Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs
There are a great many of holistic vets who recommend the use of raw unfiltered, unprocessed, non-pasteurized, raw, organic ACV for dogs. ACV may be used for dogs as a holistic therapy to address many health issues. It contains many vitamins, minerals, and an abundance of enzymes making it an excellent product to use for dogs for a multitude of purposes. When properly diluted and measured, it can be given internally or topically depending upon the health concerns being addressed. When I discuss apple cider vinegar in this article, I will refer to it as “ACV.” I am specifically discussing raw, unfiltered, organic ACV only. I do not recommend non-organic processed ACV. The goal is to keep dogs as healthy as possible without processed garbage which have toxic properties.
So what are the benefits of ACV?
• Improves digestion
• Reduces episodes of diarrhea and helps with constipation
• Clears urinary tract infections and prevents the formation of kidney and bladder stones
• Improves condition of hair
• Alleviates itchy and dry skin
• Heals burns, wounds, and hot spots, and rashes
• Clears the skin of bacterial and fungal infections
• Relieves and prevents arthritis as it breaks down calcium deposits and adds potassium
• Relieves muscle inflammation and fatigue
• Reduces skin flaking and dander
• Repels fleas and ticks when applied topically
• Makes dogs less likely to eat their own poop
• Acts as a natural antibiotic by preventing the growth of infectious bacteria and viruses
• Reduces tear stains
• Improves ability to adapt to cold temperatures
• Reduces elbow calluses
• Balances the pH levels of the dog’s body
• Clears and prevents ear infections when applied topically
Dr. Marty Goldstein also recommends adding ACV to your dog’s purified drinking water.
1/2 tsp. up to 14 lbs
1 tsp. 15 – 34 lbs
1 1/2 tsp. 35 – 85 lbs
When ACV is given orally, it is best to do so when a dog has some food in his tummy. I give my 10 lb dogs 1/8 tsp in their food and 1/4 tsp in their water. I just began it use it so I am starting with weaker concentrations.
Ringworm is pretty stubborn parasite. Apply a 50/50 solution to the affected area using a cotton ball several times a day.
Dr. Marty Goldstein suggests an ear cleanse for dogs to get rid of excessive debris and wax. ACV also kills yeast and fungus and may be used as an ear wash to combat such ear infections. The solution consists of one teaspoon of ACV to a half cup of distilled water. Put a dropper-full of the solution into the affected ear. After applying the solution inside the ear, massage the outside of the ear so that the solution swishes around inside. After around for around 4 or 5 seconds allow your dog to shake his head. In my experience, I have seen chunks of debris come out using this method. Just wipe away the debris off the inside of the ear gently with a cotton ball. Don’t go deeper inside the ears than your eyes can see. You can do this for a few days and see how things go. It is best to ask a holistic vet for further advice if this method doesn’t help.
Dr. Marty Goldstein recommends a solution of 1/4 cup of ACV and a quart water. Just shampoo thoroughly with doggie shampoo, rinse thoroughly, then poor the ACV solution onto the dog from the back of the neck to the tail. Avoid the top of the head and face. Massage it into the skin then towel dry. Do not rinse out the solution.
For dry, flaky or itchy skin, you may use a solution of 3 parts distilled water and 1 part ACV. Apply solution to affected area using a spray bottle or a cotton ball. I like to start conservatively and then work my way up if necessary.
A 50/50 solution may be applied to a dog’s coat as a tick and flea repellent. Just spray generously, distribute throughout the coat and allow to air dry.
NEVER apply ACV to open wounds or areas that are oozing as it might burn and cause further irritation.
NEVER allow the ACV solutions to get near the eyes or nose unless instructed by a holistic vet. I personally created an eye wash that I have used on myself and my dogs. I combine 1/4 teaspoon of the organic apple cider vinegar with 4 ounces of distilled water. I store it in a glass container and I use a dropper that has a glass tube. I store it in the fridge and I apply it twice a day. Ever since, they accumulate little to no crust in the corners of their eyes and their eyes have brightened up a bit. This eye wash prevents glaucoma too. Again, this is what I PERSONALLY do. I am not saying that you should do this, but if your dog has eye issues, it would be a good idea to make a suggestion to your vet. A holistic vet would be likely to be familiar with this treatment.
You know how some dogs eat their own poop? If Rover’s food is well-digested, the stuff coming out of his body will not be tempting to eat because it will have all been processed. In other words, the yummy factor will be already absorbed into the body and not be in the waiting in the poop for Rover to eat.
The enzymes improve digestion and promotes the growth of the good bacteria and prevents the growth of bad bacteria in the digestive system. The enzymes are effective for in breaking down protein. It makes the process of digestion more efficient. This keeps the body in healthy and promotes healing and improved physical condition.
Like us, not everything agrees with us. If your dog throws up, has diarrhea, scratches excessively or behaves in unusually, it is likely that he has a sensitivity or an allergy of some sort to ACV. Dogs with an allergy to yeast, an irritated stomach or an irritated stomach lining should not use ACV as it might aggravate their systems. One of my dogs got a mark on her tummy which looked similar to an age spot that elderly people get sometimes on their hands. I was able to water down a little bit of ACV and rub it off. I applied a little bit of olive oil and it was fine. I also noticed that her breath smelled like sulfur. When I added digestive enzymes to her food it the breath issue and the age spot thing disappeared completely.
The dosing that is suggested in the video differs from those I have specified in this article, but what I like about the video is that it really gives you the gist of how wonderful ACV is for dogs. The woman who created the video knows her dogs inside and out. Her dogs have done fabulously with what she has given to them. I would recommend using the concentrations which I described because they are likely to be a bit gentler.
I am NOT a vet so keep that in mind. I provide my opinions which are based upon excellent sources. Holistic vets are aware of the use of ACV. Conventional vets are not familiar and usually medicate when an issue develops. If health problems can be prevented or treated holistically, it makes more sense to try less invasive treatment first or to combine them with conventional medicine if absolutely necessary.
|Goldstein, Martin. “An Alphabet of Ailments.” The nature of animal healing the definitive holistic medicine guide to caring for your dog and cat. New York: Ballantine Books, 1999. 186, 201.
Goldstein, Martin, Goldstein Susan. “Diet.” The Goldsteins’ Wellness & Longevity Program. New York: TFH Publications, 2005. 14.
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