informative and eye opening as I research natural health remedies but for myself and pet. I have an 8 year old ‘Shih-poo’ with a chronic skin condition on his belly and paws which makes him itch and flake. He also has some arthritis in his back legs, which makes it difficult for him to jump very high. I’ve tried so many different types of shampoo and now I keep him out of the grass which helps a little, but as you can imagine is not much fun for him.

    I use apple cider vinegar in my own hair as a clarifying rinse, on my face as a toner and in my homemade salad dressing, but somehow never thought about using it on my little Rafael. I’m so grateful for this information and I’m really going to speak to his veterinarian about including it in his treatment plan.

    As I try to maintain a healthy and more natural lifestyle for myself, it seems like a given that my beloved should be given the same opportunity for a higher quality of life. Thanks much!

    • Stefanie G

      WOW I am totally thrilled I found this article. I immediately went out and got some Apple Cider Vinegar because my dog simply stinks a lot of the time. I am totally embarrassed when guests come over and lock him in a room, but I’m sure the smell permeates the house.

      After ONE rinse there is a BIG difference. Now I will see how long it lasts. In any event, I will likely be buying this stuff by the gallon.

  • Martyna P.

    To be honest, I’ve heard lots of good things about apple cider vinegar and how well it works on human hair. Added to a hair mask or an oil, it makes your hair nice and silky. Then, I bought a dog and it turned out that she would attract many insects for some reason (I have a toy poodle btw so getting all of the bugs out was truly a challenge) and my friend once told me about the apple cider vinegar and how it worked on her dog’s hair (also a poodle). It seemed bit odd at first, but then I thought why shouldn’t I give it a try. It worked SO WELL, my dog’s skin became insect-free so I was sure that ACV worked well with hair or skin BUT to think there are more ways of using it? I’ve read this article out of curiousity but I learned a lot!

    Still, I would be careful about adding ACV to dog’s food…Maybe it’s only me, I have no problem with putting it on dog’s skin or using it to rinse, but since you said that the benefits of ACV have not been studied yet, I’m bit hesitant. Still, great article! All info has been provided, it’s all very detailed and comprehensive.

  • Alyssa Williams

    Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a reliable natural remedy for so many human ailments and I was so excited to find this site and learn of the many wonderful ways that I could use it on my sweetie, a spaniel named Sophie. Personally, I’ve loved, used and drank ACV for a variety of things over the last 5 years. However, I never thought to use it on Sophie.

    Unfortunately, a couple of weeks ago, I noticed some fleas on Sophie and I wanted to find a natural solution. I was not looking forward to using any of those store-bought products that contained “who-knows-what” in it so I did some quick searching on the internet when I came across this site. I checked in with my vet who told me that he wasn’t sure if it would work but it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try. I went ahead knowing that if it didn’t work, I could always buy some of those store-bought products.

    First, I made a half and half solution of ACV and purified water in a quart-sized spray bottle. Then, I bathed Sophie thoroughly with a mild soap. I took my time to work the soap through her fur so that I could kill the fleas or any that may have been hidden. I did this for about 10 minutes to make sure the soap fully killed the fleas. Then, I rinsed off the soapy solution fully from her coat, running my fingers through and looking careful for any errant fleas. Since there was nothing there. I then sprayed Sophie’s coat with the ACV mixture, being very careful not to get any into her eyes. I let the mixture air-dry and Sophie has been been flea-free every since. I’ve been keeping my eye on her so I know that this remedy does, in fact, work.

  • Kendra Justine

    I have used Apple Cider Vinegar for years in so many different ways for myself, but I did not realize that it had so many uses for dogs also. Using it for dog tear will be great because my poodle gets real bad tear build up and I’ve been using other more extreme measures to reduce it between grooming visits. It’s also great to know that it can be used to get rid of fleas in a flea bath. Typically the flea soaps aren’t usually too good for your pet’s skin, so this seems like a great natural remedy. I do have a question though. Can this only be used on dogs or can it be used on cats too? I know that sometimes dogs and cats have different sets of rules to abide by for skin and internal health care.

    I’ve been using ACV to cook and for many other uses over the years. It would have been so helpful to know it could have so many uses for Coco. Tooth decay is another big one. I just recently took my poodle to have her teeth cleaned because she is getting older now. I’m her second owner, so her teeth were already suffering from some build up. This is something I will definitely be trying for her. I hope that she can take the taste of ACV. I see that there are tips for pets who may not like it. If she doesn’t take to it after a few days (because she is picky), I will just use it topically. I’m so glad I came across this post. Great info.

    • TTeddy

      Has it been working?

