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Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs: Skin Problems

Last Modified on Mar 21, 2016

Dog Itchy Skin Remedies
You may be able to relieve your dog's itchy skin with apple cider vinegar, a home remedy straight from the kitchen! Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has been a trusted natural remedy for pets, animals, and people alike throughout the centuries. Its mildly acidic character and the nutrients it contains are great for the skin, naturally antibacterial and mildly antibiotic, and can improve a dog's overall health when added to its food or water.

Dog skin allergies and skin problems can be improved by this weak acid, since the skin itself prefers a slightly acid pH and since most pathogens do poorly under similar conditions. Red, itchy, and irritated skin are often quickly soothed by a topical ACV treatment, and dietary use of apple cider vinegar can provide long-term improvements for your dog's skin health.

Holistic Treatment for Dogs Using Apple Cider Vinegar

Be careful in your use of apple cider vinegar when your dog's skin is extra raw and inflamed. In fact, in most cases you should dilute apple cider vinegar with equal amounts of water for skin treatment. You can apply apple cider vinegar directly by rubbing it into your dog's fur, or mix it in a sprayer and spray effected patches of skin whenever necessary (watch out for their eyes). Adding up to a tablespoon or so of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to your dog's water or food each day can also be a great way to treat dog skin allergies and ailments from the inside. The dosage will vary depending on the size and breed of your dog, but if you start with a low dose and gradually increase to what seems to be an effective dosage for your particular dog, you and your pet will be happy and healthier for it!

Remedies for Dog Skin Problems - ACV

The Popularity of Dog Skin Problems - ACV Remedies - Full List

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Apple Cider Vinegar12009-12-08
Hot Spots42015-03-30
Itching, Scratching, Hot Spots52014-11-04
Raw Organic or Processed ACV02015-01-06
Skin Ailments122015-10-02
Skin Application22011-09-10

Apple Cider Vinegar  
7 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Marianne (Fayetteville, Arkansas) on 12/08/2009

[YEA]  My old dog has been plagued with some sort of skin problem for years.The constant biting, scratching, licking have nearly driven me out of my mind. I was doing everything the Vet said, plus gentle baths, brushing, washing her bed lenin in special soaps. Then on Sunday I tried Apple Cider Vinegar. I used about 1/2 cup to a large glass of water. I poured it on her hips, tail area, upper and lower back. I noticed that she calmed down almost immediately. I have done the same thing on Monday and today, Tuesday. The dog is calm, sleeping and "thanking" me. I know she is saying, "Thanks, you finally got something to kill those mites on me.

Replied by Queen Betty Boop
Trying it tomorrow . If he doesn't settle down tonight. I will give him fish oil. I tried benadryl last year and he went crazy, he was jacked up on it.
Replied by Krista
Do you pour the apple cider vinegar on the dog, and the dry the dog? Or do you pour the apple cider vinegar over the dog and then rinse with water?

Please advise. Thank you!

Replied by Lisa
Leave the ACV on, do not rinse it. Let your dog dry with it on.
Replied by Hector
Columbia, Pa
Do you think it would be OK to use the apple cider vinegar on my chihuahua?
Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Yes, I think you could use apple cider vinegar on your small dog. Always dilute. Use 1/2 water and 1/2 vinegar. If skin is broken, use even less vinegar. Maybe 2 Tablespoons in a cup of water.
Replied by Monika
Mcloud, Oklahoma
Hi, so did you bathe the dog first, rinse and then apply ACV, also how many pours on her one application, did u just slowly pour and did u towel dry briskley? Thank you!


Posted by Tippibevbev (London) on 05/29/2015

I have a little Jack Russell, and she is on medication for her allergies already from the vet, but they do not work! She is still biting and licking her paws until they bleed and has recently bitten off 3 of her claws! Her skin is also quite red, although a steroid injection that she had at the vet recently has temporarily stopped it, but it will come bad - it always does. How much should I put in her food? And how often? Thank you.

P.S if anybody is interested - My vet friend told me that dogs can be allergic to dust mites and it can make them act this way!

Replied by Erin
Just as a side note, my dog was receiving steroid injections for his allergies and ended up with what they refer to as "Vet Induced Cushing's Disease". Be careful about how often your dog gets those injections.

