Apple Cider Vinegar

Approval Ratings
YEA (57)
89%
NAY (4)
6%
BETTER BUT NOT CURED (2)
3%
WARNING! (1)
2%

03/10/2009: Lynn from Raleigh, NC: "Hello Everyone,

I have been searching this site to find out a remedy for my dog's case of pink eye. I have seen some recommendations for putting ACV on the back of his neck but I am wondering how much I need to use and do I need to dilute it? He is a 62lb, chow/australian shepherd mix. Any other suggestions or information would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks! This site is wonderful!"

Replies
[YEA]  05/05/2010: Christine from Kempner, Tx replies: "Tried your remedy on a 4 week old Kitten. It worked.. after a day he's feeling much better and no goopy booger eyes. He's still sneezing a bit but he's much better. And mommy cat doesn't seem to mind the pickle smell either.. I think she's just glad he's not miserable. We'll keep applying the vinegar (which we diluted 1 part water to 1 part vinegar) until the problem is gone. Will keep you posted. Thanks for the natural remedy :-)"
06/03/2010: Rachel Lorel from Phoneix, Arizona, United States Of America replies: "i recently found a kitten about four mounths. he was half starved because for some reason or another his mom abandoned him. do you have any suggestions on his treatment?"
06/03/2010: Rachel from Phoneix, Arizona, United States Of America replies: "i meant four weeks. i was really upset at the time i wrote that. its just that his eye is badly swollen and he is very skinny. i only found him today. he was all alone and i want to keep him as healthy as possible."
06/03/2010: Lisa Lopez from Wichita Falls, Texas replies: "To Rachel, I have 10 cats! All but one are rescues. Some months ago we took in a little boy kitty who like the one you are talking about was so skinny it broke my heart. We fed him and he never left !All my babies are spayed/neutered by the way. Any way he kept eating and I finally had to make him stop. If you can, get the kitty some kitten food and wet food for kittens. I just always leave the dry food out so they can eat it when they are ready. And then the wet food, give it to the kitty in the morning and then in the evening. It may take a while but it will gain weight. You may need to worm it too, when it is stronger. Hope this helps."
06/04/2010: Lisa from Wichita Falls, Texas replies: "Hi again Rachel!

I have been where you are. About 1 and 1/2 years ago my brother brought me a TINY kitten that I guessed to be about 2 weeks old.I fed her kitten replacement formula til she was a little bigger and could give her moistened kitten food. For your little one, You can get her/him some kitten food and let some sit in hot water long enough to moisten it pretty well, really til it is soft if it is that young. It will need water also. You can give it small amounts of wet kitten food also, a little in the morning and a little in the evening. For the eye, try putting as warm a wet cloth as it will stand and you have to clean the eye every 30 minutes or so through out the day. Also, you can get antibiotic ointment( does not have to be named brand) and put it just under the eye. Just rub a little bit in the fur under the eye. Being careful not to get it in the eye. I had to do this with one of mine also. Do this about 3 times a day. It sounds hard, but it really is not once you get started. Let us know how it goes. Good luck and GOD BLESS!"

06/04/2010: Lisa Lopez from Wichita Falls, Texas replies: "Rachel, if the kitty won't drink water from a little bowl, then you will need to get a medicne dropper or something to get water into him/her. they are very easy to get to using a litter box.Your little one will need one of the tiny litter boxes. I rescued a little kitten from inside a tree just a couple of weeks ago and he/she? was only about 5 or 6 weeks old and once I showed it where his little litter box was, he started using it! If you have any questions,feel free to email me at flower_razalia@yahoo.com. I will help in any way that I can!!"


02/11/2009: Judy from Roberts Creek, British Columbia Canada: "ACV & dog conjunctivitis Recipe: I am thrilled to discover this site. We had our little dog at the vet today and paid $38.50 for antibiotic for her eye infection! The whole bill was $126.00 Canadian! I've read through everything I could find on this site but I can't find the recipe for ACV and conjunctivitis in dogs. Do you use it straight? Do they ingest it? Or does it just get rubbed in to their neck (back or front?) and for how long? I am anxious to try it as her poor little eye is crusted shut every hour or so and I've been bathing it with chamomile and saltwater for 2 days now. If ACV can really help her in an hour, I want to use it!"

