WHAT IS APPLE CIDER VINEGAR?
As a pet care product, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is hard to beat for its versatility, availability and cost. Apple Cider vinegar is rich in the vitamins, minerals, and trace elements found in apples, especially potassium; it normalizes acid levels in the stomach, improves digestion, reduces intestinal gas and fecal odors, helps with constipation, and helps prevent bladder stones and urinary tract infections.
Always use the unfiltered, organic ACV that has not been pasteurized for best results. ACV should not be fed to a pet that is sensitive or allergic to yeast. In these cases it is believed that vinegar can feed or exacerbate the problem. Here are some of the more common benefits you can derive by using apple cider vinegar as a natural product for both cats and dogs:
- It can be used as a daily health supplement.
- As an ear care product.
- It can be used to obtain relief for various skin problems.
- Use it for skunk odor removal.
The minerals, enzymes and acids in unpasteurized apple cider vinegar can supplement your pets existing diet. It can be added directly to the dogs’ food. Many holistic vets commend a daily dosage of:
1tsp (5ml) for cats and small dogs (up to 14lbs)
2tsp (10ml) for medium dogs (15 – 34lbs)
1tbsp (15ml) for large dogs (35 – 84lbs)
Hot spots, eczema, skin allergies: Put 1 part ACV to 3 parts water in a spritz bottle, part the hair and spray liberally to affected areas.
Digestive disorders: Mix suggested dosage to your pet’s food. Ingesting this remedy will help balance the acid/alkaline ratio of the digestive tract, prevent intestinal gas, and constipation.
Note: Do not feed ACV to dogs that have irritation of the intestinal tract lining.
Ear health: ACV can be used to maintain good ear health, but should never be used on any open or irritated skin – as it will sting. Place a couple of drops of AVC inside the ears then gently wipe out until clean, this will help to prevent infections and maintain ear health and cleanliness.
If your dog is on insulin or diuretics do not add ACV to his/her diet without consulting your veterinarian as there could be an interaction between the insulin/drugs and the ACV.