As for dosing, they say 2 tsp of ACV for a 50 pound dog, so for a Jack Russell, it should be appx 1 tsp, and then work your way up to an effective dose. I would give the lowest dose for at least a week (2 weeks is recommended) before increasing to 1 1/2 tsp, then to 2 tsp, etc... Hope this helps!

Replied by Michelle
I had a Jack that had terrible allergies for years. Huge sores on her back that bled. I started making her food with a meat and veggies in the crock pot. Her skin started clearing up, her coat was shiny and her eyes clearer. Her sores completely healed and never came back. She lived to be 16. I also put ACV in her bath in a pitcher with water as her final rinse.
Replied by Vicki
Norwalk, Ohio
What types of meat and vegetables did you seem to use that worked best? How did you prepare it?

Posted by Shannon (Lake Dallas, Tx) on 03/01/2015

I've read all the benefits of giving my dogs ACV. How much ACV would I add to the 2. 5 gallon water dispenser?

Replied by Charleston
La., US
My toy poodle has a terrible skin problem, bacterial and fungal infection...after much distress, the vet dermatologist told me to shampoo 3 times a week with Duoxo, and rinse/spray 2-3 times a day wth 1 tsp BLEACH in 8 oz water. That helped .
Replied by Lesley
Hi, I have a blue staffi and he has skin allergys, I feed him raw food only, so do I give him the apple cider vinegar that you buy n the supermarkets or does it have to be a special one, also how much and how do I give to him, also do I spray it on his feet to stop him licking them?
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Lesley!

The ACV has to be a special one, that can be found in many supermarkets. The key is to find a brand that is 1)raw, 2) organic, 3) unfiltered, 4) contains 'The mother' [active and live enzyme culture].

You can give your guy the ACV in his water or his food; try 2-3 teaspoons into 1 liter of drinking water or just put it in some wet food. Most do this ongoing, or 3 weeks on/3 weeks off.

One thing to consider with you guy since he is a blue/dilute is CDA - color dilution alopecia - google this and do some research to make sure you are not dealing with this genetic condition.

You feed a RAW diet - kudos! Also consider supplementing with Quercetin or yucca for inflamation, and also colostrum to help build the immune system.

lastly, do consider Ted's Mange Remedy or Anti-fungal/Anti-staph dip for the itching - dip as frequently as needed to keep the skin calm and itching at bay.

Can you put the Apple Cider Vinegar on dry food?
Replied by Carolina
Austin, Tx.
I want to know, how much apple cider vinegar to put in the water to bath my Little ROCCO. ( doggy ) How much water also. And can I leave it on him? What I did today, I bath him with oatmeal shampoo, then I rinsed him, and put about 1/2 a cup of ACV and about the same amount of water. I just put it on his neck to his back. I left it on, without rinsing him. Was that ok?
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Carolina!

I would change the ratio of the vinegar to 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water for the after bath rinse. You can also put a couple of tablespoons of the raw, organic, unpasturised ACV in his food; I hide it in wet food for my dogs when I need to dose it. You might also consider alkalizing your dogs water as that often can help with an itchy skin outbreak.

Replied by Mary
Carolina, do not bath your furbaby in oatmeal yeast will feed on that and cut out all sugars including honey sweet potatoes and potatoes and bread these will strengthen the yeast to spread more. I also took away all his treats and replaced them with Chicken and he is not complaining at all. I actually started spraying my dog with ACV and water. I used a cup to 16 oz of water for a week now every time he goes outside when he comes in I spray his paws off really well then pat them dry. I also place a towel over his eyes and spray his ears and pat dry. If he starts biting his body I spray him in those areas and it calms him and he now sleeps.

Hot Spots  
9 User Reviews | 4 YEA

Posted by Suzi (North Carolina, US) on 03/30/2015

I have a pit bull who jumped in my car while I was cleaning it a couple of years ago, and she is the daintiest little flower I've ever seen. I finally got her digestive issues under control with Probiotic 4, and I recently changed to a higher quality, grain-free food, and now she has spots on her head and ears that are just skin that has dried out and crusted over. I tried coconut oil, but it didn't help.

She also has nearly constant ear infections. I took her to the vet in December, and he gave her a shot of something that helped for a couple of days and some ear drops that haven't done anything.

I can't afford the very best name brand foods for her - I have other pets and house issues that are taking my money right now. I have tried several sensitive skin or sensitive stomach brands, and nothing has changed, but if anyone has a suggestion of one that isn't too highly priced, I'll give it a try.

