Vinegar is being used for centuries in cuisines, as a household cleanser, for health treatment, hair care and skin treatments. But do you know some dog lovers also add vinegar to their pets’ food? Vinegar, especially apple cider vinegar works wonders for the health of your dog.
What Is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar which is made by fermenting apple cider. The fermentation process consists of fermenting sugars into alcohol and then alcohol is further fermented to get vinegar. ACV may not contain all the essential nutrients but when combined with other nutrient-rich food, it becomes an effective digestion aid. ACV lovers say, that it has various benefits for both humans and dogs, including:
- Relieves pain in arthritis
- Promotes hair growth
- Improves digestion
- Works effectively on skin with bacterial and fungal infections
- Good aid for itching
- Helps to avoid ear infections
How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Your Dog?
For ticks and fleas:
Even though your dog may seem healthy and clean, at some point it may become susceptible to tick and flea infection. You’d find various sprays, powders & other products in the market. But some people prefer the natural approach to this problem like using apple cider vinegar. The main ingredient in ACV is the acetic acid which acts as tick and flea repellent.
Just before you take your dog out, spray a 50/50 solution of ACV and water.
Add some ACV in your dog’s food or water during flea and tick season.
You may also follow the following method:
Mix 1/2 cup of ACV with 1/2 cup of brewed green tea (cooled) and 1 cup distilled water. After the bath, apply the ACV mix on your pet’s skin and massage. Rinse well and pat dry. For added benefits, allow the ACV mix to air dry.
For ear cleaning:
You may have noticed your dog itching its ears. Dogs often develop ear problems. To avoid this, clean your dog’s ears regularly for wax and gunk. Simply dip a cotton ball into a solution of apple cider vinegar and water (50/50). Swab out until you see no gunk on the cotton ball.
For itchy skin:
Have your dog been itching very frequently? Apple cider vinegar can again come to the rescue. The best way to get rid of itchy skin and rashes is to spray a 50/50 solution of ACV and water on the affected area.
You may also add ACV in their food or water. Some veterinarians suggest feeding 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon twice daily since yeast does not do well in the acid environment ACV creates.