Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs

| Modified on Jan 23, 2023
Apple Cider Vinegar for Elderly Dogs
Posted by Ray Watson (Uk) on 09/11/2017

Wonderous in its effectiveness.

Easypeasy.....worked a treat with our elderly (16 years) miniature poodle. Only slight problem was that he hated the taste so I added a little honey to 4 teaspoons of Organic Apple Cyder vinegar in 1 litre of purified water then shook it well until it was combined. We gave it as his normal drinking water which he now drinks without any hesitation whenever he goes to it.

We also tried the topical (neck scruff and paws) with the 50/50 ACV/Water dilution but the smell was too strong and we feared damage to the carpets, furniture and bedding. We now apply it only when he is to be confined to his own area and being totally blind that is his portable child's playpen for his own safety.

Recommend this treatment....CERTAINLY and without reservations.

Urinary Issues
Posted by Anzhela (Burbank, Ca ) on 08/07/2017

I have a little Yorkie who has urinary bladder stones. Will AppleCider vinegar help to dissolve . Doctors are saying surgery is needed but he doesn't do well with anesthesia.......

EC: Please see our Bladder Stone Remedies for Dogs page here for feedback from readers who used ACV.

How to Apply Topically
Posted by Earth Clinic (Ca) on 07/28/2017

Please share our new Earth Clinic video - How to Use a Topical Application of ACV for Dogs & Cats - with friends and family who might benefit from using ACV on their pets. It's safe, gentle and effective!

Acid Reflux
Posted by Patty (Nc) on 07/03/2017

My vet said that chicken in the dogs meal will cause them to itch.

Try any other meal; Bison, lamb, veal, salmon are best just check the label to make sure there is not chicken in it as well.

Posted by Richard (Utica Ny) on 04/27/2017

How is your pup doing now? How long can you do this dosage and frequency length of time also. Thank you - any help would be appreciated.

Posted by Tj (Va) on 04/12/2017

Re: Airbmac in Spokane, WA on 02/10/2011: I know this is an old post but if anyone comes across that post they need to know to NOT GIVE THIER PET STRAIGHT APPLE CIDER VINEGAR. Seriously, try that yourself. It's good for you but when you drink it straight IT HURTS because IT BURNS. It can also eat away the lining of the esophagus, which causes immediate acute problems of its own. This is why you are supposed to - and why every direction says to - DILUTE IT. I cannot emphasize enough how much pain you will put your pet in if you are cruel enough to force undiluted ACV down their throat.

Which brings us to another issue. "She was not happy with me" is the understatement of the century and your pet's unhappiness and pain could have been completely avoided. If you give your pet something new you need to research it; find out what it does and how, how to give it, what side effects it can cause, what the right dose is for your pet's weight, age, and even gender. If you do your due diligence, you sometimes find out that something would be bad for your pet in particular, or the side effects are worse than the original problem. In the case of ACV, you'd find out that it hurts when given or taken straight. So obviously no due diligence was done, and this pet owner just decided to give their pet something they heard about on the internet that they didn't research first. Always, ALWAYS do your own research - on everything.

Apple Cider Vinegar Dosages
Posted by Anita (St. Augustine, Fl) on 03/19/2017

I have a 90 pound female Akita who gets UTI 's regularly. She has been tested for everything but nothing is wrong. How much apple cider vinegar can I put in her food

Acid Reflux
Posted by Diana (Uk) on 03/01/2017

hi, yes you must only use apple cyder vinegar with mother, the mother is where the healing nutrients are.

Acid Reflux
Posted by Rachel (Nottinghamshire) on 02/01/2017

You sound like an advert!

If you wish to go down the BARF route, then simply make friends with your local butcher. Ours gives us all the trimmings from his cuts of meat (big cubes), and meaty bones. After all, he'd only be throwing them out! We buy frozen green tripe from the pet shop and ground bones too. Far less expensive. Some fellow BARF feeders go to their nearest abattoir for green tripe, and it's free. No need to buy raw food from one company.

Ear and Eye Infections
Posted by Sandie (Alma, Ar) on 12/28/2016

Did you put the ACV mixture directly in your dog's eyes?

Ear and Eye Infections
Posted by Fermijon (New York) on 11/01/2016

Thanks for the info about ACV and Hydrogen Peroxide

Urinary Issues
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 11/01/2016

Hey Jackie,

ACV may help but it cannot replace a surgical procedure. For sure try it -it can only help.

Urinary Issues
Posted by Jackie (West Australia ) on 11/01/2016

Hi, Could you tell me if a c v would work on a 11 week old poodle x puppy? She is inconternt quite badly when she sleeps The vet said she will need an 8 grand op!! Money I haven't got. Please help

Black Skin
Posted by Roz (Hilliard) on 09/20/2016

I agree. The food is not very great. It caused my two dogs many problems. I was introduced to raw feeding and my dogs have been healthy ever since. Raw feeding consists of processed raw meat (I purchase from the butcher) and ground up fruits & veggies. I add dog vitamins, diatomaceous earth, salmon or cod oil and apple cider vinegar and they're good to go. No fleas, upset stomach, allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, hot spots, or any other ailment imaginable. It's not that expensive to raw feed. It cost about the same if not cheaper. I have a garden so I can get my veggies fresh and the fruit from the farmer's market. So give it try and you'll see the difference in your dog's health and well being.

Posted by Jody (Atlanta, Georgia) on 09/05/2016

I give mine filtered water, chilled. I started with 1 teaspoon in a gallon and worked up to 1 tablespoon. I have a 7 month old GSD with hip dysplasia.I love AVC for so many things.

Black Skin
Posted by Suseeq (Sydney Australia) on 08/15/2016

I had my dog, who was medium size on half adult dose, 1xday and bought human kind of zinc.

Black Skin
Posted by J (Marion) on 08/15/2016

What kind of zinc should I feed my dog? Is there a particular brand recommended for dogs?

