Last Modified on Jun 18, 2014
Has your dog been scratching itself obsessively, losing hair, trying to clean itself, developing an odor, or become picky over food? An application of apple cider vinegar (ACV) can help your poor pooch. A bit of apple cider vinegar in your pet's food is a great way to maintain the acid/alkaline balance of your dog's body; and it also helps with digestive health, allergies (watery eyes, runny nose, wet coughs), and even parasites such as fleas, ringworm, ticks, fungus, and bacteria.
Taken orally or sprayed on topically, apple cider vinegar is great for skin conditions in dogs. For hot spots, thinning hair, pimples, or even ear infections, try out an ACV/water spray. ACV is also useful for after grooming sessions; applying a few drops to the ears can help prevent ear infections, and applying to your dog's skin after a washing on a weekly basis can help prevent reinfestation by fleas or ticks.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Fleas, Dog Allergies, and Wellness
Every home with dogs should have apple cider vinegar. It's a remedy with multiple uses for dogs: repelling fleas, alleviating allergies, arthritis, establishing correct pH balance. You can also give apple cider vinegar to cats and horses.
Dosage and Instructions: Start with a one-teaspoon dose mixed into your dog's food twice a day for a 50 lb dog (adjust accordingly by weight) and if necessary increase up to about 1 tablespoon twice a day for the same size dog. For skin application, you can spray on or rub apple cider in directly, or for sore or open wounds mix the ACV with equal parts water before application to the dog's skin. In the case of pests or parasites, bathe your dog and then apply a 50:50 mix of apple cider vinegar and water. Allow this to air dry on your pet to kill off fleas, ticks, ringworm, etc. and to prevent future infestations and/or infection. You can also spray your dog with apple cider vinegar before going out for a walk, in order to repel fleas and ticks naturally.
Gretchen from Coronado, Ca writes, "Hi, I'm a HHP (holistic health practitioner) and have just read the ACV book by BRAGG. I wanted to add some notes on apple cider vinegar for dogs.
"You can check your dog's ph balance status with pH strips available at any local pharmacy. Just slip the strip into the stream of your dog's urine first thing in the morning. A reading of 6.2 to 6.5 shows a healthy pooch pH. Readings around 7.5 or higher are a bit too alkaline, but acidic readings below 6.0 are too acidic and of more concern. Try to adjust your dog's diet accordingly, and using ACV will also re-establish the correct balance.
"Keeping a good pH is important, since pests like fleas, ticks, flies, bacteria, parasites, ringworm, fungi, staphylococcus, streptococcus, pneumococcus, and mange are less likely to bother dogs with an alkaline system inside and slightly acidic mantle outside. Since apple cider vinegar makes the skin more acidic but has an alkalizing effect inside the body, it's the perfect treatment for pets.
"It's also worth noting that fleas can be drowned in soapy water and the ACV rinse makes the skin too acidic for re-infestation."
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Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Acid Reflux
- Apple Cider Vinegar Dosages
- Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects
- Black Skin
- Bladder Infection
- Dull Coat Issues
- Ear and Eye Infections
- General Feedback
- Multiple Cures
- Nursing Dogs
- Tear Stains
- Urinary Issues
- Where to Buy
[YEA] 10/28/2011: Susana from Creston, North Carolina: "This is a wonderful home remedy, which I discovered on this site. I take it everyday and haven't gotten sick, not even a cold, but I am posting to help pet owners whose dogs get acid reflux. My 11-yr-old Golden mix had a gurgling stomach frequently. I have been giving him a capful of ACV w/his meal and the gurgling has ceased. If I ever hear his stomach churning a bit, I give him a droper-full and it goes away within the hour. This stuff is great!"Replies
04/12/2012: Joel from Topeka, Kansas replies: "Thanks for these wonderful tips. You described my dog exactly. I'm going to try vinegar. Does it matter if it's white vinegar instead of Apple Cider Vinegar? Thanks, Joel, author"
05/28/2012: Yorkie from Douglas, Ga replies: "Yorkie with severe skin problems. Hair is very thin, two weeks ago he was pulling his own hair out, licks his paws all the time, itchy. I'm afraid to take him back to the vet because he always ends up on steroids. He weights about 6 lbs. How much apple cider vinegar do we give him?"
09/28/2012: Sopolite from Thousand Oaks, Ca replies: "My German Shepherd has the same skin issues. Itchy skin and constant licking of the top of his paws causing sores. He was so miserable. After endless research of reviews and questions, I started him on Platinum Performance Skin and Allergy on his food and it has helped a lot. He now only has a seasonal attack maybe once a year instead of monthly. No more fearing the steroid shots at the vet.
We also tried the probiotics. He did start throwing up with too much probiotics though. These worked great when he could keep them down.
I hope your guy starts feeling better and really believe the Platinum might help. It has with my furry man."
10/31/2012: Barb from Petaluma, Ca. replies: "We had 3 dogs all with skin problems, itchy, hair loss... Switched to a good dry food and within a week all of them stopped the itching. Their coats are thick and shiny, they don't poop as much and are all very happy. I'm not here to endorse or dis a product, but we had a dog once that every time we fed him anything made by Purina he had seizures. "
01/15/2013: Barb from Petaluma, Ca. replies: "Ha! I was looking for itchy feet remedies and came across my own post. I forgot to mention, unless it was removed, the name of the good dog food. It's Canidae."
12/12/2011: Linda from Vancouver, Wa, Usa: "I have a dog with kidney problems and a kitty with immune issues. After reading through your site, I decided to give the Apple Cider Vinegar a try. I've put it in the animal's water but they don't seem to be drinking it. Is there a trick to getting them to take the ACV?"Replies
12/17/2011: Michelle from Akron, Ohio replies: "I add it to my dogs' food. My mutts are hogs and they woof it down. Added to water, the smell is strong because there is nothing masking it, but with food the smell of the yumminess is enough to negate the stinky ACV."
12/19/2011: Dogma from Honolulu, Hawaii replies: "Have you been to a holistic vet? The regular ones aren't going to help, just medicate and toxify and bring death sooner.
I mix the ACV in a little broth from anything with a taste they like. If you are making a meat or chicken base for dinner, put it in some water for a minute and let the water pick up some of the juice from the meat. Then use that to add with ACV - they likely lap it up. Don't use anything with preservatives, etc because they you are almost canceling out the good effects. Just adding some warm water to a (high quality, please) kibble will create a broth. You are giving small doses and it should hide it well enough.
TRY this neutriceutical site for a good solution. I start with the Internal Gold Detox kit for both dog and cat but look at the other products and trust your inner voice. These products have save me huge vet bills (the natural antibiotic is fantastic), don't cause any side effects, are organic and even saved one of my rabbit's lives. Highly recommend them all. I also use the natural heartworm product, HWF to prevent heartworm (one week a month). AMBER TECHNOLOGIES: Pet Medications | Amber Tech | Holistic Pet Meds
Kidney and immune issues usually stem from bad food (there is lots of it out there). Switch to a grain free, human grade food if you haven't already. Two to look at to give you an idea of the quality you are looking for: Orijen (Canadian, free range) and Primal (real food in frozen form). Do not trust any of the food at your vet's office. It's full of junk and not designed to meet dog's nutritional needs on any level. VETS KNOW NOTHING ABOUT NUTRITION. You have to learn on your own. Really recommend "Food Pets Die For", a book that will let you know what's really in pet food. I feed my dogs real, organic food now to ensure a long healthy life.
Best of luck!"
11/15/2012: Ruby from Birdsboro, Pa Usa replies: "You can add apple cider vinegar in capsules also. That way you eliminate the smell..."
