Have you heard?
Apple cider vinegar for dogs might be worth considering. Apple cider vinegar has been around forever! Maybe you cook with it. Or you may use it for cleaning. You could use it to clean your skin or even condition your hair. But have you tried it on your dog?
What is apple cider vinegar?
It’s made from fermented apple juice. This stuff is pretty simple and straight forward; no extra chemicals, coloring, flavoring, etc. You can make it at home if you want to, although I’d rather buy it and save time. If you’re interested, here is a link to Wikihow about making your own.
It seems that most of its benefits come from its acidic makeup and strong smell. Like most things, it can have some side effects if not used correctly, or too much is used, but it’s fairly harmless. Also easy to access and pretty cheap.
Why we started studying apple cider vinegar
Our elderly rescue dog, Janey, who is no longer with us, got frequent hot spots because of food allergies. As much as we tried to keep her diet controlled, sometimes she ate foods that disagreed with her.
Before long, she’d start scratching incessantly, leading to an angry-looking hot spot. Read my post for more about Janey’s hot spots; what are hot spots? Those things made her so uncomfortable. Sometimes she’d cry in pain.
They would put her on steroid cream and antibiotics at the vet, which always upset her stomach. The hot spots would clear up, but not without other issues to deal with. There had to be a better way to treat her problem.
Uses for dogs
I started googling. Apple cider vinegar kept coming up, not only for hot spots but other things as well. I found a long list of issues that might benefit from this stuff. Some of the conditions I found that it might help are:
- Skin irritations and hot spots
- Insect repellent
- Various infections
- Insect bites
- Arthritis pain
- Urinary tract infections
- Other species-specific conditions
I haven’t tried any of these other applications on our dogs yet, but it sounds promising. Because of the acidic content, many of these uses require some care and preparation. However, I plan to do some more research and try some of this out. Whenever a natural option can be helpful, it’s worth considering.
Finding out more about apple cider vinegar for dogs
I found apple cider vinegar when I was trying to find a treatment for hot spots. Now that I know other possibilities for this stuff, I’ll be searching for information on all of these other possibilities. These posts from PetMD or HomeRemedies.com might be helpful ways to find out more.
As in any pet health situation, you should double check with your vet to be sure conditions are being treated appropriately. You don’t want to miss something important. The vet is the best first source of advice and treatment.
Have you tried apple cider vinegar with any of your pets? Tell me about it in the comments, below.
We like to use natural remedies when possible. If you do too, here are a few other posts that you might be interested in.