Is white vinegar harmful to dogs?

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Is White Vinegar Harmful to Dogs?

White vinegar, which contains 4-7% acetic acid, is generally considered safe for dogs in small quantities. However, larger amounts can cause gastrointestinal upset or damage to tissues in the mouth, throat, and digestive tract.

Uses of Vinegar for Dogs

Small amounts of white vinegar can be used on dogs for cleaning purposes. Some examples include:

  • Cleaning ears – helps remove debris and residue
  • Removing odors – helps neutralize odors when cleaning carpets or dog beds
  • Flea/tick prevention – can be mixed with water and used as a rinse to repel fleas and ticks

Risks of Vinegar for Dogs

Ingesting larger quantities of vinegar can cause the following problems in dogs:

  • GI upset – vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain
  • Throat/mouth irritation – pain, drooling, unwillingness to eat
  • Low blood calcium – muscle spasms, weakness, unstable gait
  • Kidney damage – from chronic exposure


White vinegar is considered safe for dogs in small quantities, such as a diluted rinse. But ingesting larger amounts can cause health problems. Prevent access to prevent accidental ingestion. Seek veterinary advice if ingestion occurs.

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