Is it safe to give Apple Cider Vinegar to my Puppy?

Published: Mar 10, 2024
Author: Joseph Feldman

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has gained popularity among pet owners for its many health benefits, and puppies are no exception.  While it’s essential to consult with a veterinarian before introducing any new supplement into your puppy’s diet, incorporating apple cider vinegar can offer a range of advantages for your furry friend.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Digestive Health

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which can aid digestion by promoting digestive enzyme production.  For puppies experiencing occasional digestive upset or diarrhea, a diluted solution of apple cider vinegar in their water can help restore balance to their digestive system.  “Apple cider vinegar can act as a gentle digestive aid for puppies, helping to soothe their stomach and regulate bowel movements,” said Dr. Jenna Hawkins, DVM specializing in holistic medicine.

Dr. Judy Morgan is a Holistic Veterinarian and certified veterinary food therapist.  She recommends grinding fresh vegetables, mixing them in ACV, and letting them sit in the fridge.  Then, add a spoonful to your dog’s food to aid digestion.

pH Balance

Maintaining the proper pH balance is crucial for your puppy’s health. Apple cider vinegar is acidic but has an alkalizing effect on the body once metabolized; this can help balance your puppy’s internal pH levels, potentially reducing the risk of acidity-related health issues.  Apple cider vinegar helps to alkalize the body, creating an environment less conducive to inflammation and disease notes pet nutritionist and holistic health expert Dr. Sarah Parker.

Flea and Tick Prevention

Fleas and ticks are common nuisances for puppies, but apple cider vinegar can be a natural repellent. When diluted and applied topically or sprayed onto your puppy’s coat, it can help deter these pests without the harsh chemicals in traditional flea and tick treatments.  Apple cider vinegar contains compounds that interfere with the ability of fleas and ticks to attach to your puppy’s fur,” says pet nutritionist and holistic health expert Dr. Sarah Parker.  It’s a safe and effective alternative to chemical-based repellents.

Skin and Coat Health

ACV is known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties, which can benefit puppies with skin issues such as hot spots or yeast infections. A diluted apple cider vinegar rinse can soothe irritated skin and promote a healthy, shiny coat.  The natural acids in apple cider vinegar help to restore the pH balance of your puppy’s skin, creating an environment less hospitable to bacteria and yeast explains Dr. Parker.

Odor Control

Puppies can sometimes develop a doggie odor due to various factors such as their diet or skin issues. Adding a small amount of apple cider vinegar to their bath water or spraying a diluted solution onto their fur can help neutralize odors, keeping your puppy smelling fresh between baths.  Apple cider vinegar has natural deodorizing properties that can help end unpleasant odors from your puppy’s coat says Dr. Hawkins.  It’s a safe and gentle way to keep them smelling clean and fresh.


Immune Support

Apple cider vinegar’s vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants can help boost your puppy’s immune system. Regular consumption may enhance their ability to fight off common illnesses and infections, keeping them happy and healthy.  “Apple cider vinegar contains nutrients that support immune function, helping your puppy to stay strong and resilient against illness,” says Dr. Hawkins.

Joint Health

As puppies grow and develop, supporting their bone and joint health is essential.  Some proponents suggest that apple cider vinegar can help reduce joint pain and inflammation in dogs, although further research is needed to confirm these claims.  “While more research is needed, some studies suggest that the anti-inflammatory properties of apple cider vinegar may benefit puppies with joint issues,” explains Dr. Parker.


Incorporating apple cider vinegar into your puppy’s routine, when done in moderation and under the guidance of a veterinarian, can offer a range of health benefits. This natural remedy can enhance your puppy’s well-being by improving digestion and repelling fleas and ticks. Yet, it’s essential to remember that every puppy is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Always consult your vet to determine the best approach for your furry friend’s health and happiness.


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