Proven health benefits of apple cider vinegar (ACV) for pets

proven health benefits of organic apple cider vinegar for pets

8 proven ways that Apple Cider Vinegar can improve your pet's health and well-being

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a vinegar made from fermented apple juice and is a popular ingredient in many peoples' kitchens! It's widely used in salad dressings, preserves, chutneys, marinades and more. While many doctors see Apple Cider Vinegar as being nothing more than a simple kitchen ingredient, it actually has a long history as a natural home remedy for many ailments!

In recent years, researchers have been studying Apple Cider Vinegar closely, in efforts to determine whether or not Apple Cider Vinegar is in fact the wonderful healer that people have claimed it to be for centuries. Many studies have since confirmed the health benefits and medicinal properties! What's even better, is that Apple Cider Vinegar is not only a powerful healer for people, but for animals, too! Yippee! 

Tip: Medical benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar apply to unfiltered organic Apple Cider Vinegar with ‘The Mother’ – collagen strands which are not usually present in non-organic store-bought apple cider vinegar. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar from Earth Products is made from organic apples and contains ‘The Mother’, tiny threads that can be seen floating in the vinegar.

Heals ear infections

Ear infections are caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi getting trapped in the middle or outer ear. Apple Cider Vinegar is a wonderful remedy for treating ear infections in dogs, cats and other animals! Because Apple Cider Vinegar contains acetic acid, that means that it's an antibacterial. It also acts as an antioxidant and antimicrobial, and has been proven effective in treating outer ear infections, including yeast infections of the ear, in pets. Should your pet's problems persist, contact your vet as your pet may be suffering from an advanced middle ear infection!

How to: Mix 1 teaspoon of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with 2 tablespoons of water to make a solution. Dab the cotton ball in this and use to gently cleanse your pet's infected ears. Use a separate swab for each ear. Do this daily for a week.

Repels fleas and ticks

The common method to get rid of fleas and ticks is to buy synthetic topical flea and tick treatments. While these products do successfully control the flea and tick problem, they also contain harmful chemicals which may not be best for your pet's or family's health! Spraying your pet with an organic Apple Cider Vinegar solution has proven to act as a safe and natural flea and tick treatment. The acidic taste is unappealing to fleas and ticks and will be quick to leave your pet alone!

How to: Simply rinse your pet with an Organic Apple Cider Vinegar water solution after every wash! Use 1 tablespoon of ACV to every 400mls of water for the rinse.

Cleans teeth

It's important for pet owners to ensure their fur babies have good dental hygiene. Too often, pet owners allow plaque to build up on their dog or cat's teeth, unaware that lack of oral care can lead to serious conditions like gingivitis, infection in their heart valves, liver abscesses and tooth decay! It's believed that the acidity levels in Apple Cider Vinegar help to break down plaque and remove tartar on your pet's teeth.

How to: Add 1 teaspoon of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to your pet's water bowl daily.

Alleviates joint pain

It's extremely difficult for any pet parent to see their fur baby suffering from arthritis and joint pain. The good news is that there are various ways to prevent arthritis (or prolong the onset), PLUS there are natural and safe ways to treat it! While prescription anti-inflammatory drugs for pets, including NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), cortisone and other prescription medications for joint problems can offer some relief, side effects can include digestive, heart, adrenal and kidney problems. Apple Cider Vinegar can be used to lessen joint pain in animals suffering from arthritis, without the risk of any negative side effects!

How to: Warm up a small portion of undiluted Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, soak a compress in the mixture, and apply the compress directly to your pet's joints. You can also add 1 teaspoon of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to their water bowl (digesting ACV helps break down calcium deposits that form around older dog’s joints).

Boosts immune system

Apple Cider Vinegar's antibacterial and antimicrobial properties can help get rid of underlying infections and microbes that could be lowering your pet's immunity! Apple Cider Vinegar also has an alkalising effect on the body - the body functions best in a slightly alkaline state, allowing you to feel your best each day and fight off any invaders! Lastly, Apple Cider Vinegar improves circulation, encourages detoxification and helps your lymphatic system get rid of any toxins. By giving your pet Apple Cider Vinegar, their well-being, vitality and overall health will greatly improve!

How to: Add 1 teaspoon of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to your pet's water bowl daily.

Improves digestion

By giving your pet Apple Cider Vinegar as a daily supplement, or just in acute cases, they will reap the benefits of receiving natural probiotics and prebiotics which promotes healthy microflora in your pet's digestive system. Apple Cider Vinegar also helps stimulate the production of stomach acid, aiding in the digestion of fats and proteins.

How to: Add 1 teaspoon of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to your pet's water bowl daily.

Soothes itchy skin and hot spots

If your pet struggles with itchy skin or hot spots, Apple Cider Vinegar can help soothe and relieve rashes, get rid of dead skin cells, encourage healthy skin cell repair, and also improve any bacterial or other microbial infection. Please note that ACV should NOT be applied to open wounds or hot spots as the acidity will sting the raw skin!

How to: Mix 1 tablespoon of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with 2 tablespoons of water and dab on the infected rash area with a cotton ball. Do this daily for a week.

Soothes irritated paws

Treat your dog or cat to a healing pedicure using Apple Cider Vinegar! Your pet's paws may be prone to itching and irritation due to fungal infections. Soaking your pet's paws in an Apple Cider Vinegar solution can help relieve itchiness and combat infections. For fussier pets who won't tolerate their paws being soaked, you can apply an ACV mix topically to their paws.

How to: Mix 1 tablespoon of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with 2 tablespoons of water and dab on the infected rash area with a cotton ball. Do this daily for a week. To make an ACV foot soak, mix 2 parts water and 1 part apple cider vinegar in a large bowl or bathtub, and then soak the irritated paws for up to five minutes each.

If you have any health questions about your pet, please contact our team or leave a comment below for FREE advice. We always love hearing from you!

Saskia Michele natural holistic pet health blog

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  • Feelgood Pets Team - May 02, 2019

    Hi Alida,

    Thank you for reaching out to us and for your interest in our brand, Feelgood Pets!

    I am pleased to inform you that we do stock Earth Tribe Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with the Mother) for Pets – each bottle costs R128.50.

    To place your order online, please follow this link:

    If you would prefer to have your order processed manually, please email with the list of products you would like to order (and quantities of each) and we will send you the total amount to deposit together with our banking details for payment.

    I look forward to hearing back from you soon!

    Feelgood Pets team

  • Alida - May 02, 2019

    Hi do you sell the organic apple cider vinegar for pets and if what is the price thank you

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