Replies
[YEA]  02/12/2009: Faith from North Richland Hills, TX USA replies: "ACV has totally cleared up my dog's eyes.

My little dachshund mix has had problems with his left eye ever since he joined us last April. The vet prescribed a tube of medicine, but he fought me like the dickens every time I tried to apply it. I'm not sure any of it ever actually made it to his eye. I read here about massaging ACV into the back of the dog's neck for conjunctivitis and eye problems, and thought it sounded completely nuts. But I'm game for anything.

I keep some organic ACV in a small squeeze bottle, and I just squeezed some out onto a cotton ball, and used the cotton to massage the ACV into the back of his neck. After the first night, his eye looked like he'd never had any problems at all. He doesn't seem to mind the ACV, and it's a cheap, easy, and painless way to keep his eyes shining bright and free of eye boogers and stuff."


[YEA]  02/07/2009: Laura from Augusta, Illinois, USA: "ACV cured my cat's conjunctivitis. One of my cat's, named Fizzy, green eyes was sealed shut with mucus oozing out. I made a solution of 1 tbsp ACV and 2 tbsp water, rubbed some on his shoulders and paws, and poured the rest in his water. I also washed his eyes with warm wet towels too. After 2 hours his eye was a little less oozy. I did this solution twice a day for 2 days, and on the 3rd day he was virtually cured! If not for this awesome website and its helpful reviews, my kitty, Fizzy, would still be sickly, so thank you!"


[YEA]  02/06/2009: Christine from Tafton, PA: "ACV for Conjunctivitis in Dogs: ACV cured my Cockapoo's conjunctivitis almost immediately. Had him to vet last Sunday for a nasty case of pink eye. They gave him prescription eye drops. They were not working. I stumbled across your site and tried 1 tsp on the scruff of his neck. Eyes that were beet red and gooey clear almost completely within 10 minutes. Used it again this morninng. Eyes still clear. Fantastic treatment!"


[YEA]  01/04/2009: Jewlz from Troy, MO: "Hi, just wanted to post my support for ACV for cats. I have 2 cats, one female approx. 9 years old, and a male approx. 4 years old. Both were strays that "adopted" us :o) My female had that goopy stuff in her eye the other day and I assume it was conjunctivitis. I soaked a cotton ball in ACV and rubbed it in on the back of her neck. I was expecting her to turn tail and run to sulk for a while, but she seems to actually like it. She kept sniffing at the cotton ball and not running away. The next day my daughter commented how her eye was all better and it is now back to normal. Her coat is also looking better and her appetite is raging. I just put my hand down in front of her and she stood up on her back legs and clawed and gently bit at my hands thinking I had food for her. My male cat also got uninary blockage some time ago and I got some expensive vet bills on that one. When he developed another one, I found the ACV remedy but couldn't get him to drink it from water. I did find another natural remedy for some stuff you sprinkle in their food and I also used cranberry supplements. I also switched both of the cats to a more natural semi-raw diet. They eat twice a day now and do NOT get any dry food. Mornings they get tuna fish w/raw chicken livers and in the evenings I give them salmon w/raw gizzards, hearts or livers, just depends on what I have. They just absolutely love this diet. They stand meowing through the door when they know it's time to eat :o) Drives my hubby crazy. I also make sure I add additional water to their meals to make sure they are getting enough liquid. I can't get either one of them to just drink from a plain bowl of water."