  • Katelynn Starr

    I’ve always been amazed at the power of ACV. I myself have been using it for my sebboreic dermititis for a few years, and I also make my salad dressings with it since it helps with my digestion. But, I didn’t even consider the fact that it could have benefits for dogs. I guess I don’t think of these things since some things are bad for dogs but are good for humans. My golden retriever Molly has always had problems with her skin. She has dry patches, and sometimes gets dandruff. She has always had a few skin infections. Because her skin isn’t in the best shape, she’s had problems with using various flea treatments. I’m so so happy to see that ACV can help with the fleas, as well as skin issues.

    Now the hard part is going to be getting her to drink some in the water. She tends to be a picky dog, which is pretty much rare I think haha. But I am glad that there are suggestions on how to get your dog to eat it with peanut butter. It seems that even if she didn’t have problems, I would still probably give her the ACV because there are so many benefits to it. Who would have known that it fights free radicals and helps strengthen the teeth? I’m certainly going to tell my friends about this. I will also update this post after I try the ACV out for a few weeks on Molly.

  • Trevis Peters

    I had a basic idea about the benefits of apple cider vinegar, but I was impressed after reading this article. It motivated me to introduce apple cider vinegat to my pet without any doubt on mind. I have been using it along with my salad dressings as it has the ability to help me with digestion. I believe it would offer the same health benefits for my pet as well. At the moment, my dog is suffering from few skin infections. I took him to the vet and got medicine, but they were not really helpful with delivering long lasting results. I believe that apple cider vinegar would assist me to experience long lasting results. I am going to recommend this to every dog owner out there as well!

  • Kimberly Norman

    I had heard about ACV helping with human dandruff but I never thought about using it for my dog’s dry skin issues. I also love the idea of using it to get rid of the tear stains. That’s a weird pet peeve of mine and it kind of bummed me out when my dog started showing signs of developing them. I’m excited to give ACV a try to get rid of those stains! Many other awesome suggestions that I plan to use, such as using it as an ear cleaner. I was wondering if there was a homeopathic alternative to all of those chemical-filled ear cleaners. Look forward to trying that one out as well!

  • AngNaomi

    I have to share this!! Apple Cider Vinegar has so many uses. I didn’t know it had this many uses on dogs. I like it because it is natural. Nobody wants to put a bunch of chemicals on your pet. I know many dog owners who will be appreciative of this information. Who knew that ACV could help with dogs’ digestive tracks. This is amazing information that every dog owner needs to know! I fully support trying to be as chemical free as possible. Why can’t dogs be the same way! Great post!!

    • Susan Murphy

      I agree. This is great information that every dog lover should know! 🙂

      • Pet Insurance U

        Susan, we think so too. We are glad this information helps. We are here to help, if there is anything we can do to assist you further let us know!!! Thanks again.

    • Pet Insurance U

      AngNaomi, here at petinsuranceu we are also about offering alternative treatments. Apple cider is chemical free and has so many uses for pet health. We are here to make sure you are covered and find alternative methods to save you money.

  • Susan Murphy

    People have used vinegar for centuries as a health treatment and household cleaning agent. Fans of apple cider vinegar claim it is a natural preservative, sterilizer, and source of nutrients. Apple cider vinegar is an excellent complement to add to your dog’s diet. It can assist and improve digestive health, control pests, and clear up skin and ear infections. While modern medicine does not recognize apple cider vinegar as a wonder drug, most veterinarians will suggest its use in moderation.

  • john

    Thank you for the info… I rescued a pup we love and will be using ACV Braggs with raw diet… All new to me…but rescue friend helping me tons… Thanks for caring for animals…

  • saifur

    This post share ! Apple Cider Vinegar has so many uses. I know many dog
    owners who will be appreciative of this information. Who knew that acv
    could help with dogs’ digestive tracks. This is amazing information that
    every dog owner needs to know! I like this

  • Ken Hawk

    This is brilliant! I had NO idea that Apple Cider Vinegar could be used to alleviate arthritis, let alone all the other uses listed. My dog has started to move slowly and is reluctant to go for walks on rainy days, so I have been suspecting arthritis. I’ll definitely try this and will be looking up information on humans and cats too!

  • Dhanraj Gurung

    This is splendid! I had NO clue that Apple Cider Vinegar could be utilized to ease joint inflammation, not to mention the various uses recorded. My puppy has begun to move gradually and is hesitant to go for strolls on blustery days, so I have been suspecting joint pain. I’ll certainly attempt this and will look into data on people and felines as well!

  • Irene Ball

    Wow! I too didn’t know it could be used on dogs. I have been consuming this myself, but did not think to try it on my dog. She’s getting older now, so if this can help her, it will be just wonderful!
    Thank you for posting this.

  • Stalwart Stalwart

    I must admit I give my dogs a teaspoon once in a while in their food and it gets their stools right back in order if they are a bit off. I also have a Golden Retriever that has a bit of allergy in the spring. She gets itchy in spots….no blood, no constant scratching, just scratching once in a while which increases when having a reaction. I rinse her down after she has been running in the grass, spray her with a diluted apple cider vinegar and water solution and she stops itching. I do this daily in the high itch season for her. I also clean her ears with it. Not one infection this year….lots her first year of life. Love this stuff!

