Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs
The first thing that you should know is that apple cider vinegar is made of many different minerals and vitamins that are good for not only humans, but for dogs too. These include potassium, calcium, vitamins A, C, and E, as well as amino acids and enzymes. This may come as a surprise that humans and dogs need the same sort of vitamins and minerals and can benefit equally from apple cider vinegar.
ACV fights off fungal infections and bacteria, which is even better for outdoor dogs. It can also balance the level of acid alkaline in the blood. Dogs with arthritis or hip dysplasia can benefit from ACV as it helps to wear down built-up calcium deposits in joints.
Apple cider vinegar aids in softening skin and fur, and is good for digestive problems, kidney problems, and heart problems. It is an all around great addition to the water dish. You will not ever want to try to give your dog ACV that has not been diluted with water. Not only will they likely avoid it like the plague, cider vinegar by itself can be quite potent. You can use it in their water to help them ingest a small amount of it directly, or you could use it on their coat during a bath. It acts as a kind of repellent to fleas as well as a fur cleanser and softener; much like a little puppy conditioner.
You’ll want to use small doses for your dogs. In their water, add about 1 teaspoon for every fifteen pounds of your dog’s weight. On your dog’s skin, dilute about 2 tablespoons in 1 quart of water.
Feeding it to your dogs can help them regain their appetite if they’ve been having trouble eating, and aid dogs that are suffering from diarrhea, vomiting, or constipation. It is also known to boost their immune system, and leave them with better smelling skin and less of an odor in fecal matter. It’s advised to give them a dose 2 or 3 times a week but no more than that.
It is safe for your dogs to consume in the right dosage, and in some cases, even advisable. Just be sure that if you decide to treat your dog with apple cider vinegar, that you keep in mind its potency and dilute it accordingly.