Ear and Eye Infections
Posted by Katyvan (Wpb) on 07/31/2016

ACV for Ear Infections and Hot Spots

Each summer, my dog, Murphy, has had numerous issues with ear infections, head-shaking, smelly ears, and constant itching to the point of being totally miserable. I thought the problem was due to retaining water in his ears after our swim, so I very carefully dried his ears each time we got out of the pool. It didn't help. I was fairly confident his problem wasn't a result of his food because he's always eaten either high-quality expensive store-bought food and/or a BARF diet (Bones and Raw Food), and NO GRAIN! I tried several holistic remedies both internally and topically, and I also tried expensive prescription drops with very short-term results. The infections always returned. My vet told me it was quite possibly an environmental infection resulting from lawn chemicals used by my HOA.

In addition to his ear problems, he also would get one very nasty hot spot each summer near the top of his tail/butt area that took months to heal. The skin was completely bald in a baseball-sized area and the skin was raw and sore. The only treatment that provided a little relief was a bit of vaseline on the skin to keep the bugs away.

Then I remembered how my mom always said that ACV will cure “just about anything that ails ya.” It was then that I started adding about 1/2 teaspoon of ACV to his food every morning. (He is a 75 pound black lab.) No need to dilute or try to disguise the taste. He doesn't mind it at all. I just mix it in with his wet food. Within about 4-5 days he was hardly scratching at all and the smell and infection was gone very quickly and hasn't ever returned. And I haven't seen a hot spot in years! If you're going to use ACV, use a good one, not some cheap garbage from the grocery store. And don't use white vinegar except to clean your floors! Murphy now gets organic ACV every day.

Acid Reflux
Posted by Tammy (Boise, Idaho) on 07/22/2016

It does matter. Use only Apple Cider Vinegar that is organic and unprocessed. Braggs is your perfect choice, although I have seen other brands recently. Look for those that are organic and have the "mother".

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 07/12/2016

Hello Jhenrald,

If this were my prego female I would give her a dip in Ted's Mange Remedy and then monitor results from there. Please do consider that your girl is very young and still a puppy herself; what you are seeing may be demodectic mange, so monitor closely and if you do find it is demodex continue the mange remedy dips to reduce the transmission of mites from mother to newborn pups. Ditto the advice to upgrade the groceries - you want to feed only the best, top quality diet for momma and growing babies.

Please report back!

Posted by Thuy Tran (San Diego) on 07/11/2016

Hi, You mix 50/50 of ACV and water ( I use bottle of water ) apply on effected areas two, three times a day. if it is not working, you can add few drops of grape fruit seed to mix with ACV& water. It works for my dog. Check the food you feed your dog, she might be allergied to sth Good luck! I hope this can help her.

Posted by Suseeq (Sydney, Australia) on 07/09/2016

Put half in spray bottle and fill the other half with water. Don't get in eyes and make sure you are giving your baby the best diet, all raw please. Report back as we can look at other remedies.

Posted by Jhenrald (Los Baños Laguna, Philippines) on 07/08/2016

Hi.. can I you please help me? to solve the skin baby SCARLET (toy, imperial, or princess type) that they all call to my toy breed small shih tzu.. she's 11month old now and she's 1month1/2 pregnant, now my problem is the dry skin or allergie skin of my BABY SCARLET first that I saw it, it's only a little rash and we took to our vet and said that is only a insect bite and after 3days of monitoring of her pregnancy and scratching hear whole body (head, foots, back, chest, tail, and chin)... pity she that I think, then I decided to find here in the google a best solution to help my baby, and I find a AVC so I decide I buy 1bottle to the online seller and I have it now.. and now the problem is how to use it to my baby, where do I start? what is the best procedure to use it to my baby, that's why I made this mail to please you to help me and teach me the best proper way or a beat procedure steps to use the AVC to my pregnant little baby SCARLET (shih tzu).. please help me to help my poor baby..

Tear Stains
Posted by Anna (Ma) on 04/23/2016

Yep, the vet examined my toy poodle with a magnifying glass and said his ducts were closed. Surgery is needed!!! Mega bucks of course.

About a year way...the tear stains cleared up for no apparent reason. Sadly they came back about a year ago, again for no apparent reason. I'm going to try the ACV, hoping that will make them go away again. It was a glorious 3 years with no stains. They make him look dirty and sick, I hate it. Also that they are being caused by fungus or whatever.

I have to wonder what the heck the vet would have done since his ducts clearly were not clogged. Guess he would have caught up on his reading while my pup took a nap, ha-ha. He was 2 years old when he was examined so I don't think the ducts would have come unclogged on their own?

Posted by Deb (Ontario ) on 03/19/2016

Your dogs need meat and meaty bones. Some veg and fruit are good but stop the grains. You can be vegan but they are not designed to eat bread. It why they have sharp pointy teeth. The Apple Cider Vinegar is an excellent addition but you are slowly killing your dogs by feeding an inappropriate diet.

Posted by Deb (Ontario ) on 03/19/2016

We recently rescued a German Shorthaired pointer, 8'yrs. he Has lots of fatty lumps in his body, and he has arthritis in all his legs. We have changed his diet, now being raw fed with some fruits and vegetables. My questions to you are: How exactly do you apply the Apple Cider Vinegar to the tomours on your dog? What is the mixture? Are they tumours or like my dogs, benign fatty lumps? Thanks so much.

Bladder Infection
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 02/09/2016

I would try a teaspoon, three times a day.

~Mama to Many~

Bladder Infection
Posted by Leah (Hampton Bays, Ny) on 02/09/2016

I read all the posts regarding Apple Cider Vinegar remedies. However, I am unsure of the dosage. My dog weighs 55 pounds. I think I would mix the Apple Cider Vinegar with yogurt. What would the ratio be?