05/12/2013: Claire from Portland, Oregon: "My collie shephard had a ph reading of over 7.5 due to his system being too alkaline. That probably developed because my dogs and I are vegans. We eat primarily organic fruits and vegetables plus soy products. My dogs are unusually healthy due to this but my 16-year-old collie shephard recently developed blood in his urine due to crystals. The vet put him on Clavamox but said the crystals were due to his system being too alkaline. She recommended foods to create more acidity but she apparently didn't know about apple cider vinegar. Thank you so much for the Apple Cider Vinegar recommendation. I am also returning to feeding my dogs more beans & a little bread rather than soy exclusively. The dogs had no problems in the past with beans, soy, & some bread. I used to add high quality bread to their meals before I discovered recently that I cannot tolerate gluten. I can go back to adding bread to my dogs' meals, but not my own. Again, thanks so very much for the apple cider vinegar recommendation. I usually buy organic apple cider for cleaning my fruits and vegetables. Now, we will be sure to ingest it!"Replies
05/30/2013: Sarah from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Check your dog for a liver shunt or liver issue... High Alkalinity can be a symptom of hyperammonemia, caused by the dog's liver not working (or a liver shunt which means the blood bypasses the liver entirely and isn't filtered). This is seemingly misdiagnosed a lot. Do some online research see if your dog has any other liver symptoms... and then ask your vet for a liver bile acids test..."
10/06/2013: Mini from Lorain, Ohio replies: "Hi,
Please do not feed your dog(s) vegan or vegetarian diet. They do not thrive on that diet and is not healthy for them. They need meat, fat, skin, edible bone and organs (especially liver). Small amounts of fruit and vegetables might be fine but they need pur?ed to break down the cells in order to be digested or it just comes right back out therefore they are not getting the nutrients from them.
Think of wolves in the wild. Primal diet is what they thrive on whether or not humans agree with it or not.
Dogs' needs and digestive tracts are different from humans.
They also need to be on the acidic side so they can digest their food and bone.
Dogs must have meat daily.
I've tried to explain to my family and friends about feeding dogs this way, the way they need. Most can't get past their own way of thinking then their dogs suffer.
Please research raw feeding and primal feeding. That's one way to show your love to your dog."
10/25/2013: Ellen from Westerlo, Ny replies: "And, this is why human philosophies shouldn't be visited upon dogs, because they are carnivores who are anatomically designed to eat meat, not vegetables and soy! Unusually healthy? Big difference between surviving and thriving.
In response to some of the other reactions (vomiting can be an allergic reaction to vinegar) and doubts, here is something I came across while doing a bit of research on ACV for dogs prior to giving it to them.
However, not everyone agrees that apple cider vinegar should be given to dogs. Pat McKay, canine nutritionist and author of the natural diet book Reigning Cats and Dogs, doesn’t like cider vinegar, and she doesn’t mince words; she calls it poison.
“I believe Peter J. D’Amado is on the right track in his book, Eat Right for Your Type,” she says. “Each of the human blood types has an ideal diet, and the diet recommended for type O most closely resembles the meat-based diet on which dogs evolved. D’Amado warns that cider vinegar is very damaging to this type, and I agree with him. I happen to be a type O, and apple cider vinegar has always made me feel miserable. I never knew why until I read his book. I believe dogs have a similar reaction because even small quantities of vinegar can throw their bodies’ pH out of balance.”
Marina Zacharias, pet nutritionist and publisher of Natural Rearing newsletter, shares McKay’s concern about pH levels. She recommends that owners have their dogs’ blood and urine tested before adding cider vinegar to their daily diet.
“If a dog’s system is too alkaline, ” she says, “cider vinegar will help, but by itself it may not correct the problem and the dog will need additional support. If the dog’s system is too acidic, which is a condition called acidosis, the result can be stress on the pancreas and adrenal organs, which are important regulators of blood pH levels. The symptoms of acidosis range from diarrhea or constipation to low blood pressure, hard stools, and sensitivity of the teeth and mouth. Often we see acidosis in combination with other conditions, such as kidney, liver, and adrenal problems. In certain cases, adding vinegar to a dog’s food could aggravate an already-existing problem in the body....”
My summary - Do a bit of research about something before ever giving it to your dogs (or kids! ). Have your dog's blood and urine tested to see what his/her pH level is and continue to test it with pH strips - or just do a simple test with them yourself!"
10/27/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Ellen!
I totally agree: Do research before you play doctor with your dogs [or kids]. The suggestion of PH strips is awesome!!
This was encouraging to read - from the same article you quoted/sourced:
"Are adverse side effects likely? If a dog is allergic to vinegar, he might vomit, scratch furiously, or have a similarly obvious reaction. Although there is much debate on this issue, some believe that vinegar may worsen chronic ear infections.
“You have to apply common sense, ” says Sue Ann Lesser, D.V.M. “Most dogs are notoriously over-alkaline, and cider vinegar will help them. If a dog’s system is overly acidic, you’ll see clinical signs, such as obvious symptoms of illness. I know quite a few dogs that take cider vinegar according to the directions in Wendy Volhard’s book [one teaspoon to one tablespoon twice daily for a 50-pound dog] , and I don’t know of any that have had bad results.”
Original Source: http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/2_6/features/5220-1.html
The article goes on with this info on testing and dosing:
Per the book "The Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog", author Wendy Volhard recommends using pH paper strips to check the dog’s first morning urine. Readings from 6.2 to 6.5 are normal/healthy and do not warrant supplementation; readings of 7.5 or higher indicate the system is too alkaline: ADV and dietary changes will reestablish the correct balance. Volhard recommends one teaspoon to one tablespoon twice daily for a 50-pound dog."
05/12/2014: Lilian from Atco, Nj replies: "I had to say something about feeding dogs vegan. Fruit and bread is way too much sugar for a dog, or a human. A diet that is best for a dog is meat. Adding vegan to the meat is fine, but in no way vegan should be a primary food for a dog. There are dogs that do great and live long lives on any food, but those that have problems must be on their natural diets to stay healthy. The answer to a healthy dog is not a veterinarian, but it's natural to a dog or cat diet and chemical free life"
05/12/2014: Om from Hope, Bc. Canada replies: "Lilian from Atco Nj ----
Actually, no, when I was living in South India, I observed how those strong yellow short haired dogs were fed by their owners. Mung beans, cooked and possibly other vegetarian things, again vegan, as dairy would probably not be given to them. But when owned by a responsible owner, they are content, strong and super healthy. They are fed betel leaf for deworming, especially for puppies. Considering the size of fleas in that hot climate, it is amazing how well these dogs looked. Sadly, the strays are another story. As of the present time, animal rescue is also doing some good now but it will take time yet to make a noticeable difference.
I think it is important if a dog is used to meat from puppyhood onwards, it would be best to feed meat. But small amounts with loads of blended veggies and supplements. Dairy and meat is full of poisons these days; one can educate oneself well online about the present state of food the world over. The "vitamins" in pet foods are synthetic and useless for the upkeep of health. Except the animal will eat loads because the body is needing the vital, natural elements which is provided by nature, not by the pet food companies, who know what they are doing.
[NAY] 07/13/2009: Wendy from Naugatuck, CT: "My dog had some signs of allergies (runny eyes, flaky skin) that were not helped by the vet's suggestions, so I did a web search and found the "ACV for dogs" site. It sounded like a harmless and potentially helpful remedy, so I tried it. It didn't do a thing for the allergic symptoms, and 3 months later, my (spayed) dog developed a bloody discharge from her urinary tract. Lab tests diagnosed struvite crystals in her bladder, which, the vet said, form when the urine is too alkaline. Some research informed me that apple cider vinegar has an alkalinizing effect in the body! After immediate cessation of the apple cider vinegar and a month of a prescription urinary acidifier, my dog's urine is now testing normal. Naturally, after this experience, I do not recommend apple cider vinegar for dogs."Replies
08/12/2009: Cmassi from New York, New York replies: "When you add an alkali to something that is acidic, the acidity decreases and the alkalinity increases. I would never, ever give my dog anything on a daily basis (for three months) that changed her body chemistry.
Since most vets are urged to recommend certain brands of food, they are not always the most reliable advisors on the subject. If you haven't already tried eliminating foods with soy, corn and wheat (one at a time) you might find the solution. Soy can cause allergies in animals and people - processed the way it is in the US, it is not a form we should be ingesting.