I'm going to try the ACV in the water and as a bath rinse. Any advice on her skin and ears would be most welcome.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Suzi!

Are the crusty spots on your girl's head due to scratching because of the ear infections? Most often those are behind the ears but they can scratch the top of the head also. If the head wounds are self inflicted due to scratching from ear infections, you can try a number of things for the ears. OTC and ordered online is Zymox Enzymatic solution for ears - I love this stuff. If you can't afford to spend any money, consider garlic infused olive oil to help with heal sore skin in the ears and loosen up the gunk. After a few days on the garlic oil and the ears are not raw, you can do a isopropyl alcohol/white vinegar/water solution - equal parts of each. Use this solution to flush the gunk out of the ears and keep infections at bay.

Diet is critical; as long as you are feeding grain free I think you are on the right path. Consider switching protiens from chicken to beef to fish, etc. - this each time you need a new bag; this frequent switching has helped some dogs with troubled skin.

You might find Ted's Borax Protocol for dogs very helpful for your girl, along with /or alternating with alkalizing with baking soda.

Replied by Amy
[YEA]   Hi Suzie, Try Zymox Otic from Bella's pain relief in the states. My staff has had many hematomas in her ears from yeast infections. But since I tried Otic, she still has the yeast build up from time to time but never need surgery again.

I will be trying the vingar as soon as possible for her feet. Thanks

Replied by Connie
San Juan Bautista, Ca
I was paying big bucks for Royal Canin got my Chihuahuas, $17.99,3.5lbs. Found out through several dog food tests online it's averaging only a 2.5 star rating. I now buy Pure Balance at Walmart, $9.69 for 10 lbs and a 4 star rating! :-) Once or twice a week I put a spoonful, not much, in their dog food and mix it up. Keeps the coat shiny.

Unfilted Raw Honey is a great healer too. It's a natural antiseptic and much more. You might have to shop around a bit. I lived in San Jose then, the big city. I had trouble finding it. You can apply to hot spot, with a cone, if they're really raw.. Or add to their water. I just add till I can detect a slight coloring from the honey. I had one with serious pneumonia once. After two rounds of antibiotics I was desperate to save my boy and low on funds. Scouted for natural remedies online. SAVED my dog's life. Read up on it. Good luck.

Posted by Ellen (Charles Town, WV)

[YEA]  About a 2 months ago, I began using apple cider vinegar in Lady's water; 3T. to a gallon of water and also spraying it diluted on the areas that she had licked and chewed until they bled. I added brewers yeast and olive oil to her daily meal and used a cone on her head when I wasn't with her to stop the licking. I used a plain aloe and olive oil balm on the skin after the vinegar dried. She doesn't need the cone any more as her skin is great and her hair is growing back in.

Replied by Virginia
Florida, US
[YEA]   I use apple cider vinegar in my dog's food every day and her itchy skin has stopped completely. I swear by it. It does work.
Replied by Tasha
Charlotte, Nc
[YEA]   I have been doing this for my pitbull with horrible skin allergies. Just curious if it would be okay to apply topically twice a day or should I stick to the once per day that I have been doing?
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Tasha!

Pit bull lover here!

You can certainly try applying the ACV twice a day. Also a few more thoughts for you!

You might also consider changing the diet; read the ingredients on the kibble you feed and if you find grain then a change is in order. You might also consider Ted's Borax protocol for pets to combat the yeast from the inside out. And also consider a full body dip in Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph solution.

Replied by D Ammons
Fletcher Nc Usa
Hi Suzi and others. Some one said no Apple cider in the UK. I am a Chihuahua breeder and ex shower of 30 years I have seen it all in medical issues especially when dogs get older. Many have flea allegery and scratch raw if a flea. Espacally dogs that or light cream or lots of white and long coat. Braggs (only has the mother) Apple Cidar Vinigar has saved my dogs I use a dip of 1/4 ACV in filtered water. and a good swisch in a gallon of drinking water all summer for all dogs. Should measure but to lazy 2 tablesspoons in a gallon is roughly what I use.

I take 2 cap fulls in a 18 oz glass for chronic Candidia. chubby diabeties means yeast. This stops it had from armpits to lower under belly and even in mouth. Google in ears for fungus for dogs also.