Black Skin
Posted by Al (Indiana) on 01/23/2016

Vets schools are subsidized by the animal feed/medicine manufacturers much the same as Med Schools (for humans) are subsidized by Big Pharma. Bottom line...neither vet schools nor med schools are interested in teaching about natural medicine treatments or cures because there is no money in it! They both would rather give you a "medicine" to relieve the symptoms than reach for a CURE..especially a natural one! The old saying is still true today...."follow the money"! And you cannot patent something that occurs in nature...Hence, there's no money in it!

Multiple Cures
Posted by Christina ( Huntsville, Texas) on 01/16/2016

I have 3 little dogs, Cleatis, a Dashound who weighs like 15 -20 pnds & Tucker, who is the smallest a long haired rat terrier weighing maybe 7 pnds.Holly is my Min Pin who weighs between 15 -20 pnds.Holly has very dry itchy skin.I'm so excited to use the Apple Cider Vinegar to bath &rinse her in. I have a half gallon bowel that I keep their drinking water in, I usually have to refill the water bowel every couple days.To prevent reinfestation of fleas how much Apple Cider Vinegar do I add to the half gallon of water?Can I add the Apple Cider Vinegar to their water that is left out at all times and how much Apple Cider Vinegar do I add to a half gallon bowel of water??Also since it's a half gallon bowel will it still help get rid of the fleas???Thanks for all the great ideas! Iv been desperate to help Holly stop itching & chewing, she's been misreable.So thanks to yall she will b itch free & hopefully they will b flea free too! 😄

Posted by Maggie (California) on 01/05/2016

I have a 5lb 12 years old poodle that just developed a tumor on his hip, the vet said to just watch it and that it would probably keep growing but wasn't cancerous. How much ACV should I put on it for his weight? Do I mix with water and dab it on the tumor with a cotton ball or what? Help! He also moves much slower now but I have no idea how much ACV to try giving him orally, he's picky and I know won't drink it in his water. Thank you for any help!!

EC: For topical use on pets, Apple Cider Vinegar should always be diluted with water.  No more than 1/2 Apple Cider Vinegar.

Bladder Infection
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/31/2015

Hello Swan,

If you have ever had a UTI you know that you will feel the need to pee even if your bladder is empty. Monitor your girl's output; if she simply isn't peeing at all then you should see your vet. If she is peeing but in drips and drops, you might consider Ted's sea salt remedy for a UTI:

Use a quality sea salt - the aquarium stores tend to sell the best.

A crisis dose is 1 teaspoon of sea salt into a liter of pure, non-chlorinated water, for 1-2 days [play it by ear; you *should* see a rather immediate resolution to the symptoms in that time frame, but if not go for 3 days and consider adding cranberry juice to the water.

A maintenance dose after the crisis resolves is 1/4 teaspoon sea salt into 1 liter of water.

If your dog won't drink the water with 1 teaspoon of sea salt added to it, consider dosing 1/2 teaspoon sea salt into canned food and hiding it that way so your dog takes it. Give 1/2 teaspoon am and pm for up to 2 days.

Please also consider diet; a corn based diet has been linked to UTI's so look at your dog food bag ingredient label and if you see corn or grain in the first 10 ingredients you need to switch up, because the food you are feeding could be making your dog sick.

Please report back!

Bladder Infection
Posted by Swan (Crystal, Mn) on 12/30/2015

My red nose pit bull 10 months old keeps wanting me to taking her out to pee but she is not peeing and she is not her self she is not running around playing so I am concerned. But early she was peeing fine.

Posted by Diane (Tx) on 12/01/2015

My loving Jack Russell Chihuahua is 16 years old. He started getting tumors on his head, legs, side and I started applying apple cider vinegar to these tumors. The largest one on top of the head is gone too. I apply with apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle and I apply it as needed for disinfectant. I love my baby boy all pets have lived way pass their last expectations.

Ear and Eye Infections
Posted by Peggy (Covington, Ky) on 11/20/2015

I just see your website, My Labrador has been sick with ear infections and Itching and biting. I took her to Vet its was allegedly, she still sick, It's been a month and half. I am feeling helpless to help her. I am going to try your Apple Cider on her today. Thank you

Posted by Karen (Virginia) on 11/08/2015

Good quality grass fed/organic meats are awesome. I read Dr Pitcairin and Dr Becker's book on holistic feeding. Dogs can not survive well on a vegan or commercial grain dog food. That kind of diet will catch up to them causing health problems down the road. We test our dog's blood every 6 months to make sure we are staying on track. We supplement as well which helps. Thanks for the ph testing suggestions.

Ear and Eye Infections
Posted by Terry (Cumberland, Md) on 09/28/2015

I am willing to try ACV for my 12 yr. old lab mix. He has ear infections this time of year. I think his hearing is almost gone. Hoping this helps.

Will the ACV solution lay in my dogs ear and cause further infection?

Ear and Eye Infections
Posted by Cheryl (Edinburgh) on 08/19/2015

My dog has dirty ears. I always need to clean them every other day.

Acid Reflux
Posted by Sara (Lansing, Mi) on 08/17/2015

Robert in Pennsylvania, your dog had Lyme but dogs are "almost all" immune to Lyme? You must be a very unlucky person.

A lot of the advice in this comment is extremely dangerous and irresponsible. If you choose to feed your pet a raw meat diet, please take some time to read up on food borne illnesses. Flesh is fine, but it isn't a magic cure. Just as dogs suffer from Lyme and other tick borne disease, they are susceptible to food borne illness. Buying low grade meat and handling or storing it improperly is very likely to make you and your pet extremely ill. Keep in mind also, dogs require a significant amount of bulk if fed raw food. My 50 pound dog, for example, needs 2 pounds of meat daily to maintain his weight. I only buy meat (his and my own) from local organic ranchers who I know and trust. This means my dog's meals cost on average $20 a day. Doing this properly is extremely expensive. Doing it improperly will make you and your pet very sick, and could easily kill your pet.

