APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
coconut oil, this week apple cider vinegar. No this is not a cooking article,
but a way to show you how to use natural products to help your pets. Apple Cider
Vinegar, a product almost every one has in their cupboard has many benefits for
both you and your pets.
Apple cider is antibacterial and anti-fungal and gives the immune system a good
boost. As a high potassium electrolyte balancer, it re-mineralizes the body and
helps normalize the blood's alkaline acid balance.
Apple cider vinegar can help itchy skin, hot spots, smelly ears, ear infections,
fleas and poor appetite, and maintain the acid/alkaline balance in the digestive
track. It has also been reported to help dogs that have drainage of the eyes
which causes staining.
To aid in skin irritation from fleas or hot spots, wash your pet with a mild pet
shampoo, then rinse with equal parts organic apple cider vinegar and water. To
avoid excessive bathing, you can dilute the vinegar and put it in a spray bottle
and spray your pets down as needed. Remember, organic vinegar may have particles
in it and may need to be strained first.
For small dogs or cats, add about a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to your
pet's water or food bowl daily to treat poor appetite and maintain the
acid/alkaline balance and benefit the overall health of your pet. It is believed
that apple cider vinegar maintains a healthy urinary track and digestive health.
It is effective in treating urinary tract infections. As an added benefit, it
can keep dog urine from killing your lawn.
For tear stains, put in your pets water and well as applying it as a spot
treatment. Put on cotton swap to apply near the eye, but avoid getting in your
Apple cider vinegar may even ease joint pain in arthritic dogs and counteract
common toxins and poisons that your pets may be inadvertently exposed to like
pesticides and cleaning products. It breaks down calcium deposits in the joints
while re-mineralizing the bones. It has proven to be equally beneficial to dogs
with hip dysplasia.
When treating our pets, we need to look at treating them as a whole, not just
one single area. As with any or our supplements, apple cider vinegar should be
used in conjunction with a good fresh food diet and not used solely as a cure
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