Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs

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Posted by Linda (Hillsborough, Nc) on 07/14/2012

After reading all the feed back on here about Apple cider vinegar, I figured I would try it over the weekend before bringing my 15 year old dog to the vet on Monday. I went to the health food store and bought a bottle of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar and I mixed 2 tablespoons in organic yogurt or wet food every 4 hours I also put it in the water bowl. To my amazement it was gone!! I also have another dog with itchy skin and I mixed some in a water spray bottle with water, sprayed him down and he's doing great!! Thank you all for all your feedback!!!

Replied by Shelly
(Entiat, Washington)

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

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

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

Multiple Cures
Posted by Kayla (San Francisco, Ca) on 02/02/2010

I am very happy with the Apple Cider Vinegar. My dog was recovering from a stroke, so I have been very critical with the food he eats. The stroke apparently derived from an ear infection and his equilibrium was affected by the stroke. His heads is slightly tilted. Anyways, instead of taking him to the vet to try to cure his ear infection, I took the liberty to do my own research. Taking him to the vet only to get a pharma drug was only going to beget another drug, and so on which eventually will lead to major problems. I didn't want a temporary cure, nor can I afford to keep throwing money away just to hear that he may have to be put to sleep or a major surgery to look into his brain which will cost me over $3,000 . Well, I found this site and tried apple cider vinegar and mix it with his food at 2 tablespoonfuls. He eats twice a day, so I add to his dish and he chomps it down. I also clean his ears with ACV, probably about 2 tablespoon 50/50 spring water to dilute for each ear. So I make this a habit to clean his ear twice a week and add ACV twice daily on his food 3-4 a week. My doggie is doing great!! No vet. His UTI is diminishing after 2 weeks of doing this, his hearing is improving, his disposition is way much better and I feel he's getting healed as I see plenty of improvement. His eyes are getting better too. My dog is 8 years old. I cannot stress how thankful I am to be educated about ACV. I now make this part of his daily or at least 2-3x a week habit to include ACV in his dish. Also, I forgot to mention, I give him plain yogurt twice a week and he luvs it! Thank you Earth Clinic!! :-)

EC: Fantastic feedback, thank you!

Replied by Julie
(Columbus, Oh)

What is the portion size of plain yogurt to give my dog and how often? She suffers from yeast infections in her paws and ears.

Replied by Merilynrb
(Near Madison, Wi)

For my dogs I give about 1/3 cup, one dog is 100 lbs the other is a puppy and about 60 lb. My cats get about 1/2 Tbsp every night with mixed canned and dry food. They also all get Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 tsp for each. The dogs get it for preventative and the cats because one has irritable bowel and they switch bowls often. The IBS kitty will eat the ACV first. All pets now lose much less fur and have shinier healthier coats.

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Posted by C.R. (Springfield, MO) on 10/05/2008

Im amazed! I found your website due to my border collie has... hotspots, yeast in ears and runny eyes.. I thought it was just me... Im glad to know im not the only one. I gave a bath, sprayed on the ACV and boom she is lying next to me finally no licking and biting. I'd say if your not a beliver try it!

Multiple Cures
Posted by Leslie (Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico) on 10/01/2008

I have used apple cider vinegar for several purposes for my dogs. I give it to them the way I drink it, in warm water with honey. This way the ph is balanced also. You can also try to give it to your dog in yogurt.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Christy (Waxahachie, Tx) on 06/25/2007

I have a 12 year old dog named Shelby.She has suffered with hot spots and has lost quite a bit of her hair.I also have a 4 yr old named Madyson.The fleas at my house were taking over. Since trying the Apple Cider Vinegar, our lives have become better. No more fleas on my dogs or in my house. Shelby's hair has started to grow back. It has been fabulous!!! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful information. I have passed it on with hopes that many pets will live happy lives

Replied by Patti

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

Replied by Wendy

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.

Replied by Christina
(Huntsville, Texas)

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! 😄

Nursing Dogs

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Posted by Irene (Live Oak, Texas) on 04/16/2009


Possible bad reaction to ACV

I gave my bichon who had pups about a week and half ago ACV in her water. I noticed she started having accidents in the house which she has never done. She also started vomiting. One of her pups the smallest his tongue swelled and before we could get him to a vet he passed away. I truly believe he and she had a bad reaction to the ACV. I only put a few drops in her water. I am so devasted by the loss of this puppy. I wish I could of done something for him. I live with regret because I wonder if he suffered or was in pain. Anyway I would not recommmend giving the mommy any ACV while she is nursing.

I gave the mommy ACV because I read it would help.



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Posted by Ted (Bangkok , Thailand) 391 posts

My dog was dying, perhaps from old age, he's about 12 years old. It refused to eat for 3 days and was dying. What I did was instead of using apple cider vinegar, I used ordinary vinegar about 2 tablespoon on the water and bathed the dog with pure vinegar. Within 2 hours, the dog defecated ... and was back to normal within 2-3 hours. I recommended my friend's dog who was dying from some kind of insecticide poisoning and recommended the same, the dog licked some vinegar and vomited, and was cured. So ordinary vinegar works just as well.