PS: Here is a huge flea help. Buy your flea meds for neck. But get giant dog size. And figure out cc per bottle and how big a dog it will do. if 150 lbs max that means 25 lbs (small dog or cat if same ingredents in there meds. Look at cat bottle and see what there bottle says 1/2 or ??? 1cc/ml. If giant dog is 4 cc/ml you do the math split into smaller doses save a lot of money.Google it might find dosing I am not a vet But I use cattle Ivomec for heartworms. I and 5 others split a $40 bottle - does 100s of dogs for a year.

Again, I will not tell dosage. Google it and hope

I do not use propoline Gyclo and friends do not. Use a liquid food for dogs called Dyne they love taste and very thick does not separate fast, Will after awhile so shake well before treatments. Also google Revival animal supply my go to place

Itching, Scratching, Hot Spots  
19 User Reviews | 5 YEA

Posted by Lauren (Crawfordville, Fl) on 11/04/2014

[YEA]  One of my German Shepherds tends to get hot spots during the summer months. We live in FL, she's constantly swimming in a pool and the Gulf and she has a thick double layered coat that takes forever to dry. Vetericyn spray always helped in summer's past and I've got her on Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Dry Food, which she's always done well with. This summer was hardly manageable, not so much with the hot spots but itchy/flaky and black skin appeared and did not go away when the cooler weather came in.

Out of the blue she also started having bad breath, gray gook in her eyes every morning and she started to smell bad - even a day after bathing her. She got some aid from the Vetericyn and Oatmeal baths but only temporarily so I spent time researching online and putting together a plan of attack.

For quick relief (as suggested by so many people here) I began spraying 50/50 organic ACV (Walmart) & warm water all over her under belly and armpits and let it air dry. I could not believe it - she felt better immediately. I bought plain yogurt, which she loves (Publix), Probiotic Miracle and Enzyme Miracle (Amazon), I add all 3 and some water to her dry food and mix it well. She eats it up like crazy. When she's done I give her 1 Probiotic Acidophilus, 2 billion active cultures, human vitamin a day (Walmart). I also add 1 tsp. of organic ACV to all the water bowls.

UNBELIEVABLE - as of today, 4 days later, there's no itching or licking whatsoever and the flaking is 95% gone. There's very little gook in her eyes and absolutely no sign of a bad odor, she actually smells nice for the first time in months. My babygirl is doing GREAT, she's got more energy, she's eating well and is so obviously feeling much better all the way around. Also, I bought her all organic/grain free treats - have you read the labels lately on the treats you are giving your dogs? I was shocked!! I will continue to give her the products listed above, possibly for the rest of her life. Even though the black skin and bad breath aren't a nuisance to her, I'm hoping they too will go away soon with this new regimen.

Either way, she went from being miserable to the happiest girl on the planet in just a few days and the worst is way behind us, incredible. Awesome only regret is that I didn't find earth clinic a few months sooner. Next time I have any health concerns for myself, my family or my dogs, this website will be my first stop, for sure.

Replied by Debbie
Portslade, Uk
I would change to raw feeding. raw meat. raw bones. NO treats. NO biscuits.

Bath in a anti fungal shampoo. Once a week. Rinse well. And then soak her everywhere with a solution of Distilled WHITE vinegar/half warm water. Allow to dry.

Put the same solution in a spray bottle, for daily use on bad arrears and dunk paws in at bed time.

Use bottled or filtered water. Not tap water. Add 1 teaspoonful of white vinegar.

Stay away from the ACV. Apples=sugar.

