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The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Pet Allergies

If your dog is having serious allergy environmental allergy issues, apple cider vinegar may be just right for you.

In this great resource article on Whole Dog Journal, the author reviews the benefits and drawbacks of ACV. 

Apple Cider Vinegar has lots of great benefits – like allergy relief!

This article covers using ACV externally to provide relief from external itching and other skin irritations. Apple Cider Vinegar can also be used internally as well, though there is some debate regarding that. Some raw food enthusiasts swear by it and add it to their dog’s food as they are blending their vegetables, meats, carbs, etc.

Others argue that acidity in ACV could throw off the dog’s natural PH balance, and that PH testing should be done before administering ACV to see if the dog’s alkalinity is balanced or out of balance before administering ACV internally.

My thoughts:
I find ACV to be a powerful, natural source of antihistamine power which works better than some pharmaceutical drugs. Personally, if nothing else is working, I would try it. However, as my disclaimer, I would recommend discussing this option with your vet first.
That said, you may wish to test your dog’s current alkalinity with a testing kit first. A urine PH alkalinity testing kit like the one shown here, should do the trick just fine.
“In her book, The Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog,” author Wendy Volhard recommends using pH paper strips (for purchasing information, see Resources) to check the dog’s first morning urine. “If it reads anywhere from 6.2 to 6.5, your dog’s system is exactly where it should be,” and no ACV is needed, she says. “But if it is 7.5 or higher, the diet you are feeding is too alkaline, and apple cider vinegar will reestablish the correct balance.” Volhard recommends one teaspoon to one tablespoon twice daily for a 50-pound dog.
If you opted for liquid ACV, I would start with a smaller dose (depending on dog weight-check with your vet first), like 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon once daily to start, to monitor for any adverse reactions, and then going up 1 tsp once daily for a while. If you notice improvement with no adverse reactions (see article for signs of adverse reactions), you could increase up to 1 tsp twice daily.
In pill format, ACV may be a little easier to administer. I would recommend the pill in simplest form, without any additional supplements (no added vitamins, calcium, etc.), in a low milligram dosage (200mg or less), like this one.
For a 50-60lb dog, I would try a dosage of 1/4 pill (50mg) once daily to start. You may also grind the pill up into a powder and put it on a small bit of peanut butter to help the dog enjoy it more.

In summary:

This could be a wonderful option for you and your pets to provide relief. As with people, your dog is an individual. His body will respond differently than the dog next door, so make sure that you monitor him well. From the article that I have read, many pet owners have had great success with ACV as a supplement for skin health and I think it would be a wonderful option to try.