For many years it is proven that apple cider vinegar (ACV) brings lots of health benefits to humans such as aiding weight loss, reducing cholesterol, lowering blood sugar levels, resolving acne and dandruff, improving the symptoms of diabetes, and many more. Now as a fur parent you must be wondering if apple cider vinegar can also bring health benefits to your lovely pets the same way as humans. Are there Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar to Dogs?
Like any other lovely pets in your house dogs are also prone to many health problems such as allergies, infestation, infections, and many more. As a fur parent, we want to find a way to prevent such health problems to occur or treat them without causing a large number of vet bills. This is where the ACV going to in! Yes, dogs can get health benefits from Apple Cider vinegar.
Below is the list of Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar to Dogs and how to safely used it.
1. Used Apple Cider Vinegar as Ear Cleaner
The antibacterial property of Apple cider vinegar makes it a good option to use as a cleaner for your dog’s ear or for treating ear infections.
The use of ACV for cleaning your lovely dog’s ears will help in rebalancing the skin pH to prevent the skin to become irritated and susceptible to infection.
When using apple cider vinegar around your dog’s ears follow the following steps:
- Step 1: Make a mixture of equal amounts (50/50) of Apple cider vinegar and distilled water.
- Step 2: Soak the cotton balls in the apple cider vinegar and water mixture and gently rub it on your dog’s ear as far as you can see
- Step 3: Dry the ears with clean clothe or cotton balls because leaving the ears damp might cause a bad smell and/or ear infections.
Note: Remember to never use apple cider vinegar on raw or open sores since it is an acid and will burn and cause irritation to your dog’s skin.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar Can Heal Paws Infections
Unlike a human, dog don’t use shoes or any feet protection gears in walking (of course except for those fashionista dogs with their fur parents), they walk, run, and explore on the hard and uneven surfaces every day with only their bare paws and this is not good for them because it may cause irritation and infections in their paws.
If you notice your dog doesn’t want to walk or he/she can’t walk properly and you see visibly some infections on their paws you can try to make a home remedy to heal that.
- Step 1: Make a mixture of equal amounts (50/50) of Apple cider vinegar and water.
- Step 2: Soak your lovely pet’s (dogs) paws in the apple cider vinegar and water mixture and gently massage it.
- Step 3: Dry their paws after with a clean cloth.
With this home remedy, it should and can help clear the paw infections and let your dog get back to their regular walking and exploring schedule.
Note: If the infections did not stop or clear out after using ACV and water mixture bring your lovely dogs to the vet.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar Can Help Relieve Hot Spots
Skin irritation and itchiness can result in hot spots or vice versa, when it’s started the skin becomes itchier that will eventually lead your dog to scratch his/her skin more that might cause scratch or wound and infections.
Apple cider vinegar can help address the root causes of hot spots, it also relieves general skin irritation and itchiness. Follow the steps below to help relieve your dog’s hot spot.
- Step 1: Make a mixture of one part of ACV and three parts of water.
- Step 2: Soak the cotton balls in the apple cider vinegar and water mixture and gently rub it on your dog’s hot spot or skin acne to soothe and promote healing.
- Step 3: Apply it twice a day, every day until the problems improve.
Note: Don’t and never apply this ACV mixture to your lovely dogs open wound and bare skin because it can hurt them.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar Helps Maintain Good Dental Health
According to the study, the acidity of apple cider vinegar helps to break down plaque (a soft, clear, or yellow film of bacteria) and remove tartar (a dark color hard calcified deposits that form and coat the teeth and gums) to your dog’s teeth.
To help maintain your lovely dog’s healthy teeth you can add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s water or food.
Note: Apple cider vinegar is proven that is effective in preventing periodontal disease but you should not only rely on it. We still recommend brushing your lovely dog’s teeth regularly using a dog toothbrush and toothpaste.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar can be used as a Shampoo
The apple cider vinegar can be used as a shampoo to help maintain and condition your dog’s fur and remove bacteria that live in their skin. ACV as shampoo can also help the healing of cuts or any operation wound that your dog might have.
Follow the step below to used ACV as a shampoo to your dogs:
- Step 1: Mix apple cider vinegar, dog shampoo, and water.
- Step 2: Soak your lovely dogs in the water and gently apply and massage it on your dog’s body.
- Step 3: Rince your dog and dry him/her using a cloth.
After bathing your dog you can also use apple cider vinegar to lessen or temporarily eliminate dandruff that causes itchiness in your dog’s skin. Combine the equal amount or 50/50 of apple cider vinegar and water then using a spray bottle apply it to their fur and gently massage their coat.
Note: Never spray ACV mixture to your dogs face and open wound.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar Helps Maintain Good Digestion
Poor digestion can lead to many health issues for dogs such as skin and coat problems, diarrhea, and more. Putting a small amount of apple cider vinegar in your dog’s food can aid in the digestion process that will help in delivering nutrients to your dog’s body.
Note: ACV is acidic but a small amount of it won’t harm your dogs. Make sure to only put a small amount of ACV in your dog’s food and not overdo it. Ask your vet for more specific advice on how to include apple cider vinegar in your dog food.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar Can Aid Urinary Tract Infection
Urinary tract infection in dogs is very painful and can be deadly if not treated properly. Apple cider vinegar can help neutralize the bacteria that populated in your dog’s urinary tract.
If your dog has UTI make sure to let him/her drinks lot of water to prevent it from worsening.
Note: The ACV is not a cure for UTI, make sure to bring your dogs to the vet for proper medication.
8. Apple Cider Vinegar Can Relieve Arthritis Pain
Apple cider vinegar has pectin, acetic acid, and malic acid that can help absorb toxins and flush them out of your dog’s body, it reduces the pain and stiffness of arthritis by dissolving the acid crystals that build up in their joints. Follow the recommended dose of ACV that will be added to your dog food.
One teaspoon to one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar per 50 pounds (23 kilograms) of body weight.
You can add apple cider vinegar to your dog’s food or water once or twice per week. In adding ACV in water make sure to have available pure freshwater (without the mixture of ACV) as an alternative for your dogs because some dogs don’t like the taste of water with ACV so they will lessen the water they take.
The other option of relieving arthritis pain in your dog is by warming the undiluted apple cider vinegar and soaking to it the clean cloth and apply it directly to your dog’s joint and massage it.