Why apple cider vinegar is good for your dog

145 CommentsTuesday, 21 April 2015  |  Kate

What's in apple cider vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar (or ACV), in it’s raw, organic and unpasteurised form has many health benefits for humans, dogs, cats and horses. It is acidic, helps balance out pH levels and has antibacterial properties. ACV contains iron, potassium and magnesium and other essential vitamins and minerals. For us humans add it to food as a salad dressing or take it straight from the spoon. It can also be taken in a drink by mixing with honey and hot water.

Apple cider vinegar can benefit your dog, cat and horse too by adding it to food and using it externally. 

Why is it good for my dog?

It’s beneficial in so many ways - it’s a flea repellant, antibacterial ear cleaner, a tear stain remover, constipation botherer and all round superfood. Make sure it’s the right kind of apple cider vinegar though. You probably won’t find it on the supermarket shelf.

Why does it need to be organic, raw, unpasteurised and contain the ‘mother’?

Commercially produced apple cider vinegar is highly refined and processed and is not a truly traditional ACV. Most apple cider vinegars you find on the shelves are clear, like apple juice. This shows that the vinegar has been filtered and pasteurised. Unprocessed vinegar should be cloudy, with floating almost stringy matter swirling around in it. This is the all important Mother.

The 'Mother of Vinegar' is a natural substance composed of mostly living enzymes created during fermentation of the vinegar. It also contains friendly bacteria as well as other healthy nutrients. The Mother contains most of the important minerals, vitamins and amino acids that are released or created during the fermentation process.

Commercially produced vinegar, even that supplied by various Health Shops, most often has the Mother removed to make a clear, shiny and consistent product that looks pleasing to the eye on the supermarket shelf. Filtering also makes ACV easier and cheaper to produce. If you are looking for the real deal, you've come to the right place.

Internal uses

  • 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

External Uses

Use a 1:1 ACV to water mix in a spray bottle - 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?&nbs

How much should I feed? (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


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


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.
 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.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014  |  0:50

Does one use pasteurized or unpasteurized cider vinegar? Does it matter?

Tuesday, 26 August 2014  |  9:42

Organic is certainly best in this instance.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015  |  20:59

Hi Heather. You always need the raw, unpasteurised ACV with the 'mother' included.

Saturday, 18 August 2018  |  1:37

I don't think it matters at all if it's raw organic , my do has severe very severe skin condition that the only thing that was working pretty good not great was the steroid apoquil don't think I spelled that ryt but I put regular Apple cider vinegar in his coat and around his eyes basically did his while body and it was just amazing he stopped itching for about 7 days thus was after doing it 2 nites in a row ,after seven days with no steroids at all he started to itch again pretty bad , I just now about 40 min ago did his while body again with the same acv again just basic acv and he already stopped itching also this time he knew what i was doing and let me soak his paws in a bowl ,he's definitely feeling 100% better he's playing and running around so thus is my experience with Apple cider vinegar I do also have the organic stuff RAW, Have not tried that but will tomorrow maybe the next day in sure it will work the same but 100% it works wonders,

Thursday, 2 May 2019  |  11:17

How much vinegar to Waterford 44 lbs dog?

Saturday, 26 March 2016  |  4:55

Good sharing, yes, apple cider vinegar (ACV) helps to boost metabolism, blocks the bodyís storage of dietary fat plus breaks down and dissolves existing body fat. Read more benefits about ACV at: http://kidbuxblog.com/apple-cider-vinegar-acv-helps-to-boost-metabolism/

Wednesday, 18 May 2016  |  11:25

Hi There, I bought some cider vinegar from Holland& Barrett..& to be Honest it is clearer that what is in your picture...I feel very disappointed now to learn it's not the Right one & ive given it to my dog in his water,I expressed to the Shop that it was for my dog & wasn't Told any Different..

Monday, 15 October 2018  |  1:10

Unpasteurized it's says.

Maureen B Grist
Wednesday, 29 October 2014  |  17:39

To all who are interested in your pets health and your own health,
apple cider raw unpasteurised unfiltered vinegar with " Mother"is fantastic, brilliant for arthritis in humans,I have it diluted with water honey and raw garlic, no more pain yippee, no drugs yippee , My itchy dog solution for harvest mite, has saved our dog from steroids yet another yippee. Thank you.

