About a year ago my Integrated Medicine Veterinarian suggested I use Raw Apple Cider Vinegar on my dog Sammi who has had allergies and foot chewing since he was 10 months old. The idea was was to dilute it 50/50 with water and spray it on his feet to kill any yeast or funk that may be making Sammi uncomfortable. I tried it once or twice and stopped. I felt it kept the skin between his toes too damp and gave up the idea as just one more thing that didn’t work.
This year we’re having a bad allergy season. My French Bulldog, Marley, has never had a skin issue in all his 7 years. Well he had a couple spots on his belly and the vet mentioned using this ACV topically again. Because the belly is a nice open area I decided to go for it. So far, so good. The spots are Clearing up and not spreading! This has put the whole idea of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar on my radar again.
• Eases the pain of Arthritis
• Improves digestion
• Clears up urinary tract infections and prevents the formation of stones
• Improves the coat
• Kills bacterial and fungal infections on the skin (DO NOT put directly on an open sore)
• Gets rid of dandruff
• Natural flea & tick repellant
• Natural antibiotic by killing off infectious bacterial and viral diseases
• Relieves muscle fatigue
How to Use Raw Apple Cider Vinegar for Your Dog
Dilute the vinegar 50/50 with water and apply to skin lesions that are scabbed over with a cotton pad. Do not put this on any open wound – it will sting. You can also apply topically to yeasty areas. This is pretty much where my external use of the ACV stops. I’ll be honest, I do not like the smell of vinegar and will opt for Thieves Household Cleaner for things like final rinse when bathing!
If you’re okay with their dog smelling like salad dressing you can use this 50/50 dilution as a final rinse to control skin flaking or as an overall tonic for irritated skin.
This is the part I’m excited about! Dilute 50/50 with water and add a teaspoon per each 15 pounds of dog, up to a full tablespoon to your dog’s meal. Just stir it in and let them gobble it right up. Mine actually licked the bowl.
Some folks add a cap full to their water dish. I prefer not to add things to the water for a couple reasons. First, it is hard to know if they are getting enough since most dogs don’t drain their water bowl. Second, in a multi-dog home it is difficult to regulate portions for each dog. Finally, I’m a purist when it comes to something as vital to health, and life itself, as water.
Like Everything Else, There is Some Controversy
Pretty much everything in the world of holistic options has some form of controversy surrounding it. Raw ACV is no exception. Some folks will tell you it is loaded with nutrients and the number 1 cure-all for anything that ails you. Others will say that as meat eaters dogs have no business ingesting vinegar of any kind.
One thing there isn’t much controversy about is that it may not be for all dogs. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is highly acidic so if your dog is already acidic then you would not want to give MORE acid! Makes sense. Highly acidic dogs are not common, but they are out there.
To see where your dogs pH values fall you can purchase testing strips online for next to nothing. Check the first pee of the morning. It should read between 6.2 to 6.5. If it does, great! No ACV is needed – you dog is where it should be. If the test reads 7.5 or higher then your dog’s food is too alkaline, and Apple Cider Vinegar will help bring things back into balance.
Do your research and see if your dog is alkaline and if so give the ACV a try.
Are you using Raw Apple Cider Vinegar to improve your dog’s health? I’d love to hear what you use it for and what results you’re getting. Please share in the comments.
Linda Troup, founder of TouchNpaws, the TeachNpaws Academy, and creator of Holistic Pet Care Videos is a Canine Wellness Consultant. Linda teaches owners how they can enhance their dog’s comfort, wellness and mobility and how they can become the advocate their dog needs them to be.
Helping her own French Bulldogs through challenges ranging from chronic allergies to paralysis and spine surgery she has found her passion in life…Teaching owners how to help their dogs feel amazing.
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