Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs

Posted by Linda (Vancouver, Wa, Usa) on 12/12/2011

I have a dog with kidney problems and a kitty with immune issues. After reading through your site, I decided to give the Apple Cider Vinegar a try. I've put it in the animal's water but they don't seem to be drinking it. Is there a trick to getting them to take the ACV?

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.

Acid Reflux
Posted by Joel (Topeka, Kansas) on 04/12/2012

Thanks for these wonderful tips. You described my dog exactly. I'm going to try vinegar. Does it matter if it's white vinegar instead of Apple Cider Vinegar? Thanks, Joel, author

Acid Reflux
Posted by Yorkie (Douglas, Ga) on 05/28/2012

Yorkie with severe skin problems. Hair is very thin, two weeks ago he was pulling his own hair out, licks his paws all the time, itchy. I'm afraid to take him back to the vet because he always ends up on steroids. He weights about 6 lbs. How much apple cider vinegar do we give him?

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.

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects
Posted by Jennifer (Mooreland, Indiana) on 09/02/2011

I have started putting ACV in my 11 year old dogs water for arthritis and incontinence. Since she has thrown up about 8 times in two days. Is this vomiting linked to the ACV.

Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects
Posted by Helen (Melbourne, Victoria Australia) on 10/31/2011

First dose of this and my dog hasn't stopped throwing up. I am now getting worried about her, what can I do?

Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects
Posted by Timh (Louisville, Usa) on 11/01/2011 2063 posts

Helen, no expert but will add my two cents. The ACV could have caused a herx reaction and she is throwing off the dead pathogens. This should subside after a few hrs, if not call Vet. After the critical phase, discontinue the ACV and use 3% Hydrogen Peroxide as an alternative. Just a few drops in water bowl will prove benficial for cleansing and detoxing.

Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects
Posted by Stan (Tucson, Az) on 03/13/2012

When using hydrogen peroxide make sure you use "Food Grade" hydrogen peroxide.

Apple Cider Vinegar Dosages
Posted by Stacey (Phoenix, Arizona) on 06/05/2011

I want to start giving my German Shepard some ACV, but I am not sure how much I should give? Does it go in their water, or on their food, or both? And how much ACV do I mix with the water and food? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks!

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

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

Thanks for the info about ACV and Hydrogen Peroxide

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

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

Apple Cider Vinegar Dosages
Posted by Cindy (York Haven, Pa) on 02/10/2010

Sorry to ask this here but couldn't find a contact area. Could you tell me how much apple cider vinegar I should use for a 4 lb. poodle? I used about 1/8 tsp. & seems to be helping already. Thanks, Cindy

Apple Cider Vinegar Dosages
Posted by Phyllis (Brick, Nj/usa) on 02/02/2011

My yorkie is 5lb, I am going to use the Apple Cider Vinegar to clear up her eye stains.... What dosage shall I use and how often? also when will I see results? thank you so much!!!

Multiple Cures
Posted by Julie (Columbus, Oh) on 10/13/2010

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.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Merilynrb (Near Madison, Wi) on 02/21/2011

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.

General Feedback
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!

Posted by Sal (Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa) on 06/22/2011

Hi there

Please can someone assist in explaining how I should use ACV for calluses on elbows and hock joints??? please! Is it good to pour a little ACV into the dogs drinking water? I have two large boerbulls that drink water by the gallon!! Thanks

Posted by Aimee (Manila, Philippines) on 08/23/2011

I plan to try the ACV treatment discussed in this website as a spray option for my 1-year old Golden Retriever's hot spots. Unfortunately, ACV is expensive here in the Philippines.

Has anybody tried using regular white vinegar (in our case, it will be cane vinegar) as a post-bath rinse or preventative spray against ticks or application on hot spots?

Thanks! Any feedback or information would help.

Posted by Rey (Manila, Philippines) on 12/23/2011

Aimee, ACV is not that expensive, try choosing other cheaper brands.