Have just used a 50/50 mixture of ACV and water applied very small amounts onto two hot spots and it gave my dog immediate relief. Tested a small area on one first to be sure it didn't burn or cause more discomfort than she already had. It has worked wonderfully to give immediate relief. I will see if she shows signs of discomfort before using any more. Thank you!!!"
09/21/2009: Wes from Kansas City, Mo replies: "Regarding Wendy from Naugatuck's comment - vinegar, or acetic acid, is in fact an (weak) acid. If your dog had a struvite crystal blockage, it was due to one of two things - improper diet or not enough water, more likely the former than the latter. Most big-brand foods are absolute garbage and contribute greatly to health problems due to them being nutritionally deficient. The ACV would have had nothing at all to do with the urine being too alkaline and thus developing crystals in the urethra, and in fact would have HELPED the situation by lowering the overall pH of the urine, making it more acidic."
[WARNING!] 06/05/2011: Pets Inn from Pawleys Island, Sc replies: "Wendy,
The ACV works and one should remember everything in moderation. You may have given too much as it is oly 1 tsp for 50 lb dog and one should use it on and off not steady for 3 straight months. Foods have also caused UTI's."
[YEA] 06/13/2011: Toqueenelisabeth from Columbia, Sc replies: "Crazy fact!
I had heard of and began to utilize the benefits of old school uses with hydrogen peroxide. However, we always use Frontline for our critters. Never had I considered something as simple as ACV for treatment.
Flees and insects thrive in our hot/humid climate as well as allergies. In SC you can treat your pets but they always pick up insects from the outdoors and Frontline is/has been the only effective solution. Unfortunately and to my understanding the insect must get on your pet in order to kill it, thus ending life cycles. Plus if the neighbor does not effectively treat, the problem still surrounds your pet.
After making a comment to a friend about how bad flees seemed this year she said "ACV. " Seriously?!
Within a week of occasional use by 50/50 spray on the pets I have seen no indication of flees or itchiness. Makes perfect sense to deter flees from the animal altogether. Right?Our critters may not like the smell or taste but it is a small price "literally" to pay. Once again, thank you Old School! "
06/22/2011: Sal from Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa replies: "Hi there
Please can someone assist in explaining how I should use ACV for calluses on elbows and hock joints??? please! Is it good to pour a little ACV into the dogs drinking water? I have two large boerbulls that drink water by the gallon!! Thanks"
[YEA] 08/18/2011: Jyps from Landing, Nj replies: "Depending on the breed my friends dog had crystalized urine also because of all the medication. She did change her dogs diet to raw even though it was hard for her. Her dog ended up doing well with alternative methods. I mention this because apple cider vinegar also works for people.
2 teaspoons in a glass of water. It also kills any kind of worms that a person or pet can have. It should actually be 2 tsps either in their water or food. Once a day. Or every other day. You would need to change your dogs diet.
I think maybe you should read up on what your dog is really eating. There was a veterinary school who actually followed Purina and several other big dog companies and found that they were taking dead dogs and cats out of dumpsters (some that died of cancer or other illnesses) and they grind this into your dogs food.
Your dog is eating sickness and not good food. It even made news here in NJ. Be careful what you feed your dog. Apple cider will help with change of diet. If you can't do raw do an organic or kibble like evo or Abdy which are the better foods out there."
08/19/2011: Anne from Marldon, Devon, England replies: "Apple Cider Vinegar is the best preventative there is.
I simply cannot believe that there is an ad for Frontline on this page! The main ingredient has been listed as one of the most highly carcinogenic substances ever tested - for humans as well as dogs and cats.
And the newer ones like Advocate and Advantage are full of the chemical that has been most seriously implicated in the disappearance of the bees.
As the old saying goes, "Don't use a cannon to kill a mosquito.""
08/23/2011: Aimee from Manila, Philippines replies: "I plan to try the ACV treatment discussed in this website as a spray option for my 1-year old Golden Retriever's hot spots. Unfortunately, ACV is expensive here in the Philippines.
Has anybody tried using regular white vinegar (in our case, it will be cane vinegar) as a post-bath rinse or preventative spray against ticks or application on hot spots?
Thanks! Any feedback or information would help."
[YEA] 09/03/2011: Eve from Toronto, Ontario replies: "I use white vinegar on both my dogs and in my home, it is a natural Febreeze, my dogs do not smell like dogs. No odour at all. I bathe my little one in Water and vinegar for any bugs or cuts that might be on her and within 24 hours all problems are solved. ACV works well too but the odour is a little overwhelming."
12/23/2011: Rey from Manila, Philippines replies: "Aimee, ACV is not that expensive, try choosing other cheaper brands."
01/19/2012: Leonard from Global City, Philippines replies: "I just bought a bottle today after reading ACV and Yogurt as an alternative treatment for red scaly itchy paw and vulva. It cost 150 pesos/bottle. Equivalent to $3.48 and it is a big bottle. You go to Market Market in Global City.
I will keep you posted on the development. I just did my first spray this evening."
01/20/2012: Lucy from Makati, Philippines replies: "Aimee, buy vinegar from coconut stands on roadsides they sell by the gallon for PHP 60 same acidity level as ACV. I used it on my dogs for 1 week- now all the hair he lost is back and he doesn't scratch his body anymore."
01/29/2012: Waves4me from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Very important fact people!!! Yes ACV is alkalizing to humans and benefits our health. Remember that our body maintains a blood Ph of 7.4
The human digestion system is very different than that of a dog. Their system is much shorter and more acidic. Seriously this is animal nutrition 101. Remember they are mainly carnivores. Check their teeth and then look at yours. DONT give them ACV for extended periods of time."
01/29/2012: Waves4me from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Externally fine. Not in their drinking water. Very important fact people!!! Yes ACV, an acid, is very alkalizing to humans after digestion (Think potassium) and benefits our health. Remember that our body maintains a blood Ph of 7.4
The human digestion system is very different than that of a dog. Their system is much shorter. Seriously this is animal nutrition 101. Remember they are mainly carnivores. Check their teeth and then look at yours. DONT give them ACV in drinking water for extended periods of time."
05/30/2012: Tammy from Mckinney, Tx replies: "In regards to choosing a better quality dog food, what about fresh pet select that is sold in the refrigerated section???"
07/23/2012: Atvchick95 from Muncie, In replies: "AVC KILLS THE BAD AND GOOD BACTERIA IN THE GUT rather its human, dog, cat, bird etc. YOU have to use something to replace the GOOD bacteria like a probiotic. Otherwise you'rE tearing the animals gut all to shreds. You do not give this to a animal every day for a long period of time and I think the amounts on this blog is way too much to give to any animal I use it on my parrots about 3xs a year(it cured a tumor on a parakeet I owned in the past) and I only use 1-3 drops max in the water never any more than that.
What I'd recomend using instead is PURE ALOE VERA JUICE can be bought in the pharmacy aisle of most walmarts. It is 100% Natural, safe if ingested - do call a vet to ask how much to give, Like with AVC I only use a few drops in my birds drinking water and their bath water. I've also given it to my dog - it has No odor so they don't know its there
you can also use it on your dog after a bath or even when he/she is dry Just spray some one (you can get small spray bottles at a dollar tree for a buck or even the larger ones) and comb it through .
But I would not use very much AVC at all and not very often either!"
08/20/2013: Jcrply from Fl replies: "Atvchick95 from Muncie recommended giving Aloe Vera to dogs. The ASPCA toxic plants list says that Aloe Vera is toxic to dogs and cats."
10/03/2013: Ks from San Jose, California replies: "Atvchick95, the intestinal flora (supported by probiotics) is located in the gut. ACV is a prebiotic which supports the intestinal flora to prevent the overgrowth of harmful bacteria. Remember, you have to get the ACV that is unpasteurized containing the "mother" culture.
While ACV is acidic, it has an alkalizing effect when taken internally. Moderation is key and a balance should be obtained.
