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How Dogs Benefit From Apple Cider Vinegar


You may be using apple cider vinegar as a potent home remedy and all-purpose miracle substance—which naturally begs the question, do dogs benefit from apple cider vinegar too?


Here are ways you can help your furry friend live a more comfortable and healthier life, simply and naturally using organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Spring for the good stuff, you’ll be glad you did.

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Here are 7 of the best uses for apple cider vinegar

1. Soothe Itchy Skin

Nothing is more distressing than to see a dog suffering from skin irritations. Medicated itch relief can get expensive. It can also have unwanted side effects if the dog constantly licks the area. It’s nice to be able to reach for something natural, and effective.

If your dog has a rash or itchy skin from poison ivy, insect bites, mange, dry winter air, yeast infections or mild contact dermatitis (a catch-all phrase for itchy skin), use a 50/50 solution of ACV and water. Apply with a spray bottle to itchy skin. Remember to avoid any open sores or wounds, as well as the eyes, nose and mouth.

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2. Natural Skin Care

You can also make a wonderful skin tonic by adding green tea to the mix. Combine ½ cup ACV, ½ cup brewed green tea, and 1 quart distilled water. Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle, shake well before use. This solution will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

  1. Bathe your dog
  2. After rinsing all the shampoo out, pour the mixture over your dog’s coat
  3. Use a washcloth to apply the mixture to your dog’s head, but avoiding the eyes and nose
  4. Do not rinse; just towel dry your dog and let the coat air dry


If it’s not bath day, you can spritz your dog’s coat with the skin tonic before brushing to give the coat a healthy shine. The tonic also helps prevent dandruff, cleans tear stains, and minimizes a strong “doggy” smell.

3. Cure Yeast Infections

To cure topical yeast infections, spray your dog with a 50/50 mix of ACV and water, carefully avoiding any sores or open wounds.

To further assist healing, sprinkle ¼-½ teaspoon ACV on your dog’s food at each meal to help balance gut flora.

4. Repel Insects

If your dog spends any time outdoors, fleas or ticks can decide to make him home. To prevent fleas and ticks from becoming interested in your dog, spray him with a 50/50 solution of ACV and water. This will repel fleas, ticks, and many biting flies and mosquitoes, too.

Add ACV to your dog’s food during flea and tick season—the acidity that makes your dog inhospitable to yeast infections also makes him taste yucky to insects!

5. Natural Ear Care

Dogs’ ears, especially the floppy kinds, can fill with gunk and become irritated. Prevention is always the best cure, so make ACV part of your dog’s routine ear care regimen.

  1. Check your dog’s ears every day for excess wax, bugs, or debris
  2. Soak a cotton ball with 50/50 ACV and water
  3. Gently clean each ear with an individual cotton ball (never share cotton balls in both ears, to prevent spreading an infection from one ear to the other)
  4. It’s okay to squeeze a bit of the solution into the ear; when your dog shakes her head, the solution will help loosen and remove anything that’s deeper in the ear canal
  5. Repeat until the cotton ball comes out clean
  6. Dry each ear with a clean cotton ball

6. Happy Joints

A warm ACV compress can help soothe arthritis pain, and adding ACV to your dog’s food can help dissolve calcium deposits. To make a compress:

  1. Heat up a 50/50 ACV mixture, either on the stovetop or microwave
  2. Soak a washcloth in the mixture
  3. Squeeze out the excess and apply directly to the achy joints

7. Good Health

Hippocrates said, “all disease begins in the gut” and the same is true for dogs. Giving your dog ACV with their meals every day or even a few times a week consistently will contribute to healthy gut flora, which helps the digestive system work optimally for better overall health.


Final Thoughts

Before using ACV, please note:

  • Never apply ACV to open wounds or sores
  • Adjust the recommended solution or dosage as needed: when giving orally, use about one teaspoon per 50 pounds of body weight per day; you can use a dropper to give a toy dog their micro-dose
  • Stop using ACV immediately if your dog has any adverse reaction
  • Many dogs do not love the taste so avoid adding ACV to your dog’s drinking water, as it may make them drink less. Sprinkling it on their food is a safer bet. It’s a little harder to mask the taste and smell on dry kibble, but fairly easy to hide in wet or raw food.
  • Use your best judgment about when it’s time to see the vet!


Here is another great product for skin and ear infections. Zymox

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  • Certified Organic Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is unfiltered, unheated, unpasteurized and 5% acidity, and...
  • Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar is organically grown, processed and bottled in accordance with the California Organic Foods...
  • 32 oz Bottle X 1
  • It's a wholesome way to add delicious, light flavor to most foods. GLUTEN FREE. NON-GMO CERTIFIED.
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  1. I never cease to be amazed at the endless benefits of ACV. It’s practically the only medicine we need! And conditioner….and cleaning product…I swear, the list is ten feet long! Thanks for this great and creative post about treating animals with apple cider vinegar.

    • Thanks Penelope, it really is the best stuff around. I’ve been drinking it again and can feel the benefits. Appreciate your visit and comment!

  2. I was just looking for a way to clean my dogs ears out, they are pretty bad. I am not surprised that apple cider vinegar is a solution. ACV is used for so many different applications, it’s really quite amazing. I am also going to try adding this to her food, per your advice for fleas. Very informative article, thank you very much for sharing this.

