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Ostlers Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother

Ostlers Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother

Apple Cider Vinegar With The Mother

What are the Benefits?

Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits For Dogs

Beyond the topical uses of apple cider vinegar for dogs, there are a number of ways that apple cider vinegar can help your dog internally as well.

Blood Sugar Control

ACV may be able to help with regulating blood sugar levels in your dog. Studies show that taking apple cider vinegar for 8 to 12 weeks can reduce blood sugar levels. This could help prevent diabetes .. or in an already diabetic dog, could mean she needs less insulin.

Cardiovascular Health

There are a number of cardiovascular benefits to apple cider vinegar. The acetic acid in ACV can help reduce high lipid levels and high blood pressure. This can lead to better heart health for your dog.


There is evidence that ACV has antimicrobial properties. In particular, ACV can help restrict the growth of toxic bacteria like E. coli, S. aureus (staph infection) and yeast like C. albicans (candida). This means you can use it to help manage infections in your dog … including urinary tract infections.

Urinary Tract Infections

There is some evidence that ACV may be able to help with urinary tract infections (UTIs). Research is still ongoing … but there are some indications that ACV may be able to reduce the inflammation that causes UTIs.

Cognitive Disorders

ACV may be able to help keep your dog’s mind sharp. Recent studies show that foods that contain phenolic compounds can help lower Alzheimer’s risk in humans. So they could help protect your dog from Canine Cognitive Disorder (CCD). ACV contains a number of these phenolic compounds including:

  • Gallic acid
  • Catechin
  • Caffeic acid
  • Epicatechin
  • Chlorogenic acid
  • P-coumaric acid


ACV can help reduce oxidative stresses that come with obesity. Oxidative stress occurs when free radicals (unstable, damaged molecules) begin to harm the cells in your dog’s body. Oxidation is a normal process in the body, but if free radicals become unbalanced, the damage can contribute to numerous health issues … including complications from obesity.

One study noted that feeding male rats a daily dose of ACV reduced the oxidative stressors. This lowered the risk of obesity related diseases.

Gut Health

It’s a fact that gut health is incredibly important to your dog’s overall health. That’s because nearly 90% of your dog’s immune system is in her gut. Probiotics are good bacteria that support your dog’s gut health. And prebiotics feed those good bacteria to help them work better.

The fermentation process used for raw ACV makes it a useful prebiotic. ACV’s prebiotic properties support the good bacteria in the gut, helping with digestion and keeping the gut nice and healthy.

How Much Apple Cider Vinegar Should I Give My Dog?

Don’t give your dog undiluted ACV. Always mix it into her water or food. Give the following daily amount depending on the size of your dog:

  • 1 tsp for dogs up to 15 lbs
  • 2 tsp for dogs 16 to 35 lbs
  • 1 tbsp for dogs 36 to 84 lbs

NOTE: When you use apple cider vinegar internally or topically, remember to monitor your dog for any adverse reactions. Dogs who are sensitive to ACV may vomit or get itchy skin.

The Bottom Line

Apple cider vinegar may not be the miracle-working solution some claim it to be. But it definitely has benefits that your dog could use. ACV can relieve your dog’s itching, repel fleas and ticks and can be used as an ear cleaner.

ACV can help your dog internally as well. ACV can help regulate blood sugar levels. It’s great for the heart health of your dog and it can help prevent toxic bacteria from gaining a foothold.

It can help your dog in so many ways and you probably already have it in your kitchen cabinet. So give this convenient, multi-purpose remedy a try.


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