Replied by Kathy
It's wonderful that you've gone holistic with your pet... I hope you've done so with yourself also... The issues/symptoms that your dog is having are 99% likely to your dog being in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) and your pool (if it's chlorine)... These issues affect humans as well as animals... Her skin, itching, breath and the "gook" coming out of her eyes are all related health issues... She is sick and detoxing... Wonderful as I said that you've researched online and, incidentally if you weren't aware, specifically your holistic approach is part of the treatment for those affected by the toxins... The VOC's are plentiful in the water and are also airborne... The chemicals used to "treat" the GOM also bind with chlorine in pools... Good luck and stay safe yourself...
Replied by Kay
I am trying 50/50 Apple Cider Vinegar and water on my dogs itchy paws ...but she is diabetic and wnder if sugar in this vinegar is a good idea? Might try plain white instead the website .. thankyou
Replied by Kathy
Houston. Tx
Thanks for the "plan of attack" on the hotspots. I have 2 beagles suffering with it. I'm a groomer, so I have tried every expensive product out there, to no avail. I wondered if Apple Cider Vinegar would help and I'm so happy to hear how this has worked for your dog. We're starting on it today. Thanks again.
Replied by Debbie Landa
North Woodstock , Nh
My 11 year old German shepherd mix has been suffering from skin problems every summer. Her belly is pretty much black but areas mixed in that look pink. Her coat has many areas of flaky type of packes all over wspecially under the black saddle part! She scratches and I was told to get her Benadryal to help relieve it. I have shampoos oatmeal and aloe and sprays. But I feel so bad for her. I rinse her off every time she goes into the river! She loves it . Please do you think your remedy will help my girl . Thank you deb
Replied by Wendy
To Debbie Landa in NH:

Follow the recommendations of Lauren (Crawfordville, Fl) who posted above. Most importantly, change her food to one without grain, without corn and without rice. And, get some organic Apple Cider Vinegar (the brand that begins with "Br"). Mix a solution in a spray bottle of 1/2 ACV and 1/2 distilled water. Spray all over the dog, getting her completely soaked, and let her air-dry. You can also add a tablespoon of the ACV into her water or her food. Do the ACV (both spraying and in her food) for at least a couple of months to see the benefits.

Replied by Maria
[YEA]   I tried your remedy tonight and my puppy seems to be doing better tonite. not scratching at all but still licking some. How often should I spray my dog w/ the acv/water solution? Thanks,

Posted by Josephyne (Singapore) on 07/16/2011

[YEA]  I found this website today while researching for home remedies for my puppy which had been scratching her skin and ears for a while now. I took no time to try the suggested remedy - acv. I applied Apple Cider Vinegar on her body and drip a couple of drops into each of her ears and massaged the base of her ears, straight from the bottle without diluting. I also mixed a tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar with her plain yoghurt and she lapped it all up, like she usually does when it comes to yoghurt. I'm very pleased to see that for the past two hours she has not scratched one bit and seemed calmer and even fell asleep, which is quite unusual at this time of night :) ACV works for my precious dog :)

Posted by Yoyoly18 (Buringame, CA) on 06/23/2009

[YEA]  I have a mixed papillon/Pomeranian dog who has been suffering from flea bites, constant itching and bald hot spots. No matter what kind of flea shampoo treatments, or house treatments, getting rid of her beds, toys, etc was helping at all. My neighbor has a cat that roams around freely and believe is the culprit to this problem. I researched high and low on the internet for remedies for two years now and finally landed on this website. I read all the testimonials from dog lovers with similar problem and the positive results they were having. I quickly went to my local grocery store and bought a bottle of AVC; mixed it according to the instructions and I could not believe how quickly within minutes of spraying her she relaxed and stopped itching. I am amazed at this and will share this great remedy to all dog and cat lovers. Thank you all so much.

EC: Apple Cider Vinegar should be diluted 1:1 with water when used topically.

Replied by Littlerowboat
Roswell, Ga
I would like to say, in regards to fleas and pregnant dogs, if you give your dog a bath it will kill the fleas. I know there are many flea treatments under the sun and none are safe for pregnant pups. Soak her, lather her up with a gentle soap [I use earthbath oatmeal and aloe because it helps soothe the itching or if I'm out I just use my soap which is Dr. Bronners] leave the soap on for 10 minutes and then rinse. You will see all the dead fleas washing away. Make sure you are diligent about washing all their bedding, too.
Replied by Helen
Thousand Oaks, Ca
Soap reduces the water surface tension (Chemistry 101), that's why it drowns the fleas. This is a simple flea killer. No need for pesticides on our dogs.
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Helen!

DITTO! A simple flea bath followed by a flea combing and your pet is instantly flea free :)

Replied by Linda
Indiana, US
what the heck is ACV. PLEASE USE WORDS.

EC: ACV is Apple Cider Vinegar

Replied by Joyce
Valley Falls, Ks
What is avc

EC: ACV = Apple Cider Vinegar, organic and unfiltered with the 'mother'.