Further, enzymes in meat and abrasion from chewing raw bones may help with plaque control but they absolutely do not "clean" tartar from teeth. Failing to provide your pet with proper dental care is extremely irresponsible, and a sure way to shorten the animal's life. Why spend over $7,000 a year feeding a pet who is slowly heading toward (preventable) sepsis? A little of the information here is fairly reasonable, but the majority of Robert's advice is sure to hurt your pet, and quite likely yourself as well.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/11/2015

Hey Tammy!

I use 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water. Shampoo and rinse and then use the vinegar rinse last and do not rinse out. You can do this as often as you need.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
Posted by Tammy (Ashley, Pa) on 08/10/2015

I have a 25 lb pit. How much ACV should I use in her bath and how ... Do I shampoo her then rinse with an ACV & water mix, then rinse with plain water? How often can I do this, as I don't want to burn her skin? Thanks Tammy

Posted by Mandy (Ar) on 07/28/2015

What delivery method did u use, and how much and how many times a day? Thanks

Posted by Judy (Baytown,Tx ) on 07/16/2015

Do you use half water and half apple cider and let them drink it or put it on their hot spots

Ear and Eye Infections
Posted by Pamela (Calgary Alberta, Canada ) on 07/08/2015

Tried your solution for our dog ( ACV ) for ears with great success!! We are very grateful to have found you on EarthClinic Natural Cures.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Wendy (Ohio) on 07/02/2015

You can spray her coat (get her completely wet) with the organic Apple Cider Vinegar (the brand that begins with a B) and distilled water mixture. Mix the distilled water and ACV 1/2 and 1/2 in a spray bottle. Again, get her completely wet with the mixture, and then let her air-dry. No need to towel dry her. Letting her air-dry will let the mixture soak into her skin.

Also, make sure you're feeding her good-quality NO-GRAIN, NO-CORN foods, including grain-free treats if any.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Patti (Victoria) on 07/02/2015

I have a great Dane she was infested with fleas. I got rid of them but she has hot spots and has scratch so much she's lost her hair and has a few rashes. I've been using the apple cider vinegar and also epsom salt and water for a substitute for salt water at the beach. She is very much releived but I was wondering how much apple cider vinegar a day did you use on your animals? Can I spray her on a daily basis as the everyday routine? Thank you. I hope you get this question - we live in Texas right next to the coast but we can't get to the coast. Any feedback would be appreciated. Yours truly, Patti

Posted by Marylou (Smithville) on 06/27/2015

My chihuahua is 4 and has lost most of her hair and scratches until she bleeds. She is miserable and I feel hopeless. She was tested for mange, which was negative. Then tested for an autoimmune disease, also negative. She felt better after having 2 steroid shots, but she gained so much weight and I know the dangers. I am at my wits end . Can you offer any help? Thank you and God bless you, Marylou.

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 06/24/2015

Hey Patricia!

I give baking soda in water to my dogs [1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon in 1 liter of water] with no harmful effects; the key is to make sure it is fully dissolved and not fizzing before pouring it into their water bowls. The benefit is the alkalizing affect of the baking soda to help balance their PH.

Like anything else - water for example - Baking soda in large quantities can be toxic.

Posted by Patricia (Nevada) on 06/23/2015

Be careful with pets and Baking Soda. I read that it is toxic for them to ingest it.

Acid Reflux
Posted by Mandy (Delaware) on 06/21/2015

In reference to the comments about Frontline and the other flea and tick topical medications: Please be advised that it contains the exact thing that we use to kill termites. It will burn your skin as well as your dogs (and that's minor). More than likely you have noticed that your dog hides or gets nervous when it is time for his flea treatment, and that is why. I too was ignorant and used these products on my pets, until one time, a day or two after administering it my dog became lethargic, wouldn't eat, on the verge of dehydration and just plain lame. She was like this for 2 weeks. Any Vet you mention this too will not justify it. They all say no it's not possible. However, I dare each of you to google side effects of frontline and read some of the posters comments. I Ask the question: How can soooo many people be wrong??????

General Feedback
Posted by Traci (Pittsburgh) on 06/14/2015

Beneful is not a very good dog food. You should switch to grain free high quality like Fromme.

Black Skin
Posted by Brenda Robertson (Smithville, Mo) on 05/23/2015

My comment is regarding any topical flea & tick POISION as I like to refer to it. Research all ingredients in Frontline Plus, Advantix, Hartz, Advantage etc..... and see for yourself what they do to your pets. BUT EVEN WORSE are the INERT INGREDIENTS. Companies don't disclose inert ingredents (which DOES NOT MEAN INACTIVE)! These ingredients are VERY ACTIVE! They are used to enhance the main ingredent and they are usually even worse in causing side effects than the main ingredient. By law, companies don't have to disclose these. This keeps other companies from coping their product formula. But the bad thing about this is, you don't know what all is in the product either.

I'm not knocking ACV because I just used it on my dog that was skunked about 3 days ago and it is really helping the smell. But there is another GREAT PRODUCT FOR FLEAS & TICKS it is DIATOMACEOUS EARTH FOOD GRADE. Not only can this be applied to your pets body to kill fleas and ticks, it is also fit for HUMAN consumption which means your dog could eat it too! It works great to kill bugs in your yard! It is safe for humans and animals! You can buy it on Amazon.

You can get it in smaller amounts too.

Posted by Di ( Lake City Us) on 05/09/2015

Its always best to start out weak and move up to stronger solution... I suggest, after my own trial error and research to take 4 quarts of water to 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar (u can add 2 tbs of scent free tear free baby soap especailly for sensitive or irritated skin) this mix should last a 25# dog over a week.

For broken or irritated skin sponge or cloth on solution until coat n skin are damp and air dry. repeat daily until skin is healed, you can use more solution if needed just remember slowly increase the amount of acv, pat dry with towel wet dogs until damp then air dry, and never place dog where its under 70 degrees until its completely dry. ;) good luck

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
Posted by Di ( Lake City Us) on 05/09/2015

Very common reaction that most people dont expect and I am very sorry you and your dog endured this. I to learned the hard way... I talked to my grandfather, my native american friend, and my vet and they agreed that sensitive skin is not always linked to sickness or fleas its most common in white animals from kittens to horses, the whiter the hair the higher the sensitivity.