Replies
[YEA]  02/06/2009: Justina from Boothbay, Maine USA replies: "My youngest dog (11 mos) developed a case of conjunctivitus, I first tried the Chamomile tea which worked as long as I kept up with it; applying it several times a day. Then I tried the Vinegar method I was putting one teaspoon in a waterbowl that holds approx three cups of water, and I also massaged approx 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar into the back of her neck (30 lb dog) It worked like a charm the conjuctivitus was gone within two days. I stopped the vinegar on the back of the neck and now just add the 1 tsp to the drinking water. Her eyes are as beautiful as theyre supposed to be. Very happy with this web site and the 'Yea' rating system"
02/06/2009: Dianna from Austin, TX replies: "my cat will only drink 'running' water! he LOVES the water coming out of the faucet - or even the water in the toilet bowl. we got him a pet fountain and he drinks out of it sometimes - but still prefers the faucet water and runs to us everytime we are in the kitchen or bathroom - meow! also he also seems interested in ACV. i sometimes put a little bit in his water - but i also have used it to spray on urine spots to neutralize the smell. he just goes to where i sprayed it and smells and smells with his mouth open. djh"
[YEA]  02/08/2009: Cara from Syracuse, NY replies: "Wow! It DID cure the conjunctivitis overnight! With one application, this morning their eyes are clear in both my dogs. Will do one more app. this a.m. I did the 1 tspn behind head & 1 in food (i put in gravy). Will continue it in water or food.

ACV also gets rid of cat spray odor.

We will probably smell like a pickle factory. I plan to use myself, as maybe will get rid of my winter blues (see Remedies tab)."


[YEA]  12/09/2008: Jane from Malaga, Spain: "Another post singing the praises of ACV! My littl xe 7 year old Yorkie had a bad case of conjunctivitis and he hated having his drops administered so I asked the vet for something else and he gave me a cream but my little Yorkie still hated it...anyway I stumbled across this amazing website, took the advice re; the ACV and lo and behold it worked! After just half an hour I noticed a major difference and my dubious husband is gob smacked! I can't thank you enough all you people who have posted recommendations on the forum. Thank you!"

Replies
12/26/2008: Dianne from Gold Coast, Queensland Australia replies: "ON YOUR INFORMATION TO HELP DOGS WITH CONJUNTIVITIS HOW MUCH APPLE CIDAR VINEAGAR DID YOU USE. PLEASE REPLY"


12/08/2008: Marri from Surrey, UK: "My bitch refuses to drink water with the ACV in it. She is a white dog and has a foreign object in one of her tear ducts. (Only one eye is affected.) Two vets, one ophthalmologist, and one ENT later, the object is still there, and still causing tears and staining. My only hope at the moment is to change the PH balance of the tears to reduce the bacteria, and I can clear the staining. ACV should do that, but as mentioned she won't drink the water.

So, ACV tablets are the next step. But how much of a dose to give? And does it matter if there are other additives to the tablets.?

As far as I can tell the two options are ACV or antacid tablets which contain calcium carbonate. Since I plan on breeding her in about 7 months I don't want to go that route.

Any advice or help, please?"

EC: Some of the feedback on the apple cider vinegar for cats page might be helpful. Some readers have been applying diluted acv to the back of the neck with phenomenal results.

Replies
12/09/2008: Richard from Sequim, Washington, US replies: "One TBL of ACV to a gal of water for all pets every day."


10/18/2008: Marlene from Waterbury, CT: "conjunctivitis: I am now hopeful that I can save my 4 week old ferel kitten. She has an eye and upper respiratory infection. Her mother wasn't feeding her and I think it is because she can't suck with her nose clogged, but now I believe can clear up her eyes. I love this site because vet's are too expensive."


[YEA]  09/24/2008: Beth from Auckland, Middle-Earth New Zealand: "I tried the advice from your column for dogs with conjunctivitis or pinkeye. I applied a small amount of ACV on the neck on my pet dog and in 1 hour, the conjunctivitis has almost gone! Not only that but his eye has opened (was full of goop and closed), and he is playing with his toys again! I poured a tablespoon of ACV onto the neck and massaged it in. Fantastic and thanks!"

Replies
[YEA]  11/24/2008: Jess from Port Lincoln, South Australia replies: "A teaspoon of ACV on the back of the neck rubbed in for about 30 seconds fixed a quite bad case of conjunctivitis in our MalteseX overnight. If we hadn't seen it we would not have believed it. Simply amazing. We are continuing the treatment for a couple of days, but not sure why, as there is absolutely no sign of the symptoms at all. ACV was used neat and is being reapplied about 3 times a day - however, the initial treatment did the trick. Earthclinic...you, and ACV, are great!"


