Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits for Dogs

Apple Cider Vinegar has become a health food staple lately in the health food market. A simple google search will lead to thousands of results claiming of its magical powers for curing cancer to combatting the common cold. Have you ever thought about giving some of this stuff to your dog? We know coconut oil can be helpful for dogs, so we dug up what the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar are for dogs.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is made from apples and water making it completely safe for dogs. The strong antioxidant and antibacterial qualities of apple cider vinegar is enough reason to include it in your dog’s care regimen. Though, as always test a small amount with your dog to ensure they don't have a bad reaction. An adverse reaction would be vomiting or itching. It is also not wise to give your dog over the recommended dosage. It is recommended to contact your veterinarian with further questions. 

Skin

Apple Cider Vinegar can help repel fleas, soothe itchy skin, relieve hot spots, and ease sore muscles. 

Mix 50/50 ACV with purified water and spray on your dog’s itchy skin or if they have a scrap to help it heal and act as an antiseptic. The acid in ACV has anti-bacterial properties. 

Lathering a dog in the mixture can help combat dandruff and itchy skin. Do a 24 hr spot test before putting it all over the dog’s body than wash it off in a bath.

During heavy flea season, it is a good idea to spray the mixture onto your dog before a walk outdoors.

It’s a great ear cleaner and helps prevent infections in this sensitive area. Dip a cotton swab in your 50/50 mixture and clean your dog’s ears until no more gunk comes out on the swab. 

Putting AVC in your dog’s food or water may also help remove those pesky teardrop stains under their eyes as the acidity balance the pH levels in the tears to not leave a mark.   

Aids Digestion

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 to act a natural aid to healthy and smoothe digestion. 

Some lesser-known proven benefits to using AVC with dogs is helping with depression and allergies. 

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Make sure to always monitor your dog when introducing a new substance into their diet. Depending on the dog you may need a larger or smaller dosage. Some dogs might already have an acidic pH and not take well to ACV. As always, Flea Away mixed with an ACV is the most powerful all natural preventer of fleas.