Posted by Connie (Eugene, Oregon)

My friend's dog drank some bad water and she believed she needed to take both of her dogs to the vet which she could not afford, so I recomended she give them some ACV to drink and it helped them almost immediately.

Tear Stains

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Posted by Anonymous (USA)

I had a completely white bulldog with black spotted skin. He had dark tear stains running from his tear duct area down. I tried a few of the tear bleaching products sold for dogs but none worked (besides being expensive). I also tried some suggested home remedies (e.g. hydrogen peroxide, etc.) and those were not effective either. A vet told me the tear stains were caused by the acidity in the dogs system and if I neutralized his system, the stains would go away.

His suggestion was to put vinegar in the dogs drinking water! He suggested putting just a "tiny" bit of vinegar in the drinking water for a few days (I interpreted that as about 1/4 of a vinegar bottles cap full) and then increase the amount of vinegar added until I was adding about a teaspoon to the drinking water each day (I would estimate his drinking water bowl to contain about 5 cups of water.) Each time I changed or added water to his bowl, I also added the vinegar. Within a few weeks, the tear stains were gone for good!

Replied by Judy
(Denver. Co)

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.

Replied by Wendy
(Columbus, Oh)

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.

Replied by Anna

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?


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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.

Replied by Maggie

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.

Replied by Deb

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.

Replied by Rue

This is just what I need. My senior doggie has been diagnosed with small Pappillonas (warts) under her tongue. My vet said if they don't disappear on their own, to wait until they grow larger and surgically remove them. How did you mix your ACV solution to be sprayed in the mouth? I sincerely hope you are somehow alerted to this question, as you posted several years ago.

Urinary Issues

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Posted by bagofnuts (Metairie, LA) on 04/30/2009

My large 105 lb. rhodesian could not urinate or very little. Vet said it was his prostate. Suggested neutering however he is on prednisone every other day so surgery was delicate. Did tests and results were good for surgery. I researched this site and tried the ACV and honey (2tbls. each) 2X a day and wow, he was urinating within 5 hours. Continued this for months and then changed to 1 tbls 1X a day. He is still doing fine and no surgery.

Thanks...what a find. He probably had stones even though vet tested and found none.

Urinary Issues
Posted by Carole (NJ) on 05/06/2006

I have an 11 lb. Chihuahua. His urine was always at a pH of 8 with crystals forming. I put him on a urinary acidifier tablet for a couple of years and it did not do anything. I tried 1/2 teaspoon of ACV once a day and in only one week his urine pH went down to 5!!! Even the doctor was amazed when I told her what I did.

Urinary Issues
Posted by Denise (Conrad, Ohio)

I have a diabetic schnauzer and he gets a tsp. of ACV in each home made meal. Diabetics are prone to urinary infections and he hasn't had one since the day he was diagnosed 3 years ago. His coat is also in great shape and some diabetics get really dried out hair. I love it! I like using something for my dog that I also use for myself.

Urinary Issues
Posted by Rachel (St. Louis, MO)

My parent's dog had horrible kidney stones and a urinary tract infection. He could not hold his urine sometimes and other times he could not release it. He was in a lot of pain. The vet reccomended surgery. My mom was reluctant because she believes in natural cures and the fact that there is a 40% chance of it repeating in a year. She put him on a special diet and it didn't work. After two days of putting him on the Apple Cider Vinegar, he appears to be cured! They put a little in his drinking water and a few drops in his food. It worked like a wonder drug! He is happy and energetic again and is no longer having accidents or in pain. He is back to his old self. Highly Recomended!

Replied by Jackie
(West Australia)

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

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Jackie,

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

Replied by Anzhela
(Burbank, Ca)

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.

Where to Buy

Posted by Isabella (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) on 10/25/2008

Hi, Can anyone please tell me where in Melbourne, Australia I can buy organic apple cider vinegar in bulk sizes, ie. at least 15 litres? I'm planning to use it regularly on my six-year-old black Lab, "Star" who has severe Atopic Dermatitis. Also, not many people here seem to have mentioned whether they use organic or standard apple cider vinegar...I'd be interested to know which works best.

In Love, Peace, and Harmony,
Isabella (and Star)

EC: Here's the page, but no sources yet listed for Australia unfortunately:

Replied by Sue
(Melbourne, Vic)

Hi Isabella, I buy ACV direct from the Apple Orchard in Bacchus Marsh. It's very inexpensive (less than $2 per litre) and you need to take your own containers for them to fill. Cheers, Sue.

Replied by Louise
(Ocean Grove, VIC Australia)

To Isabella of Melbourne, I can't give you the name of a particular supplier as I don't buy it in bulk, but I do know that horse owners buy acv in bulk. So check out horse feed stores and if you can't find any, ring your vet and ask where you would be able to get horse feed in your area.

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