Posted by Leonard (Global City, Philippines) on 01/19/2012

I just bought a bottle today after reading ACV and Yogurt as an alternative treatment for red scaly itchy paw and vulva. It cost 150 pesos/bottle. Equivalent to $3.48 and it is a big bottle. You go to Market Market in Global City.

I will keep you posted on the development. I just did my first spray this evening.

Posted by Lucy (Makati, Philippines) on 01/20/2012

Aimee, buy vinegar from coconut stands on roadsides they sell by the gallon for PHP 60 same acidity level as ACV. I used it on my dogs for 1 week- now all the hair he lost is back and he doesn't scratch his body anymore.

Posted by Waves4me (Los Angeles, Ca) on 01/29/2012

Externally fine. Not in their drinking water. Very important fact people!!! Yes ACV, an acid, is very alkalizing to humans after digestion (Think potassium) and benefits our health. Remember that our body maintains a blood Ph of 7.4

The human digestion system is very different than that of a dog. Their system is much shorter. Seriously this is animal nutrition 101. Remember they are mainly carnivores. Check their teeth and then look at yours. DONT give them ACV in drinking water for extended periods of time.

Posted by Tammy (Mckinney, Tx) on 05/30/2012

In regards to choosing a better quality dog food, what about fresh pet select that is sold in the refrigerated section???

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!

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.

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


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 Sandie (Alma, Ar) on 12/28/2016

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

Nursing Dogs
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.


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...

Posted by Linda (York County, Maine) on 04/27/2009

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!

Posted by Stacey (Calabasas, CA) on 07/29/2009

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

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

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

Black Skin
Posted by Jessica (Vincennes, Indiana) on 01/23/2009

I don't understand why a lot of people are against taking their animals to the vet. People, Vets have the education and experience to treat our beloved pets. Why would you want to take advice of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there. Are you just too cheap to get a true and accurate diagnosis. There is no way I would ever take advise from somebody other than our Vet. Our vet is very honest and actually doesn't charge that much. I had a cat who ended up getting really sick and he had to stay at our vet for over a week and our vet did not charge us one penny. He just wanted to make sure if our beloved friend needed any extra treatment that he would be there to get that help A.S.A.P.

Black Skin
Posted by Mark (Stockton, Ca) on 10/26/2010

In response to "Jessica from Vincennes", I have learned the hard way that many vets are in it for the money period. A good example of this is the dog food that they sale from there office. If you have done any research on dog food, then you know that any dog food sold at the grocery store is pure garbage and not fit for any dog. The same dog foods are being recommended and sold to the dog owner by these vets. These vets do not care about the animals best interests. I'm sure that they are getting kick backs by the corporations that are making this garbage dog food that is not fit for a maggot. This is just the tip of the iceberg, but a test that everyone could use as a basis for their vets ethics. If you don't know much about what should or shouldn't be in your dogs food, there is plenty of good info at your finger tips and you owe it to your dog to figure this out, like right now!

Black Skin
Posted by Crisi (Houston, Tx) on 04/14/2011

I agree. The last time I took Aj my mini schnauzer to my vet for shots he had a horrible reaction. I brought him back the next day for "observation" by a "visiting" vet everyone there did nothing to calm my fears they actually brushed them aside and told me it was nothing. They would not give me an explanation of why he might be having the reactions which led me to the conclusion that the shots he had were unecessary. He had fever, no appetite, vomitting and was lethargic. When we picked him up from an all day visit the "visiting vet" tried to charge me an extra fee of which I did not pay. Aj's symptoms did not go away even after the "VV" claimed nothing was wrong. The third day after his shots he seemed to get worse, I returned to my vet only to find them closed. I am on a paid plan and was under the impression I could not go to any other vets in the chain without big fees that I just don't have available to me.

Aj came through just fine a few days later. I feel that he is over vaccinated that the chain vet is not really there in the best interest of my pet that they are there as long as my pocket book is deep. If I can find a natural way to relieve his itching and discomfort I will do that because the vet has offered no solutions or relief for my sweet puppy.

