Thursday, February 5, 2015

Apple Cider Vinegar & Your Dog

Apple cider vinegar is fermented juice from crushed apples. Like apple juice, it probably contains some pectin; vitamins B1, B2, and B6; biotin; folic acid; niacin; pantothenic acid; and vitamin C. It also contains small amounts of the minerals sodium, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium. Apple cider vinegar can also contain significant quantities of acetic acid and citric acid.
(Source: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-816-apple%20cider%20vinegar.aspx?activeingredientid=816&activeingredientname=apple%20cider%20vinegar)


Anti-bacterial and Anti-fungal
Just as you would use bleach or any other household cleaner, you can use ACV to clean and disinfect your home.  It is due to the malic acid found in ACV that it is a great natural alternative to harsh household cleaners.

Ear Cleaner
Whether your dog has a little dirt in their ears or a full-blown infection, cleaning your dogs ears with ACV (diluted equal parts) will help clean and heal their ears.  Use a cotton ball or soft cloth with ACV dilution to apply in the ears.  For routine cleaning once or twice a week would suffice.  If an infection is suspected once or twice a day until infection is gone would be recommended (approximately 10-14 days).  Always consult with a veterinarian to confirm an infection and for a treatment plan.

Flea Repellent & Control
For all external flea repellent and control methods a diluted solution of 1 part ACV to 1 part water would be suggested.

Soak your dogs collar or bandanna for all-natural flea collars.

Put it in your dog's water or food; once teaspoons per 25lbs of dog.  Adjust this according to your dogs weight.

Create a spray to apply to your dog as a bug spray to apply before hikes or any other activities where fleas may be present.

As a Flea bath.  When using this as a flea bath simply applied the diluted solution to the dog and allow the dog to dry to not rinse your dog.  White distilled vinegar can be used in this scenario as well.

Grooming
You can make a rinse of one part vinegar to sixteen parts water (1 cup per one gallon).  Once the dog has been shampooed and conditioned, apply the vinegar solution and rinse off of your dog.

Other various benefits
Although vinegar itself is acidic it has an alkaline effect in our dog's (and our own) body.

Due to its rich content of minerals, vitamins and enzyme; it helps to improve functions of vital organs such as kidneys, liver, and bladder.

There are several other proposed benefits and uses of ACV that are not mentioned here.  The uses discussed here are several of the ways I have successfully used ACV.


What NOT to do 

Do not use dead vinegar (filtered vinegar such as sushi or wine vinegar).

Never give undiluted ACV for your dog to take internally.

When using as a rinse, be cautious not to get it in your dog's eyes.

Avoid using ACV on open wounds such as cuts or scratches as it will burn.

4 comments :

  1. I've been using ACV for myself for years, but it never even occurred to me to use it for my dog! I'm definitely gonna have to give some of these things a try :)

    Sarah

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