Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs

Ear and Eye Infections

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Posted by Debra (Morganton, North Carolina) on 09/21/2007

Mandy and I just moved into an area where pets are allowed, which in itself is a rarity. Fleas are an issue. Mandy is my only (baby) still at home and she's a 14 yr old schnauzer. She depends on me for everything as it should be. I depend on her for "lovin' and cuddlin'" and she's very good at it. Anyway, I've only recently discovered (lemon) flea killer, however, after using this half and half mixture leaves me to wonder. Did I do this right because this smell is almost unbareable it really smells like wet dirty dog, but not on Mandy only where she's been ie under coffee table, her bed' etc... Can anyone tell me how I messed this up because I don't see how??

Also, I have used the vinegar solution (one (1) part vinegar to two (2) part water) for a yeast build-up in Mandys ears and as of this day I'll swear by how well it works three (3) or four (4) days in a row then weekly treatment, amazing, and no vet bill nor chemicals which is a bonus for us as well as the world. THUMBS UP!!!

Replied by Tinkonthebrink
(Asheville, Nc, Us)

mandy - if you have carpets, sprinkle borax on them and brush in, don't vacuum too soon. But fleas are one of the areas where I don't rely on natural solutions. Dogs in our area need heartworm prevention and revolution resolves a myriad of problems, including fleas. One note: according to pfizer, it's 100% effective at 2 month intervals and almost 100% at 4 months (this is published in a government pda file, you can easily find the info). The people here who don't totally trust their vet's advice are correct to be suspicious and to do their own research. I dose every two months in warm weather and after the first hard freeze I do one last dose and then stop until 8 weeks after I start seeing any spring insects. We have six dogs, no fleas.

Ear and Eye Infections
Posted by Carolyn (Gallon Jug, Belize)

I use a few drops of ACV solution (1 part ACV, 1 part water, 1 part rubbing alcohol) applied with an eyedropper in my dog's ears after a bath. It cleared up her dark ear discharge completely. We use it on ourselves as well since ear fungus is common in this humid part of the world.

Ear and Eye Infections
Posted by Anna (Ottowa, Canada)

Our 13-month old female Black Lab-Rotty mix dog Maya has been suffering from recurrent eye and ear infections for the last 7 months. When we first took her to the vet 7 months ago, the diagnosis was ear mites. We treated her with Revolution - twice. The infection seemed to get better at first, but then returned quickly. I then treated her ears with Yellow Dock for a few months, it seemed to keep the infection under control, but had not cleared it. Last month, Maya got a very severe ear infection and we took her to emergency - the test showed NO MITES - YEAST infection! It meant that I have been treating her all this time for the wrong cause - thanks to the vet who did not perform any tests the first time around and simply "guessed" that Maya had ear mites. To cut the long story short, the emergency vet gave us some antibiotic cream, which helped at bit at first, but then we saw no improvement, especially around the eyes, so I found this website and decided to treat Maya with an organic ACV (half and half with water). I sponged her back (she had a few lesions there as well) and her ears twice a day, I let her shake and then wiped her ears dry. I sponged her eyes gently as well. Her eyes were circled by an elephant-like skin with no hair, and it seemed that like would never go away! Within 2 days we noticed a great improvement. I continued the treatment for a few days twice a day, and her conditioned improved 99%. I've read that it takes 3-6 weeks for it to clear up completely and that it is suffice to do it three times a week.

I measured her pH balance and noticed that it was too alkaline (around 8). This helps yeast to grow, so we started adding a bit of vinegar to her food to stabilie her ph balance. We've also implemented other dietary restrictions that are typical with yest

Overall, we've definitely found success with ACV, and I hope that other dog owners would be able to learn from us to help their furry kids.

Replied by Winston1127
(New Paris, OHIO)

I have a 3 year old cocker spaniel. I just found this site a few days ago and love it. He is always having ear infections. I read the part about putting the ACV drops in his ears. my question is: do you have to dilute the ACV with equal parts of water or do you just put the drops in with out diluting them. any help would be a big help. he cuttently has an ear infection now and would like to try this to see if it will help. I have also tried putting the ACV in his food and water, but when I put it in his water he doesn't drink it and the same for his food, he doesn't eat it. I read where another person had the same problem and they just squirted it in their dogs mouth, but they did not say wheater they diluted it or did it straight. that is my question. When you put it in the mouth do you have to dilute it or not. please help.

Replied by Joanna
(Augusta, Me)

This is to all the people who go see a vet. Maybe some of these people have and the vet hasn't helped the problem cause I have seen a vet multiple times about my dog and costs me hundreds and still hasn't helped at all.

My dog is a boxer and he has had a severe itching and chewing on himself raw, but the vets just say allergies give some predisone for a couple of weeks. Once med is gone he's back at it and sometimes worse tried everything under the sun with the vets nothing. Sometimes I don't think the vets know what they are doing especially if they can't seem to help fix the problem.

So I came across this apple cider vinegar idea from this site. Gave him a bath with it a few hours ago hasn't chewed or itched. Put a tsp. in his drinking water and hes been drinking it right up.