Dianne Dansby
Friday, 19 June 2015  |  2:06

I have arthritis awful how much and how do you take it/ How long until it starts to work? How do you use it for or on your dog? Help please!!!!

Wednesday, 24 June 2015  |  15:01

Hi Diane

Try it in hot water with honey once a day. Works wonders apparently. I've heard it takes about four weeks to make a big difference.

Sue Storey
Wednesday, 7 February 2018  |  18:38

My husband use it on his chicken and the shine an their poop is good if they get sick is because there is something
Is going on it helps get rid of what ever it is

Carl K Barkdull
Monday, 17 September 2018  |  1:55

I have the big R type arthritis and stared taking Braggs Apple Cider Viagar (Mother Load) . In approximately 1 week I could tell the difference in my shoulders and hands . I use an 8 ounce Gatorade bottle and place approx 1 onunce of the ACV in bottle and then fill with water. During summer weather I drink approximately 4 a day and about 1Ė2 daily the rest of the time. I can tell you immediately when I stop using regularly. Hope this helps.
Basically add ACV to your taste.
Give it time to work.

Friday, 7 November 2014  |  9:39


Sunday, 16 November 2014  |  12:01

Hi, I have 3 gsd can I add the acv to food so I can keep a track of who gets what, also how much should I give, it's for a seasonal itch.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015  |  21:01

Hi Kat

Add 5ml per day to their food.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015  |  9:42

I personally know the benefits from ACV and have read the above article. The recommendation is 2xweekly for dogs with joint problem. I read with interest its anti parasitic properties. If the dog is ingesting ACV in food is there any need to use it topically. Also is it a tick deterant.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015  |  11:26

Hi Margaret

You can mix a 1:1 ACV to water spray and spray it over your dog's coat once a day, or before a walk.

Make sure you avoid the eyes and genital area.

Ticks won't like the acidity.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015  |  14:19

Thank you Kate, is it necessary to spray the coat, if they are having ACV in food

Lesley White
Thursday, 21 April 2016  |  6:30

That's great news about ACV being a tick repellant too.

Stephen Henderson
Saturday, 2 May 2015  |  10:11

My golden retriever has had itchy skin for a couple of months, she is on a half steroid tablet per day which I would like to stop, I have started giving her omega 3, can I use ACV at the same time and would a desert spoon daily be the correct amount to give her?

Tuesday, 5 May 2015  |  19:48

Hi Stephen

Yes and yes! When you run out of the omega 3 try the Yumega Plus blend of omega 3,6 and 9 for itchy skin. It's brilliant.

Stephen Henderson
Wednesday, 6 May 2015  |  12:32

Thanks, it's actually the yumega+ that I have, been using that for just under a week now and the ACV for a few days, the first time I sorayed her with ACV/water she seemed to stop scratching almost immediately, though she has started again but not nearly as much, I've now started adding it to her food so hopefully that should also help
Thanks again

Saturday, 4 February 2017  |  3:00

Unfortunately the yumega has made no difference to my poor dog. He's been on it nearly a year now 😯

Tuesday, 5 May 2015  |  19:47

Margaret, you can still spray your dog definitely. The parasites don't like the acidity on the fur.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015  |  0:32

Are your products sold in the USA?

Wednesday, 24 June 2015  |  14:38

Hi there

Sadly we can't send ACV to the US but I've had Bragg recommended to me http://bragg.com/

We do send packets weighing up to 2kg to the US we just can't send large liquids such as the ACV.

Linda Neelley
Wednesday, 13 June 2018  |  15:33

Wgere can i purchase the mither organic raw unpasterized apple cider vinegar? What are names of such vinegars? Thank you. Linda

Monday, 18 June 2018  |  10:17

Hi Linda

I believe you can get Bragg ACV with the mother in the US.

If you're in the UK you can get it from us at www.myitchydog.co.uk


Tuesday, 28 July 2015  |  14:44

My dog has developed itchy skin since he was put on medication for Cushings disease. Not wanting to overload his system with more medication, I mentioned to my vet that I was using ACV and he warned that it could change his skins PH balance as it's much less acidic than ours. I'm in a conundrum!

Tuesday, 28 July 2015  |  15:25

Hi Sam

Well I suppose it would if you were putting it on neat, but it's diluted and you're not doing it every day.

For itchy skin I'd go for the Ekoneem shampoo bar and Yumega Plus on food, or Skinny Cream with coconut over the ACV to get the itch out.

