Taking apple cider vinegar for parvo can help your puppy recover faster. #doghealth

Is apple cider vinegar for parvo helpful for puppies?

While ACV isn’t a cure for parvo it just may help your dog get better faster. Which of course is what we all want as dog owners – to see our baby all better as soon as possible.

In a recent article we gave a detailed discussion answering the question how do dogs get parvo. You can read more if you suspect your dog might have this dangerous virus.

Since the treatment for parvo can get pretty expensive if you go to a vet, many wonder if there is an at home method of treating parvo.

Below is a story from Amanda, a dog lover in one of the puppy groups I am in. It really makes you see how difficult it can be to have your lovable pup not feeling well. But there is hope for those that cannot spend a fortune on expensive vet treatments.

Boots is an adorable little golden lab puppy with lots of energy. His favorite game is to nibble my toes right after I get out of the shower. It tickles like crazy that’s probably why he loves it because I squirm with giggles.

One morning he wasn’t outside the bathroom door like usual. Instead I found him looking miserable in his kennel in his own mess. It is so heartbreaking seeing your new puppy in such a bad state.

A trip to the vet revealed yes it was parvo and it would be $1500 for the vet treatment! I decided I needed to do some research first and I found out there isn’t a cure for parvo. The most important way to treat parvo is by controlling vomiting and diarrhea and preventing secondary infections. Thus it is very important to replace fluids, electrolytes and provide immune support until your puppy can fight off the virus.

What Role Does Apple Cider Vinegar for Parvo Treatment Take?

Apple cider vinegar for dogs provides many antibacterial and antifungal benefits which is important when fighting off an illness. ACV boosts the immune system helping your dog fight off illness.

It is also a natural purifier and a great detox. It can help improve the function of the kidneys, liver and bladder which are very important when a dog has parvo. Apple cider vinegar can also help diarrhea one of the biggest issues you have to deal with when your dog has parvo.

While ACV will not cure parvo outright it can play a very important role in recovery or prevention.

Boots took to it right away which surprised me as I’ve read some dogs do not care for it. I just put 1 Tablespoon of ACV into his water and he loved it. (If your puppy is under 15 pounds use 1 teaspoon instead) I also helped keep his electrolytes up with Pedialyte and a teaspoon of Pepto Bismol every couple hours to help with vomiting.

I read if your dog doesn’t care for the apple cider vinegar you can mix it with some Greek yogurt or probably better in the case of parvo with some chicken or beef broth.

Fortunately for my bootsy he recovered in a couple days and is back to his active self. And back to his toe licking game. 🙂

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Disclaimer: This article is meant for informational purposes only. If your dog is sick make sure you seek the advice of a veterinarian right away.


    • Based on information from Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar, the brand we use, they recommend using 1 teaspoon for small dogs and 1 tablespoon for medium and large dogs per day.

  1. Hello my Askal dog is suffering right now with parvo virus and cant afford to bring her on vet what would be my best action for this?

    • Sorry to hear she’s not feeling well. 🙁 Your best bet is to at least get the opinion of a licensed vet even if you don’t take her in. Their knowledge would be invaluable and they can walk you through the best steps to help you treat symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration, and making sure that your dog gets adequate nutrition.

    • Since ACV has many benefits (read more about the benefits of ACV for dogs here) you can continue to give it to them even after symptoms go away and they are acting like their old selves again. I’d probably reduce the frequency to 1-2 times a week or dilute it further. Since apple cider vinegar is an acid long term use may hurt their teeth if too much is given over too long.

      Since I am not a Vet it’s always best to get a professional opinion of course for anything related to your dogs’ health.


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