If you still believe that ACV kills beneficial bacteria, think about it this way, how did the fermentation process work if ACV killed the live cultures?"
[YEA] 08/28/2007: Grace Wahlman from Chester, Illinois, USA: "After reading about Apple Cider Vinegar as a remedy on your site, I started given it to my Boxer, Peaches, who has had recurring allergies and skin rashes...I noticed a marked improvement in less than a week... I also give it to the Lab, Sadie, just because, and her coat has improved tremendously and she doesn't shed nearly as bad.. I have recommended ACV to many people and 99% have been helped... Thanks so much for posting this info."Replies
06/30/2008: Lori from Atco, NJ replies: "what did you put the apple cider vinegar in, their food or water??"
05/25/2009: Loana from New York, New York replies: "in regard to treating a dog's itchy skin with vinegar you DO NOT EVER want to use human shampoo on a dog, it is far to harsh and will mess up their skins PH. if you are trying to treat this problem with the vinegar, you do not want to do the opposite with the wrong shampoo, use an all natural sensitive skin hypo allergenic shampoo, for puppies (even on adult dogs) and they should not be bathed more than once a month because their skin is too thin and sensitive completely unlike a persons. the vinegar can be added to a cool bath if they have to be washed more often and just use less shampoo and no more than twice a month. i am a certified Groomer with a cat and dog of my own."
07/29/2009: Tilly from Ottumwa, Iowa replies: "I bathe my dogs every week!! One is 3 (Zuchon) and one is 6 (Schnoodle)...They have beautiful coats and NO skin problems....They love to be clean...I understand that you are a groomer and go by the book, but it is not always correct.....I use tepid water, good conditioner and let them air dry in warm weather... FYI....."
[YEA] 02/20/2010: Courtney from Buffalo, Ny replies: "I have to tell you that I am in SHOCK!!!! ACV works!!!! It really works!!!! My poor Zoey is 3 and has been scratching and licking and biting her feet for almost 3 yrs...she has been on EVERY pill there is...every topical there is....has had every test...i have spent THOUSANDS at the vet...tried raw food...NOTHING and i mean NOTHING has worked untill now....i did it last night and omg!!! she is FINE!!!! I cannot beleive what i am seeing!!!! THANK YOU ACV!!!!
Now if i can just get her to stop shaking off she will be perfect!"
EC: Hi Courtney, can you please send us more info re: your dosage and recipe? Thanks!
[YEA] 02/23/2010: Courtney from Buffalo, Ny replies: "I give her 1/4 cup of ORGANIC plain yogurt and when i bathe her I use doggie shampoo and then rinse her with 1/4 ACV-3/4 warm water, I sponge it on to her face and let her air dry.....Every day since then the 1st thing she does when she wakes up is scratch so I spray her with a mix of 1/2 ACV 1/2 water and she is fine, then before bed I spray her again and she is fine...I am also just feeding her kibbles and bits original food. She smells like vinegar REALLY bad but its a small price to pay for her happiness!!"
03/02/2010: Courtney from Buffalo, Ny replies: "I found that bathing Zoey in Aveeno baby cream oatmeal body wash then rinsing her with ACV works wonders I also give her a bowl of organic plain yogurt with a little ACV....she is now 100% better"
03/09/2011: Jeanne from Hammonton, Nj replies: "Please consider changing the food! Kibbles&Bits comes from what is known as the 4D category: Ingredients made with disabled, diseased, dying, or dead animals. Do some research to find a food with acceptable ingredients. They are out there now and are very reasonably priced."
05/16/2011: Alaturka from Chiefland, Fl/usa replies: "As an Anatolian owner for more than 20 years, I have dealt with all kinds of allergies. Food has definitely seemed to be the most defining cause for most of them. In the last few years, I have found that foods that have no wheat, no corn, no soy and NO by-products are usually the best for your dog. Some of the foods I have found that work best are found at feed and seed stores around the country. Tractor Supply has their own brand "4Health" that I really like, along with "Diamond All Naturals" and "Taste Of The Wild".
Since I started using these foods, my dogs no longer get hot spots, have less shedding, and they eat it on a regular basis (something that doesn't regularly happen with Anatolians). My Anatolians are working livestock guardians that live out in the pasture pretty much 24/7, so it is very important they get really good nutrition. We have one guy that not only works, but also exhibits at Dog Shows... Last year he won our National Specialty and became AKC's First Grand Champion Anatolian. We use ACV diluted 1/4 to rinse his coat when we bathe him to give it extra shine and keep his skin supple. I, myself, take raw ACV every day in my morning vitamin smoothy."
09/13/2011: Mel from Cambridge, Minnesota replies: "I was reading everyones blogs, and noticed one that said if your dog has yeast problems use white vinegar instead of acv... Does anyone else agree? My dog has chronic ear infections itches all the time and has a bad odor. I want to make sure I use the right vinegar. Any help would be great."
10/26/2011: Suzanne from Jackson, Mi replies: "I can't speak for the cider remedies but my little german short haired pointer had the same problem took him to the vet and they instantly said looks like a food allergy. Try a food that is corn, soy, and wheat free. It worked- his ears cleared up and he has not had any other problems. I used blue buffalo food and recently switched to diamond."
11/26/2011: Disel from Toronto, On, Canada replies: "Suzan from Jackson, Mi... Blue buffalo does not contain corn, wheat or soy... diamond does."
12/10/2011: Lynn from Childersburg, Alabama replies: "Diamond All Naturals does have a variety that doesn't contain corn, wheat or soy. It is the lamb and rice."
01/03/2012: Sherri from Houston, Tx replies: "Diamond dog food is good, however, they can change from bag to bag. When I adopted my dog, they said that the first 2 ingredients should be protein. I bought Diamond (green bag) with the first 2 ingredients being protein, however, the next time the 2nd ingredient wasn't protein. You have to watch it everytime you buy a new bag."
[YEA] 07/28/2007: Ann from Victoria, Australia: "I used acv after reading about it on the website and my doggie who was suffering from terrible skin problems, started looking so good, her hair was growing , there was no more scratching. She is looking great. All the medications never brought her to full recovery but acv is just great and has done so much good for my doggie.Thank you so much."Replies
07/01/2008: Wendi from Port Arthur, TX replies: "ACV for pets... I have read that it's used for an after bath treatment and in their drinking water. What type/brand of ACV do you use to treat pets for fleas? Wasn't sure if I needed to purchase from health food store or regular grocer. What is the ratio to add to pet's drinking water? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you"
07/01/2008: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Hi there, I don't know if you have Save-a-Lot groceries in Texas or not, but here I can get a gallon of ACV for about $2. At Kroger's it's about the same for a quart of ACV."
08/21/2008: Roop from Singapore replies: "HELP PLEASE!!!
My dog has got chronic yeast infection under his neck, underarms, inside the thighs.... have taken him to vet so many times...each time the medication is stopped it hits back again....
i m giving him ACV but its not helping.. also in his drinking water i m adding sea salt n baking soda.. after his bath i gave him a rinse with baking soda....i add flaxseed oil to his food as recommended by vet...but that also has limited use
pls pls pls help me ... i donot want to loose my dog... i m in singapore... have spend so much money ...any remedy or dog food... all the dog food have yeast in it.... which one should i give or any home food which can cure my baby.... pls TED if u reading this help me out... thanks in advance
08/22/2008: W replies: "To Roop from Singapore, Have you tried giving him Probiotics? The antibiotics he was given destroyed the good bacteria and you will need to replace it by giving probiotics for quite a long time (I don't know the dosage). You can also feed him yogurt, maybe even apply yogurt or a probiotic cream topically. Good Luck."
08/23/2008: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "To Roop from Singapore: Hi Roop, MMS is safe for pets also at dosage of 2 drops per 25 lbs, but you might first try a saturated solution of baking soda applied 3 or times per day. I would probably start out with 4 ounces of water for this solution until you decide whether it is working against infection. To make saturated solution of anything just dissolve baking soda or whatever you think will be useful in water until no more will dissolve."