Thursday, 6 August 2015  |  21:56

I have a bichon puppy , with tear stains, how much asv foo put in his food, and how many times a week thanks

Monday, 10 August 2015  |  10:36

Hi Alan

What are you feeding your puppy? It might be that a change of diet makes the bigger difference.

Otherwise I would dilute the acv 1:4 with water and use cotton wool with the mix to wipe the tear stains away.


Best Dog Shampoo
Friday, 7 August 2015  |  11:41

This article is so much helpful for dog health. But can you tell me that, is there any side effect of it?

Karen Tinsley
Tuesday, 11 August 2015  |  14:39

Can you please tell me if ACV would be safe to give my Labrador who suffers with Pancreas problems. I was thinking of using BNM when I saw ACV would deter flies as well as having other benefits. If it's not would BNM be safe to give him? Thanks

Tuesday, 11 August 2015  |  14:43

Hi Karen

You can certainly use it as a wash, and I can't see it being a problem added to water either as you're going to use very little. The Billy No Mates won't be a problem. As with anything though, especially problems like this it's always good to work with your vet.

Mark Robinson
Friday, 14 August 2015  |  5:10

My dog keeps shaking her head is it safe to use acv and basically how much so sick of taking her to the vets they are too dear please help

Friday, 14 August 2015  |  14:46

You can use ACV 1:1 with water. Have you looked at diet? If you're only feeding kibble then carbs could be an issue, causing yeasty ears, very itchy.

Try a wet food that's grain free.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016  |  22:32

Just read this. I have a Dalmatian and they're the worst for ear infections/ bad skin conditions. Spent a fortune at the vets and tried everything. Finally changed to a raw diet use ACV but best of all Thornit Canker powder, oldest stuff about. Never had an ear problem since!

Thursday, 20 August 2015  |  23:01

My dog is a French bulldog yorkie dachshund mix since we've gotten her she's always had skin allergies she is currently on a raw food diet and a 1/2 pill steroid every other day

Right now she is out if steroid med's constantly biting at her feet and entire body and I feel it might be better to try a natural approach

thinking of trying ACV

Tuesday, 25 August 2015  |  14:16

Hi Whitney

You can use ACV but I'd also look at diet plus skinny dip shampoo and spray.

Saturday, 22 August 2015  |  15:17

I thought you old needed the pasteurized if you were feeding it to your dog? Will regular ACV work if spraying it?

Also, I got a kind that said "100% ACV" that isn't clear, but doesn't have strands. Will this be okay for spraying?

Tuesday, 25 August 2015  |  14:19

Hi Lea

Organic and raw is what you want. It will be cloudy or have strands. Ok for spraying and putting on food.

Pat Toon
Tuesday, 8 September 2015  |  10:51

My 12 year old Lab refuses to eat ANY food containing medication etc. Any ideas? I have had some little success with capsules in a sausage.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015  |  11:14

Some of them can smell a rat at 50 paces can't they?

It's probably a cheese, garlic sausage, primula bribery system is your best bet. A little isn't going to do them harm.

Monday, 28 September 2015  |  15:54

Hi dear
I having a 10Months old Schnauzer. Recently I found out inside his fur having those tick and I am really panic on it. I immediately search for on the social media for any natural remedies and it was fortunately I had cAME acrocss your page.
I will like to confirm with you that at the moment I am putting 1 tablespoon into its 250ml water as its daily drinking water, will it be too much?
And I will like to add on, my boy he having digestion problem and sensitive to chicken.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015  |  18:47

Hi Lynn
I'm not sure what you're putting in water. If your dog has ticks remove them then bath him in Skinny Dip shampoo. Treat any bites with neem oil after washing thoroughly.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015  |  13:27

I used ACV on my Lil black Pomeranian Koukla and it made her stop itching,coat shinning
2 a day I would soak ACV put on area where she needed it then rubbed her whole body

Saturday, 3 October 2015  |  19:49

We have a new GSP. Started itching about 3 days after we got her. Bathed her with dog oatmeal/aloe shampoo; made her worse! Finally tried the ACV. I would spray her 2-3 times day after the initial rinse for alost two weeks. She was fabulous! No more itching and shiney. Then she jumped in a creek while hunting and has been itching furiously ever since and the ACV is not working it's magic this time around. Do I need to bathe her, rinse with ACV, and start from scratch (no pun intended, lol)? We're so frustrated! We're hoping the itching is due to environment change/stress and it'll pass. Food has not changed from former home and she supposedly never had issues.

