White Vinegar for Your Dog’s Itchy Skin

White Vinegar for Dog's Itchy Skin

White vinegar for your dog’s itchy skin? While this may sound absurd, white vinegar actually works wonders as a treatment for itchy skin.

If you’re a dog owner, you know how frustrating it can be to watch your furry friend scratch and bite at their skin due to itchiness. While many commercial products are available to alleviate this discomfort, they often come with a hefty price tag and may contain harmful chemicals.

Luckily, you may already have a simple and natural solution in your kitchen pantry: white vinegar.

In this article, we’ll explore why white vinegar for your dog’s itchy skin is a safe recommendation and how it improves their comfort and well-being.

How White Vinegar Helps Itchy Skin

Vinegar’s use to fight infections and other conditions dates back to Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine (460-377 BC). Hippocrates recommended vinegar preparation for treating sores and cleaning ulcerations.

dog wound wiped with cloth soaked in white vinegar | white vinegar for your dog's itchy skinThe treatments worked, and people have been using vinegar ever since. Recently, vets discovered why white vinegar works similarly for your dog’s itchy skin.

Acetic acid and citric acid are the two main ingredients in white vinegar, which helps the skin. This compound is antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral. When you use white vinegar for your dog’s itchy skin, it clears bacteria from skin infections. White vinegar also helps conditions like acne, seborrheic dermatitis, eczema, and yeast.  

Citric acid is an alpha-hydroxic acid. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) help increase skin turnover and reduce human wrinkles and age spots. 

You’re probably not worried about your dog’s wrinkles and age spots–right?!? Moreover, skin turnover also helps keep skin healthier overall.

In addition, vinegar helps restore your dog’s skin to its natural pH.

How to Use White Vinegar for Your Dog’s Itchy Skin

white vinegar for your dog's itchy skinMany people want to use white vinegar for their dog’s itchy skin. Our homemade white vinegar rinse is the perfect itchy skin remedy.

In addition, it is also an excellent solution for your dog’s allergies or skin irritation! Not only is making a white vinegar rinse or spray very easy, but it’s also inexpensive.


 Using the recipe below, you can quickly and easily use white vinegar for your dog’s itchy skin.

white vinegar for your dog's itchy skin | homemade dog anti itch sprayIngredients:

  • Spray bottle, jar, or covered container
  • 1 part water
  • 1 part white vinegar
  • Essential oil (optional)

Adding high-quality essential oil can make the recipe more potent. We recommend adding roughly 10 drops of high-quality lavender essential oil to each recipe cup.


  • Measure enough white vinegar to fill just under one-half of the container you plan to store your vinegar treatment in. (You will want to leave enough room at the end to shake the container.)
  • Add water, in the same amount as the vinegar, to the container.
  • Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
  • Shake well before each use

The white vinegar remedy works best if you apply it to itchy areas 2-3 times daily. Unfortunately, some dogs dislike being sprayed with a spray bottle.   

If your dog doesn’t like being sprayed, you can rub the mixture on with a cloth or cotton ball. Use whichever method is least stressful for your dog.

Finally, use a generous amount of the white vinegar solution every time you apply it to your dog.

Here’s an example (the solution in the video is made with Apple Cider Vinegar, which you can also use):

What if White Vinegar Doesn’t Help My Dog’s Itchy Skin?

Dr Smith ConsultIf you try white vinegar for your dog’s itchy skin and it doesn’t help, you should take your dog to see a vet. Your dog’s skin is the largest organ of its body, and you must keep it healthy. If you think allergies could be causing your dog’s itchy skin, the information below may also help.

More Powerful Tools for Overcoming Dog Allergy Challenges

You can make many quick and easy changes at home to help you give your dog an edge on easing allergy challenges.

An excellent resource is Inside Scoop: TCVM Veterinarians Share Holistic Dog Allergy Protocol.

The article shares Dr. Smith’s holistic recommendations for his clinic patients and includes a link to a free ebook on dog allergies.

person petting a dogAs yet another option, Dr. Smith offers TCVM Telemedicine Consultations for pet parents who have trouble finding holistic or TCVM-trained veterinarians in their area. Dr. Smith helps pets across the United States and eight countries via telemedicine consultations.

White vinegar for your dog’s itchy skin? Let us know if it works! If it doesn’t, let us know via telemedicine consultation, so we can curate a treatment for your furry friend.

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