So think again before you say take advice from every tom, dick and harry cause it may just help. Doesn't hurt to try. A lot of vets don't really know what thay are talking about all they want is our money.

Replied by Mollie
(Baltimore, Md)

How do I make this remidy?? I have a 7 month old pitbull pup who has had a ear infection that wont go away. The vet just tells me its from his mother cleaning him but I dont agree so I want to try this and need some help with it.

Replied by Natural-only
(Issaquah, Wa)

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!!!

Replied by Debbiefudge
(Brighton, East Sussex, UK)

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.

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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.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

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!

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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.

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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.

Replied by Lisa
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa)

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

Replied by Shaun
(Portsmouth, England)

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

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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!

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Posted by Etelle (Morningside, Md) on 11/12/2011

How do I get my schitzu to drink his water when I put the apple cider vinegar in it. I have been doing this since the summer and he will ignore the water. Then in a couple of days he will drink it. Should I put it in his food instead? I give him dry food only. Beneful

Replied by Traci

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

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Posted by Diane In Louisiana (New Orleans, La) on 02/07/2011

I have a 13 year old Rhodesian. He had enlarged prostate and not neutered and had trouble urinating. Vet said he had to be neutered to shrink prostate. This was done however it's been a few months and every week or two he has to get a catheter to urinate. He is on permanent antibiotics Clavamox 375 mg. and bethanechol 3 x a day. I also give him ACV 2 tsp 2x a day. He still has problems due to a stretched bladder. I am wondering am I doing harm by giving ACV with the antibiotics since he is not improving how long he goes between having catheter.

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Posted by Teri A. (Palm Harbor, Fl, Usa) on 09/14/2010

Hi everyone, thanks for all of your great posts on ACV. I ran out and picked some up. Put it in the food and drinking water. I plan to put some on the nape of the neck like flea medicine to see what happens! My Boo gets infections in his mouth, will ACV help clear it up? So tired of the steroid injections and antibiotics! Please help!

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Posted by Heidi (Teeswater, Ontario Canada) on 10/23/2009

Please can someone tell me if it is organic Apple Cider Viniger or the plain ACV for my black lab of 7 years?

EC: Many people on this site report getting the best results with organic ACV!

Replied by Megan
(Warner Robins, Ga)

For my 2 large dogs (over 50 & 100lb) the regular over the counter ACV worked for us. I had a bad flea infestation in the house and on both dogs. I was about ready to break down and fork over the boko bucks for frontline flea treatment--or get rid of the dogs. Fogging the house and generic flea treatments/baths was not working or I wasn't doing it enough. I found ACV for myself (the generic grocery store brand works for me as well) and was excited to read it could help with my flea problem as well. I gradually worked them up to a tablespoon a day the first week. I also sprayed them with a diluted mix of something like 1/4 cup in a large spray bottle full of water. I even think that is a bit much. I did bomb the house maybe 2 weeks before I started ACV for the dogs. It took about another 2 weeks for the fleas to clear up in the house, so a total of a month since the bombing. I have not been able to find a single flea on the dogs. I am excited to be flea free and for next to nothing. The last few days I maybe give the dogs the ACV every other day and spray about every other day. They are scratching at themselves less and seem overall to be much happier though they don't care much for the spray and love to roll around after to try and get it off--oh fleas.

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Posted by Amanda (Austin, TX) on 02/25/2009

Thanks to all of you for the Apple Cider Vinegar treatment ideas. My 9 year old Lab has been in such pain and now he is so much better. Thank yall for taking the time to share.

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Posted by Sandy (Laconia, NH) on 04/15/2009

What are the exact measurements? I know this will sound ridiculous to most of you, but I keep seeing the mixture to be 1 part ACV, 2 parts Water. My question is, what are the exact measurements of each solution?

EC: Not sure what you are trying to cure, so we're posting this on the ACV for dogs page! Please clarify...

Replied by Linda
(York County, Maine)

Sandy, I think the one part ACV could be one tablespoon (for example) and the two parts water would be two tablespoons; or 1/4 cup ACV and 1/2 cup of water. However much ACV you use, add twice the amount of water.....1/2 cup ACV to one cup water, etc. Or, think of it this way: if you have a total of one cup of liquid and divide it into thirds, you'd have 1/3 ACV and 2/3 water. Hope that makes sense - ACV is a wonderful thing!

Replied by Stacey
(Calabasas, CA)

I want to have a supply of AVC and water solution on hand and ready when if I should need it for my two dogs. Can I buy the regular AVC, or should it be the organic AVC with the mother? Also, can I create a solution of this and store it in a cabinet, or does it need to be freshly mixed everytime I want to use it? I think my terrier mix stepped on something that stung his paw. I gave him a little Benadryl incase he had any allergies to the sting, but I also used AVC on it hoping that it would help, he didn't seem to like it as if it made it sting more? Does this sting the dog? He keeps licking his paw now and I am wondering what else I can do to help him heal. Any suggestion out there? - Thanks, Stacey

Replied by Peppasmom68
(Watauga, Tx)

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

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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.

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