Monday, 5 October 2015  |  10:06

Hi Becca. I would start from scratch! Bath in something like our Skinny Dip shampoo then get on the ACV. If it's stress due to a change try Rescue Remedy. It should soon pass.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015  |  10:03

When they say add ACV to your dog's drinking water, how much water are they talking about. Some dogs have little bowls and some have buckets, so I'm a little confused by the amount of ACV yo water ratio.

Friday, 4 December 2015  |  12:17

Hi Brian

It's a finger in the wind really. It depends how much your dog tends to drink which is why we have this as a rule of thumb:

Small to medium dogs - 5ml or 1 teaspoon in water

Medium to large dogs - 10ml or 1 dessert spoon in water

Try it and judge for yourself how effective it is and if you need to up the amount or back off a little.

Matt Hunt
Thursday, 5 November 2015  |  15:43

Hi. Fascinating information! Thanks. Couple of quick questions... should I shake the bottle to get the sediment, or Mother, into the spray bottle or water bowl? Or try and get it as clear as possible, especially for spraying on the fur. Also, I have some unpasturised ACV that I foolishly have not used and the best before date is June 2014. Still okay to use? Maybe just for external use? Many thanks

Friday, 4 December 2015  |  12:15

Hi Matt

I would give the bottle a gentle tip over before opening. As for the best before have a chat to the people who made it for their advice.

Yamada Marivic
Sunday, 20 December 2015  |  17:40

My fur baby toy poodle have a dry and loss fur but no itching. he is not look like a poodle coz of loss fur,

Please help me what will i do,

Monday, 21 December 2015  |  7:59

Hi Yamada

Hi it could be a lot of things. Have you been to the vet? It could be fleas, mites or mange; diet could also be a factor.

Try some neem shampoo all over and look at what you are feeding. Is there any stress in the house?


Amanda Boardman
Thursday, 21 January 2016  |  17:30

How long does it take for brown stained paws to return to normal when using 1:1 solution of Apple Cider Vinegar daily?

Thursday, 21 January 2016  |  18:03

Hi Amanda

It depends how bad it is, what caused it and if you have removed the cause (if you know it). We use it on one of our dogs and it took a month.


Amanda Boardman
Friday, 22 January 2016  |  10:45

I'm not sure whether the cause has been removed as we don't know what started it. That said, his paws don't seem to itch, its just the brown stain that remains. I've only just made up the solution ready to use - any suggestions about how wet to make his paws with it, or what to do if this makes him want to lick it off??

Thursday, 4 February 2016  |  15:02

Hi Amanda

You can give him a quick soak in it if you want to. It doesn't matter if he licks it off.

Tracey Bremner
Saturday, 13 February 2016  |  8:56

Hi I have unfiltered unpasteurised raw acv containing the mother but its not organic is this OK to use thanks

Thursday, 3 March 2016  |  14:30

Hi Tracey

Should be fine. Are you sure it's not organic after all that?


Friday, 19 February 2016  |  18:39

I have a 2 yr old gsp which I got in Nov. She had a ear infection and was very itchy. She's been on various drugs, had a allergy test which showed nothing, creams, steroid shampoo and is now on 1 steroid a day. I want to get her off the steroids so she is on a hypoallergenic, no grain, hypopolerised protein food. But still itchies & it worse if I even miss 1 steroid tablet. I've just bought AVC which j am putting directly on her food and I am interested in your shampoos and creams can you advise me on what would be best suited for her.

Thursday, 3 March 2016  |  13:48

Hi Sara, sorry for the late reply the best way to get hold of us for advice is contact@myitchydog.co.uk.

I would look at her diet. Is she only on that one food? Read my book The Dog Diet for ideas (there are plenty!) I would try some home cooking, simple food, meat and fish with veg. For the external itch right now Skinny Dip shampoo and spray will sort it out.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016  |  23:59

I have a 6 year old shih tzu who has been suffering from possible allergies. The vet has given me alsorts of creams, shampoos, tablets, sprays to try and sort it. She has had skin biopsies, blood test and skin scrapes and they all come back with yeast.
Iv started her on ACV once a day in her food and I'm using ekoneem oil on her skin once a day. Her skin is bald in places and still very pink with black marks.
How long before i start seeing results?

