Do you know the benefits of apple cider vinegar for dogs? Have you ever considered giving your Labrador apple cider vinegar?
As loving owners, we always want to make sure that our Labs remain in perfect shape and we are ready to do anything possible to make it happen. Whether making sure the Labrador does adequate exercise or has enough healthy vitamins, you are more than eager to explore all options and do not hesitate to follow anything good for your pet. You may have come across suggestions about giving dogs apple cider vinegar to keep them healthy. But, is it really true? Let’s explore.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar or ACV is made from crushed apples. These crushed apples are then made into cider, and kept in wooden barrels for a long duration. It gradually turns into an oxidized by dilution of apple.
Raw and unfiltered ACV, unlike the usual kinds of vinegar, is not clear. You may notice the presence of a cloudy substance – the “mother” or “mother veil” – in it. It contains apple residues and pectin, a water-soluble carbohydrate that naturally occurs in ripened apples. As long as the mother is present in the ACV, you are assured that the apple’s qualities are intact and not ruined.
Vinegar with the mother is also an indication that the dilution has beneficial enzymes. It guarantees that the helpful enzymes are not destroyed by overprocessing, filtration, and overheating.
Unlike most vinegar, ACV tends to be less acidic – with a pH level between 4.25 and 5.
Benefits of apple cider vinegar for dogs
Apple cider vinegar can be beneficial for dogs’ health. ACV can boost your dog’s immune system, address skin issues, help lower cholesterol, and a lot more.
Here are some ways ACV can help dogs.
Apple cider vinegar improves a dog’s digestion
Some dog owners think apple cider vinegar is full of vitamins and nutrients, but that is not exactly true. What apple cider vinegar does is that it helps the dog’s body to better absorb the nutrients in the food they eat.
Apple cider vinegar has acetic acid, which increases the dog’s absorption of calcium and other minerals. However, don’t give ACV to your dog if he has an irritated GI tract lining.
ACV for dogs with skin conditions
If your dog is suffering from skin problems, apple cider vinegar may help. Skin condition caused by yeast or poison ivy can be treated with apple cider vinegar. It reduces the itchiness and provides relief to your pet.
You must make a solution of ACV and water in a spray bottle. Ensure you take each in equal amounts. Then apply the solution directly on your dog’s itchy spots.
Do not apply the solution if your dog has open wounds, as it can sting your pet.
If your dog is suffering from yeast and you cannot apply the ACV-water solution because he has raw wounds, just mix the apple cider vinegar with his food or water. Intake of it too helps fight skin problems. Giving your dog 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of ACV twice a day helps get rid of skin issues.
Apple cider vinegar as a dog ear cleaner
Apple cider vinegar is a great natural ear cleaner. Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and warm water. Moisten a washcloth with the solution drops, and use it to wipe your dog’s ears – inside and out.
As an added benefit, the properties in the vinegar lessens itchiness in your dog’s outer ear. However, do not apply the ACV-water solution if you think your dog has an ear infection. It is best to take your dog to the vet first and have the infection treated.
Apple cider vinegar also helps remove unpleasant odor
If your dog has unpleasant odor, you can use ACV to overcome the smell, as it makes an awesome house deodorizer too. If your house smells terrible because your dog is stinking, ACV can help remove the nasty odor.
Boil the ACV-water solution in a pot for an hour. Apply it after giving your dog a bath. This will help remove the stench from his body.
Apple cider vinegar as dog shampoo and coat enhancer
To groom your dog, you can use apple cider vinegar in two ways, as shampoo and as a coat enhancer or deodorizer.
Make an ACV shampoo by mixing half a cup of ACV with 2 cups of water and a quarter cup of dishwashing liquid. Just make sure to keep the soap away from your Labrador’s eyes, nose, mouth, and other sensitive areas to avoid irritation.
To make your Labrador’s coat and skin look better, just spray ACV on your Labrador’s brush and brush the coat. ACV can make your Lab’s coat shine more. It also acts as a deodorant.
Apple cider vinegar as flea repellent for dogs
ACV for dogs is also a good and safe flea repellant.
All you have to do is to add equal parts of ACV and water in a spray bottle and spray it on his coat. Just make sure that your Labrador has no open wounds. Never spray the solution on your Lab’s face.
When given orally, ACV helps keep the pH levels in your Labrador’s blood slightly acidic,. This makes it difficult for fleas to survive.
Apple cider vinegar for dogs with arthritis
As Labradors and all other dogs grow older, calcium deposits build up around their joints. These deposits can cause them stiffness and discomfort.
Adding ACV to your Labrador’s food twice a week will help break down those calcium deposits. With prolonged use, consuming apple cider vinegar can make your Labrador’s joints more flexible and less painful.
I want to give my Labrador ACV, how should I do it?
The amount of ACV you should give your Labrador each day depends on his weight.
If your Labrador is between 15 lbs to 34 lbs, you can give him 2 teaspoons. If your Labrador weighs 35 lbs to 84 lbs, 1 tablespoon will do, for Labs weighing 85 lbs to 134 lbs – 1.5 tablespoons, and for Labs who weigh more than 135 lbs – 2 tablespoons.