Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits for Dogs

Apple cider vinegar combined with olive oil makes a tasty salad dressing, but apple cider vinegar is a product that has many uses. Many people use apple cider vinegar to reap the benefits of its medicinal properties. After all, it is inexpensive and it works. Apple cider vinegar is even good for your dog, too.


Apple cider vinegar is rich in vitamins and minerals. It can be beneficial to your dog's health in many ways. It's inexpensive and effective. By using apple cider vinegar, you can eliminate the need for many other costly products. Don't worry, you won't have to chase your dog or try and hold him down as if you are trying to administer medicine. Simply add a teaspoon to his food or water 2 to 3 times per week. It can be given in water daily as long as it is well diluted.


Apple cider vinegar can aid your dog's digestion and increase his appetite. It balances the ph levels of the body and helps to boost the immune system. If your dog suffers from bouts of constipation, diarrhoea or stomach upset, apple cider vinegar can help to stabilise the elimination process.

Skin and Coat

Apple cider vinegar is excellent for healthy skin and coat. Apple cider vinegar helps to clear up dry skin and skin irritation while leaving the coat soft and shiny. It also aids in the elimination of dandruff and lessens shedding. Apple cider vinegar also has natural deodorant properties and will remove odour from your dog's coat leaving it smelling clean and fresh. The vinegar smell dissipates rapidly.

Flea Control

Apple cider vinegar can help to get rid of fleas and keep them gone. If your dog has fleas, you can bathe him with a mild shampoo and add the vinegar to the rinse water. The fleas will drown in the soapy water and the vinegar will help remove them from the fur. Fleas detest both the smell and taste of apple cider vinegar. You can also mix a solution of water and apple cider vinegar in a new spray bottle and mist your dog's fur. Adding the vinegar to the dog's drinking water will acidify the skin keeping fleas at bay. It also alleviates the itch of flea bites and other skin irritation.


Bacteria can cause ear infections in dogs. Since apple cider vinegar has natural antibacterial properties it can prevent the growth of bacteria. It can be used to cleanse a dog's ears by dipping a cotton ball in a solution of vinegar and water. Your dog's ears are sensitive and delicate so be gentle when caring for them.


If your dog suffers from the pain of arthritis apple cider vinegar can help ease the discomfort. It breaks down the calcium deposits that develop in joints causing pain and stiffness. Apple cider vinegar also replaces depleted potassium levels. It can also be beneficial for dogs that suffer from hip dysplasia.


Apple cider vinegar can be used to treat certain ailments and also as a preventive measure to keep your dog healthy. Among its many benefits, it also helps prevent tooth decay and tear stains. Always make sure apple cider vinegar is well diluted in water and don't give it to your dog on an empty stomach otherwise he may not tolerate it well and vomit. Do not use it around your pet's eyes or on areas that are open such as a cut or scratch as it will burn. Although apple cider vinegar has many health benefits, it is not a cure all. If your pet needs medical care, see your veterinarian.

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About the Author

Darlene Zagata has been a professional writer since 2001, specializing in health, parenting and pet care. She is the author of two books and a contributing author to several anthologies. Zagata attended the Laurel Business Institute to study in the medical assistant/secretarial program. She earned her associate degree through the U.S. Career Institute.