Wednesday, 9 March 2016  |  9:30

Hi Mel

If it's yeast then you'll start to see a difference in a few days but if it's been going on that long it will take time. Also the yeast will fight back so it might get worse before it gets better but persevere.

Also, look at diet, what are you feeding? Certainly get off any dry food you're feeding as yeast loves carbs and sugar, it thrives on it. Read The Dog Diet for more information.

Julie Jeffery
Monday, 28 March 2016  |  8:53

I have 2 year old rescue shih tzu, who came to live with me Jan 2016. She had ear problems when I got her. She will not let me clean her ears at all, will putting ACV in her food help clean them from the inside . She is raw fed and her ears are not bothering her but are very dirty.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016  |  13:08

Hi Julie

If they are painful and she's new to you then I'm not surprised. Get yeast out of her diet by taking out the simple carbs. That should help. The ACV will help too. Get her off any dry food and use only very good wet food - Arden Grange Sensitive would be good - or home cooking. You want to reduce the simple carbs you get in dry food and treats. This will also help.

Saturday, 9 April 2016  |  4:17

Hi, I have a 70lb female pit bull and her urine is killing my grass. I started giving her 1 tablespoon of ACV in her food once a day and it has not seemed to have made a difference, grass still turning brown. How much is too much to give her? Would putting ACV in her water be better? She is healthy with no other issues, eats Acana grasslands dry food.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016  |  12:17

Hi Jeff

I have the same problem. Put it in her water instead, you could add a little more if you want to. Have a look at Dog Rocks too. They're supposed to help when left in water. Sadly the only way to not ruin the grass is keep them off it entirely. Though that's hardly practical.

Monday, 11 April 2016  |  18:19

I have a 14 month dog weighing 9kg. I want to start adding in ACV to his food for the benefits it gives. He is Raw fed. How much should I add and should it be everyday? Thanks

Tuesday, 12 April 2016  |  12:18

Hi Vanessa

Here are the amounts:

Small to medium dogs - 5ml or 1 teaspoon in water

Medium to large dogs - 10ml or 1 dessert spoon in water

Lesley White
Thursday, 21 April 2016  |  6:28

Highly recommended. I've been using this in my dog's water for a year now - the benefits are immense.

Savita Kadam
Sunday, 8 May 2016  |  8:42

Very informative.L too have a query. We have a 7 yr old pug who is suffering from osteo arthritis. How much Acv to be given daily!

Monday, 9 May 2016  |  9:34


You can give it as a 1:1 ACV to water ratio but I would also be on a high quality joint supplement too such as Yumove. Also red light therapy can be very good for pain relief, as can hydrotherapy and acupuncture.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016  |  15:10


1tsp or 5ml daily with food or in water.

Jami Hester
Tuesday, 10 May 2016  |  18:48

Hi does this help with getting rid of ticks on a dog?

Wednesday, 18 May 2016  |  15:08

Hi Jami

It won't help to get rid of them. You need a Tick Twister for that which we have on the site.

To prevent them it doesn't do any harm but Billy No Mates is best.


Gary Mills
Monday, 16 May 2016  |  12:52

I'm a little bit confused about the amount of ACV to put in food. i have a Border Terrier who weighs about 9.5 Kg. i intend adding the ACV to his food so do I just put 1 teaspoon of ACV into the food or 1 teaspoon of acv diluted in 1 teaspoon of water into the food?

Wednesday, 18 May 2016  |  15:09


5ml into food (I don't generally dilute it in food) or diluted in water, or added to the water bowl as long as it doesn't put them off drinking in general.

Lesley Westlake
Friday, 27 May 2016  |  15:37

Just received my ACV today have two dogs different sizes so put the medium dose in bowl of water is there a set amount of water I should put in bowl and how often can I do this. One of my dogs has arthritis and has the ACV in her liquid supplement that's added to her food daily.
Strange but have used in water in past from another company same kind and it use to make my older dog sneeze this one doesn't seem to

Wednesday, 1 June 2016  |  10:14

Hi Lesley

Please see below.


