Apple cider vinegar probably doesn’t sound very tasty but, in fact, if it’s used properly, it might be good for you, according to some reports. But, what about your dog? Can dogs have apple cider vinegar? Do dogs also benefit from the healing properties attributed to this potion?
Let’s start by saying that there is little clinical evidence to support some of the claims made for apple cider vinegar (often abbreviated as ACV). Nearly all of the studies that have looked at apple cider vinegar have been very small.
In traditional medicine, it is used for such varied things as weight loss, controlling blood sugar levels in diabetes, skin infections, and more. However, there are no official medical organizations that endorse its use for these things. Homeopathic doctors and herbalists may recommend it, however.
Apple cider vinegar is also used in small amounts in some cancer diets. It is sometimes added to bone broth, for example. The acidity of the apple cider vinegar helps break down the collagen in the bones.
Apple cider vinegar is made from – you guessed it – apples. Bacteria and yeast are added to fermented apple juice. After a couple of steps, the juice (which has become alcohol) is converted to vinegar.
Despite the lack of evidence to support apple cider vinegar as a remedy, there may be just enough truth to the claims to suggest that it can be helpful for some conditions . This could be due to the acetic acid in the vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar also contains polyphenols that may help stop cellular damage that can lead to cancer. But, the studies are mixed.
One tablespoon of apple cider vinegar contains about 3 calories. It contains negligible amounts of vitamins and minerals.
Apple cider vinegar
|Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)|
|Energy||90 kJ (22 kcal)|
|Dietary fiber||0 g|
|Vitamin A equiv.||0%
· μg = micrograms • mg = milligrams
· IU = International units
There are some safety concerns and possible side effects from taking apple cider vinegar, especially if you consume it regularly.
- Tooth Decay: Too much apple cider vinegar can erode tooth enamel.
- Nausea or Digestive Problems: If you already have digestive problems, taking apple cider vinegar could make them worse.
- Burning Skin or Throat: If apple cider vinegar burns your skin or throat, try diluting it with water.
- Low Blood Sugar: If you are diabetic, apple cider vinegar can send your blood sugar level dangerously low.
- Low Potassium Levels: If you take some kinds of medication for high blood pressure, apple cider vinegar can cause your potassium levels to drop too low.
- Allergic Reaction: Some people can have allergic reactions to apple cider vinegar.
Can You Give Your Dog Apple Cider Vinegar?
Dogs are in the same situation as humans when it comes to apple cider vinegar. Many people tout the benefits of apple cider vinegar but real evidence is lacking. Small amounts won’t harm your dog but it’s debatable whether or not ACV will really help your dog with health problems.
Pets with kidney disease, for example, can have difficulty processing acidic ingredients such as vinegar. If you have been told to feed your dog an alkaline diet, it’s counter-productive to give him an acidic remedy such as apple cider vinegar. And, dogs that take insulin for diabetes are not good candidates for taking ACV.
Before giving your dog apple cider vinegar, it’s a good idea to talk to your veterinarian and get an opinion. If your dog is currently taking medication for a health condition, do not stop taking it or add apple cider vinegar to his diet without discussing it with your vet. ACV can interfere with some medications, especially in larger amounts or daily doses.
There are some recipes online for using apple cider vinegar as a rinse for your dog’s skin and coat; and for cleaning your dog’s ears. While it is possible to use ACV in these ways, remember that even when it is diluted it is still a vinegar that will burn if your dog has any cuts, scratches, or scrapes. You may like the idea of using a “natural” product but your dog will probably be more comfortable if you use products that are made for dog baths and ear cleaning since they won’t burn or hurt.
As a flea preventive, ACV will only work temporarily. It won’t keep fleas away after the vinegar odor disappears if you use it topically. There is no real proof that it prevents fleas if you give it to your dog in oral form.
How Often Can You Give Your Dog Apple Cider Vinegar?
The frequency of apple cider vinegar dosages usually depends on why you are using it for your dog. For example, if you are adding it to bone broth as an occasional pick-me-up, you shouldn’t have any problem giving your dog some once or twice per month.
If you want to add 1-2 teaspoons to your dog’s water dish, go easy. It’s a good idea to observe your dog’s reaction. Keep in mind that apple cider vinegar really is a vinegar. It has a strong vinegar smell and taste. Some dogs don’t like it. If you add it to your dog’s water or food, even in small amounts, some dogs will refuse them. You should also remember that vinegar burns. If your dog has a cut or scratch in his mouth, even diluted vinegar can burn.
How Much Apple Cider Vinegar Can You Give Your Dog?
Sources say that you should only give your dog small amounts of apple cider vinegar. Depending on your dog’s size, you can give him somewhere between 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon per day. Do not give your dog ACV straight from the jar. It’s much too strong. Dilute it with water about 50:50.
It’s best to begin with a very small amount. Keep in mind that too much ACV can cause serious side effects such as eroding tooth enamel. Remember that apple cider vinegar can have drug interactions. Talk to your veterinarian before adding it to your dog’s diet – especially if your dog is taking any prescription medication.
Many people proclaim that apple cider vinegar is a magic potion that works wonders for their dogs. However, so far there is a lack of evidence to support these claims. If you want to try apple cider vinegar with your dog, use small amounts and always dilute the ACV. We recommend that you talk to your veterinarian before adding apple cider vinegar to your dog’s diet, especially if your dog is taking any medications.