08/24/2008: Melissa from Albuquerque, NM replies: "Try virgin or extra virgin coconut oil topically and give internally also. Do NOT give the processed coconut oil-only virgin or extra virgin. My dog had serious scabs and skin infections all over his belly 2 years ago. I tried everything but nothing worked consistently until evco. I rubbed it on the spots and started giving him 1 teaspoon a day internally working up to 1 tablespoon a day. His skin got better within a couple of days and continued to improve until the infections went away-about 5 days. I believe evco also has other positive properties."
12/02/2008: Lisa from Montreal, Quebec, Canada replies: "To Roop: My dog has the same problem with a yeast dermatitis. We don't want to give her chemicals that will further tax her system but so far nothing has worked - - acupuncture, raw diet, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar (stung!), homeopathy and even Chinese herbal medicine. We were told that our family stress might make her worse so we've been trying as much as possible to be more relaxed human beings! We are now trying a system (it's a kit) from the NZYMES company. Many pets have recovered on this program that consists of sodium chlorite added to food and water (and applied topically to skin), plus a tincture of black walnut and olive leaf (yeast killers) added to food, and some antioxidant treats the dog loves. In a few weeks (all is done gradually so the dog's system is not overloaded) we will start with their probiotics and digestive enzymes. A high quality food must be given dogs with a yeast problem, along with regular baths in a medicated (but gentle) shampoo. Lots of play and love are also recommended, in order to keep up the dog's spirits. Patience is needed because a yeast problem can take up to a year to clear, but we have high hopes and will have to keep her on this program (but at a lower dosage) for the rest of her life. But it's natural, safe, and good for her - it's even good for humans. I suggest you go to their website (NZYMES.COM) and order their kit - you have nothing to lose. That's what we thought! On that website they also have a fabric (soft) collar so the dog can't bite her lesions and you don't have to be constantly saying "no, don't do that!". Tell your dog everyday that you love her and that you know she's getting better! They are so connected to us and to our feelings with their 6th sense that it's important for us to let them know we're doing our best to make them better and that we won't abandon them! And don't EVER get angry! It's not the dog's fault. So please take care and I hope this has helped....LISA"
12/19/2008: Janice from Coloma, Mi replies: "I have used the NZYMES on my black lab and they do work. My Lab was on too many anti-biotics and it distroyed her immune system. Now she has chronic yeast problems. The NZYMES did help clear her up. I still give her the treats but not as regularly as I should. Also, it helped to put her on a raw food diet. That was hard to keep up so I feed her Eagle Pack Holistic Formula and throw in some raw meat sometimes."
12/29/2008: LeeAnn from Honolulu, Hawaii replies: "Hi Roop from Singapore, I did an allergy test on my dog. I found out she is allergic to beef, duck, lamb, soy & yeast. Environmental allergies black ant, fleas, roaches, dust mite, mosquitoes and house fly. Monitor your dog food; we now go to a special store to purchase dog food without these product inside. It cost a lot more but her fur is growing back. The food allergy test helped a lot."
12/29/2008: L. from Baltimore, MD, USA replies: "Corn is often an allergen. Our dog was smelling badly when he ate pet store-bought foods. We switched to a food called Flint River Ranch (which has no additives or corn) and now he is smelling less and has a shinier coat."
05/11/2009: Michele from North Vancouver, British Columbia replies: "I feel for you. You must be so scared and sad for your pet. A raw dog food diet will save your dog. It saved my Lab who had such bad allergies she lost her hair. Many people have similar stories of curing most ailments with raw food diet. It ended up being the pond in our yard. Standing water is a horrible culprit.
She is very healthy now. A dog smells and has allergies because of its diet. It's the fillers in the food. I also am convince the meds the vet gives your pet weaken it further. See holistic vets only. I'm convinced many vets get kickbacks for the food and meds they sell. It has been my experience anyway.
Raw food is only a bit more expensive but it costs way less when you include the vet bills
You can always make it yourself too. She still gets itchy paws when she plays in standing water in the warm weather but I spray with acv and it's gone. Her immune system is very healthy now and doesn't suffer. AVC is amazing as indicated above and pests won't be a problem because they can't thrive in an acidic environment."
07/15/2010: Dmarie from Lawrenceville, Ga replies: "To Roop: Give youghurt for skin disorders. Also helps fungal infections."
10/21/2010: Rebecca from Covington, Ky replies: "To Roop from Singapore: Try giving your dog the following food: Science diet prescription - Z/D low allergen. This has helped tremendously w/allergies."
02/19/2013: Rambo's Mum from Singapore replies: "Hi Roop from Singapore, (if you are still reading this). Watch out on the treats as well that contains corn, soy, wheat. You have to eliminate all the above from your to see an improvement."
06/05/2011: Stacey from Phoenix, Arizona: "I want to start giving my German Shepard some ACV, but I am not sure how much I should give? Does it go in their water, or on their food, or both? And how much ACV do I mix with the water and food? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks!"Replies
11/18/2011: Debbie from Orchard Park, Ny replies: "I found a link to Organic Pet Digest that lists the amounts and benefits.
02/10/2010: Cindy from York Haven, Pa: "Sorry to ask this here but couldn't find a contact area. Could you tell me how much apple cider vinegar I should use for a 4 lb. poodle? I used about 1/8 tsp. & seems to be helping already. Thanks, Cindy"Replies
02/02/2011: Phyllis from Brick, Nj/usa replies: "My yorkie is 5lb, I am going to use the Apple Cider Vinegar to clear up her eye stains.... What dosage shall I use and how often? also when will I see results? thank you so much!!!"
09/02/2011: Jennifer from Mooreland, Indiana: "I have started putting ACV in my 11 year old dogs water for arthritis and incontinence. Since she has thrown up about 8 times in two days. Is this vomiting linked to the ACV."Replies
10/31/2011: Helen from Melbourne, Victoria Australia replies: "First dose of this and my dog hasn't stopped throwing up. I am now getting worried about her, what can I do?"
11/01/2011: Timh from Louisville, Usa replies: "Helen, no expert but will add my two cents. The ACV could have caused a herx reaction and she is throwing off the dead pathogens. This should subside after a few hrs, if not call Vet. After the critical phase, discontinue the ACV and use 3% Hydrogen Peroxide as an alternative. Just a few drops in water bowl will prove benficial for cleansing and detoxing."
01/03/2012: Blklabchow10yr from Port Charlotte, Florida, United States replies: "My outlook is.... Whenever possible, if there's something you're not sure of, always start with a very small amount & give it a day or so, then maybe try a bit more & give it a day or so, then a bit more, till you get where your trying to get, which is the tablespoonful I'm assuming. Just an opinion. That way, if something's going to happen such as a reaction or it doesn't agree with your pet, it's a very small amount at least, better than the full dose all at once."
03/13/2012: Stan from Tucson, Az replies: "When using hydrogen peroxide make sure you use "Food Grade" hydrogen peroxide."
[YEA] 04/13/2007: Kelly from Seattle, WA: "Re: ACV for allergies: I gave organic ACV to my dog, and she threw up about 5 minutes later. I only gave her a capful, but she still threw up. It was very white bubbly throw up."
EC: Firstly, ACV should always be very well diluted in water and not given on an empty stomach. Secondly, vomiting is not necessarily a bad thing. In some cases of detoxification or food poisoning, vomiting is exactly what you would want to see.
05/07/2008: Art from Newhall, CA replies: "my two year old wire fox terrier mix has a hot spot and i have been using acv diluted and witch hazel and wonder if he licks it will he get sick? the hot spot is on his right front paw. thank you all , just found this site and love, been telling everyone about it (and iam a la county paramedic)"
05/08/2008: Joyce from Joelton,, Tn replies: "The ACV won't hurt your little doggie, but it might heal faster if you make a saturated solution of Epsom salts in apple cider vinegar. To make saturated solution start wotj 4 ounces and add Epsom salts by the 1/2 teaspoonful until no more will dissolve in the ACV. This will not hurt your doggie and the only unwanted side effect you are likely to get is a little diarrhea if he licks too much of the Epsom salts. I used the same stuff on my daughter(about age 6) when she developed deep lesions that certainly resembled what I had seen on a dog (owner told me it was hot spots). The poor thing had them all over her body and I certainly didn't want my daughter to get that bad. She only had 4 or 5 at the back of her head about an inch above the hair line. I swabbed them out 4 times a day with this and it started improving the second day of use and was healed over in a few days."