Black Skin
Posted by Troubles (Oak Ridge, Tn) on 07/09/2011

There's a place for vets, but I have never been to a vet that was proactive and provided advice about dog food. Had to do my own research to realize that Beneful was ruining my dog's health, ruining the quality of his life.

Black Skin
Posted by Pam (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) on 08/17/2011

You may have a vet who is caring and there for your animal, but not everyone is so lucky. My cat's face was swollen on one side, I took him to the local vet and after examing him the vet tells me it could be two things, cancer or an absess tooth. He wanted to do some testing for cancer which cost $350.00 and that didn't include the visit which was $50.00 plus tax and also if he had cancer and we couldn't afford to have treatments he suggested we have the cat put down right away. We suggested that maybe he treat the cat for an absess tooth. He gave the cat a shot of antibotics and within one week the cat was fine. We haven't been back to the vet since. The bill ended up being $84.00.

Black Skin
Posted by Lgomez (Winnipeg, Manitoba) on 12/03/2011

I love my vet- she is very proactive and isn't in it for the money but for the love of animals. I can call her and she will give me home remedies before telling me to bring my dogs in. Even with dog food- sure she sells dog food- but she told me to buy Costco brand Kirkland food- due to very few fillers in the dog food. I do believe in doing your homework and going to the vet as a last resort - nothing wrong with that. But also do your homework in your vet as well, I drive outside of the city to my vet- I did my homework. Country vets are way better and more in the industry for the love of animals then the paycheck.

Black Skin
Posted by Dee (Vancouver, Bc) on 12/06/2011

As sad as it is, part of most dvm's jobs are partially sales! I know because I did the whole 8 year haul and am not even working in a clinic. They all have shares in the crappy food they are selling and no breeder or competitor I know will ever buy that stuff. Most of my friends never bring dogs to the vet unless it's for breeding. I heard so many ridiculous stories and so called "remedies" vets have used. Dont hesitate get a second opinion!

Black Skin
Posted by Sherry (Longview, Washington, Usa) on 02/02/2012

I have discovered most vets are in it for the money. When we took our much loved bird, named Rachel, to the vet when she had a runny nose- the vet gave her a shot. Rachel, who had been playfully cleaning her feathers, suddenly made a terrible noise and went limp. She died 30 minutes later while I held her. It was horrific. I wish I had not taken her to that vet. I got my money back. I said I didn't pay to have our bird killed. That shot should not have happened. If vets really cared about pet health they would have more affordable prices and would be opened on weekends. We do have to take our dogs to the vet for rabies shots and things like ear infections (the pills they gave our dog Ozzy made him very sick so I stopped giving them to him), but I am very careful about what I let them do to my pets. There have been times that made me doubt my pet was in good hands at the vets. I love reading the natural cures on this site and I will be trying them out.

Black Skin
Posted by Charlia (Sydney, Australia) on 03/11/2012

I also have a very good vet and I also have a very good doctor and I believe both are invaluable and serve a purpose however in saying that I do feel that they're prejudice and limited when it comes to natural remedies. I have used natural remedies for years on both myself and my animals and had amazing results, when my vet told me there was nothing except a lifetime on cortisone that would solve my dogs skin problems I wasnt convinced, after much research I completely cured him with very simple techniques.

Vets and doctors do the best they can but unfortunately dont always have the answers.

Black Skin
Posted by Susan (Orlando, Florida) on 04/11/2012

I am upset at the comment about natural remedies being used because the owner is too cheap. I have a wonderful vet who has treated my dog for his whole life and in that time I have spent over ten thousand dollars on his care. However, his body has reached a point at which it can no longer tolerate allergy injections because they have cause damage to liver. He now has a very long list of things he cannot have and natural remedies are my only option for his comfort and care. Those chemicals from the vet have wrecked my poor dogs body and had I put more effort into finding alternatives sooner I would not be in this position.

I agree with this "Vets and doctors do the best they can but unfortunately don't always have the answers."

