Apple cider vinegar is perhaps the most natural popular remedy for allergies in dogs. This safe, natural remedy, can be used for pets in a number of ways, both externally and internally, depending upon the nature of the allergy symptoms.
How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar Externally for Canine Allergies
Apple Cider Vinegar Spray
Mix 1/2 cup raw and organic apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray affected areas of your pet with this solution twice a day, or more often as needed to relieve itching. If your dog or cat has broken skin, use only 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and 3/4 cup of water at first to make sure the solution does not bother your pet.
Apple Cider Vinegar in the Ears
Mix 1/2 cup raw and organic apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a jar. Use a cotton ball to clean out your pet’s ears with this solution. If skin in the ear is broken, use 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and 3/4 cup water. This solution has helped many pets with itchy ears!
Apple Cider Vinegar to the Back of the Neck
This is the safest method to give ACV to your pet.
One of our readers, Kristen from Oklahoma, was able to relieve her dog’s allergy symptoms with a topical treatment to the back of the neck. She writes, “I put apple cider vinegar on my chihuahua’s neck twice a day and it has greatly helped her eye allergies!! It’s not a total cure all, but it has provided her so much relief. I’m a believer!”
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar Internally for Dog Allergies
Apple cider vinegar can be added to your pet’s food or water to relieve a systemic allergy problem. Start with 1 teaspoon daily for a 50 pound dog. Increase to 1 tablespoon daily if needed. Adjust the amount you give according to the weight of the dog. A small dog – 10 pounds or so will only need a scant 1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar once or twice a day. A very large dog, over 100 pounds, may need one or two tablespoons once or twice a day.
Are Apple Cider Vinegar Baths Effective for Allergies?
You can give your dog a bath to which apple cider vinegar has been added. Add one or two cups per bath. If pollen is the cause of your pet’s allergies, a regular bath will help to remove excess pollen and irritation for your pet.
Read on to see how our readers are using ACV to treat their pets’ allergies. Have you tried apple cider vinegar to relieve your pet’s allergies? Please share your story with us!