06/25/2008: Suzy from Owensville, MO, USA: "My german shepard is very slow lately and acts like arthritis is just killing her. I have read quite a bit of remedies on your site and i love it and i cannot wait to see if it will work for us. The only problem is, I cannot get Princess, my german shepard, to drink the apple cider vinegar in her drinking water or any other way. I was wondering if you all would have any suggestions on how to get her drink the vinegar and also, how much do i need to give her. Would it be better to put the ACV in a syringe and just put it in the back of her mouth? And if so, how much do i put in the syringe?"
EC: Try mixing it in with her food. As a warning -- we used to put a teaspoon of ACV in our dogs' food each night, but stopped when each dog started to get an irritated rump (i.e., anal discharge and lots of licking). Make sure to start with a very low dosage and watch to see if Princess starts licking herself more than usual!
09/24/2008: Deb from Pleasant Grove, UT replies: "My dog gets ACV every day but sometimes she won't drink it in her water. She is picky. Soo... I just take a little piece of candy cane that she loves, let her sniff it and then let her watch me drop in the bowl of ACV and water. She trys to get around it but eventually to get the candy she laps up all the water. Just like a kid sometimes bribery works."
[YEA] 03/16/2009: Rachael from Collingswood, NJ replies: "This ACV remedy for arthritis is amazing. Yesterday my dog could barely get up and down. I was really starting to worry. (he's currently in natural healing and the arthritis began during this period). I didn't want him in so much pain but didn't want to thwart his healing process with drugs. I tried two of the suggestions on this page...Apple Cider Vinegar (2 tablespoons of ACV with food); and pure celtic sea salt in his water.
After his first dosage last night, he woke up a new dog today. Seriously, I'm amazed. Thank you sooo much.
04/28/2009: Diana from Hazel Crest, Illinois replies: "Relative to Rachael's (from Collingswood, NJ 3/16/09) email about her remedy, is the celtic sea salt in water a part of the remedy for arthritis, in addition to the 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar? If so, what are the proportions of sea salt to water and I wonder if dogs have a problem drinking it?
01/24/2012: Liz from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa replies: "What dosage of apple cider vinegar should I give a 14 year old daxie with real bad arthritis and in food or water? Please help, my poor baby is permanently on cortisone and dgp, but she still has really bad days, when she won't even get up from her bed."
02/09/2012: Suzanne from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia (ns), Canada replies: "So Sorry to hear about the pain your fur-child is in, I am in cape breton, N. S. Canada & I swear by glucosamine it is a human vitamin easily bought from any drugstore & it will bring her relief, hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis, this horrible pain hits the larger breeds & older breeds as well. Please do some research on your own about glucosamine so you will be better informed & feel better about giving this to her. Good-Luck"
[YEA] Wendy from Canada: "My Chocolate Lab Sam has arthritis and was recently attacked by a dog. I had started him on ACV before but forgot sometimes. He has been on it faithfully for the past 3 weeks now and is getting better and better. He is on a raw diet and I just mix it in. For those dog owners who have dogs with failing health I recommend you look at the BARF diet. I wouldn't have believed that a dog who I was told would be dead in 3 months from liver problems would completely turn around due to diet and supplements(including ACV). We are what we eat and so are our pets. It has been 11 months and Sammy is doing great!!"Replies
06/04/2008: Margie from Warren, Michigan replies: "I have an 11 year old Lab/retriever mix. She is suffering from constantly itching, hot spots and has raw spots on her skin from knawing all the time. You mentioned about a "raw" diet - I want to know what that is. She is also suffering big time with arthritis. With the ACV - how much do you give - do you feed it to them - mix it in the food. She is also getting very finicky about eating. Any help I would appreciate it as I am on a very strict budget and can't afford vet bills. ACV seems to be a "cure" all. Thanks."
06/05/2008: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Hi, Hope your doggie is better. I would put the apple cider vinegar in her drinking water. Start with a teaspoon of ACV to the pint of drinking water, and as she gets used to drinking that increase a little every day or two until you get to about a tablespoon per quart of water. According to Dr. Jarvis and his home remedies that work, it also helps arthritis."
11/18/2009: Rita from Toronto, Ontario, Canada replies: "Re: dog's itching from environmental/food allergies: my dog absolutely will not drink water or eat food with ACV...I understand there are organic based ACV caplets. Could I use those instead? Would they be as effective as liquid ACV? Thankyou for your posts, everyone! Most helpful!"
10/01/2010: Manny from Seattle, Wa replies: "If your dog won't drink the Apple Cider Vinegar in drinking water, try adding the Apple Cider Vinegar to broth water instead. I make my dogs food (chicken or turkey) and as a result I always have broth available. I freeze it. You can use use store bought but its better to use home cooked without added spices. This is also effective for a dog who gets dehydrated and won't drink water. I also use this broth to cook any of the vegetables or other foods that I give him. I went to home made dog food when our other dog was diagnosed with Lymphoma. Broth water solved a lot of issues for trying to get liquids into my dogs."
02/10/2011: Airbmac from Spokane, Wa replies: "Hey I found a great way to give my dog ACV, I poured the ACV into a cup and filled a straw with the ACV and measured how many strawfulls made a teaspoon. Then I held her mouth open and poured the strawfull right down her throat. She was not very happy with me, but I know she will be feeling better soon. Also I had tried everything to get her to take the ACV before I had even tried cooking a little bit of bacon to cover the smell and mixing it in with her food."
07/27/2011: Bld6957 from Sullivan, Illinois, Usa replies: "How much do you actually give your dog each day?"
[YEA] Sandi from Rehoboth MA: "I personally use it several times day, it works for different problems. All the dogs (7) are on it, from a disabled dachsie to three young healthy dachsies. It helps with arthritis, ear problems, wounds, itching. Adjust ph levels, prevents uti's. Gives them a healthy skin and also cleans out the bodies, like it does for humans"Replies
11/03/2008: Alice from Corpus Christi, TX replies: "13 year old standard poodle is falling over from arthritis. Also has bad ears. Has gone from 70 to 50 lbs. I don't want to lose him. Please help."
01/12/2010: Heleen from Eastbourne, Uk replies: "Re arthritis, our black lab Max (11) was diagnosed with severe osteo arthritis and prescribed permanent anti inflammatories. We changed over to raw food diet, which he loves, he gets a homemade cooked vegetable mix with garlic (flea deterrent) ginger (anti inflammatory) and stinging nettles (joint health), cod liver oil and some seaweed. Within 2 weeks he was off the pain killers and when he started his acupucture I felt a bit of fraud for taking him. He has now been signed off for that as well. We are now 8 months on and he is able to run, almost keep up with our whippet pup and is brighter than ever and not a drug in sight. We put him back on ACV after reading this blog (I give it regularly to my chickens as an anti bacterial), just for general health. Mine take it in their drinking water and I have noticed they appear to be drinking more."
[YEA] 08/03/2011: Katnco from Palisade, Co replies: "My dog is 10 yrs old and has bad hips, I put him on glucosamine and chondroitin a couple months back and that made a big difference, but three days ago I added a cap (not a cup, a cap) of ACV to his water and he didn't seem interested to drink it, so I literally hand fed him some water and he took it. Now for the last two days when he drinks his water, he drinks long. This morning we went for our usual walk by the river and he actually ran! He has not been able to run for 6 months. ACV is working wonders and I did not give him a large dose, just a cap full which is about a teaspoon. Fyi - he is 72 lbs - a big guy. THANK YOU EARTH CLINIC!!!"
