Itchy skin is a common problem for dogs! Whether it is from allergies, insect bites, yeast infections or dryness, dogs find itchy skin as miserable as people do. Apple cider vinegar is a very inexpensive remedy for itchy skin on dogs and carries few side effects.
3 Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Relieve Itching in Dogs
Apple cider vinegar can be used internally and externally for dogs. It restores proper pH and reduces inflammation. It also kills fleas and other parasites.
Please do not use straight apple cider vinegar on a dog’s skin! It is too strong. It must be diluted first.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar Spray
Purchase an inexpensive spray bottle. Fill it ½ full with raw and organic apple cider vinegar. Fill it the rest of the way with pure water. Use the spray to apply the solution to itchy spots on the dog 2-3 times a day, or as needed. Do not spray near the eyes. Cover the eyes with a cloth if spraying near the face.
If a dog has broken skin, the above dilution will still be too strong. Try adding 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to one cup of water at first. This may be enough to relieve itching without increasing irritation.
Coconut oil, olive oil or castor oil can be used on broken skin to sooth and heal the skin.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar Bath
For a dog that seems to be itchy everywhere an apple cider bath may be in order. Draw a warm bath and add 1-2 cups of apple cider vinegar to the tub. Bath the dog in the water. Shampoo is not necessary and may even dry the dog’s skin out. Do not rinse the apple cider vinegar bath water off. Dry thoroughly. Keep the dog in a warm area until all of his fur is completely dry to avoid a chill. This is especially important for older or sick dogs.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar Internally
Apple cider vinegar can be added to a dog’s water, mixed in with his regular food or mixed with yogurt. The following are a good place to start with dosing apple cider internally to dogs.
- 1 teaspoon for small dogs
- 1 tablespoon for medium dogs
- 2 tablespoons for large dogs
This amount can be given once or twice a day, depending upon need.
See this page for reviews from Earth Clinic readers who have used apple cider vinegar to cure itchy skin issues.