Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
When I was a little girl, my mom, who was a cosmetologist, would have my sisters and I rinse our hair in vinegar. It was an economical way of conditioning our hair. It smells a bit funny to a little girl, but it sure did leave our hair soft and manageable. So, when I read that apple cider vinegar could help with our ongoing problem of Hendrix’s itching, I decided it couldn’t hurt to try. At least his coat would be softer.
When using vinegar for your dog’s itching, be sure and use a raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar. There are actually several ways that apple cider vinegar can be used but for this short post, I am just going to show you how I use it to help all my dogs have soft coats and decrease their itching.
Mix 4 Tablespoons of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar in 1 Quart of warm water. This “recipe” is for large dogs. (If you have a small dog, you will probably want to only make 1/2 the amount; 2 TBS of apple cider vinegar to 1/2 Quart water.)
Saturate dog’s hair and skin to loosen any dirt.
Wash dog with your choice of shampoo. If you are looking for a home-made option, you can find one here. It is the recipe I use when Hendrix is having a severe flare up of his allergies.
Rinse dog completely. Be sure to get all the shampoo rinsed off. Leaving in shampoo can be irritating and will also keep the rinse from being as affective.
Towel dry dog so dog is moist but not dripping wet. This will help the rinse to be absorbed.
Slowly pour apple cider vinegar and water pitcher over top of dog. Avoid the head so apple cider vinegar does not get into dog’s eyes.
And….. you are done! Leave the rinse mixture on. Do not rinse off.
If you are having a flea issue, you can increase the apple cider vinegar part of the recipe, and it may help repel the fleas.
** Caution: If your dog has open soars, please do not use apple cider vinegar as it will burn!