08/28/2011: Cindy from San Francisco, California replies: "Hi Heleen,
Good job on giving your dog healthy supplements, the only thing I would change would be replacing the cod liver oil with a whole fish oil. As you know, the job of the liver is to rid the body of toxins. Giving cod liver oil increases the risk of toxins in your dogs diet, depending on the toxins in the liver of the fish. And maybe give a probiotic. If the dog has ever been on an anti-biotic (or a human for that matter), they kill ALL the bacteria in the stamache, the bad ones AND the good ones. They DO NOT "grow" back on their own, they need to be replaced. These are found in milk, yoghurt & cheese products. By giving probiotics, you are promoting a healthy flora in the digestive system, and there by promoting a healthier system in general. Up to 80 per cent of our immune systems are based on our digestive tracts. I have worked for 4 years in the healthy food industry, and off and on for nearly 20 years for a reputable, proffesional dog groomer.
Keep up the good work!
Cindy (San Francisco, Ca.)"
05/20/2014: Alicia Crow from Cheney, Wa replies: "My dog has calcium deposits in her spine. She is on Rimadyl. Little Sadie is a 3 year old Doxie. I don't want to keep her on meds and vet says only other option is surgery. I was curious if apple cider vinegar would benefit her and if so how much do I give her. Thanks, Alicia"
05/20/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Alicia!
EC's page on arthritis suggests this:
Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment for Arthritis
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 2 teaspoons up to 1/4 cup
- Filtered Water - 32 Oz
- Honey (optional)
Mix as much as a quarter-cup of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar into 32oz of water (start with a tablespoon of ACV, then increase slowly day by day). Optionally, add a natural sweetener. Try sipping this ACV tonic throughout the day for a constant alkalizing effect.
You may also benefit from reading up on dealing with arthritis in your doxie:
**Lots of info here**:http://www.2ndchance.info/arthritis2.htm
You might also consider a synovi supplement - google for sources "SynoviG3"."
[YEA] 01/23/2009: Sally from Wall, NJ: "I have to share this with all of your readers. I have a yellow lab who developed "black skin" on her belly with itching and consequently sores that became inflamed and infected, and she started to lose her hair! I first started giving her vitamin E pills and rubbed her belly with Apple Cider Vinegar daily. The AVC soothed the itching. I continued doing both and then added 50 mg of zinc to her diet everyday. Within one month there was noticeable improvement, and her hair was growing back! No doctors, no medications, just simple effective home remedies that work. Today, 4 mos later, everything is gone, and she has a beautiful coat of hair! I credit using AVC 1-2X daily, and the zinc tablet!
Good luck to all... it's devastating when this happens to your beloved pet. I am a firm believer in ALL NATURAL products, with vets as a LAST resort."Replies
01/23/2009: Jessica from Vincennes, Indiana replies: "I don't understand why a lot of people are against taking their animals to the vet. People, Vets have the education and experience to treat our beloved pets. Why would you want to take advice of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there. Are you just too cheap to get a true and accurate diagnosis. There is no way I would ever take advise from somebody other than our Vet. Our vet is very honest and actually doesn't charge that much. I had a cat who ended up getting really sick and he had to stay at our vet for over a week and our vet did not charge us one penny. He just wanted to make sure if our beloved friend needed any extra treatment that he would be there to get that help A.S.A.P."
01/24/2009: Rosy from Orlando, Fl replies: "Not all vets are so nice, or that ethical. I took my cat to the vet multiple times for tapeworms. They were just so hard to get rid of. She had four paste wormers, and one shot. After about 6 months of this she peed this horrid red stuff. I took her to the closed vet, not my normal one, and it turned out she had a tumor in her bladder, kidney failure, and liver failure. The red stuff was Liver juice. I ended up having to put her down because too many organs had gone too far. All because one vet was an idiot and never checked her organs for damage, and just had be keep coming in and getting her wormed. I know she had worms the first time, because I saw them in her litter box. The other times I went were for dehydration. I wish my vet had been like yours, then I would still have my best friend with me."
10/29/2009: Itsybitsybug from Bowling Green, Ky replies: "This is in response to Jessica from Vincennes. Using a vet as a last resort is not necessarily a bad thing. The average pet owner, even one more inclined toward natural remedies will take their pet to the vet if it is necessary. But if it is a minor problem that can be solved without the use of a vet and all the meds and chemicals they tend to prescribe then why not try it. I treat my pets health the same way I treat mine. I would try a natural cure on myself before going to the doctor and getting drugs that would kill my immune system and I do the same with my pets and I personally feel that they and I are better for it. Natural remedies have been around a lot longer than modern medicine and many of them have proven themselves to be effective time and time again. They may not always work but it is definitely worth a try in situations where it is not a time sensitive life or death sort of situation. A dogs skin problems are typically not life or death situation."
10/26/2010: Mark from Stockton, Ca replies: "In response to "Jessica from Vincennes", I have learned the hard way that many vets are in it for the money period. A good example of this is the dog food that they sale from there office. If you have done any research on dog food, then you know that any dog food sold at the grocery store is pure garbage and not fit for any dog. The same dog foods are being recommended and sold to the dog owner by these vets. These vets do not care about the animals best interests. I'm sure that they are getting kick backs by the corporations that are making this garbage dog food that is not fit for a maggot. This is just the tip of the iceberg, but a test that everyone could use as a basis for their vets ethics. If you don't know much about what should or shouldn't be in your dogs food, there is plenty of good info at your finger tips and you owe it to your dog to figure this out, like right now!"
04/14/2011: Crisi from Houston, Tx replies: "I agree. The last time I took Aj my mini schnauzer to my vet for shots he had a horrible reaction. I brought him back the next day for "observation" by a "visiting" vet everyone there did nothing to calm my fears they actually brushed them aside and told me it was nothing. They would not give me an explanation of why he might be having the reactions which led me to the conclusion that the shots he had were unecessary. He had fever, no appetite, vomitting and was lethargic. When we picked him up from an all day visit the "visiting vet" tried to charge me an extra fee of which I did not pay. Aj's symptoms did not go away even after the "VV" claimed nothing was wrong. The third day after his shots he seemed to get worse, I returned to my vet only to find them closed. I am on a paid plan and was under the impression I could not go to any other vets in the chain without big fees that I just don't have available to me.
Aj came through just fine a few days later. I feel that he is over vaccinated that the chain vet is not really there in the best interest of my pet that they are there as long as my pocket book is deep. If I can find a natural way to relieve his itching and discomfort I will do that because the vet has offered no solutions or relief for my sweet puppy."
07/09/2011: Troubles from Oak Ridge, Tn replies: "There's a place for vets, but I have never been to a vet that was proactive and provided advice about dog food. Had to do my own research to realize that Beneful was ruining my dog's health, ruining the quality of his life."
08/17/2011: Pam from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada replies: "You may have a vet who is caring and there for your animal, but not everyone is so lucky. My cat's face was swollen on one side, I took him to the local vet and after examing him the vet tells me it could be two things, cancer or an absess tooth. He wanted to do some testing for cancer which cost $350.00 and that didn't include the visit which was $50.00 plus tax and also if he had cancer and we couldn't afford to have treatments he suggested we have the cat put down right away. We suggested that maybe he treat the cat for an absess tooth. He gave the cat a shot of antibotics and within one week the cat was fine. We haven't been back to the vet since. The bill ended up being $84.00."
10/01/2011: Andrea from Ottawa, Ontario replies: "To "Jessica": It is unfair to broadstroke accuse people who love their animals of being "cheap". We are not against vets, we are against the propaganda we have been fed that states that vets because they are educated, know what's best.
That being said, why don't these "educated" vets tell us that dogs don't need to be vaccinated every year, that 1 out of 10 dogs may suffer a reaction and in the case of my dog, die as it did this summer from over vaccination? My heart aches every day for my Willis, who was the picture of health until he got his booster shots, which caused kidney failure.