Try these solutions...

1) Never use Apple Cider Vinegar bath or spray after a shave or short groom ( would u use it as after shave? Nope cause it'd burn)

2) Always start with dilluted mix 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar to 4 quarts of water and spray, sponge, or wash cloth it on. less or more the solution based on results.

3) If it's safe enough for toddlers it's safe for your dog. Try mixing the vineger and water with tear free baby/toddler bath avoid using sweet or fruity scent.

4) Let your dog choose water temp. What's warm for one might be too hot or to cold for another. This is a trail and error task so be patient. Your dog will tell you. I figured out all four of mine are different by taking them to the river. The larger collie n boxador like to swim when the water is just a tad warmer then my body temp, but my boxers they prefer the water temp much much warmer (spoiled girls).

FYI just because your dog shakes doesnt always mean its cold... Hope I helped.

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Posted by Di ( Lake City, Us) on 05/09/2015

Yes any apple cyder vineger will do, and in a pinch u can substitute white vineger, apple cyder is best though.... It works for me anyhow...

Posted by Michelle J (Monterey) on 04/22/2015

Although I concur that giving a dog a Vegan/Veggie diet is wrong, I must say it is a bit hypocritical to bash the woman! Most commercial dog foods have very little protein and are chuck full of fillers... That said, return to nature and eat whole foods

Black Skin
Posted by Robert (Reading, Pa) on 04/02/2015

I really love people and animals. It drives me buggy sometimes how people get so carried away with experimenting with every thing they can think of on their beloved pets, that they would never think of doing to their children. Dogs are not some alien beings , they are very similar to us . If the label says don't get it on your skin and to wash right away if you do and keep out of the hands of children, WHY, WHY, WHY, would you ever put it on your sweet dog? Because your money grubbing Vet. says so?. Use your common sense, think first.

Example:To Di If your little doggie has demodex she has a weak immune system. Feed her a raw meat diet, no stress! Lots of exercise and as her immune system gets strong it will kill off the mites. It will take several months some times but it will make your doggie strong and healthy, be patient. In the meantime, ask Teresa about Teds Remedy for mites or you can look it up yourself. To the man asking about calluses on his dogs elbows and hocks . Mites also cause what looks like calluses on elbows and hocks , same answer, feed him right. You can't put something on your dog to strengthen his immune system.

Lots o love, from Robert and Amber, who also had a demodex infection and lyme disease and was cured by nothing more than good food and lol.

Acid Reflux
Posted by Robert (Reading, Pa) on 04/02/2015

If you will feed your sweet pets a diversified raw meat diet, most if not all of their problems will resolve themselves over time. It might take up to a year, there are no instant miracle cures. You are describing compromised immune system ailments caused by commercial foods and all the probiotics and other " CURES " you are giving them which are lowering their immune systems. The worst are the flea and tick and heart worm poisons which will KILL your sweet pet over a period of time. The ingredients are neurotoxins which make your pets blood so toxic it KILLS ticks and fleas and eventually your pet will develop fatal diseases and early death. A dogs average life span is into twenty plus years so you can see what 100 years of commercial food and Veterinary care have done to them. When I rescued my sweet Amber she was 10 lbs under weight, had lyme disease , had a demodex mite infestation , and needed a good teeth cleaning . The Vet prescribed Hills Prescription Dog Food " garbage " Ivermectin and Antibiotics for the lyme disease, and later more Ivermectin and Probiotics for the mites, all which lower the immune system and will have you coming back over and over after the temporary cure. You should see her now. She doesn't have lyme disease, she doesn't have demodex mites and all I did was feed her a diversified RAW MEAT diet I bought from Reel Raw dog food co. I did try Ted's cure for mites which helped until her immune system kicked in and the enzymes in the meat cleaned her teeth. The meat is a little expensive but the savings in Vets bills far out weighed the extra cost and Amber of course is my sweetie and worth more to me than any thing else, priorities, priorities.

I have a question for the woman who puts Frontline on her dog. Do you put it on your kids when they go out to play? If not, why not. See what I mean? Do not believe your Vet .

To the woman who recommended Primal and Orijen dog food, the oprative words are diversified RAW MEAT not RAW FOOD. both are full of cheap veggy fillers which your dog cannot digest and of course are not good for him. The only dog food Co. that delivers pre-packaged raw meat to your door that I have found is REEL RAW. If your dog doesn't have any serious underlying medical conditions feed him raw meat, no stress, lots of love and no shots, no flea and tick and no heart worm cures. Almost all dogs are immune to Lyme disease which most people, including Vets, don't know but if your dog does develop symptoms like limping, go online and buy " Ledum 1", 3 tabs 3x a day for 3 days about $8 for 80 pills. Asymptomatic dogs don't need to be treated.

Please stop poisoning your sweet pets. There is a non toxic treatment your Vet, of course, won't tell you about, keep looking until you find it. Many times the best treatment is no treatment at all, let your dog get better on his own and make his immune system stronger.

Joel, B---- ORGANIC APPLE CIDER VINEGAR but the most important things are a raw meat diet and NO stress.

Good luck, Robert and Amber robert at consultant dot com

Posted by Mark (Uk) on 02/26/2015

Claire, you're abusing any carnivore upon whom you force a vegan diet. I don't even think you're well intentioned; I think you're just ignorant. Dogs need a raw diet comprised of muscle flesh, bones, organs, offal, sinew, fur, oils and from a variety of species to be healthy. Wise up.

Where to Buy: Thailand
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/26/2015

Hey Martyn!

Heintz ACV is pasturized, so does not have the benefit of the probiotics. If you are using it to clean your floors or wash your dog it is fine, but for medicinal or nutritional purposes you need the raw ACV.

