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Top Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs!

Updated on January 6, 2017

Apple Cider Vinegar has been used as a natural health tonic by humans for years to cure or help ailments such as poor digestion, candida, sore throats, skin conditions and even to aid weight loss. Did you know though that many veterinary professionals recommend the use of Apple Cider Vinegar for dogs, why?

Well it's for pretty much for the same reasons that it is recommended for humans, that being the health benefits. Let's discuss a few of the believed health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for dogs and you can decide if you feel this natural treatment could be right for your pride and joy. As with any natural treatment like this, it is wise to proceed with caution and do plenty of research on possible side effects before commencing treatment. Apple Cider Vinegar doesn't appear to have all that many potentially harmful side effects to Humans but there is a bit of controversy surrounding its use for dogs, some 'experts' have even gone as far as to call it poison!

So now that we've got the disclaimers out of the way, let's look at some of the potential health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for dogs.

Improves Digestion

Poor digestion in humans can be helped significantly by balancing out the pH levels in the body. Many people believe that the same can be true for poor canine digestion and that regularly giving a dog Apple Cider Vinegar will help to increase acidity in the gastric region and therefore aid digestion and the breakdown of protein.

Whilst Apple Cider Vinegar is acidic in nature it is worth remembering that at a pH of 4.5 - 5.0 it is still well above the PH level required for gastric digestion which is usually 2.0 or lower. With this in mind we have to wonder how much of an effect ACV can have in this area, especially when it is being diluted with water. That is not to say that Apple Cider Vinegar doesn't help with canine digestion, I just feel that there may be other factors at work.

If you want to trial Apple Cider Vinegar for your dog, all you need to do is add a teaspoon or so to a large bowl of water each day and see if any patterns of diarrhea or constipation begin to ease or are cured completely.

Improves the dogs coat and skin

Treatment of the dogs skin and coat is one of the main reasons I have come across for the recommended use of Apple Cider Vinegar for dogs. It's difficult to pinpoint one thing about Apple Cider Vinegar that helps when it comes to the coat and skin because it could be one of several factors. For instance Apple Cider Vinegar is known to have both anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that can aid with skin disorders and also kill infections, bugs and fleas. One other factor that might lead to a healthier coat is the area that we have just discussed regarding your dogs digestive issues. If your dog is struggling to properly break down and digest its food then it is unlikely to be taking all of the vitamins and minerals from that food either. This can gradually lead to a lack of shine in the coat as well as brittle nails and skin irritations.

If you're using Apple Cider Vinegar to improve a dogs coat or skin then you can either apply the apple cider vinegar externally by brushing it through the coat or you can go for the internal method and again add a teaspoon or so to water. There have also been reports of improvement in a dogs odor after external treatment with Apple Cider Vinegar on the dogs coat.

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Eases the Pain of Arthritis

As you scour the Internet searching for articles on the uses of Apple Cider Vinegar for dogs you will likely notice that many of them include the easing of the pain caused by arthritis on a list of possible ACV cures. What you will struggle to find is any explanation as to why it helps. That's because - as with many of the theories surrounding Apple Cider Vinegar - there's not a lot of evidence to back up this claim and call me crazy but I can't recall any dog having ever testified to the claim!

All we can really go off then is the reports and testimony's of human beings to say that Apple Cider Vinegar has helped to ease their arthritic pain. While many humans have backed up this claim there is still little scientific evidence so i suppose it's just a case of trialing it to see whether it makes a difference in your dog. If you see a noticeable change in your dog's freeness of movement then perhaps you can report back to us and leave a comment for the benefit of others. Also if you would like to do more research in this area then some of those who swear by Apple Cider Vinegar for the relief of arthritic pain have linked it to the antioxidant beta-carotene and acetic acid produce of ACV. Again a controversial claim but perhaps you want to make your own mind up on that one.

Other Uses

Here we have discussed in detail just 3 of the proposed health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for dogs. As we have seen there is such a lack of evidence surrounding some of these claims that it may just be a case of 'seeing is believing' and relying on the testimony of others. In that area though we can say that the testimony of others are strong, not just in the areas of Skin, Coat, Digestion and relief from the pain of arthritis that we have discussed but also in other ares such as preventing the formation of stones in your dogs urinary tract, getting rid of fleas/ticks and dandruff, easing muscle fatigue and killing viral infections.

As we mentioned in the introduction some people have refuted claims of the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for dogs, even going as far as to call it poison. Let's face it though, there are people out there who refute the benefits of most natural remedies. Usually when we decide to try a human natural remedy we often do so on the testimony of others, despite a lack of concrete scientific proof that it actually works. When it comes to the use of Apple Cider Vinegar for dogs, it seems we may have to take the same approach.

Have you ever used Apple Cider Vinegar for your dog? If so please consider leaving a comment below so that others can benefit from your experience.


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