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10 Surprising Usages of Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs

By Lucifer Bui

Apple Cider Vinegar is being used religiously since eons. Humans and animals alike have benefited from its raw and unpasteurized properties.

Apple Cider Vinegar, or ACV, is acidic and has antibacterial properties that balance out pH levels. ACV is rich in many essential minerals and vitamins such as iron potassium and magnesium.

Surprising Usages Apple Cider Vinegar Dogs
10 Surprising Usages of Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs

We mostly tend to use ACV in the form of a salad dressing or just take it straight up from the spoon. It can even be taken in a drink by mixing it with hot water or honey.

ACV can be used for your dog by using it with food or externally in their body parts.

Keep reading to find out how your pooch can also cash in on benefits from ACV.

How Can Your Dog Benefit Most From ACV?

ACV can be beneficial for dogs in so many ways. Let's have a go through a list of the most common ways you can use Apple Cider Vinegar for your dog.

Surprising Usages Apple Cider Vinegar Dogs
10 Surprising Usages of Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs

ACV keeps the pH levels of your dog's blood slightly acidic making its coat and skin a very unwelcome place for pests such as fleas and ticks.

While bathing your dog just rinse the water with one tablespoon of ACV per every pint of water.

Add ACV to your pooches morning drink - it's great for their digestion. It helps with diarrhea. If your dog is suffering from constipation then repeating this every day for a week is sure to relieve it.

ACV's antibacterial properties help in getting rid of skin infections, while also helps soothe inflammation and balancing pH levels to reduce itching.

To make sure it doesn't sting, use ACV on unbroken skin only. To lull itchy skin, rinse your dog with a mixture of one tablespoon of ACV per every pint of water.

Although walking your pooch on the beach or on hot pavements is definitely a good exercise for both of you, it can cause your pup to have sensitive paws. Irritated paws can become infected as your pup licks or scratches them.

Soothing your pup's irritated paws requires you to soak them in an ACV mixed bath for around 5 minutes. This is sure to kill the harmful bacteria well. Make sure to pat them dry instead of rinsing them afterward.

Is your dog suddenly dripping urine, is it stained with blood? Chances are the poor puppy is suffering from a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). Fortunately,, Apple Cider Vinegar can be used to rectify this issue. Just add it to your dog's water or mix it in the food with yogurt or peanut butter.

Calcium deposits build up in the joints causes stiffness and discomfort for aging dogs. Just add ACV twice a week to your dog's food and it will help break down the Calcium deposits giving relief to your dog.

Using Apple Cider Vinegar continuously will help make joints noticeably more flexible and less painful.

According to a study, adding vinegar to foods you are allergic to, such as lentils, chicken, and eggs, resulting in less of an allergic reaction compared to when the same foods didn't have vinegar added.

So, add Apple Cider Vinegar to your dog's food when you suspect your dog might be having food allergies while you try to figure out what foods to eliminate from their diet.

Dogs are easily prone to ear infections, especially the ones with the fluffy big ears. ACV is excellent for cleaning up ear infections as it is rich in acids that have powerful antibacterial properties.

To use, make a 1:1 solution of ACV and water. Reach inside your dog's ears with a cotton ball rinsed with this solution and wipe his ears with it. Continue this for a week at least once a day.

Surprising Usages Apple Cider Vinegar Dogs
10 Surprising Usages of Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs

Apple Cider Vinegar is a great way to keep your pooches teeth clean, due to its low pH levels and antibacterial properties. To help your pooch with his dental woes just use ACV with water or dogs food.

Of course, remember to not overuse ACV for their teeth as it might cause damage if used in high concentrations.

Excess free radicals in the environment damage DNA and cause premature aging to not just humans but to dogs as well. ACV is great for anti-aging since it escalates different antioxidant levels and lessens free radicals. So, it's a great addition to your dog's diet.

How Much Should I Use For My Dog

Surprising Usages Apple Cider Vinegar Dogs
10 Surprising Usages of Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs

ACV is to be administered in recommended doses both orally or topically. For internal use, the standard recommended dosage is:

  • 1 tsp. for small dogs (up to 14 lb)
  • 2 tsp. for dogs that are of medium size (15 to 34 lb)
  • 1 tbsp. for typically bigger dogs (35 to 84 lb)

ACV is works most effectively when mixed with either food or water. Your dog might not fancy the taste of ACV much due to its astringent taste. The best solution is to use more water to dilute ACV in or just mix it with food, which is more on the slimy side.

However, undiluted ACV can burn your dog's esophagus and stomach so make sure to dilute it well with water or mix it well in their food. Dogs with kidney ailments are advised to steer clear of ACV.

How To Decide Which ACV Would Benefit My Dog Most?

To ensure the ACV still contains all of its beneficial enzymes and acids, make sure to purchase a brand that is "raw, unpasteurized" or "with the mother."

We have discussed the potential treatment benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for your pooch's ailments. Make sure to follow the recommended dosage while using it to treat your dog. Share this article with your dog-loving friends if you are planning to use ACV for your dog.


This article has been contributed by Shawn on behalf of FeedFond. He's a fitness and health junkie, for himself and his dog. Check out more of his writings at

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