Why apple cider vinegar is good for your dog
139 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.
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.
How much should I feed? (in water or food)
Small to medium dogs - 5ml or 1 teaspoon 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.