Apple cider vinegar, in it’s raw, organic and unpasteurised form has many health benefits for humans, dogs, cats and horses.
To be effective, apple cider vinegar (ACV) must contain the 'mother', that slightly stringy substance in a cloudy vinegar. The clear, pristine bottles on the supermarket shelves won't have the mother, or the benefits. Ours does and so has the antibacterial properties, iron, potassium and magnesium which makes our ACV brilliant at tackling external and internal problems.
Added to water or food regularly it will keep your dog, cat or horse in top shape.
- Arthritis - Added to food twice a week - in water or directly into food it will help break down calcium deposits found around the joints as dogs get older which cause stiffness and discomfort. Continued use will make joints noticeably more flexible and less painful.
- Flea repellant - ACV keeps the pH levels in the blood slightly acidic which fleas dislike intensely so it helps keep the little blighters away.
- Skin and coat - if your dog has dry skin and a dull coat ACV will soften the skin and bring the fur back to it’s former glory.
- Itchy skin - my personal favourite thing obviously. Because it brings skin back to health itchiness is significantly reduced.
- Upset tummies - add once a day to water if your dog has diarrhoea and repeat every day for a week to relieve constipation.
- Tooth decay - there is evidence that the acidity levels in ACV helps to breakdown plaque and tartar on teeth
Use a 1:1 ACV to water mix in a spray bottle - you can add the same ratio mix to shampoo as well - to use ACV on all the conditions listed below.
- Itchy skin - use only on unbroken skin as it will sting otherwise - spray or wipe your dog down with the 1:1 mix as and when required, and after a bath or being in the water.
- Parasite control - spray or wipe down your dog a couple of times a week. Fleas can’t stand the acidity of ACV and will jump straight off.
- Ear cleaning - the antibacterial properties of ACV make it a good ear cleaner. Add the mix to cotton wool and carefully clean down inside the ears, only as far as you can see mind!
- Tear staining - wipe away tear stains, and use daily on tear stained fur or brown saliva stained fur (especially on paws) to bring the fur back to normal. Use daily.
- Deodorising - add to shampoo to help with flea control then comb through damp fur afterwards to deodorise and keeps fleas at bay.
- Coat condition - comb through and give your dog’s coat a sleek and shiny look.
How much should I use?
If you’re adding ACV to water always make sure there is another bowl of plain fresh water nearby in case they don’t fancy the ACV that day.
Amount to feed:
Dogs In water or food
Small to medium dogs - 5ml or 1 teaspoon in water
Medium to large dogs - 10ml or 1 dessert spoon in water
Cats All cats 1.25ml or 1/4 teaspoon in water or food - best measured with a small 2 or 5ml syringe as it’s such a tiny amount
Horses For a healthy horse add 60ml to feed once a day. Mix 1:1 with water.
*as a note of caution we don’t recommend giving your dog ACV internally if they have a history of bladder stones.
Pack size: 1 litre
Country of origin: UK - Devon
Click here to read more about the benefits of apple cider vinegar in our article.