Black Skin
Posted by Jlee (Singapore) on 07/06/2012

Quote: 01/23/2009: Jessica from Vincennes, Indiana replies: "I don't understand why a lot of people are against taking their animals to the vet. People, Vets have the education and experience to treat our beloved pets. Why would you want to take advice of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there. Are you just too cheap to get a true and accurate diagnosis. There is no way I would ever take advise from somebody other than our Vet. - Unquote

Cheap? No way!! I learnt the hard way, after having spent no less than USD3,000 on my two doggies, one of which had passed on - and experienced no less than 3 bum-vets. Between them, my doggies were either mis-diagnosed, under-medicated, over-medicated and worse, one even got my doggie overdosed on ivermectin and my puppy went blind for two dogs while the vet frantically tried to reverse the side-effects. One was even too arrogant to admit that he failed to take a skin scrape test to identify my puppy's problem, after pumping the poor doggie with needless antibiotics and steroids - not to mention having me pump in a few hundred dollars to no avail.

But thanks to this website, I found out some good home remedies from "Tom, Dick or Harry" here and much of the mange problem my puppy suffered over the months have been almost eradicated. That vet now recommends a few of the patients to use the home remedy I experimented on my puppy.

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. ;)

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.

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.

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.

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!

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?

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 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.

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:

Where to Buy
Posted by Sue (Melbourne, Vic) on 01/15/2009

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.

Where to Buy
Posted by Louise (Ocean Grove, VIC Australia) on 01/16/2009

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.

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.

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!

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.

Posted by Deb (Pleasant Grove, UT) on 09/24/2008

My dog gets ACV every day but sometimes she won't drink it in her water. She is picky. Soo... I just take a little piece of candy cane that she loves, let her sniff it and then let her watch me drop in the bowl of ACV and water. She trys to get around it but eventually to get the candy she laps up all the water. Just like a kid sometimes bribery works.

Posted by Rachael (Collingswood, NJ) on 03/16/2009

This ACV remedy for arthritis is amazing. Yesterday my dog could barely get up and down. I was really starting to worry. (he's currently in natural healing and the arthritis began during this period). I didn't want him in so much pain but didn't want to thwart his healing process with drugs. I tried two of the suggestions on this page...Apple Cider Vinegar (2 tablespoons of ACV with food); and pure celtic sea salt in his water.

After his first dosage last night, he woke up a new dog today. Seriously, I'm amazed. Thank you sooo much.

Rachael Meehan

Posted by Diana (Hazel Crest, Illinois) on 04/28/2009

Relative to Rachael's (from Collingswood, NJ 3/16/09) email about her remedy, is the celtic sea salt in water a part of the remedy for arthritis, in addition to the 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar? If so, what are the proportions of sea salt to water and I wonder if dogs have a problem drinking it?


Posted by Liz (Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa) on 01/24/2012

What dosage of apple cider vinegar should I give a 14 year old daxie with real bad arthritis and in food or water? Please help, my poor baby is permanently on cortisone and dgp, but she still has really bad days, when she won't even get up from her bed.

Ear and Eye Infections
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!!!

Ear and Eye Infections
Posted by Tinkonthebrink (Asheville, Nc, Us) on 01/25/2011

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.

Posted by Lori (Atco, NJ) on 06/30/2008

what did you put the apple cider vinegar in, their food or water??

Posted by Loana (New York, New York) on 05/25/2009

in regard to treating a dog's itchy skin with vinegar you DO NOT EVER want to use human shampoo on a dog, it is far to harsh and will mess up their skins PH. if you are trying to treat this problem with the vinegar, you do not want to do the opposite with the wrong shampoo, use an all natural sensitive skin hypo allergenic shampoo, for puppies (even on adult dogs) and they should not be bathed more than once a month because their skin is too thin and sensitive completely unlike a persons. the vinegar can be added to a cool bath if they have to be washed more often and just use less shampoo and no more than twice a month. i am a certified Groomer with a cat and dog of my own.

