Apple Cider Vinegar
By now most of you will have already heard about the MANY uses of vinegar, if not then go to this link for a quick read about the benefits:
I always add 10-20ml of Apple Cider Vinegar to my dog’s food as it neutralises their system and balances out their PH levels.
It neutralises the tears therefore preventing the red tear stains.
It is high in potassium (an essential mineral) which repairs the worn out soft tissues in the body.
ACV is meant to relieve arthritis by dissolving the ‘crystals’ that are caused by arthritis around the bones.
It is an excellent fly deterrent, just spray some on and around where the dogs eat, the kennel etc to keep the flies at bay. You can also spray it directly on to the dog's coat too.
There are many, many uses of ACV and if you decide to buy some then don’t get the clear stuff that you find on supermarket shelves as it has been filtered.
You must use an ACV that has not been pasteurised or filtered; it must be cloudy and have ‘mother’ in it.
I buy mine from: www.crossgatesfarm.co.uk
As written in an article by Wendy Volhard:
"...If your dog has itchy skin, the beginnings of a hot spot, incessantly washes its feet, has smelly ears, or is picky about his food, the application of ACV may change things around. For poor appetite, use it in the food - 1 tablespoon, two times a day for a 50 lb. dog. For itchy skin or beginning hot spots, put ACV into a spray bottle, part the hair and spray on. Any skin eruption will dry up in 24 hours and will save you having to shave the dog. If the skin is already broken, dilute ACV with an equal amount of water and spray on.
Taken internally, ACV is credited with maintaining the acid/alkaline balance of the digestive tract. To check your dog's pH balance, pick up some pH strips at the drug store, and first thing in the morning test the dog's urine. If it reads anywhere from 6.2 - 6.5, your dog's system is exactly where it should be. If it is 7.5 or higher, the diet you are feeding is too alkaline, and ACV will re-establish the correct balance.
If you have a dog that has clear, watery discharge from the eyes, a runny nose, or coughs with a liquid sound, use ACV in his or her food. One teaspoon twice a day for a 50 lb. dog will do the job.
After your weekly grooming sessions, use a few drops in his or her ears after cleaning them to avoid ear infections. Other uses for ACV are the prevention of muscle weakness, cramps, feeling the cold, calluses on elbows and hock joints, constipation, bruising too easily, pimples on skin surfaces, twitching of facial muscles, sore joints, arthritis and pus in the urine. There are also reports that it is useful in the prevention of bladder and kidney stones.
Fleas, flies, ticks and bacteria, external parasites, ring worm, fungus, staphylococcus, streptococcus, pneumococcus, mange, etc., are unlikely to inhabit a dog whose system is acidic inside and out. Should you ever experience any of these with your dog, bathe with a nice gentle herbal shampoo -- one that you would use on your own hair -- rinse thoroughly, and then sponge on ACV diluted with equal amounts of warm water. Allow your dog to drip dry. It is not necessary to use harsh chemicals for minor flea infestations. All fleas drown in soapy water and the ACV rinse makes the skin too acidic for a re-infestation. If you are worried about picking up fleas when you take your dog away from home, keep some ACV in a spray bottle, and spray your dog before you leave home, and when you get back. Take some with you and keep it in the car, just in case you need it any time. Obviously for major infestations, more drastic measures are necessary. ACV normalizes the pH levels of the skin, makes your dog unpalatable to even the nastiest of bacteria and you have a dog that smells like a salad, a small price to pay! "
Please note that these are the products/food that I have found to benefit MY dogs and should no way deter you from doing your own research or going to your vets.
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