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Dogs and Apple Cider Vinegar – Is it Safe?

Can dogs drink apple cider vinegar? Folk remedies for a wide range of human maladies have long used this affordable liquid. It provides exactly as many advantages for dogs when used topically or taken as a supplement.


Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is touted by proponents as one of the least priced, most adaptable, and most powerful canine health remedies.

It’s a well-liked treatment when applied topically for:

  • Skin that itches and flake and drab coats
  • Infestations of fleas
  • Aching muscles
  • Infected ears
  • Scents on a dog’s skin and coat.

When ingested, apple cider vinegar is alleged to:

  • Boost digestion
  • Assisting in preventing urinary tract infections
  • Combat fungus infections
  • Alleviate the symptoms of arthritis
  • When making herbal tinctures without alcohol, extract medicinal properties from plants.


In the beginning, cider vinegar is a mixture of water and apples or apple pectin, a soluble fiber. All vinegars are made from liquids containing sugar. The natural sugars in apples undergo fermentation and turn into alcohol when they are exposed to air, which enables yeasts to flourish. Acetic acid bacteria convert the alcohol over the course of fermentation into acetic acid, the primary constituent of vinegar. Vinegar’s characteristic flavor, aroma, and qualities are all due to acetic acid.

Given its culinary use, most supermarkets have a range of vinegars, including balsamic (a thick, extremely flavorful grape vinegar), white or red wine vinegar, and vinegars derived from malt, rice, champagne, sherry, beer, and various fruits.

In the US, distilled white vinegar is commonly available. It is a common ingredient in salad dressings, pickles, catsup, and barbecue sauces and is made from grains. It is also used as a home cleaning agent.

Apple cider vinegar, on the other hand, is sometimes offered as a raw (unpasteurized) product that also includes the vinegar’s “mother,” a hazy liquid that contains acetic acid bacteria that have not been filtered. Some who view vinegar as a health supplement favor unpasteurized, unfiltered vinegar.


While no clinical research examining cider vinegar’s impact on dogs have been published in the medical literature, reports regarding its health advantages are anecdotal. This doesn’t mean that the claims regarding its applications have been refuted; rather, they haven’t been put to the test, mostly because apple cider vinegar is cheap, generally accessible, and unpatentable.

A few of the assertions are overstated. For instance, cider vinegar is sometimes referred to as a nutritious powerhouse that is packed with vitamins and minerals, but this is untrue. The sole important nutrient in raw cider vinegar, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is 11 milligrams (mg) of potassium per tablespoon.

While it might help avoid urinary tract infections, apple cider vinegar is not a treatment for that ailment. It also won’t cure the cancer that your dog has.

The usual dosage of apple cider vinegar for dogs is as follows:

  • One-to-one or 50-50 (equal parts apple cider vinegar and water or liquid), full strength (undiluted), carefully applied with a cotton ball, sponge, or dropper.
  • Diluted by adding apple cider vinegar to your dog’s water (for example, 1 part apple cider vinegar diluted in 3 to 5 or more parts water or another liquid).

The following techniques can be utilized to use apple cider vinegar as a gentle cleanser and disinfectant:

  • Use cider vinegar, diluted 50/50 with water, to the skin or hair as soon as possible after taking a shower or bath to eliminate soap residue, treat dandruff and irritated skin, condition hair, and repel fleas. Just before bathing the dog, apply diluted cider vinegar to its skin and wash it off to help reduce dander.
  • Itchy feet can be relieved with a 50/50 mixture of cider vinegar and water, which can also be rubbed into overworked muscles.
  • Use 2 tablespoons cider vinegar with 1 cup warm water to create a straightforward ear cleaning that aids in the control of yeast and fungus (do not apply to inflamed or broken skin).
  • On dog toys and beds, you can spray full- or diluted cider vinegar to remove odors. It functions as a mild disinfectant when added to the rinse water for laundry.

To enhance the coat, digestion, or general health of your dog:

  • Start by putting a tiny amount of apple cider vinegar in your dog’s water bowl, like 1 tablespoon in a big bowl of water. If your dog doesn’t enjoy the flavor, have a bowl of plain water nearby as a backup. When vinegar is added to water when traveling, dogs who are accustomed to cider vinegar are able to adapt to various water sources with ease.
  • By raising stomach acid levels, cider vinegar can aid in digestion, which may enhance nutritional absorption. Start out by putting a little bit in your food or water, then gradually work your way up to 1 teaspoon every 15 pounds of body weight (about 1 tablespoon per 50 pounds).
  • Using organic unpasteurized, unfiltered cider vinegar to food and water has reportedly been effective in easing canine arthritis symptoms.
  • Start with a tiny amount of cider vinegar and gradually increase it if your dog enjoys the taste when adding it to food or water. If the condition you’re trying to treat doesn’t change after 30 days, stop the medication.
  • It has been demonstrated that a washing solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water can outperform antibacterial soap in removing 98% of bacteria. On the veggies that will be a part of a dog’s raw, home-prepared meal, apply the solution with a scrub brush and then rinse under running water.
  • Pour cider vinegar over dried rose petals or lavender blooms in a glass jar, cover, and let for a month or longer to create a scented coat conditioner. After showering, strain and lightly mist wet hair.


The majority of herbal tinctures contain alcohol, however cider vinegar is the recommended solvent for canine tinctures. Rosemary Gladstar, a herbalist and dog lover, suggests putting chopped fresh or dried herbs in a glass jar (if using dried herbs, fill the jar only halfway to allow for expansion), gently heating raw organic cider vinegar, covering the herbs with warm (not hot) vinegar, leaving a 2- to 3-inch margin, covering the herbs with vinegar, closing the lid, and letting the herbs soak for four to six weeks. Each day, shake the jar. Put the tincture through a strainer, bottle it in amber or cobalt glass with a label, and keep it away from heat and light.

A garlic/dandelion vinegar tincture is suggested as a general tonic and to aid dogs in parasite prevention in addition to the plants described in her books and in canine herbal literature. Use equal amounts of fresh or dried dandelion leaves, roots, and blossoms together with equal amounts of garlic and proceed as directed above.

Tinctures should be progressively increased to 1/4 teaspoon per 20 pounds of body weight per day and added to your dog’s diet.


For the majority of canine uses, cider vinegar needs to be diluted due to its acidity. Although vinegar will sting if applied to broken skin, keep it away from the eyes, mucous membranes, and open cuts or abrasions.

Anywhere wood floors, cabinets, or granite countertops could be stained or damaged, vinegar should not be used. Because cider vinegar is orange-brown in color, it should not be used topically to dogs with white or light-colored coats or in areas where it might discolor white or light-colored carpets or fabrics.

Test a small patch of exposed skin with diluted cider vinegar before to applying it to a dog with sensitive skin, and after 24 hours, look for any signs of irritation, itching, or scratching. Use mild doses like those mentioned above if your dog doesn’t respond negatively. Too much cider vinegar consumption can cause mouth discomfort, vomiting, and tooth enamel erosion.

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