Apple cider vinegar may be one of the best things you can put in your dog’s mouth. I give my dogs ½ teaspoon with their meals to support overall digestive health. They don’t mind the addition to the food, and I like it better than putting it in their water. They’re picky about the taste of their water.
Vinegar –it’s good inside and out. Some great things vinegar may do for your dog (and you too!):
- Support overall digestion
- Help with the assimilation of vital nutrients, including calcium
- Provide a great source of potassium (11 mg/tablespoon)
- Prevent the growth of harmful bacteria in the digestive track (and vinegar doesn’t interfere with the good bacteria)
- Reduce blood sugar levels
- Relieve or prevent arthritis
- Protect the urinary tract from infection and can help relieve infections
- Repel insects
Vinegar works wonders outside the body as well. One of my boyos gets itchy feet in the late spring/early summer. He has literally licked the fur off his paws. But daily foot baths with about a cup of vinegar to a quart of water relieves the itching. When pollen is literally coating everything in sight, I add about a half cup of baking soda to the foot bath. Tino has actually learned what I mean when I say, “Tino! Don’t lick your paws?” If the itching is so bad, he can’t resist, I threaten… “Do you want me to get the socks???” Usually I only have to put the socks on for a day or two when the allergens are at the worst, along with the foot baths.
Vinegar is also great for repelling insects, so dab it on sensitive areas during mosquito and flea season. A vinegar rinse at bath time also helps keep those gorgeous fur coats soft and shiny.
As with any food, not all pets react well. So watch your pet for adverse reactions like queasiness, vomiting, diarrhea, gas, or lethargy. Test on skin too before adding it to baths or other topical applications to make sure it doesn’t cause irritation.