10 amazing ways you can use Apple Cider Vinegar for your pooch
We all know that Apple Cider Vinegar is a cure for almost anything. But that’s the case with us humans,
right? What about dogs? Can it work on them too?
Yes, there are some amazing benefits of using apple cider vinegar for your furry companions too, and
we’ve got the top 10 ways that you can use this magic cure on your dogs.
#1 To treat ear infections:
- Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is great to clear mild ear infections.
- Make a diluted solution of 1:1 distilled water and ACV.
- Dip cotton balls in the solution.
- Gently clean your dog’s ears without going too deep inside.
- Repeat until the cotton ball comes out clean.
- Before cleaning, however, please ensure that the inside of the ear is not raw.
#2 To take care of itchy skin:
- Does your dog suffer from itchy skin? You can try this method to take care of the problem.
- Add 2-3 tablespoons of ACV to half a bucket of water.
- Give your dog a bath as usual and after the last rinse, pour the ACV solution over your dog. Avoid
getting the solution in the eyes.
- Don’t rinse after this. Instead, towel-rub your dog and let the coat dry naturally.
#3 Repel fleas and ticks:
- Try as you may, sometimes it gets difficult to get rid of all fleas, ticks, flies and other biting insects. With
ACV, you can try any of these options:
- Give your pooch a sponge bath with a 1:1 water and ACV solution, soaking it all the way till the skin. Let
the fur air dry.
- Make a 1:1 water and ACV solution in a clean spray bottle. Spray your dog with this before you head
out for your daily walks. Remember to spray away from the dog’s face.
- Add ACV (1 teaspoon per 50 pounds of dog weight) to your pooch’s water or food daily. Also keep a
bowl of fresh water in case your dog doesn’t drink the vinegar added water much.
#4 Treating hot spots:
- Hot spots can be annoying and if not treated in time, quickly turn into full-blown infections. You can use
the acidic nature of ACV to tackle this problem.
- Make a 1:1 water and ACV solution.
- Dip a clean sponge or small cotton ball into this, saturating it fully.
- Gently dab the affected area with the solution.
- Reapply as needed. Do not apply ACV to extremely raw skin.
#5 For arthritis:
- While not the main treatment, applying a warm ACV compress to your dog’s joints can help relieve him
of any arthritis pain. You can also add ACV to your dog’s food or water (1 teaspoon per 50 pounds of
weight) to help break down calcium deposits around bone joints.
#6 To improve digestion:
- You can add ACV to your dog’s food or water as per the recommended dosage even if your dog suffers
from no obvious ailment. ACV can help improve digestion and the overall health of your pooch. Don’t
forget to keep fresh water in case your dog’s intake of water reduces because of the ACV.
#7 ACV is an excellent dandruff solution:
- Give your dog a bath as usual.
- As a last rinse, use half a cup of undiluted ACV, rubbing it into the fur thoroughly.
- Rinse with water properly to remove all traces.
#8 For stronger teeth and nails:
- By feeding your dog the same proportion of ACV daily in his meal or water, you can ensure his teeth and
nails stay strong and are not prone to quick breakage.
#9 As a cure for mange:
- If you suspect your dog has got mange, you can use ACV to control its spread and also cure it.
- Simply pour undiluted ACV on the affected area.
- Do not rinse. Instead, gently pat off any excess moisture with a towel.
- Allow the area air dry naturally.
- Repeat this as many times until the skin clears up.
#10 Has your dog been detected with UTI?
- You can use ACV to treat your dog’s condition.
- Mix ACV into your dog’s food or water bowl daily. (1 tsp for small dogs, 1 tbsp for medium dogs, and 2
tbsps for large dogs)
- Don’t forget to keep a bowl of fresh water in case your dog is reluctant to drink a lot of the vinegar-
So, what’s the verdict?
Agreed there isn’t a lot of science behind the use of ACV in dogs, and it isn’t a cure for all ailments.
However, since it isn’t toxic, you can safely use these remedies without worrying about side effects.
As with any alternate therapy, the result could be slow. And we also recommend checking with your vet
for any serious issues that your dog could have. Remember, should you decide to use apple cider
vinegar on your dogs, always dilute it with water when applying it.