Apple Cider Vinegar Dog Treatments for Health ProblemsYour dog benefits from ingesting apple cider vinegar at a ratio of 1 teaspoon per 50 lbs of body weight. Simply add the solution to your dog’s food or 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, enzymes, and a large dose of pectin. Furthermore, vinegar is a good source of potassium and has excellent antibacterial and antifungal properties to boost the immune system. Apple cider vinegar helps 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 also improves digestion and acts as a urinary system tonic. Vinegar 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.”As a general supplement and as a digestive aid, a good rule of thumb is to start at 1 teaspoon per 50 lbs of body weight mixed in your pet’s food twice daily.
- Pets 5- 12.5 lbs – 1/4 tsp twice daily
- Pets 12.5-25 lbs – 1/2 tsp twice daily
- Pets 25 – 37.5 lbs – 3/4 tsp twice daily
- Pets 37.50-50 lbs 1 tsp twice daily
- Pets 50-62.5 lbs 1 1/4 tsp twice daily
- Pets 62.5-75 lbs 1 1/2 tsp twice daily
- Pets 75-87.5 lbs 1 3/4 tsp twice daily
- Pets 87.5 – 100 lbs 2 tsp twice daily
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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.Here are a few simple uses of vinegar.