Posted by Tilly (Ottumwa, Iowa) on 07/29/2009

I bathe my dogs every week!! One is 3 (Zuchon) and one is 6 (Schnoodle)...They have beautiful coats and NO skin problems....They love to be clean...I understand that you are a groomer and go by the book, but it is not always correct.....I use tepid water, good conditioner and let them air dry in warm weather... FYI.....

Posted by Courtney (Buffalo, Ny) on 03/02/2010

I found that bathing Zoey in Aveeno baby cream oatmeal body wash then rinsing her with ACV works wonders I also give her a bowl of organic plain yogurt with a little ACV....she is now 100% better

Posted by Jeanne (Hammonton, Nj) on 03/09/2011

Please consider changing the food! Kibbles&Bits comes from what is known as the 4D category: Ingredients made with disabled, diseased, dying, or dead animals. Do some research to find a food with acceptable ingredients. They are out there now and are very reasonably priced.

Posted by Alaturka (Chiefland, Fl/usa) on 05/16/2011

As an Anatolian owner for more than 20 years, I have dealt with all kinds of allergies. Food has definitely seemed to be the most defining cause for most of them. In the last few years, I have found that foods that have no wheat, no corn, no soy and NO by-products are usually the best for your dog. Some of the foods I have found that work best are found at feed and seed stores around the country. Tractor Supply has their own brand "4Health" that I really like, along with "Diamond All Naturals" and "Taste Of The Wild".

Since I started using these foods, my dogs no longer get hot spots, have less shedding, and they eat it on a regular basis (something that doesn't regularly happen with Anatolians). My Anatolians are working livestock guardians that live out in the pasture pretty much 24/7, so it is very important they get really good nutrition. We have one guy that not only works, but also exhibits at Dog Shows... Last year he won our National Specialty and became AKC's First Grand Champion Anatolian. We use ACV diluted 1/4 to rinse his coat when we bathe him to give it extra shine and keep his skin supple. I, myself, take raw ACV every day in my morning vitamin smoothy.

Posted by Jina (Joliet Illinois) on 09/24/2018

So I used it on our dogs our German Shepard is grain free no chicken. Tons allergies, eats his feet licks 24/7. I tried ACV he isn't too happy with me but lord I hope this helps!!!! Any advice would be appreciated

Posted by Wendi (Port Arthur, TX) on 07/01/2008

ACV for pets... I have read that it's used for an after bath treatment and in their drinking water. What type/brand of ACV do you use to treat pets for fleas? Wasn't sure if I needed to purchase from health food store or regular grocer. What is the ratio to add to pet's drinking water? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn) on 07/01/2008 495 posts

Hi there, I don't know if you have Save-a-Lot groceries in Texas or not, but here I can get a gallon of ACV for about $2. At Kroger's it's about the same for a quart of ACV.

Posted by Roop (Singapore) on 08/21/2008


My dog has got chronic yeast infection under his neck, underarms, inside the thighs.... have taken him to vet so many times...each time the medication is stopped it hits back again....

i m giving him ACV but its not helping.. also in his drinking water i m adding sea salt n baking soda.. after his bath i gave him a rinse with baking soda....i add flaxseed oil to his food as recommended by vet...but that also has limited use

pls pls pls help me ... i donot want to loose my dog... i m in singapore... have spend so much money ...any remedy or dog food... all the dog food have yeast in it.... which one should i give or any home food which can cure my baby.... pls TED if u reading this help me out... thanks in advance


Posted by W (USA) on 08/22/2008

To Roop from Singapore, Have you tried giving him Probiotics? The antibiotics he was given destroyed the good bacteria and you will need to replace it by giving probiotics for quite a long time (I don't know the dosage). You can also feed him yogurt, maybe even apply yogurt or a probiotic cream topically. Good Luck.

Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn) on 08/23/2008 495 posts

To Roop from Singapore: Hi Roop, MMS is safe for pets also at dosage of 2 drops per 25 lbs, but you might first try a saturated solution of baking soda applied 3 or times per day. I would probably start out with 4 ounces of water for this solution until you decide whether it is working against infection. To make saturated solution of anything just dissolve baking soda or whatever you think will be useful in water until no more will dissolve.

Posted by Melissa (Albuquerque, NM) on 08/24/2008

Try virgin or extra virgin coconut oil topically and give internally also. Do NOT give the processed coconut oil-only virgin or extra virgin. My dog had serious scabs and skin infections all over his belly 2 years ago. I tried everything but nothing worked consistently until evco. I rubbed it on the spots and started giving him 1 teaspoon a day internally working up to 1 tablespoon a day. His skin got better within a couple of days and continued to improve until the infections went away-about 5 days. I believe evco also has other positive properties.

Posted by Lisa (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) on 12/02/2008

To Roop: My dog has the same problem with a yeast dermatitis. We don't want to give her chemicals that will further tax her system but so far nothing has worked - - acupuncture, raw diet, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar (stung!), homeopathy and even Chinese herbal medicine. We were told that our family stress might make her worse so we've been trying as much as possible to be more relaxed human beings! We are now trying a system (it's a kit) from the NZYMES company. Many pets have recovered on this program that consists of sodium chlorite added to food and water (and applied topically to skin), plus a tincture of black walnut and olive leaf (yeast killers) added to food, and some antioxidant treats the dog loves. In a few weeks (all is done gradually so the dog's system is not overloaded) we will start with their probiotics and digestive enzymes. A high quality food must be given dogs with a yeast problem, along with regular baths in a medicated (but gentle) shampoo. Lots of play and love are also recommended, in order to keep up the dog's spirits. Patience is needed because a yeast problem can take up to a year to clear, but we have high hopes and will have to keep her on this program (but at a lower dosage) for the rest of her life. But it's natural, safe, and good for her - it's even good for humans. I suggest you go to their website (NZYMES.COM) and order their kit - you have nothing to lose. That's what we thought! On that website they also have a fabric (soft) collar so the dog can't bite her lesions and you don't have to be constantly saying "no, don't do that!". Tell your dog everyday that you love her and that you know she's getting better! They are so connected to us and to our feelings with their 6th sense that it's important for us to let them know we're doing our best to make them better and that we won't abandon them! And don't EVER get angry! It's not the dog's fault. So please take care and I hope this has helped....LISA

Posted by Janice (Coloma, Mi) on 12/19/2008

I have used the NZYMES on my black lab and they do work. My Lab was on too many anti-biotics and it distroyed her immune system. Now she has chronic yeast problems. The NZYMES did help clear her up. I still give her the treats but not as regularly as I should. Also, it helped to put her on a raw food diet. That was hard to keep up so I feed her Eagle Pack Holistic Formula and throw in some raw meat sometimes.

Posted by LeeAnn (Honolulu, Hawaii) on 12/29/2008

Hi Roop from Singapore, I did an allergy test on my dog. I found out she is allergic to beef, duck, lamb, soy & yeast. Environmental allergies black ant, fleas, roaches, dust mite, mosquitoes and house fly. Monitor your dog food; we now go to a special store to purchase dog food without these product inside. It cost a lot more but her fur is growing back. The food allergy test helped a lot.

Posted by L. (Baltimore, MD, USA) on 12/29/2008

Corn is often an allergen. Our dog was smelling badly when he ate pet store-bought foods. We switched to a food called Flint River Ranch (which has no additives or corn) and now he is smelling less and has a shinier coat.

Posted by Michele (North Vancouver, British Columbia) on 05/11/2009

I feel for you. You must be so scared and sad for your pet. A raw dog food diet will save your dog. It saved my Lab who had such bad allergies she lost her hair. Many people have similar stories of curing most ailments with raw food diet. It ended up being the pond in our yard. Standing water is a horrible culprit.

