A Cure in Your Cabinet: Apple Cider Vinegar on Dogs

It's been an ongoing joke in my house that I've become obsessed with apple cider vinegar. And it's true. Recently, I discovered that it helps with a number of ailments – not just for me personally, but also for my pets.

And honestly, it's no laughing matter. While I'm not one to throw around words like “miracle cure,” because it sounds a little hokey – not to mention that it sounds like the claims of a snake oil salesman – I'm pleased with how apple cider vinegar has helped my dog's skin condition and itchy ears.

How to Administer Apple Cider Vinegar To A Dog

Not all dogs like apple cider vinegar. In fact, most do not. If your dog refuses water with vinegar, there are other options.

1. Food Toppers & Supplements.

We like the one from WOOOF. It's a creamy dog supplement with 40 mg of Apple Cider vinegar. You just pour some in your dogs food and mix. The supplement is sauce like so it nicely coats the food.

2. Dog Food

One easy way to get some apple cider vinegar into your dog's diet is by feeding a dog food that contains it. Our dogs LOVE the air dried food from Front of the Pack. It's super nutritious and has apple cider vinegar baked right in. At the time of this writing, they are offering a free trial of their food.

3. Pour directly into the bowl

First, make sure you buy the right kind of Apple Cider vinegar for your dog. You want to get the one that says "With The Mother". You can buy it on Amazon here. 

Next, you can dilute it and add it to their water or food.

How much apple cider vinegar should you give your dog?

Use about one tablespoon per 50 pounds of body weight twice per week.

Apple Cider Vinegar Uses For Your Dog?

There are a lot of potential uses for this  product.You may be asking why apple cider vinegar works for dogs? And what it can help treat? If those are questions on your mind, you've come to the right place.

 A few common maladies that apple cider vinegar can help with include:

Ear infections

As mentioned above, a tiny bit of apple cider vinegar in the ears can help with ear infections in dogs. Floppy eared dogs tend to get a lot of ear infections, and you may not even realize it until they start having severe issues such as bleeding, usually because of excessive scratching or shaking their head too much.

Apple cider on dog ear infections

But you don't have to wait until medical attention is necessary. Apple cider vinegar is helpful in preventing, and yes, even curing ear infections in dogs.

Look into your dog's ears. Are they caked with dirt or a brown sludge? If so, it's a good chance they have yeast in their ears. Simply getting water in their ears can lead to this, and for many dogs who enjoy swimming, ear infections are super common, especially during the summer months. But they don't have to be!

Dilute the apple cider vinegar with some water, just a small capful to about twice as much water, and pour directly into the ear. Try to let it sit for as long as your dog will allow, scratching and rubbing the ear to help it get deep down into the ear canal.

Your dog will probably want to shake his head to get the water out, and that's fine. It'll help get the gunk out now that you've loosened it up. You may also want to dry the inside of the ear with a cotton swab, but don't get too deep into the ear. Just clean the outside part you can see.

This should help stop itching almost instantly, but you will want to keep it up for a few days, at least, to make sure any sign of infection is killed off

once and for all. You can also regularly clean your dog's ears with this solution even when no sign of irritation is present. It'll help keep the bacteria at bay.

Allergies and tear stains

It's so pitiful to look at your pooch and see what looks like tears coming from their eyes. They look so sad, and chances are, they're miserable too. As miserable as you would if your allergies were acting up at least.


apple cider on tearstains

The good news is that apple cider vinegar also helps get rid of those sad eye stains as it helps cure their allergies as well. (Do NOT put vinegar on your dog's eyes). 

Just apply a tiny bit of apple cider vinegar to their food or water – a capful will usually suffice. It will work from the inside out to help with all the common signs of allergies including tear stains, itchy skin, and hair loss.

Fleas and ticks

Who likes to apply nasty chemicals to their dog's skin monthly? If you're looking for a more natural way to control fleas and ticks, the solution might be as simple as apple cider vinegar applied to the skin after a weekly bath. Just dilute the apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle with some water (about a cap full again), and spray directly onto your dog after bath time. Applied weekly, it might also help with skin conditions like hot spots, pimples, thinning hair, all while deterring pests.

apple cider on dog fleas




Who knew that a simple solution to so many common problems was a product most of us keep around the house for salad dressings and the like? There are also people who swear that apple cider vinegar helps aid digestion and weight loss, and as we mentioned above, it's absolutely harmless, so it's always worth a try. Especially if you've tried everything else and can't figure out a solution. Who knows, ACV might be the “miracle” cure you're looking for.

But as with all things, please talk to your veterinarian before starting any sort of medical regimen, holistic or otherwise, just in case your pet has special needs. After all, no two canines are alike, and while apple ACV should be safe for most dogs, it's always best to check with your vet just to be on the safe side.



Rocky Kanaka

Rocky Kanaka is an entrepreneur, pet rescue advocate and dog dad to a rescue boxer named Flip, a blind Cane Corso called Kobe, and a terrier mix named Zoey. He's also a pet chef and owner of The Dog Bakery, which specializes in dog birthday cakes and fresh baked dog treats. His three dogs can't get enough of the dog cakes and treats!

Lorna Ladd

Lorna Paxton Ladd is a passionate dog lover and enthusiast of The Dog Bakery. She loves spoiling her 3 rescue dogs with dog cakes and jerky. A 15 year veteran in the pet industry, her aim is to educate pet parents on the best recipes, products, tips and tricks to optimize the human/canine bond. Her favorite product at The Dog Bakery are the customizable dog birthday cakes.