Vinegar Dog Treatments

Apple Cider Vinegar Dog Treatments

Apple cider vinegar has a long history of use for humans, but did you know that your precious pooch can benefit from these simple home remedies as well?

Practically any human use for apple cider vinegar can be also be used on dogs. Below are some vinegar dog treatments we think you will find very helpful!

Apple Cider Vinegar Dog Treatments for Health Problems

Your dog can reap the following benefits by ingesting apple cider vinegar at a ratio of 1 teaspoon per 15 lbs of body weight. It can be added to your dog’s food or its daily water. Use whichever method works best for your pet! (Always make sure to use apple cider vinegar rather than distilled vinegar when given as a food supplement.)

Apple cider vinegar contains over 30 important nutrients, 6 vitamins, 12 minerals, essential acides, enzymes, and a large dose of pectin. It is a good source of potassium and has excellent antibacterial and antifungal properties to boost the immune system.

Apple cider vinegar will help maintain your dogs acid/alkaline balance. You can test your dog’s urine with pH strips from the drug store. The dog’s balance should be between 6.2 and 6.5. If your dog’s numbers are lower the urine is too acidic. Adding apple cider vinegar to the diet will help re-establish the correct balance.

Apple cider vinegar will also improve digestion and  act as a urinary system tonic. It has been shown to clear urinary tract infections and prevent the formation of bladder and kidney stones.

According to Organic Pet Digest, “Apple cider vinegar has also been found to be helpful in the treatment of the following: allergies, osteoporosis, cancer, candida, high cholesterol, constipation, muscle cramps, diarrhea, depression, ear discharge, eczema, fatigue, bladder problems, metabolism and stiff joints.”

Note: When using vinegar externally it is better to use distilled white vinegar on light colored dogs.  Apple cider vinegar may stain the coats of light colored dogs.

Vinegar Dog Treatments for Urinary Tract Infections

Apple cider vinegar is a urinary system tonic. It will  clear urinary tract infections and prevent the formation of kidney and bladder stones.  (Always make sure to use apple cider vinegar rather than distilled vinegar when given as a food supplement.) A good dosage is 1 teaspoon per 15 lbs of body weight per day

Vinegar Dog Treatments for Coat & Skin Health

To eliminate dandruff, pour full-strength vinegar directly on your dogs fur after bathing and rinsing. (This will also rejuvenate the coat and help balance your dog’s skin pH levels.)

For a shiny, healthy coat mix 1 cup of vinegar with 2-4 cups of water and use as a final rinse.

Spray vinegar full-strength on your dog’s coat to normalize the pH balance of its skin. (This is one of my personal favorites! It also helps eliminate hot spots, makes the coat very shiny, deodorizes the fur, and helps repel fleas and ticks.)

Vinegar Dog Treatments for Itching

Itchy skin and hot spots will heal quickly when sprayed with apple cider vinegar, and may keep you from having to shave your dog. Fill a clean spray bottle using full strength vinegar unless your pet’s skin is broken, in which case you should dilute half and half with water.

For itchy feet soak your dogs’s paws in full strength apple cider vinegar. (Dogs with skin allergy problems often have itchy feet. If you notice your dog aggressively chewing on it’s feet , this should help.)

Vinegar Dog Treatments for Ear Problems

Clean your dog’s ears with full strength apple cider vinegar. Do this by placing several drops in each ear and gently massage. You can also apply full strength to a cotton swab to clean the ears.

Place a 5-10 drops of vinegar in your dogs ear as needed to treat ear infections.

Vinegar Dog Treatments for Pet Accidents and Other Things

To treat pet stains on carpets mix 1 part vinegar with 3 parts water. (For light or white carpets it is best to use white distilled vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar.) Pour this mixture onto stained areas and blot (do not rub) dry.

For a smelly coat, spray on full-strength vinegar and allow it to air dry.

Spray pet bedding with vinegar to freshen and deodorize.  You can also add vinegar while laundering to freshen bedding.


Becki Baumgartner (83 Posts)

Becki Baumgartner is the Practice Manager and herbalist at the Natchez Trace Veterinary Services Belle Meade Location. Becki is a member of the American Holistic Medical Association. She graduated from Clayton College in 2011 with a BS in Natural Health, Minor in Herbology, obtained her Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Certification in 2012, and her Tennessee Naturalist Certification in 2013. She is currently in the process of obtaining Master Herbalist Certification from the Academy of Natural Health Sciences. In her spare time she enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her husband and three children. Her current projects include working as a Volunteer Naturalist for Metro Parks, facilitating a weekly Reiki Share, and facilitating Reiki, Herbology and Holistic Living classes and workshops in the Nashville Area. Chat with Becki on Google+ | LinkedIn | Facebook

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  1. Guin says:

    I have read your post about vinegar. There are three kinds of vinegar. I need clarification on which to use for my dog, externally and internally. Clear distilled, clear apple cider, and organic with “the mother”. The organic “mother” used externally for hot spots tends to make her smell bad. Please advise thanks.

  2. Bruser says:

    You should be using organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the mother. Bragg has the best.

  3. The Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the “mother” is the best to use. The “mother” is made of chain like enzymes that destroy bacteria. An absolutely amazing product. Clear distilled vinegar does not posses the enzymes that destroy bacteria both internally and externally. I have been using “Braggs” ACV for all my dogs for years and even created my own product with ACV called KetchPup. The benefits are endless and life changing. I hope this helps and great work, your dog is going to love you.

  4. Trish says:

    I tried to order KetchPup, but the web site says it will not be available for several months. Is there a recipe one can make at home until the product is available? I have a 90 lb. dog and need to get 2 Tbsp. of ACV into her per day. Just started with 1 tsp per meal. Not sure if she will tolerate 1 Tbsp. per meal.

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  6. jd says:

    I just bathed my rottwiler with dish soap and after her bath i duluted white vinager and water and sprayed it on her i mixed itin a small spray bottle half vinager and have water and i do this after every bath using white vinager that siad delutted with water will this hurt my dod by putting a teaspoon of this in her water please email me back ty jd

  7. Sarah says:

    I just wanted to add a note that may help others -- My Corgi started licking his front paw Friday evening and all weekend long which has been driving us nuts! He’s never had any health, skin or allergy issues. We tried socks, bandage, Kong with peanut butter, etc. to get him to stop licking and as a last resort poured pure white vinegar on his foot at full strength. About 2 cups worth.

    The moment we did this he immediately relaxed and has ignored his foot ever since. I rinsed with cool water afterwards and will keep an eye on it but the immediate transformation was amazing. The top of paw is red/irritated but there is no broken skin or bumps/sign of injury so felt safe doing so. This blog makes us feel much better about the decision to use vinegar and thank you for posting this discussion!

  8. kerria gorton says:

    can I use white vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar for my dogs ear?

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