These "educated" vets won't tell you that most vet schools are funded by the big dog food companies, and they provide kick backs to sell their food, and their "good food" is chemically-enhanced kibble, with a life span of up to 25 years!! So much for "natural". What dogs ate 50 years ago, before vet-recommended kibble was invented, was more wholesome, natural food. But of course, there's no profit in that.
I know people that work in the vet industry and they have said they've lost good vets and vet techs over constantly butting heads with the hospital owners who are in it for the bottom line - the profit margin, not your dog's ultimate health. That's why they want your dog coming in every year for unnecessary vaccinations - it's their biggest source of revenue, since the vaccine only costs about 90 cents, yet they charge up to $50. My dog's best interest? I think not.
The vets work for us, not the other way around."
10/19/2011: Crusher1 from Austin, Tx replies: "Jessica, Have you ever watched a commercial on how many side effects there are for the medications that doctors prescribe to you. Do you think it's any different for animals? So what is so terribly wrong with someone wanting to be able to treat their animal with natural remedies? I think you need to find another website to attack people who are trying to do harm to animals instead of people who really care about them."
12/03/2011: Lgomez from Winnipeg, Manitoba replies: "I love my vet- she is very proactive and isn't in it for the money but for the love of animals. I can call her and she will give me home remedies before telling me to bring my dogs in. Even with dog food- sure she sells dog food- but she told me to buy Costco brand Kirkland food- due to very few fillers in the dog food. I do believe in doing your homework and going to the vet as a last resort - nothing wrong with that. But also do your homework in your vet as well, I drive outside of the city to my vet- I did my homework. Country vets are way better and more in the industry for the love of animals then the paycheck."
12/06/2011: Dee from Vancouver, Bc replies: "As sad as it is, part of most dvm's jobs are partially sales! I know because I did the whole 8 year haul and am not even working in a clinic. They all have shares in the crappy food they are selling and no breeder or competitor I know will ever buy that stuff. Most of my friends never bring dogs to the vet unless it's for breeding. I heard so many ridiculous stories and so called "remedies" vets have used. Dont hesitate get a second opinion!"
02/02/2012: Sherry from Longview, Washington, Usa replies: "I have discovered most vets are in it for the money. When we took our much loved bird, named Rachel, to the vet when she had a runny nose- the vet gave her a shot. Rachel, who had been playfully cleaning her feathers, suddenly made a terrible noise and went limp. She died 30 minutes later while I held her. It was horrific. I wish I had not taken her to that vet. I got my money back. I said I didn't pay to have our bird killed. That shot should not have happened. If vets really cared about pet health they would have more affordable prices and would be opened on weekends. We do have to take our dogs to the vet for rabies shots and things like ear infections (the pills they gave our dog Ozzy made him very sick so I stopped giving them to him), but I am very careful about what I let them do to my pets. There have been times that made me doubt my pet was in good hands at the vets. I love reading the natural cures on this site and I will be trying them out."
03/11/2012: Charlia from Sydney, Australia replies: "I also have a very good vet and I also have a very good doctor and I believe both are invaluable and serve a purpose however in saying that I do feel that they're prejudice and limited when it comes to natural remedies. I have used natural remedies for years on both myself and my animals and had amazing results, when my vet told me there was nothing except a lifetime on cortisone that would solve my dogs skin problems I wasnt convinced, after much research I completely cured him with very simple techniques.
Vets and doctors do the best they can but unfortunately dont always have the answers."
04/11/2012: "I am upset at the comment about natural remedies being used because the owner is too cheap. I have a wonderful vet who has treated my dog for his whole life and in that time I have spent over ten thousand dollars on his care. However, his body has reached a point at which it can no longer tolerate allergy injections because they have cause damage to liver. He now has a very long list of things he cannot have and natural remedies are my only option for his comfort and care. Those chemicals from the vet have wrecked my poor dogs body and had I put more effort into finding alternatives sooner I would not be in this position.
I agree with this "Vets and doctors do the best they can but unfortunately don't always have the answers.""
07/06/2012: Jlee from Singapore replies: "Quote: 01/23/2009: Jessica from Vincennes, Indiana replies: "I don't understand why a lot of people are against taking their animals to the vet. People, Vets have the education and experience to treat our beloved pets. Why would you want to take advice of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there. Are you just too cheap to get a true and accurate diagnosis. There is no way I would ever take advise from somebody other than our Vet. - Unquote
Cheap? No way!! I learnt the hard way, after having spent no less than USD3,000 on my two doggies, one of which had passed on - and experienced no less than 3 bum-vets. Between them, my doggies were either mis-diagnosed, under-medicated, over-medicated and worse, one even got my doggie overdosed on ivermectin and my puppy went blind for two dogs while the vet frantically tried to reverse the side-effects. One was even too arrogant to admit that he failed to take a skin scrape test to identify my puppy's problem, after pumping the poor doggie with needless antibiotics and steroids - not to mention having me pump in a few hundred dollars to no avail.
But thanks to this website, I found out some good home remedies from "Tom, Dick or Harry" here and much of the mange problem my puppy suffered over the months have been almost eradicated. That vet now recommends a few of the patients to use the home remedy I experimented on my puppy."
09/08/2012: Jolynlo from Oakland, Ca Usa replies: "In reading this thread and hearing the different views re: vets, I'm feeling alot of harsh criticism that I think is unwarranted. I am not a fan of going to the doctor or taking my dogs to the vet but I don't think the majority are in it just for the money. I have found that doctors and vets display a sincere concern for their patients, it's just that their modern education is about diagnosing and prescribing (hence the high cost of the visit). They are not not educated in nutrition ad have forgotten the old prescription of "Let thy medicine be thy food and thy food be thy medicine".
Prevention for animals and humans is far more effective than trying to treat the symptoms. Let's take responsibility for ourselves and when we really need them be grateful that the docs and vets are there. ;)"
11/27/2012: Dl from Singapore replies: "Hi Jlee from Singapore! Care to share your home remedy for mange? My poor doggie is suffering from domodex mites problem for the past two years and we have also spent bucks of $$$ for his repeated problem to a few vets and apparently could not see a cure to this annoying cause."
[YEA] 10/05/2008: Rebecca from Winter Park, Florida: "I found this website last night while searching for home remedies for my dog's UTI. I thought why not lets give it a shot. With the horrible economy I can't afford a $200 dollar vet bill. I started using the ACV last night. I gave my 65 pound 5 year old boxer 1.5 tablespoons mixed in with some plain yogurt. When she went out for her morning potty break she urinated only one time. It was normal in color with no blood. Just the night before she was going every 5 minutes or so and nothing was coming out and when urine did come out it was bloody. I have continued to give her the ACV today and plan to keep her on it for about a week. Boy was this one of the most effective home remedies I have ever found."
EC: Many more bladder infection remedies for dogs here: http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/bladder_infection.html
10/26/2008: Wendy from Bloomington, Minnesota replies: "My dog has a bladder infection took him to the vet gave him medication. He ran out and seems to still have it. Would like to try the ACV. He is also one Potassium Bromide 575 mg. for his seizures. Would this have a side affect on him?? Please help"
11/25/2009: Brandismama from Pomona, California replies: "HELP ASAP! i dont know if my baby (1.5 yr old 36lb pitbull) has a bladder infection or not. my roomies were watching her for a week and a half and they told me shes starting to urinate and number 2 inside(dont know exatly how many days now), even when the back door is open. tonight i got home and she peed on my twise, probably with in 2 hours, and the carpet soon after. theres no blood and she doesnt seem to be in pain, shes cheery and everything but i cant tell theres something not right about her. is it a bladder infection??? or seperation anxiety for leaving her so long??? (shes very attatched to me, she was horribly abused befor i got her, shes my shadow, so could leaving leaving for a week and a half have affected her in this way?)
theres no blood, and shes doesnt seem to be having a hard time cus its a lot of urine, not whining, can walk. but shes urinating way more often then normal, and on the bed which has never happened.
please dont hastle me about not being a good moma by not taking her to the vet and coming on here for adivse, i love her very much like a daughter but i cant afford the bills or else i would.
is ACV highly recomended? please help me"