[YEA]  08/20/2008: Raul from Memphis, Tenn.: "My poodle had a bad eye and ear infection. We went through the ususal treatments. My vet is now adding a new wing to her clinic (just joking) but that is how I feel. So I got on the internet when I say this sight. I read about the ACV treatment. Willing to try anything I mixed the mixture and applied as directed. Later that evening I noticed his eyes were no longer red. Four days later it had cleared up.His ears are better so as a prevention I put a little in his ear. His infection is in check now. Thank you all for the sudgestions. It really did work."

Replies
09/13/2008: Gwen from Denver, Colorado replies: "what is the formula?"
11/03/2008: Sabina from Boca Raton, FL replies: "Yes what is the formula...you never said"


[YEA]  04/20/2008: Heidi from Aurora, Colorado: "I tried this on my 10 year old Calico. Her eye started to get goopy and she was listless. I felt so bad for her, but because of financial problems, could not afford to take her to the vet for a couple of weeks. I tried the ACV treatment on the scruff of her neck for 3 days in a row. The morning after the first treatment, she was doing a little better. By the 3rd day, she was fine. It has been 2 weeks now, and she's still doing great. Thank you so much for telling us about this. IT REALLY WORKS!!! BB Heidi N."

Replies
09/22/2008: Dolores from Hobe Sound, Florida replies: "What is the formula for ACV? My cat has eye problems and also ear mites. I use a commerical ear cleaner
but they keep coming back. I hate putting her through the ear cleaning so often."


[YEA]  02/23/2008: Casey from Lancaster, PA: "Dreading another vet bill, I looked online for a home remedy to clear up a "goopy" looking eye infection developing in one of my cat's eyes. I read that if you massage a little ACV into the scruff of the neck, it clears up within minutes. Very hard to believe, I know - but I decided to give it a try. I massaged some into his neck and he promptly ran off to hide for awhile. He came back out about an hour later, running around and playing. I looked at his eyes and honestly couldn't even tell which one had the problem. Two days later, still all clear. I don't know why or how it worked, but it did and I'm very thankful someone posted the suggestion and I wanted to pass it on."


[YEA]  01/26/2008: Marcella from Petaluma, CA: "ACV for Cats: Three Cheers! My seven-month-old rescue kitty came into my home with an upper respiratory infection and later developed some conjunctivitis in his left eye. Following the advice on this page, I gave him a dropperful of ACV right into the fur on the nape of his neck and massaged it down into his skin. Some of the liquid ran down the sides of his neck, where he licked it off. Within 90 minutes of his first dose, the conjunctivitis started to clear up, and his energy perked up considerably. He is now free of both the upper respiratory issue and the eye infection, with no vet visit needed. I know give him a maintenance dose every few days and yes, he's a little stinky from the vinegar, but happy and healthy nonetheless. I've also started taking the ACV myself. Good stuff."


Baby Shampoo

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  09/15/2006: DJ from London, ON: "Washing the eyelid and conjunctivitus area with warm water and baby shampoo significantly cleared up the conjunctivitis. I didn't wait to see if washing the affected eye with baby shampoo cured the conjunctivites and pink eye, however I did notice that the affected eye was significantly better by the time I was able to get my dog into the vet's office two days later. I simply wet a face cloth with warm water and applied some baby shampoo, using the running water to foam up the shampoo, and then cleaned the eye lids and as close to the conjunctiva as I could. I reapeated this every couple of hours throughout the day. The weeping was significantly diminished. I also noticed that the next morning the eye seemed to have improved and was weeping considerably less than the morning before. She also stoped rubbing her face, and appeared to be more comfortable. I still saught anti-biotic medication from the vet to properily cure the problem."


Balsamic Vinegar

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  12/27/2009: Amy from Madison, Wi, Usa: "I decided to try some vinegar on my English Cocker Spaniel. He has a horrible problem with Conjuctivitis. He is always rubbing and scratching his eyes and they matter and he always has crusty stuff on his eyes. I didn't have any ACV so I used Balsamic Vinegar on a cotton ball on the back of his neck, right by his collar and also rubbed a little on the top of his front paws. In one day, his eyes cleared up! They aren't red anymore and I haven't seen him scratch his eyes once! Who would think that vinegar could have such a healing quality on my dogs eyes?!"






 



 

DISCLAIMER
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.