  • Maxime Hennequin

    Thank you for this article ! I am totally addicted to use natural products for my pets ! I have a dog and a cat, and I am always looking for advice to avoid to use chemical products… Why we should change our own habits and improve our lives and not our pets’ ones ?! Great post, thank you again !

  • Yassine Jouaoudi

    Wow! I too didn’t know it could be used on dogs. I have been consuming this myself, but did not think to try it on my dog. She’s getting older now, so if this can help her, it will be just wonderful!
    Thank you for posting this.

  • Mohamed Ibrahim

    I have just completed reading your article on benefits of apple vinegar that you applied on dogs . It was an exceptionally well-written article and created many interesting suggestions on the subject.

    I would like to thank you for both a well researched and well-written article.

  • Yenny Quilarque

    The benefits
    offered by the use of apple cider vinegar in dogs are very good, as they
    help them avoid many diseases, it is a very good product besides
    natural. People should know more about this.I am very happy to know these uses and to be able to use them with my pet.

  • Pet Insurance U

    Thanks for sharing, Brittney! We hope the article provides value for you and your Danes :). Let us know if you have any Great Dane pet health insurance questions or comments!

  • Cathy Wyatt

    I have used ACV for the past 2 month after my dogs 4th ear infection. It has been amazing. His ears are clean and not inflamed any longer. No more scratching. Have sprayed it on his paws. Also no more biting his paws. It is a remarkable remedy. Thank you.

  • TTeddy

    Treating the dogs problem from the inside out is recommended. Strengthening the dogs immune in conjunction should heal and restore. Seek help from a good holistic or homeopathy vet, they’ll work with you.

    When using as a topical, make up a solution of 50/50 ACV and witch hazel.
    Rinse/soak:
    Mix 50/50 Witch Hazel and apple cider vinegar (health food store)

    NOT ADVISED TO APPLY TO BROKEN SKIN

    Wash your dog as you normally would, then follow through with this rinse, or it can also be used in-between bathing. Bath, preferably with a natural shampoo. If you’re dealing with yeast, don’t go using anything which contains Oatmeal.
    This can be used just as a rinse: Saturate the dogs coat and skin well with clean water. Gently squeeze or towel dry so not dripping, but still wet. Take a small hand towel, saturate the towel and then in a wiping and squeezing motion, saturate the dogs coat and skin with the solution. This should ensure the solution gets to the skin. Let dog drip dry naturally. If cold season, let dry in warm room on a towel.

    As a foot soak: Towel dry until not dripping but still wet. Place each paw into solution, let soak for 2 – 3 minutes at least. While in solution, use your fingers and massage paws, making sure you include between the pads and under the claws. If the dog will allow you, use a soft toothbrush to clean the area where the claw meets the toe, especially underneath. If done correctly, they should actually enjoy this foot massage 🙂

    Repeat for each foot.

    Also pour solution over effected areas. These could be armpit area and bottom, near base of tail and also tummy.

    DO NOT towel dry. Let dry naturally.

    Shampoo and conditioners, use once a fortnight. This solution can also be used on feet as often as needed, soak for as long as possible 5-10 minutes if you can, if not, then perhaps more often. Leave to dry naturally.

    After 5 – 8 applications, if there is no improvement, it may be time to reassess and try a different solution. Also, I recommend that a probiotic, a natural raw species appropriate diet and some natural supplements are given in conjunction with the solution.

    Once under control, the solution can be used as a maintenance and also to clean ears.

    More info on WH…

    HAEMORRHOIDS

    Keep a bottle of witch hazel in the fridge. When required, saturate some gauze or similar and hold on area until its not cold any more. Do this every 4 hours or so until it subsides. When I weaned our litter of puppies onto raw one of them had problems one day and got haemorrhoids..Witch hazel healed it brilliantly.

    ITCHING

    I’ve used this on myself and its always worked within a minute or two. For our dogs, I make a fresh solution up of 50/50 witch hazel and apple cider vinegar (ACV). I use this as a spray, rinse, soak and/or wipe.

    Spray or saturate cloth and apply on any effected areas and let to dry if possible, or after a few minutes, pat dry. Sometimes I gently blow in the area as a cooling effect.

    Use as a rinse after a bath – in final rinse, pour over pet avoiding eyes, leave for several minutes, then dry as usual.

    As a paw soaker, soak paws in solution for a few minutes if you can, then let dry naturally.

    CLEANING EARS
    I’ve had every success using the same solution as above and there are many other natural solutions to choose from. Use this solution to dampen a cotton pad or ball and use this to gently remove as much debris as you can see from the ear and ear lobe. To help remove the debris in the creases, I use a cotton but either dry or dampened in the solution.

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