Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Apple Vinegar is often touted as the cure for everything...it is not but it can helpful for some conditions.

Apple Cider Vinegar is fermented apples and the one you'll want to look for is an organic version such as Bragg Organic with the "mother" which is the floaty bits and this is why you'll shake it before use.

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Yeast is commonly recognised when a dog's skin, feet, or ear canals smells like corn chips, some dogs are more prone to the conditions than others i.e. ones with skin folds and big floppy ears.

Yeast doesn't like an acid environment and that's what ACV can make when you apply it topically or take it internally - we're not aware of any scientific study in dogs to validate its effectiveness, we can only go by anecdotal evidence at this time.

 

When giving internally, start with a small amount and build up and mix well into wet food - this is a daily amount.

  • 1 teaspoon for dogs up to 7 kilos

  • 2 teaspoon for dogs 7 to 15 kilos

  • 1 tablespoon for dogs 15 to 40 kilos

  • 1-2 tablespoons for dogs over 40 kilos

When applying topically, it should be mixed in a 50:50 solution with filtered water (without chlorine that kills the good bacteria) - it should never be applied to cuts, scabs, or wounds as it will sting.

Some people suggest putting it in your dog's water, we generally don't advise this as it could put your dog off from drinking water.

If you would like to learn more about other uses of ACV, head here to read an article by the Whole Dog Journal. Please be aware that most articles you read about dosage will be different, they're only guidelines.