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

Karen Evans
Tuesday, 31 May 2016  |  22:52

Hi, my sheltie is nearly 8 years old and has many health issues, his latest is problems with his pancreas. We have managed to get him on a dry low fat diet, as he also has alligies to milk and lamb. He now suffers with arthritis and wondered if ACV would be suitable and possibly help. He has taken yumove tablets but started being sick, we weren't sure if this was from the tablets but the vet advised us to stop until his stomach issues had stopped. He seems to be ok at the moment but I'm a little reluctant to start them again in case it is them making him poorly :-( would be grateful of any advice, thank you

Sheila Smith
Tuesday, 23 April 2019  |  22:33

DOES THE ACV LOWER PANCREATIC ENZME AND LIVER LEVELS my dog is 14 almost and been having issues not sure what to feed her

Wednesday, 1 June 2016  |  10:16

Hi Karen

I would put him on Dorwest Tree Barks Powder and Keepers Mix. Tree Barks will soothe his gut which in turn will help his pancreas. Keepers Mix will give him a high quality blend of herbs which will also help. ACV shouldn't be a problem either.

That should stop the sickness.


Saturday, 4 June 2016  |  11:33

Hi Kate thank you for your advice! His stomach is much better at the moment and more concerned managing his arthritis in his older years is his something the ACV will help with?

Monday, 6 June 2016  |  9:01

Hi Kate thank you for your advice! His stomach is much better at the moment and more concerned managing his arthritis in his older years is his something the ACV will help with?

Thursday, 7 July 2016  |  13:01

Hi, I have a shitzu that has a very bad yeast infection. I used the organic ACV on him a few minutes ago, however did not dilute it. Just dapped a cotton ball in it and ised it on his skin. He licked some of it, should I be concerned?

Thursday, 7 July 2016  |  13:07

Hi Erin

No it's fine. You can add it to food or water, diluted. We recommend looking at the diet for yeast infections, and treating with a lower carb diet, and by adding neem onto the skin. If the ACV doesn't do the trick, try that. Always call us.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016  |  7:47

How much amount of water and acv should i put in a spray bottle?should i use unpasturized acv?

Thursday, 11 August 2016  |  11:31

Hi Ian

You want to use ACV with 'The Mother' in it which is simply the best one to use. You can find it on our website: https://www.myitchydog.co.uk/apple-cider-vinegar-organic-unpasteurised-1litre.html

When using the ACV externally you mix up a 1:1 ratio into a spray bottle. So for example if you want to make a 100ml mix then use 50ml water and 50ml ACV.

I hope this has helped.

Best wishes


Friday, 26 August 2016  |  10:23

have a 3 year old jack Russell with itching skin on steroids how much acv should I use in the bath please

Wednesday, 31 August 2016  |  10:53

Hi Carol

Use a 1:1 ACV to water mix in a spray bottle and add the same ratio mix to shampoo as well.

Alternatively you can look at using Skinny Shampoo which is specifically designed to help with itchy sore skin and to help stop whatever is causing the itch. Feel free to email us if you'd like some further information.

Best wishes


Debbie Fletcher
Friday, 2 September 2016  |  9:02

Hi, I have too itchy dogs and want to add ACV to their drinking water. How much would I use to a litre of water. Also their water has dog rocks in it which stop their urine killing the grass. Can the two me mixed together

Monday, 5 September 2016  |  14:08

Hi Debbie

Thank you for your comment.

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

I have just emailed Dog Rocks to ask them if it is ok to use ACV in the same water and am currently waiting for a response, I will be in contact when I hear back from them.

Best wishes


Sabine Kanzaria
Monday, 5 September 2016  |  14:02

It says don't use ACV if the dog is prone to Bladder stones. My dog has crystals in her bladder what obviously can turn into stones and she is on a special diet for this. Would it be unsafe for her to have ACV in her drinking water?

Monday, 5 September 2016  |  14:23

Hi Sabine

Thank you for your comment.

We would advise against using ACV just to be on the safe side.

Best wishes


Todd Joseph
Tuesday, 27 September 2016  |  23:24

I have two different dogs one is a beagle weighing 25+ lbs and a rot/lab mix weighing 50+lbs. So how much ACV should I add to their water?

Thursday, 29 September 2016  |  11:31

Hi Todd

Medium to large dogs - 10ml or 1 dessert spoon in water each.

So you can either put 20ml in their water or have two separate bowls with 10ml in each.

Please always ensure there is a fresh bowl of drinking water in case they don't like the ACV or if they don't want it one day.

If there is anything else I can help you with then please feel free to ask.

