Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a pantry item that not only serves as a good dressing for your salad, but can benefit your dog as well.

This type of vinegar is made by combining apples and water. The ingredients undergo a fermentation process that leads to the production of acetic acid, which is the main component of apple cider vinegar.

The vinegar is very safe for human intake, as well as for a dog to consume or for topical application. There are quite a bit of ailments that can be treated with apple cider vinegar, these include:

-Itchy, flaking skin and dull coats
-Relief from hot spots
-Repelling fleas
-Keeping a dog’s ears clean, lessening the chance of infection
-Fighting yeast infections on dogs’ paws
-Diluting pet stains and odors in the home

For topical use, create an apple cider vinegar rinse for after your dog’s bath, as a remedy for irritated skin or a dry coat. The proper dosage is 1 cup ACV per 2-4 cups water. This combination can also be used as a mild flea repellent. Keep in mind that although apple cider vinegar can help keep fleas away, it is not the ultimate remedy to an infestation.

It’s common for dogs to get yeast infections in their paws. Soaking your dogs paws in the solution mentioned above might help relieve itchiness and fend off the yeast.

As a disinfectant, dilute ACV 50-50 with water and use it with a sprayer or sponge. Using vinegar might be a better way to reduce your dog’s exposure to chemicals that could otherwise hurt them.

Apple cider vinegar can also be given to your dog orally to help with prevention of urinary track infections and help dissolve bladder stones. For this purpose, you can add a teaspoon of ACV to your dog’s water bowl. Start with small amounts and increase as your dog gets used to the taste. Always provide your dog with a fresh water bowl option to avoid reducing their water intake. Be mindful of adverse reactions such as vomiting or furious scratching. If these occur, discontinue the use of the vinegar and consult with your vet.

The information here is not a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified veterinarian. Always check with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your pet’s condition or treatment.