Apple Cider Vinegar has become quite the “cure-all” in the human health industry. Humans boast about the benefits they’ve encountered, from healthier hair and skin, cardiovascular health, and weight loss aid, all due to this foul smelling (and tasting) product.
Eventually, our attention turned to dogs. If apple cider vinegar has helped humans so much, does it have any applications toward dogs? Or is another case of an unstudied and undetermined supplement that doesn’t hold water when you put it to the test?
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
On a basic level, apple cider vinegar is the fermented juice from crushed apples. It is known to have strong antioxidant and antibacterial properties. It normally contains trace amounts of a variety of vitamins, like vitamin B1, B2, B6, and C. The minerals sodium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and iron are also normally present in apple cider vinegar. Most people will consume apple cider vinegar orally or topically and will use a 50/50 solution of apple cider vinegar and water. The reason being, as you’ll learn if you’ve never cracked open a bottle, the taste and smell is rather intense, and it is quite acidic. Water helps make intake more bearable, while not compromising the potential benefits.