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Apple Cider Vinegar For Dogs Everything You Need to Know

ACV has enzymes plus gut-friendly bacteria for the win!

By: Modern Pets

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Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs, Why you may want to try it for your pet!

"Many vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients and substances are available in Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to improve the health of your dog,” says Dr. Alicia McWatters, Ph.D. and Certified Nutritional Consultant.

ACV provides dogs with enzymes and a whole host of important minerals and vitamins, including potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, iron, bioflavonoids, beta-carotene, and vitamins C, E, B1, B2, and B6. It also contains tannins from the crushed cell walls of fresh apples, as well as pectin (fiber) and malic acid.

How ACV can benefit dogs:

  • Boost the immune system.
  • Improve skin and coat (i.e. hotspots, dander, itchiness, fleas).
  • Fight urinary tract infections.
  • Thought to help with arthritis, cancer, kidney and bladder stones, metabolism, and candida (aka yeast), among other conditions.

English Bulldog News ( shares, “Yeast is a huge problem amongst this breed. One common denominator in combating canine candidiasis is ACV. The reason being is that ACV tackles yeast and fungus from the inside out by creating a more alkalizing environment which, in turn, encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria. By adding live cultures to your bully's diet, you are helping to combat and/or prevent yeast overgrowth. Signs of yeast in bulldogs include brown, red or "off" colouring in the fur (especially below the eyes, on the chin, and in-between their paws). Other signs include brown discharge in the ear, constant itching or licking of paws, rubbing head/ears against surfaces to relieve itching. If you notice these signs, there is a good chance that your precious pup is battling yeast and he/she should be examined by your vet to ensure a proper diagnosis. Upon a positive diagnosis of yeast, ask your vet if it would be a good idea to start an Apple Cider Vinegar regimen.” 

Want to give Apple Cider Vinegar for dogs a try?

Be sure to use organic, unpasteurized (raw), unfiltered, naturally fermented ACV. Look for the sediment in the bottom called “the mother” and you’ll know you’ve got the right stuff.

*Do NOT buy white distilled vinegar, as it has none of the beneficial elements of ACV.


Dr. McWatters recommends 1 teaspoon for small dogs and 1 tablespoon for medium-large dogs, added to their food once a day (others recommend adding it your dog’s drinking water but some dogs don’t like the taste).

You can also use it as a:

Conditioning Rinse. Use diluted ACV as a final rinse after bathing your dog. Dilute 1 cup ACV with 4 cups of water. Pour the rinse over your dog’s coat. Always avoid the eye area and always dilute—ACV can sting if undiluted.

Paw soak. Fill a container (large enough to submerge paw in) with warm water and add a cup of ACV. Soak your dog’s paw for 5 to 10 minutes.

Before you try apple cider for dogs you may want to check with your Vet first!


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