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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs

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Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting the sugar in the apple cider to turning it into vinegar. It contains Vitamins C, E, A, B1, B2, B6, and P, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Chlorine, Sodium, Sulfur (the mineral - not the sulfa which some people are allergic to), Copper, Iron, Silicon and Fluorine.

Benefits of ACV to dogs
  • As a natural antibiotic germ fighter it fights E Coli and other bacteria.
  • It is a good remedy for food poisoning and helpful in digestive upsets.
  • It normalizes weight by improving digestion.
  • It helps relieve arthritis stiffness by it breaking down calcium deposits in the joints while remineralizing the bones.
  • It has shown to be equally beneficial to dogs with hip dysplasia, a sickness common in Labradors (I’m afraid Ram is suffering from this).
  • It also removes body sludge and toxins.
  • Relieves itchy skin due to allergies or fleas when used as an after-shampoo rinse.
  • It helps in controlling glucose levels in the blood.
  • It helps fight free radicals in the body.
  • Reduces your dog’s chance of getting ringworm, staph infections, streptococcus, and mange.

ACV can be mixed with your dog’s water or food. Add it gradually to slowly familiarize your dogs with its scent until you reach the recommended quantity:
  • 1 teaspoon - dogs up to 14 pounds
  • 2 teaspoon - medium dogs -15 to 34 pounds
  • 1Tablespoon - large dogs-35 to 84 pounds

I found it easier to mix the ACV to unflavored yogurt, Ram & Roe’s favorite dessert / snack. I’ve been giving them 1 teaspoon of ACV per day for one week now. I’ll probably increase the amount of ACV next week to 1 ½ teaspoon.

Precautions
  • Never give undiluted ACV to your dog, always mix it with water or food.
  • When using it as a rinse, take care not to let it get into your dog's eyes.
  • Do not use ACV on open wounds such as cuts or scratches as it will burn.
  • Dogs with a chronic yeast infection (Candida) or those with an overly acidic system or irritated intestines should not be given ACV. Vinegar is believed to reactivate or worsen these conditions.

As usual, what I wrote here are based on careful research, opinion from our vet and our own experience. Should you wish to give ACV to your dog, please ask your vet first.

An ye harm none. Do as ye will.

Blessed be.


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