Apple cider vinegar was always in our house. It was used for everything, including pet care. But with all the products you can purchase out there for pet care now, you don't see the vinegar being used quite as much. But it is very effective, natural, and less toxic.

If you have a pet, especially a dog, then you should always have a bottle of apple cider vinegar around and the white vinegar. Here are a few examples of how you can start using apple cider vinegar or white vinegar with your pet care program. Try these ideas first before you resort to the big guns (chemicals)


My dogs are always getting grunge in their ears, they rub their heads in the lawn and dirt, and basically their ears pick up dirt, and all sorts. But you can clean out your dogs ears, and disinfect them at the same time naturally. This helps with any tiny scratches they put in their ears from scratching and helps their ears to smell better.

Mix 1/3 cup vinegar (I use the white vinegar for this but you can use either) and 1/3 cup water and mix them, this is your cleaning solution. I put this solution on a clean cloth (not a paper towel, or they will end up with bits of paper in their ears) and wipe around in their ear.

This is good for the part of the ear you can see, especially if you dog has floppy big ears! But if you see dirt and inflammation deep down in the ear, then you should let a vet take care of that. But for the most part, dirty ears can be cleaned with the vinegar solution. I don't pour it in their ears, I always pour some on a soft cloth. I keep old white clean t-shirts around for this, as they are always getting their ears dirty.

Brown Patches on the Lawn

You know those brown patches your loveable dog leaves behind on the lawn? Well if you add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to your dogs drinking water, it will neutralize the acid in the pee and help prevent those unsightly brown patches on your good lawn.

House Training and your Floor

If you have a puppy and you are in the middle of house training, you also know that a puppy or a kitten will continue to use the same spot, if you don't get rid of the smell. So, even with some of those fancy cleaners, the smell can be left behind for the pet. So, next time your best friend leaves a mess. Blot it up quickly and as much as possible, then clean or mop the floor with equal parts white vinegar and warm water. (test your floor if it is hardwood) then dry with a paper towel. This gets rid of the smell and hopefully they start going outside for you.

These are just a few uses for apple cider vinegar and white vinegar for your pets. You can purchase these in larger jugs, and in my grandmother's closet, this was the only cleaner she had. She told me that "years ago" vinegar was the main ingredient in many things from home remedies to cleaners to pet care and more. But over the years we have come away from that in favor of instant cleaners. Cleaners that are already in a spray bottle for you to attack whatever disaster strikes in your house. But with vinegar, you mostly just mix it with water. If you get into the habit of using it, you will come away from toxic cleaners, and you will find that this is better for you, your pets and the environment.

Pet care is huge dollars, and we spend enough on taking care of their health and feeding them right, so if we can use a few home remedies for cleaning them, then every bit helps.