  3. Hello Lisa, let us know how it goes for the ticks. I’m sure it will work well for your dog. Thank you for visiting!

  4. Wow, I knew ACV was great stuff and I’ve uses it to successfully cure veruccas in the past but dogs benefit too, who knew?! It makes sense and I love the six ways you suggest using it. My neighbour has dogs with floppy ears, I’ll be sure to suggest cleaning with ACV and water when I see her. In fact, I’ll show her this post!

  5. Wow, this is very useful article. I usually have apple cider vinegar in my regular diet because of amazing health benefits it has, but it never knew that it is good for dogs too, thank you for such a great read.

  6. I’ve personally used ACV for it’s many benefits, but have not used it for the dog. Being quite the hunter, the little Yorkie Terrier mix here is an avid hunter of lizards, bees, toads, snakes, etc. She’s been known to have itchy feet from poison ivy and certain grasses in the Spring and Summer too, so I could try the ACV mixture to see if it helps her. I might also add some ACV to her wet food and watch for the many ways it will benefit her. Thanks for always having great tips on your site! 🙂

    • Hi Colleen, thank you for visiting! Please come back and let us know how the ACV works out for your little dog. My terriers LOVE to chase lizards too!

  7. Wow, so many wonderful uses! I have two dogs, and Cooper is very allergic to what ever is outside. I pay $52 a month for an allergy shot. This is definitely worth a shot. I happen to have this exact vinegar on hand, and a spray bottle. I like that it will also work against fleas. I watch another dog every day, and he comes over quite often smelling like vinegar. I am thinking maybe they are spraying him for fleas? Fleas are a HUGE problem here. I spend another $30 a month for a flea pill 🙁 I am going to try the solution out and see how effective it is. Thank you so much!

    • I really hope it works for Cooper so you can not only save money, but get him away from the toxic chemicals. I know sometimes they are necessary, but if you can go natural, all the better for our precious pups. Sounds like the dog you watch is already using it, that’s great! I’m surprised he smells like it, because it usually dissipates right away. Have you tried wiping down Cooper’s paws and fur with a wash cloth when he comes in? Maybe you could try wiping him down with the 50/50 ACV. Please let us know how it goes for you, thank you!

  8. Wow! I never thought about using ACV on dogs. Our dog has recurring ear issues as well as constantly licking her feet, which the vet says is a low-grade allergy. I’m going to show your page to my daughter so we can start using ACV to help our dog! Thank you so much for this information.

    • Hi Megan, hope it helps your fur kid. Let us know how it goes. It works really well in Summer time for fleas and allergies.

  9. Incredible I could use this for my dog because she has fleas at the moment! maybe this will help in the battle against them!

    Vinegar has so many benefits that I didn’t even realise, i’ll have to pick this up 100%

    Thanks for this 🙂

  10. Interesting! I like to use natural products and I too think apple cider vinegar is fantastic. Thanks for sharing all the great ideas in this post to help our furry dog friends. Since I don’t have a dog, I wonder if a cat would approve anything that is sprayed with ACV? Cats can also have issues with ticks and fleas. Next time I will have a cat, I would give it a try. (Sadly, my previous cat was run over by a car in November last year so I don’t have a pet for the moment 🙁 ).

    • Hi Marika, yes, it will surely help cats with fleas and ticks. I’m so sorry to hear about your kitty, that’s devastating! Losing a pet is the worst…

  11. Another great post!
    First coconut oil and now even apple cider vinegar!
    I know of the endless benefits it can bring to our health, but to think it can do so much for our pups as well, just WOW!
    I’m always up for the natural alternatives, and considering all ACV can do compared to buying chemical products for each of the issues listed above, i’m in to use it ASAP!
    Of course i will take your advice and pay attention, as there is times when they do need the vets care.
    But i really thank you for teaching me of more natural alternatives to care for our pups health!
    I look forward to more knowledge Tammy 😀

    • Hello Annette, apple cider vinegar is one of the best natural alternatives for our pets. I hope you get some good results with it, thank you!

  12. I’m amazed how many benefits ACV has in general and to top it, I can also use it for my dog. Fleas are a problem everywhere and this appears to be the best solution. I will also try it for ear care. Thanks a lot for sharing this valuable information with all of us (dog owners). Keep up the good work!

  13. This is amazing! I never knew Apple Cider Vinegar would have these benefits for my fur babies. Thanks for the eye-opener. This also seems an economical way to practice. What a great way to be practical yet natural. I super appreciate this. Again, thanks Tammy. Your articles are very helpful =)

    • Thanks JR, I’m all about the natural stuff for our pets. Hope you get a chance to try it out and it works well for your fur baby. 🙂

  14. this is amazing! i had no idea of the amazing benefits of ACV, it’s something we all have lying around the house so it’s amazing to know that it does such good for dogs! i will definitely be passing this article on and bookmarking.
    I also agree that it is better to get the good stuff as it is well worth it!
    i look forward to more insightful articles!

  15. You always come up with ways I would have never thought of as far as taking care of your pet. It is a fact that they need us for these things because they can’t do it alone. This really expresses how you feel about the human-pet and it is wonderful information to help us that don’t know any better.

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