Replied by Betsy
What is ABC that you purchased at grocery store?
Replied by Jodi
[YEA]   So, my dog had been scratching, itching, and licking, and chewing for several months. Even the flea med. weren't working. So yesterday I decided to give her a flea bath with ACV. I used warm water, dish soap (blue) and mixed that with the ACV. (Leave on for 10 min) And OMG she has only scratched like 2 times since then. She used to scratch like 50 times a day. I couldn't believe how awesome it worked & really fast too. I am amazed!!! Love it!!!
Replied by Pamela
Texas City, Texas
I tried a 50-50 mix of regular vinegar and water applied with a washcloth to my itchy smelly dog. Will regular vinegar work? He is now running around like crazy - similar to fresh out of the bath. I am getting him off of grain food and bathing once per week with sulfur soap and dawn which does lessen itching for a day or so. He has lost hair on his back half of his body. And he has a distinct odor that is in carpet now. Also have sprinkled carpet with baking soda-salt mixture. I wonder if anyone has any other suggestions? Thanks, Pam
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Pam,

For an after bath rinse I would dilute the vinegar 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water; the goal is to change the PH of the skin and that small amount will do it. The dawn -dish washing detergent? - will strip all the oil out of your dog's skin and screw up the PH; consider a doggy shampoo, or Dr. Bronner's Pure Castille soaps, or even Murphy's wood oil soap - original forumla. These soaps are oil based and will not strip the skin of oils. Anytime you bathe with these soaps follow up with a PH balancing vinegar rinse.

It sounds like you may be dealing with yeast; consider Ted's Mange remedy - one to three dips in that, followed up with his anti-fungal/anti-staph dip. Also consider Ted's Borax Protocol for dogs to combat the yeast from the inside out. Also consider alkalizing your dog's drinking water with baking soda. I rotate the borax water with the baking soda water for my crew and get good results.

3 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Trudy on 02/12/2006

[YEA]  I have had absolute success using Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with water and Borax power. My dog was suffering with mange or terrible flea allergies last October. Well I used this combination regularly for several months and now he has all his fur back, and no itching. I sent in my testimonial back in mid January 2006, it is under the Cure for Demodetic Mange / Remedy #2 Reader Modification by Trudy Barton, in Cynthiana, Ky. I do believe this treatment I gave my Max would not have had nearly the great results if I had not used the organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Please post this cure under the Apple Cider Vinegar cures for dogs. P.s. If my cat were to have a similar problem, I sure would use it on the cat too! You can post my e-mail address.

Replied by Marissa
CAUTION: I have read on multiple sites that Borax is toxic for dogs, with an accumulating effect (it builds up in their body over time). It can be absorbed inside the body through the dogs skin. I would exercise extreme caution in following this advice without researching from multiple sources.
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Marissa!

Borax is toxic to dogs - and humans - in ***very*** high doses, much in the same way water or salt is toxic to humans. Ever read about people drinking so much water it killed them? Same deal.

Also, you are incorrect about absorption via the skin:

  • Borax is classified as non-carcinogenic and a mild skin irritant. The high alkalinity of borax is likely what causes skin irritation (just as excessive use of baking soda would cause irritation). There are also several studies in the ToxNet database that show its only a very mild lung irritant and causes no lasting damage. In addition, it does not penetrate the skin well, and is not considered to be bio-accumulative. (Meaning, repetitive use over time does not mean it builds up in your system.)

Source - although there are *many* with this same info:

I can say that I have personally taken borax in water with no ill effects, and given my dogs multiple baths in borax using my bare hands and no ill effects for human or dog - but must admit the demodex mites did not fare so well! ;-)

2 User Reviews | 1 SIDE EFFECT

Posted by Melinda (Federal Way, Washington) on 01/23/2010

[SIDE EFFECTS]  My five year old mixed breed dog had a bad rash on her belly and back. I read about acv from this web site I gave her 1/2 tsp in her food. The next day she had horrible diarrhea and she vomited soome blood. I took her to the emergancy vet and they did all sorts of tests and found nothing. The vet said it could have been the acv. That was the only thing different in her diet. I DO NOT recomend acv for dogs!

Replied by Raphael
Boston, Ma
First start: apply to skin, 1 part ACV + 1 part water. If you feel like feeding ACV, 1 tsp diluted to the water bowl. Do not mix with food undiluted. The next day incident may be just a co-incidence.