Monday, 3 October 2016  |  8:17

Hi kate how often do i need to put the ACV to my 12 weeks old puppy dringking water

Thursday, 13 October 2016  |  14:34

Hi Sheila

You can put the ACV into your Puppy's water everyday if you wish. Added to water or food regularly it will keep your dog in top shape.

When adding ACV to water always make sure there is another bowl of plain fresh water nearby in case they donít fancy the ACV that day.

Best wishes


Wednesday, 22 March 2017  |  21:10

hi, just started using acv for my itchy dog a cocka x and my other dog bichon x who suffers with the odd flea, they are both on BNM only 7 says in
i mix ACV directly in with shampoo or if using soap bar i drench after, i spray directly on affected rump area, and into drinking water, but they know its in the water so might have to give that a miss
i also make my own bone broth for them they love it, and add ACV to draw out the good stuff when slow cooking.
does slow cooking destroy the ACV properties i wonder???

Monday, 14 August 2017  |  10:01

Hi Tris

The ACV will work to draw out the good stuff but won't be any good after that. So just add more fresh ACV if you want to use more once it's cool.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017  |  20:06

Pet Parents: Be Cautious!
I had a bad response to an apple cider vinegar rinse with my Westie. He has a black yeasty skin issue that many of his breed have as well as flea bite allergies. I diluted the apple cider vinegar more than 50% as a precaution and used this very dilute solution after his bath as a rinse.

Immediately he began to cry, shake, and almost convulse due to the intense discomfort. I rinsed him thoroughly with water for several minutes and dried him off all the while he trembled and whimpered.

It took minutes for him (and me) to calm down and he was extra itchy for hours afterwards. Luckily there seemed to be no lasting harm.

There was no evidence of open wounds, broken skin, or even red color on his skin or I would not have tried this. I believe that since his skin was irritated it had lost its natural protection to the acid solution, even though it was very dilute. I had researched using apple cider vinegar rinse before trying this and never found someone with a negative reaction.

We get some relief for him using Nature's Gate brand Tea tree oil shampoo and conditioner baths every other day and follow with a rinse of chlorohexidine to prevent infections from developing. (you can easily find this as a concentrate and mix it yourself) We also make our dog's food in order to control exactly what goes in there.

Good luck everyone with your little loves. I am posting my negative experience on every website/blog I can to try and save someone else the horrible response we endured with apple cider vinegar. Not saying it can't help some, or that my dog's response is typical, but those who have dogs with sensitive skin should not use this topically.

Monday, 14 August 2017  |  9:58

Hi Julie

What's happened is the ratio of ACV to water was far too high. You want a 1:4 ACV to water ratio and can reduce it right down.

What's happened is the yeast on the skin is fighting back and it will really sting. I wouldn't have recommended it for the black yeasty skin as that's chronic and long term so has really taken a hold. I would use Skinny Cream which is neem, vitamin E and coconut cream. Far more soothing, and an itch free way of fighting it.

Diana R Perkins & Thomas K Perkins
Friday, 4 August 2017  |  20:05

Cool you helped alot

Jo Page
Tuesday, 8 August 2017  |  14:16

Can I put acv in my dogs water fountain. Will the filter affect the benefits?

Monday, 14 August 2017  |  9:48

Hi Jo

I think probably not as the stringy mother which is present would be filtered out and that's the good bit you want.

Friday, 11 August 2017  |  3:42

Hi where can I buy the skinny shampoo?

Friday, 11 August 2017  |  11:27

Hi Rita

From us! just go to www.myitchydog.co.uk and put 'spray' into the search bar.


Steve Ingram
Monday, 28 August 2017  |  15:41

I have a Cocker spaniel. I don't like to use flea drops too often would ACV bee fine to use ?

Thursday, 31 August 2017  |  9:38

Hi Steve

Use our Billy No Mates either the dry mix or wet tincture. Add to food. Give it six weeks to become effective. In the meantime use our Skinny Spray to keep them off.


Freya Violet Locke
Tuesday, 26 September 2017  |  19:53

Hi, my poor little dog has a slow mobility problem with his stomach (ie it takes too long to empty and he ends up being sick, not eating and becoming bilious). My vet and i would prefer to treat him with diet but he also seems to have food intolerances so i am doing a elimination diet with proteins and carbs. Will ACV be beneficial to his digestion? Please answer as i am desperate to help my pup feel well again.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017  |  13:24

Hi Freya

There certainly won't be any harm in it but I would also give the Digestive Tablets from Dorwest Herbs a go. Give them after each meal and these should help.


