For a Natural Approach simply adding a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to your dogs water bowl has many benefits. Most importantly Apple Cider Vinegar has antiviral, antifungal, anti-sceptic and anti-inflammatory properties therefore it can: boost the immune system; help with fungal infections such as ring worm; help with wounds and spots; it’s anti-inflammatory properties can help dogs with arthritis and joint problems. Humans have been using this for centuries for its health benefits, can also be used to help cats and horses too. Other reasons to add apple cider vinegar to your dogs water bowl include:
- Aids to promote appetite
- Helps in the treatment of worms and prevention of fleas and ticks.
- Helpful in eliminating other internal and external parasite problems.
- Promotes general well being
- Neutralizes the acid in dogs. This helps keep those brown tear stains from forming under their eyes.
- Eliminates the brown patches on your lawn by balancing your pet’s pH.
- For dogs with respiratory problems it may reduce symptoms, such as watery eyes and nasal discharge and coughs.
- Can be used successfully for dry, itchy or infected skin problems.
- After your weekly grooming sessions, use a few drops in his or her ears after cleaning them to avoid ear infections
- There are also reports that it is useful in the prevention of bladder and kidney stones.
What Apple Cider Vinegar?
Buying the right vinegar is very important. Apple Cider Vinegar ranges in colour from a light golden to orange. You’ll know you’ve found the right stuff if you see sediment, referred to as the “mother of vinegar” on the bottom of the bottle.
You must buy Apple Cider Vinegar that is unpasteurised and comes with the ‘Mother’ intact. This ‘Mother’ (all the beneficial living enzymes left in) and this is why it has a cloudy look to it. Other, more commercial brands boil, pasteurise and downright kill their vinegar to make it clear and look pleasing to the eye but this removes all of the powerful properties rendering the vinegar useless. Some people refer to these as ‘dead’ vinegars.
The daily dosage is one teaspoon for small dogs and one tablespoons for medium-large dogs, added to water or placed on top of food.
If using on the skin apply directly to the skin with cotton wool. Can also be used diluted with water in a mister bottle and sprayed on to your dogs coat to help prevent fleas Note: Do not spray over your dogs eyes. This can also be sprayed onto your pets bedding to eliminate fleas.