Raw Organic or Processed ACV  

Posted by T T (Tulsa, Oklahoma) on 01/06/2015

Does anybody know if its the Apple Cider Vinager with the Mother or just regular Apple Cider Vinager to use when treating my dog for allergies? Thanks

Replied by Wendy
Columbus, Oh
It must be organic Apple Cider Vinegar, with "the mother".
Replied by Jodi
Hi, where do you get the organic kind? And specifically what does the label say? Thank you much.
Sewell, Nj
You can find organic ACV in any supermarket that has an organic section or a health food store.

Skin Ailments  
38 User Reviews | 12 YEA | 1 WARNING! | 1 SIDE EFFECT

Posted by Katie (Chicago, Il) on 10/02/2015

[YEA]  My black lab has been itching and scratching constantly. Tonight when I was brushing him is when I noticed the scabs on his skin (they were hidden well). I finally went and bought some ACV that my co-worker recommended and diluted half with water. I sprayed all over his coat and immediately it took effect. Right now he is snoring next to me. This is the first time in a while that this dog has not been scratching constantly. Wish I would have done this as soon as I found out about it but I was thinking allergy pills would solve the issue.

I am a firm believer that ACV is the answer for all skin issues!

Replied by Pink
I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar today after reading a lot about it...he went directly (as usual) n rolled in the lawn..or should I say "dead grass" . I is that just re- irritating the problem..or will Apple Cider Vinegar still help?
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Pink!

The ACV is one place to start - I prefer using it for an after bath rinse, diluted 1 part vinegar into 10 parts water - rinse through to the skin and leave on to drip dry. Stronger concentrations of the vinegar may irritate rather than sooth the skin.

Another place to start is the diet; go grain free if you have not done so already. Alkalizing the drinking water with baking soda or Ted's borax protocol for pets is also another tool in the anti-itchies toolbox.

Replied by Amy
Newark, Oh
How much baking soda should I put in the water?
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hello Amy,

1 teaspoon of baking soda in one half liter of drinking water can help calm problem skin. Once the skin is under control, for long term maintenance use 1/2 tsp of baking soda per liter of water.

Posted by Mommyof1 (Greensboro, Nc) on 09/07/2015

My 9 week old boxer mix pup was diagnosed with a bacterial and/or fungal infection on the top of his paw and inside his ear. The vet recommended antibiotics and Lotrimin anti-fungal cream. I didn't want to do either but I most definitely did not want to put a cream on his foot that he could potentially ingest.

I found that ACV mixed with water should produce the same result as the cream but without any of the side effects. Immediately there were patches of skin/hair that came off. The skin underneath was pink.

I've been applying the mixture of equal parts ACV and water twice a day for a week and now the skin has gone from a light pink color to a dark almost black color. Also, there are small bumps on the skin. He doesn't show any discomfort when I touch the skin, but I'm wondering if I should be doing something else or if the regimen just needs a chance to run it's course.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!! I really don't want to use drugs on my pup. Thanks!!

Posted by Rickie (Va, US) on 07/19/2014

My dog has been scratching, biting and licking on her legs and paws and sides. How much ACV do I need to use? Is it 1/2 cup of ACV and 1/2 cup of water?

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Rickie!

From EC's page on ACV for dogs:

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.

Posted by Brian (Richmond) on 12/15/2013

[YEA]  Hey. Apple cider vinegar really works. I have been using it on my dog. No more smell and her fur is growing back.Thanks!!!!

Replied by Fee
Opelika, Alabama
[SIDE EFFECTS]   I just mixed some ACV 50/50 mix and sprayed it on my Blue Pit (King) and I took him outside to use the bathroom and he went nuts trying to get it off him. He was rolling around all over the ground trying to get it off. Is that normal with a first treatment?
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Fee!

Could be a couple reasons why King reacted as he did. Firstly, if King had open sores or broken skin from scratching, spraying straight AVC on his skin would sting like the dickens, so he might have been reacting in pain.

OR, it could just be he didn't like the smell.

Years ago I had an OFRN who loved running on the open prairie; I didn't like dealing with the ticks she always picked up so I got an all natural tick repellant spray and sprayed her down real good before I took the leash off to let her run. Once the leash was off she immediately flopped onto the ground and rolled and rolled, and then took after some bushes and rubbed and rubbed. She had no sores or broken skin - the spray didn't sting her. She just thought it stunk to high heaven and wanted it OFF in the worst way!