In Thailand you could try Tops Supermarkets in Bangkok or Max Valu stores. You specically want to see RAW, unpasturised, unfiltered, organic, "With the Mother" on the bottle.

Where to Buy: Thailand
Posted by Martyn (Thailand) on 02/25/2015

Can I use heinz ACV for these treatments for dogs? It's the only one I can find in Thailand.

Ear and Eye Infections
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/19/2015

Hey Latasha!

If the medications are not working, I would schedule a check up with the vet who first prescribed the meds as you may be dealing with ear mites as opposed to yeast or bacteria.

That said, yes - flush the ears as you if you were using EpiOtic solution. If the ears are tender and sore I would use 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water OR use garlic infused olive oil until the skin heals as the vinegar can sting abraded skin. If the skin is not broken you can use 1 part each vinegar, water and rubbing alcohol.

Ear and Eye Infections
Posted by Latasha (Queensland, AU) on 02/18/2015

My dog has an ear infection, and medication is not helping. I've heard you can use Apple cider vinegar in a dilution for the ears and ive heard on a few online forums it has cured a lot of people's dogs with yeast in ear and also infected ears. How would I make a solution? Does one cup ACV To one cup of water sound right? and rinse the ear out just like you would with EPIoptic ear cleaner brought from vet? Any help would be great. thank you.

Posted by Jen (Naples, Florida) on 01/05/2015

What do you do with the Apple Cider Vinegar do you give it to them internally? Put it in their water?

Posted by Jen (Naples, Fl) on 01/05/2015

Do u put it in their water?

Multiple Cures
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/03/2015

I do 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water - this as an a rinse once the shampoo is rinsed out.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Shelly (Entiat, Washington) on 01/03/2015

How much of the vinagar do you put in the bath?

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
Posted by Merlin (New York, US) on 11/19/2014


Do NOT use apple cider vinegar rinse if your dog has very irritated skin or ANY sores. We used this on our bichon and the dog screamed in pain. I never heard such a terrible noise from an animal, we immediately rinsed with cool water for 10 minutes before he stopped crying.

Posted by Diamond (Ma., US) on 11/05/2014

Here is another surprise I found and I thought it was for one use only.

Posted by Diamond (Ma., US) on 11/05/2014


Ear and Eye Infections
Posted by Lisa (Sioux Falls, SD) on 10/31/2014

I have a westie and they are known for their large ears and infections within. I was out of the eardrops and have recently been a believer of Apple Cider Vinegar and I thought I'd give it a try 50/50 Apple Cider Vinegar and water mix and one application and no more ear problems. Thank God cause I'd be in the vet and then prescription drops. But I akready have the treatment at home and cost be nothing

General Feedback
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 09/15/2014

Hey Baby_Girl_Can!

I DITTO your advice!

While it is true that ACV can help treat many disease issues in our pets, a professional veterinary diagnosis is the ideal way to go, and should be the *first choice* when you are seeing blood in your pet's urine. As you have experienced, your vet bill and the symptoms were much more severe and costly due to the delay in proper diagnosis and treatment.

Thanks for sharing your experience!

General Feedback
Posted by Baby_girl_can (B.C., Canada) on 09/14/2014

My 5 yr old pom was experiencing blood in her urine, and not with a load of money to go to the vets, I turned to this website and read that ACV was the cure for her ailment. I began giving her the recommended dosage along with yogurt and noticed a difference, and believed she was on the mend. However; shortly after stopping, the problem came back with a vengeance and where there was just a tinge of blood her urine was red as a ruby. I took her to the vet to find out she has kidney issues and had I treated it earlier the outcome wouldn't have been so severe or costly. I feel the ACV may be a good course of follow up, but I feel you owe it to your pet to at first get a professional diagnosis.

General Feedback
Posted by Everett (Indianapolis, IN) on 08/31/2014

Jest found your site and hope everyone with a pet finds your site! My pit bull is sleeping like a puppy after her first bath with 2 cups Apple Cider Vinegar to 4 cups water she's sleeping like a puppy. Thank you and keep up the good work.

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/19/2014

Hey Kim!

Please read up about Cushings disease on EC's page:

If you are using the ACV topically, you can dilute 10:1 - ten parts water to 1 part ACV and saturate your dog and just let him air dry.

Posted by Kim (Winnipeg, Canada) on 08/19/2014

I want to know how much apple cider vinegar I should use on my dog. She is 25 lbs and has cushions. The medication does not work and we have tried many. Do I spray on and leave? Do I rinse?

Multiple Cures
Posted by Marilyn (Minnesota, US) on 08/16/2014

I have been giving my little Mia, a Jack Russell, 1/2 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar twice a day in her water. It seems to keeps ticks and bugs away. I also keep a spray bottle with ACV mixed with water to spray on her when she starts to itch and it seems to reduce this symptom. She is also on probiotics from the Vet which I mix with a tsp of natural yogurt daily. (No sugar type) After her baths I rinse her with ACV as well. ACV also helps with dog breath, a benefit of putting it in drinking water.

Ear and Eye Infections
Posted by Karen (Canada) on 08/02/2014

Thanks for that information. Have been reading up on ACV and you have confirmed and given me hope, as my lab is suffering with his ears.

Posted by Mardi (Australia) on 08/01/2014

Its hard to see a pets suffering. There is a lot of good information out there. I might also suggest trying colliodial silver as well. I think coconut oil is also amazing to. I have a 17yr old maltese, silky terrier cross. He has had a mitral valve leakage problem since he was 14 and is on metvedin 2.5mgs. We did nearly lose him then but he pulled through. Got back to his hold self and have probably had him on colliodial silver for about nearly 2 years now. He seems still healthy enough and although he is blind now is still having a happy existence. The CS (colliodial Silver) has prevented infections in the mouth which is I think is the base problem for many older pets and is very good on skin conditions and I use a diluted solution to clean his eyes. I give a dosage of about a capful 3-5mls daily in his water. Also a little coconut oil in their food can only help them and is good for rubbing on skin conditions and warts. Hope this helps, above remedies are from my own experiences with my own boy. Regards Mardi

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 05/20/2014

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**:

You might also consider a synovi supplement - google for sources "SynoviG3".

