White Vinegar for Dog’s Itchy Skin

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

Many people are interested in using 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!

And making a white vinegar rinse or spray is very easy and inexpensive.

How White Vinegar Helps Itchy Skin

Using vinegar to fight infections and other conditions dates back to the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates (460-377 BC). 

Hippocrates recommended a vinegar preparation for treating sores and cleaning ulcerations.

The treatments worked, and people have been using vinegar ever since. 

Acetic acid and citric acid are the two main ingredients in white vinegar to help the skin.

Acetic acid is antifungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral.

When you use white vinegar for your dog’s itchy skin, it clears bacteria from skin infections.

White vinegar also helps other conditions like acne, seborrheic dermatitis, eczema, and yeast.

Citric acid is an alpha-hydroxic acid. Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) helps increase skin turnover and helps with wrinkles and age spots in humans. 

You’re probably not worried about your dog’s wrinkles and age spots–right?!?

However, skin turnover also helps keep skin healthier overall.

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


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


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

You can make the recipe more potent by adding some high-quality essential oil.

We recommend adding roughly 10 drops of high-quality lavender essential oil to each cup of the recipe.


  • 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.

Simply use whichever method is least stressful for your dog.

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

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

If you try the white vinegar recipe and it doesn’t help your dog’s itchy skin, you should definitely take your dog to see a vet.
Your dog’s skin is the largest organ of his or her body, and you need to 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

There are many quick and easy changes you can make 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 the holistic recommendations Dr. Smith offers his clinic patients. It also includes a link to a free ebook on dog allergies.

As 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 all over the United States and eight different countries via telemedicine consultations.

If you are interested in a telemedicine consultation, just contact us!

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