If you haven’t tried apple cider vinegar as a salad dressing or marinade, you’re missing a treat – and a healthy one at that. Proponents of this delicious vinegar believe it can do everything from reduce inflammation to increase heart health, lose weight, relieve acid reflux and treat dandruff.
But… are they going too far in saying it can help with your dog’s hot spot or itchy skin? Let’s take a look.
What is apple cider vinegar?
Like any vinegar, such as white vinegar, it’s an acid. It starts as apple juice; yeast and bacteria are added to turn the fruit sugar into alcohol, which ferments and turns into acetic acid. It’s the acetic acid that gives the vinegar its strong smell and taste (1).
The fermentation process gives apple cider vinegar its antimicrobial properties – it naturally kills organisms like bacteria and fungi. This is one of the reasons it has become known as a great home remedy for a variety of physical ailments – and yes, an all-around household cleaner and disinfectant.
Can You Use Apple Cider Vinegar To Treat Dog Hot Spots?
Dog hot spots can be caused by allergies, skin infections and irritations, parasites and other reasons. You’ll know your dog has one when he’s licking, scratching or biting the area incessantly to gain relief from the pain, itch and inflammation.
You can try apple cider vinegar on a hot spot only if it’s in the very early stages – but as soon as there is any broken skin, it is definitely NOT recommended. The burn and sting it causes when it hits the hot spot will make Sparky yelp and scamper away – and good luck getting him to come back for a second dose! Think about it – if it can be used to clean your kitchen floors, imagine what it will feel like on an open sore. Needless to say, it’s far too caustic to be used around the eyes.
Your dog can also have itchy skin that’s the result of fleas or a skin yeast infection and doesn’t develop fully into a hot spot, but still makes her miserable. You can bathe your dog in an apple cider vinegar solution (diluted 50:50 with water) to bring some relief. But its antimicrobial properties don’t necessarily work with all different types of bacteria – so it’s possible it will not be effective on what’s bothering your dog. And its sharp, sour smell will not be appealing to your pup – or you, either!
The Safer Alternative To Apple Cider Vinegar
There’s another way to relieve dog hot spots and itchy skin: Banixx Pet Care. This gentle, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal solution comes as a spray, cream and shampoo and has the following advantages:
- It is odorless – your dog will not shy away from its smell
- It doesn’t sting or burn, but is soothing to your dog’s skin
- It contains no steroids, antibiotics or anything toxic
- It can safely be used around your dog’s eyes, nose, mouth and ears
Most important of all, it is effective. Most dog hot spots or itchy skin issues disappear in just a couple of days, and topical relief is immediate.
Just spray it on your dog’s hot spot or skin infection, saturating the area and even massaging it into the skin. Make sure your dog doesn’t lick it off, as it’s more effective the longer it stays on the skin.
Apply Banixx 2-3 times a day, and don’t worry about using too much – you cannot overdose.
Home remedies like apple cider vinegar can potentially have healthful benefits – but when it comes to dog hot spots and itchy skin, Banixx is the superior, trusted solution that has worked for thousands of dog owners.
Find out more at our hot spot page.
We hope you found this article helpful and if your dog ever gets any cuts, abrasions, ear infections or skin infections, we hope you keep Banixx Pet Care in mind. Go to our dog page to learn more about how to keep your dog happy and healthy!
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