Posted by Alicia Crow (Cheney, Wa) on 05/20/2014

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

Posted by Om (Hope, Bc. Canada) on 05/12/2014

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.

Namaste, Om

Posted by Lilian (Atco, Nj) on 05/12/2014

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

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/27/2013

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:

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.

Posted by Ellen (Westerlo, Ny) on 10/25/2013

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.

Some disagreement
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!

Posted by Mini (Lorain, Ohio ) on 10/06/2013


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.

Posted by Ks (San Jose, California) on 10/03/2013

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?

Posted by Bertha (Woodside) on 09/06/2013

Can u please tell me the dosage that u gave Zoe ?? Thanks

Posted by Jcrply (Fl) on 08/20/2013

Atvchick95 from Muncie recommended giving Aloe Vera to dogs. The ASPCA toxic plants list says that Aloe Vera is toxic to dogs and cats.

Ear and Eye Infections
Posted by Corey (Douglasville) on 08/10/2013

Will Apple Cider Vinegar really cure eye infection.. My dog went into woods behind house & now his left eye is swollen & half shut with white discharge. Please help!

Posted by Deborah (Norcross Ga) on 08/10/2013

Fresh pet made my shih tzu really really sick. I wouldn't recommended it.

Tear Stains
Posted by Wendy (Columbus, Oh) on 08/05/2013

Yes, ACV is great for tear stains (add it to the dog's drinking water), and excellent for reducing allergies and for general health. Also, try putting a water filter on your kitchen sink's tap. I had a bichon for 11 years (those fluffy all-white dogs), and he never had tear stains because I have him the purified/filtered water. And this was before I found out about ACV.

Tear Stains
Posted by Judy (Denver. Co) on 08/04/2013

Find this interesting. I'm going to try this. My vet told me tear stains are caused by clogged tear ducts and needed to be flushed to clear them. Of course, under anesthetic and a few hundred dollars.

Black Skin
Posted by Debi (Irvine) on 07/19/2013

Hello. I wondered of you could tell me exactly what you did for your dog's allergies. I feel my dogs are also over vaccinated and one of them is on Atopica for his allergies. I know that will destroy his liver. He never stops scratching unless he is on this pill every day. Yorkie dog 6 lbs. Thanks

Ear and Eye Infections
Posted by Sharon (Jacksonville, Fl) on 07/06/2013

Thanks for writing about your Dachshund. We've acquired a mini-wire and her eyes are doing the same thing. We're trying the vinegar and water. Hopefully it'll be good for her and make her more energetic. Is it still working for you, and are you on a raw food diet? We're going to try it.

Ear and Eye Infections
Posted by Mullaghcleevaun (Yuba City, Ca) on 06/12/2013

Hi, ACV is the best... FORGET the Vet. I have been using ACV for 62years on my my dogs and the following is what I have been doing/giving to my present dogs which are...

Jindo 2years, Labrador 3years and a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon 18months.

Food, "Fromm" with one tablespoon of organic ACV (undiluted) and one tablespoon of Flaxseed oil twice a day.

One Tablespoon of ACV with every bowl of water.

Clean ears with 50/50 ACV once a week

Sponge bath the dogs with 50/50 ACV and let it sink into the skin (do not towel dry)

Start out with 1/2 a Teaspoon, Teaspoon and the Tablespoon... you will have a healthy dog for a long time.


Posted by Sarah (Los Angeles, Ca) on 05/30/2013

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...

Posted by Claire (Portland, Oregon) on 05/12/2013

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!

Ear and Eye Infections
Posted by Debbiefudge (Brighton, East Sussex, UK) on 03/19/2013

If the problem with your dog is yeast. Then a change of diet is essential. Feed Raw. There is so much in even the so called 'best' dog food. That will feed the yeast. And for ear cleaning. Use white vinegar instead of ACV. Half white vinegar/half water. Try and use a dropper or a syringe and flood he ear. Keep hold of your dogs head and gently massage under the ear by the ear canal. And then let the dog shake it's head. Repeat daily untill the ear is better. Also use some cotton wool soaked in the same solution to gently wipe any muck away that you can see. The reason I use white vinegar instead of ACV is apples = sugar. Sugar feeds yeast. My vet almost killed my shihtzu pumping him full of steroids and antibiotics. After much reearch I discovered they 'feed' the yeast. Which is why he got worse and not better. I also give him a plain yogurt every couple of days. And half a clove of garlic every day for 3 weeks then have a week off. This also prevents any fleas. I will not put chemicals on my dogs. (I now have 3). They are all raw fed and very healthy!! If, antibiotics are needed for anyhing, I use colloidal silver. And, definately, NO booster vaccinations.

Posted by Debbiefudge (Brighton, East Sussex Uk.) on 03/19/2013

Gently clean the eye area with some cotton wool and cooled boiled water. Not your fingers!!

A spoonfull of ACV onto the back of the dogs neck, twice a day. In about 3 days the infection will have gone. If you don't have a syringe to apply it. Just soak some cotton wool in the ACV and squeeze it onto your dogs neck. This works on cats also. I think it's systemic. Just use it like you would put flea drops on the back of the neck. Try to get it on the skin, rather than just on the fur. With a cat, you may need someone to help you!!

Posted by Rambo's Mum (Singapore) on 02/19/2013

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.

Acid Reflux
Posted by Barb (Petaluma, Ca.) on 01/15/2013

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.

Black Skin
Posted by Dl (Singapore) on 11/27/2012

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.

Posted by Ruby (Birdsboro, Pa Usa) on 11/15/2012

You can add apple cider vinegar in capsules also. That way you eliminate the smell...