She is very healthy now. A dog smells and has allergies because of its diet. It's the fillers in the food. I also am convince the meds the vet gives your pet weaken it further. See holistic vets only. I'm convinced many vets get kickbacks for the food and meds they sell. It has been my experience anyway.

Raw food is only a bit more expensive but it costs way less when you include the vet bills

You can always make it yourself too. She still gets itchy paws when she plays in standing water in the warm weather but I spray with acv and it's gone. Her immune system is very healthy now and doesn't suffer. AVC is amazing as indicated above and pests won't be a problem because they can't thrive in an acidic environment.

Posted by Dmarie (Lawrenceville, Ga) on 07/15/2010

To Roop: Give youghurt for skin disorders. Also helps fungal infections.

Posted by Rebecca (Covington, Ky) on 10/21/2010

To Roop from Singapore: Try giving your dog the following food: Science diet prescription - Z/D low allergen. This has helped tremendously w/allergies.

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.

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

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

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 Mandy (Ar) on 07/28/2015

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

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

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects
Posted by Art (Newhall, CA) on 05/07/2008

my two year old wire fox terrier mix has a hot spot and i have been using acv diluted and witch hazel and wonder if he licks it will he get sick? the hot spot is on his right front paw. thank you all , just found this site and love, been telling everyone about it (and iam a la county paramedic)

Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects
Posted by Joyce (Joelton,, Tn) on 05/08/2008 495 posts

The ACV won't hurt your little doggie, but it might heal faster if you make a saturated solution of Epsom salts in apple cider vinegar. To make saturated solution start wotj 4 ounces and add Epsom salts by the 1/2 teaspoonful until no more will dissolve in the ACV. This will not hurt your doggie and the only unwanted side effect you are likely to get is a little diarrhea if he licks too much of the Epsom salts. I used the same stuff on my daughter(about age 6) when she developed deep lesions that certainly resembled what I had seen on a dog (owner told me it was hot spots). The poor thing had them all over her body and I certainly didn't want my daughter to get that bad. She only had 4 or 5 at the back of her head about an inch above the hair line. I swabbed them out 4 times a day with this and it started improving the second day of use and was healed over in a few days.

Posted by Margie (Warren, Michigan) on 06/04/2008

I have an 11 year old Lab/retriever mix. She is suffering from constantly itching, hot spots and has raw spots on her skin from knawing all the time. You mentioned about a "raw" diet - I want to know what that is. She is also suffering big time with arthritis. With the ACV - how much do you give - do you feed it to them - mix it in the food. She is also getting very finicky about eating. Any help I would appreciate it as I am on a very strict budget and can't afford vet bills. ACV seems to be a "cure" all. Thanks.

Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn) on 06/05/2008 495 posts

Hi, Hope your doggie is better. I would put the apple cider vinegar in her drinking water. Start with a teaspoon of ACV to the pint of drinking water, and as she gets used to drinking that increase a little every day or two until you get to about a tablespoon per quart of water. According to Dr. Jarvis and his home remedies that work, it also helps arthritis.

Posted by Rita (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 11/18/2009

Re: dog's itching from environmental/food allergies: my dog absolutely will not drink water or eat food with ACV...I understand there are organic based ACV caplets. Could I use those instead? Would they be as effective as liquid ACV? Thankyou for your posts, everyone! Most helpful!

Posted by Manny (Seattle, Wa) on 10/01/2010

If your dog won't drink the Apple Cider Vinegar in drinking water, try adding the Apple Cider Vinegar to broth water instead. I make my dogs food (chicken or turkey) and as a result I always have broth available. I freeze it. You can use use store bought but its better to use home cooked without added spices. This is also effective for a dog who gets dehydrated and won't drink water. I also use this broth to cook any of the vegetables or other foods that I give him. I went to home made dog food when our other dog was diagnosed with Lymphoma. Broth water solved a lot of issues for trying to get liquids into my dogs.