Wednesday, 29 November 2017  |  20:20

Hi my Shizue dog , suffers ver bad with a yeast infection. Iv brought some cyder vinegar itís unpasterised but itís not the raw vinegar with the mother in it . Will this be ok to wash my dog in and put in her water ?

Thursday, 30 November 2017  |  9:40

Hi Nicky

It probably won't do the trick no. You want the organic, unpasteurised, with the mother for that. Also, you need to look at diet as the yeast comes from the gut. Change from kibble and biscuit treats to very good wet food or home cooked food, and much better treats - meat or fish, only. That will really help.


Monday, 26 February 2018  |  15:21

hi kate this is naveen .i am having 6 month old great dane puppy .he is fully in raw feeding.how can i give acv to him (how much a day or week or month)

Tuesday, 27 February 2018  |  9:22

Hi Naveen

Give him 10ml in food or water every day. Make sure you get our ACV from My Itchy Dog as it's organic, UK made and contains the mother which is want you really want.


Friday, 6 April 2018  |  15:01

Hi, I use a homemade on our yorkies. Has Peppermint oil, clove extract in it. Can I add the organic acv to it? If so, how much? Also, Can the acv be used in a spray for yards to keep fleas etc @ bay or kill them? We prefer to use mostly natural remedies on our fur babies. We also use the acv organic on ourselves in a honey mixture. Just began, seems to improve the gut.

Kate Bendix
Monday, 9 April 2018  |  14:04

Hi Patricia

You can add the ACV to your dog's mix, see above for the recipe.

For yards I would use our neem oil mixed with water. See our Ekoneem page for more information.


Monday, 28 May 2018  |  17:36

Our dog who is 31/2 years old has been lick constantly at his annual area. Is it ok to use apple cider vinegar with the mother on a cotton ball with water to soothe?

Monday, 4 June 2018  |  11:31

It's fine if you mix it in a 4:1 water to ACV mix, but I'd also check for worms and blocked anal glands with your vet.


Dorothy Treadwell
Saturday, 8 September 2018  |  7:59

I have a 14 yr. Old chow mix male dog who has been licking his inside back legs for weeks now. Used Burrs Bees anti itch shampoo. Took him to the vet, she gave me a Entaderm ointment and told me to give him 2 Benedryl twice daily. He's 56 lbs. Read your posts about raw organic unpasteurized older vinegar w/the Mother. Will this help with the moist dermatitis he may have? Please reply

Tuesday, 11 September 2018  |  14:06

Hi Dorothy

Have you had a look at his food? It could be a yeast problem. You could bathe with a 4:1 water to ACV mix to soothe the area, or rub in Skinny Cream twice a day which will help. Also, give that area a wipe down after a walk to eliminate any grass or pollen which may be the culprit.

Or give us a call at My Itchy Dog on 01903 256373 for a chat so we can narrow it down a bit more.


Wednesday, 27 March 2019  |  13:53

Hi Iíve just brought acv for my 7 month blue Stanford bull terrier,his had sore areas on his body .and all the vet do is high doses of steroid and uses piriton when itís extra bad his on hypoallergenic biscuits, fresh beef salmon weíve stoped chicken and all veg now ,am going to add into his water also do I mix with water for it ears and under his arm ,and we give it daily or until his skins ok ?

Wednesday, 27 March 2019  |  14:37

Hi Carrie

I would look at diet. Move to a food you can recognise the ingredients in e.g. chicken, rice, veg instead of meat and animal derivatives, pea protein etc. He's fine to have veg, make it the less starchy stuff - broccoli, leafy greens, beans etc. Cut out the beef for a bit, it can be a trigger. Use the ACV in water and diluted 4:1 in water to ACV on the sore bits. I would also put him on our Proflax skin and coat, this will really help.

Sharon Frost
Saturday, 27 April 2019  |  17:43

Hi I have just used a clear acv on my chi,I'm really worried now as I've read it needs to be organic with the mother,ive not hurt him have I I am so upset.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019  |  14:02

Hi Sharon

You won't have done him any harm, natural ACV with the mother is just more beneficial for your dog.


Desiree Carr
Sunday, 5 May 2019  |  1:38

Thank you for you help with know how on ridding itchiness from puppy dogs.

Much appreciated.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019  |  11:25

You're welcome Desiree! Thank you for your kind words.