Acid Reflux
Posted by Barb (Petaluma, Ca.) on 10/31/2012

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.

General Feedback
Posted by Shaun (Portsmouth, England) on 10/05/2012

Lisa---Thanks for the reply. So there you have it everyone for the best results cheap is not always the best.

Update--Now 2 days since I started using the up market ACV again and the result are just unbelieveable . Please remember 1 part ACV to 2 parts water or even 1 part ACV to 3 Parts water if there is bad soreness or open wounds. Thanks Lisa

General Feedback
Posted by Lisa (Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa) on 10/05/2012

Hi Shaun, Yes, the difference in the two ACVs is pasteurization vs. Non-pasteurization. The non contains all the good bacteria in it which is what makes it so effective. Thus, why so many people see changes when they use ACV with "the mother". Hope this gives you an explanation. Lisa

General Feedback
Posted by Shaun (Portsmouth, England) on 10/05/2012

Update Interesting observation which may help Have for sometime used apple cider vinegar on my pet ears. Luke seems to have bouts of infection/soreness in his ears, always round the entrance to his ears and the problem comes and goes, but have noticed is more of a problem when there is pollen about and when he rolls in the grass. Have always used a good quality brand, here in the UK I use Aspalls Cyder Vinegar and make up a solution of 1 part ACV to 2 parts water.

Some months ago I needed to restock and saw my supermarket had their own brand of ACV, cheaper and a larger bottle, so being wise I changed over to the supermarket brand. This month Luke had a real problem with his ears so followed my usual patten applying my ACV solution and although it seems to curtail the soreness it's never completely went when usually after applying my ACV solution the problem is resolved quickly. I couldn't understand this, so I thought I go back to the Quality Brand. Wow what a difference, in 24 hours the soreness is drying up and one can see the healing process taken place, the ear is turning from a read colour to a pink colour. I am not into science therefore can't explain why this should be, is there a difference between cheap ACV compared to the more costly one , well £1.35 is not expensive. The more expensive brand is unpasteurised and free from preservatives. I will most certainly keep to my quality brand from now on and finally would say the best make up for Apple Cyder Vinegar is I part ACV to 2 parts water and to those who doubt ACV and even recommend against its use, I say this, I have spent a small fortune with vets and all the inflammatory drugs and antibiotics have never worked and I have had to watch Luke at times in a lot of pain waiting for this treatment from the vets to work which it never does and watched having finished the antibiotics the problem come straight back even worse. Please remember one can decrease say 1Part ACV to 4 parts water if there is a lot of soreness and then when the redness starts to fade increase the solution to 3 parts water. I now clean Luke's ears once a week with ACV, spay the solution onto a cotton wool pad or ball and just clean the ear. I do this 3 times a day if I see any problems.

Acid Reflux
Posted by Sopolite (Thousand Oaks, Ca) on 09/28/2012

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.

Posted by Peppasmom68 (Watauga, Tx) on 09/20/2012

I have a question do I wash it off after or just leave it?

Ear and Eye Infections
Posted by Natural-only (Issaquah, Wa) on 09/15/2012

Ok, the real deal is stop giving DRUGS! Frontline-any topicals, no matter how natural, cook or go RAW! , no more vaccines, no heat worm, its all a lie~ I sonet over $35,000 on my 2 of 1 Papillon's, she has IBD, Vaccinoisous, allergies, digestive issues, I can keep going. I'ts under control, but now, Im tring Dr Plechner's protocol, but Homeopathically. NO DRUGS! My friend who 1 dog had such servere ear issues, blood, goo, mucus was coming out of his ear, for years, she did everything, she fed her dogs raw, and now, finally, after getting the Iga-Thyroid and hormone's checked, his protocol saved thousands. Vets dont want to know about it, they'll lose money-GO buy Pets at Risk on Amazon-read up-it will click. Becasue at his point, you are spending and wasting your money--Allopathic-conventional medicine is a silent killer.. I learned the hard way. And then I researched, for a solid 4 years, every waking moment was research, and Im getting my almost healthy Papillon healthy.. READ, RESEARCH!! ACV may be way too stong for your already compromised dogs stomach-dsigestive track... Please, research, for your babies sakes!!!

Black Skin
Posted by Jolynlo (Oakland, Ca Usa) on 09/08/2012

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. ;)

Posted by Atvchick95 (Muncie, In) on 07/23/2012

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!

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Posted by Atvchick95 (Muncie, Indiana ) on 07/19/2012

I came across your blog looking up ways to get rid of fleas naturally, I see a lot of talk on AVC, including giving it to cats/dogs in their water. I am a hobby bird breeder and use AVC with my parrots, SO I wanted to chime in, I do not know if it'll do the same to cats/dogs but I'd assume it would. AVC is a product that contains Acid, There are 2 types of bacteria in the gut (of birds at least) Good Bacteria they should have and bad Bacteria they shouldn't have, when giving AVC in the birds drinking water the AVC actually destroys BOTH the good and the bad Bacteria so we have to also give them Probiotics to get the good gut bacteria back. Also we never give this to birds long term, I give them just a little "Shot" depending on the water bowl size. With my birds I use 5, 10 and 20 oz bowls, so a 5 oz bowl would have 1 drop, 10 oz 2 drops, 20 oz 2 drops of AVC I give it twice a week for about a month, Then stop for 1-2 months, Then repeat as necessary, I actually had a bird with a Tumor and the AVC treatment made the tumor disapear and never come back :) But I think people may want to speak to their vets about giving AVC in the drinking water, Because it is important not to ruin the good gut bacteria the animals need, and it shouldn't be given long term and not a lot. My dog is a 26 pound beagle I'd give her no more than 1 Tablspoon mixed in with her water - and I'm just estimating that compared to what I give my birds, none of my birds weigh more than 1 to 2 pounds though. But it should always be done anyway, talk to the vet before trying anything!