The Benefits of Adding Apple Cider Vinegar to your Dog’s Diet

applesFor centuries people have been using apple cider vinegar to improve their health as well as for the heath of their pets. Raw apple cider vinegar is packed with potassium. One tablespoon contains 11 mg. When it is combined with foods that have significant vitamins it helps the body assimilate them. It will also help the body absorb calcium and other minerals. Vinegar helps prevent the growth of bacteria and viruses in the digestive tract. My theory is that this helps reduce the chance that your dog will have any issues with harmful microbes that may be in the raw meat you are feeding them. Especially because it will not effect the body’s beneficial bacteria. You can add it to their food or water, or apply it topically to your dog’s skin. If using topically for the first time, test it on a small patch of skin to be sure your dog doesn’t have an allergic reaction. Adding a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar daily to fresh water can help with eyes, teeth and coats. It is also a non-toxic cleaning product that is safe to use around your furry friends. You can use it to disinfect toys, deodorize bedding and to help remove pet stains.

Vinegar in general has a low pH. While water is neutral with a pH of 7, most vinegars are in the 2 to 5 pH range. Apple cider vinegar is in the 4.25 to 5 pH range making it less acidic than most vinegars. ACV, white vinegar and balsamic vinegar are the most familiar vinegars and are available at your local supermarket. Organic apple cider vinegar is made by crushing organic apples into a cider which is then aged in wooden barrels. The finished product is dark and cloudy because it is raw and unfiltered. It is usually light brown or orange color.

Apple cider vinegar can help with ailments such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Allergies
  • Skin Problems like dandruff and static control

It also helps:

  • Cholesterol problems
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Sinus infections
  • Regulate blood sugar levels
  • Regulate blood pressure
  • muscle aches
  • sunburn
  • insect bites and stings

I also like to add it into some of my vegetable purees. My dogs seem to love the taste.

Have you ever used apple cider vinegar for yourself or your dog? How do you use it?


Puotinen, CJ. The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar to Dogs. The Whole Dog Journal. January 2012


5 thoughts on “The Benefits of Adding Apple Cider Vinegar to your Dog’s Diet

  1. I’ve used apple cider vinegar to help ease sunburn pain, and I’ve used it as a household cleaning disinfectant, although for the household use, I like white vinegar better. Aside from adding it to your dog’s water or veggie purée, how else would you reccomend feeding it with the raw food? Add a teaspoon to the dish and mix it in?

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  3. I tried to give my older boy some Apple cider vinegar with his dinner the other night…
    I’ve never seen him eat so slowly and so disdainfully (usually he gobbles his food gleefully!!), and he even left some kibble in the bottom of the bowl!!! I can’t say he was the biggest fan of the stuff!

    • Haha, my dogs don’t really enjoy it in their food either unless it in minimal amounts in their veggy purees. They seem to love it when I add it to their water though. I just add about a teaspoon to their fresh water once or twice a week.
      Thanks for sharing!

      • I suppose maybe I should have googled ‘how to give your dogs apple cider vinegar’ before trying to put it in his food! Maybe I’ll give it a try in their water – I wonder how our two cats will feel about that!

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