Posted by Airbmac (Spokane, Wa) on 02/10/2011

Hey I found a great way to give my dog ACV, I poured the ACV into a cup and filled a straw with the ACV and measured how many strawfulls made a teaspoon. Then I held her mouth open and poured the strawfull right down her throat. She was not very happy with me, but I know she will be feeling better soon. Also I had tried everything to get her to take the ACV before I had even tried cooking a little bit of bacon to cover the smell and mixing it in with her food.

Posted by Bld6957 (Sullivan, Illinois, Usa) on 07/27/2011

How much do you actually give your dog each day?

Posted by Kathleen (Phoenix AZ) on 01/22/2023

Our lab mix is 14 and has been going down hill for the past few months .She's blind now. We haShe still eats etc She's eating mostly like she used to and drinks her water. She can't even walk and has lost at least 50% of her weight.I think she's ying. I hold her 24/7 I'm going RIGHT NOW to get her ACV and will report the results It may be too late.

Posted by Sandi (Rehoboth MA)

I personally use it several times day, it works for different problems. All the dogs (7) are on it, from a disabled dachsie to three young healthy dachsies. It helps with arthritis, ear problems, wounds, itching. Adjust ph levels, prevents uti's. Gives them a healthy skin and also cleans out the bodies, like it does for humans

Posted by Alice (Corpus Christi, TX) on 11/03/2008

13 year old standard poodle is falling over from arthritis. Also has bad ears. Has gone from 70 to 50 lbs. I don't want to lose him. Please help.

Posted by Heleen (Eastbourne, Uk) on 01/12/2010

Re arthritis, our black lab Max (11) was diagnosed with severe osteo arthritis and prescribed permanent anti inflammatories. We changed over to raw food diet, which he loves, he gets a homemade cooked vegetable mix with garlic (flea deterrent) ginger (anti inflammatory) and stinging nettles (joint health), cod liver oil and some seaweed. Within 2 weeks he was off the pain killers and when he started his acupucture I felt a bit of fraud for taking him. He has now been signed off for that as well. We are now 8 months on and he is able to run, almost keep up with our whippet pup and is brighter than ever and not a drug in sight. We put him back on ACV after reading this blog (I give it regularly to my chickens as an anti bacterial), just for general health. Mine take it in their drinking water and I have noticed they appear to be drinking more.

Posted by Cindy (San Francisco, California) on 08/28/2011

Hi Heleen,

Good job on giving your dog healthy supplements, the only thing I would change would be replacing the cod liver oil with a whole fish oil. As you know, the job of the liver is to rid the body of toxins. Giving cod liver oil increases the risk of toxins in your dogs diet, depending on the toxins in the liver of the fish. And maybe give a probiotic. If the dog has ever been on an anti-biotic (or a human for that matter), they kill ALL the bacteria in the stamache, the bad ones AND the good ones. They DO NOT "grow" back on their own, they need to be replaced. These are found in milk, yoghurt & cheese products. By giving probiotics, you are promoting a healthy flora in the digestive system, and there by promoting a healthier system in general. Up to 80 per cent of our immune systems are based on our digestive tracts. I have worked for 4 years in the healthy food industry, and off and on for nearly 20 years for a reputable, proffesional dog groomer.

Keep up the good work!

Good luck!

Cindy (San Francisco, Ca.)

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 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 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.

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 Christine (Florida) on 08/03/2018

What type of glucosamine is best for dogs, liquid or pills, and what brand?

Posted by Anonymous (Los Angeles)

Apple cider vinegar didn't help my dog. However, I found that keeping his eyes clear of discharge by using a clean index or thumb finger pad as often as possible cured the issue. You must be very gentle! At first your dog may not particularly like this being done. However, if you are very gentle with the process, your dog will soon allow you to clear his/her eyes and will be forever grateful for this ritual.

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.

Ear and Eye Infections
Posted by Winston1127 (New Paris, OHIO) on 04/28/2009

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.

Ear and Eye Infections
Posted by Joanna (Augusta, Me) on 10/27/2011

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.

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!!!

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 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.

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.

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 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?

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.

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