- The beneficial properties of ACV;
- Health benefits of ACV;
- The many beneficial ways to use ACV for your dog’s health;
- Dosage (provided for dogs, cats, humans)
- What to look for when buying ACV;
- Cautions, side effects;
- Acetic acid (the primary active ingredient);
- Amino, Lactic and Propionic Acid;
- Anti-bacterial – when used topically and ingested, ACV inhibits the growth of bad bacteria;
- Vitamins and minerals including:
- Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, B2 and B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Pro-vitamin Beta-Carotene, Vitamin P (bioflavonoids);
- Potassium – protects against tooth decay, heart-healthy as it helps to keeps blood pressure in-check – ACV is an excellent source of easily-absorbable potassium;
Pectin – helps lower LDL (bad cholesterol);
- Potash – source of fibre.
ACV helps to stimulate stomach acid. Stomach acid aids the digestion of protein and fats.
- Many commercially manufactured dog and cat food (dry kibble, wet canned food, treats);
- Fluorinated water;
- Road-salt(very carcinogenic);
- Chemical-based household cleaners (breathing in the vapours, licking surfaces, lying on chemically cleaned surfaces);
- Surface contact and/or ingesting grass treated with fertilizers and pesticides.
- Small Dogs (and cats) up to 14 lbs – 1 tsp;
- Medium Dogs (and cats) 15 lbs to 34 lbs – 2 ts;
- Large Dogs:
- 35 lbs to 84 lbs – 1 tbs;
- 85 lbs to 134 lbs – 1.5 tbsp;
- 135 lbs to 200 lbs – 2 tbsp.
- ACV can be used to clean your dog’s and cat’s ear;
- ACV can be used to treat yeast –based ear infections.
- Combine equal parts of ACV and distilled water, mix the solution;
- With a syringe or dropper, gently drop about 10 drops of the liquid into your dog’s /cat’s ear – make sure that the syringe is located at the entrance to the ear canal – the syringe should never be placed inside of the ear canal.
- Gently rub/massage the ear in a circular motion, then remove your hand and let your dog/cat shake its head.
If your dog or cat is prone to yeast-based ear infections…
- Most cases of yeast-based ear infections in dogs and cats are a result of Candida (overgrowth of bad bacteria in the GI Tract which causes leaky-gut syndrome and results in yeast infection which may surface in the ears, paws, etc.
- Grains in a dog’s and cat’s diet are the number one cause of food sensitivity leading to yeast infections!
- Sugar in a dog’s and cat’s diet can cause Candida – many commercially made dog and cat treats/dog food contain both grains and sugar!
- So, to cure the problem you have to do two things:
- Get the intensity of the infection – inflammation, under control = the treatment;
- Fix your dog’s and cat’s diet – this is the long-term maintenance portion of the solution = the remedy.
ACV helps prevent dry skin, promotes the growth and maintenance of healthy fur and is effective in the treatment of:
- Acne – apply undiluted ACV with a soft cloth or cotton ball;
- Burns (minor) – apply undiluted ACV with a soft cloth or cotton ball;
- Hot Spots;
- Skin Infections.
- Bath your dog or cat in a warm (not hot!) Rooibos Tea, and;
- Then do a second rinse using:
- 1 part ACV to 3 parts water – if the effected spot is small you can use a soft cloth or cotton ball to apply both rinses.
- If the skin is broken dilute the ACV mixture further (1 part ACV to 4 parts water);
- Then be very careful as the acidic nature of ACV can cause stinging/pain;
- Test a small area first by dabbing the ACV/water solution with a cotton ball onto a tiny test area, do not do a full soak on skin with broken areas without testing first!
- My dogs and cats are very tolerant of ACV and have never reacted to it with discomfort.
- Sponge undiluted ACV onto fur and skin – avoiding eyes;
- Allow the ACV to dry;
- Follow with non-toxic, non-carcinogenic Shampoo and Rinse
ACV is a prebiotic and helps maintain the proper acid/alkaline balance of the digestive tract.
- Prebiotics feed probiotics;
- Probiotics are the healthy microorganisms (good bacteria) that reside in a dog’s GI Tract.
- When the population of good bacteria is depleted bad bacteria can flourish resulting in candida and other health issues.
- Helps prevent and remedy constipation;
- Helps regularize bowl movements;
- Helps keep the colon clean.
Metabolism Booster, Appetite Reducer
- 2 tbs distilled water with;
- 4 drops of ACV;
- Stir well;
- Drop 2 to 3 drops in the eye two to three times a day until the infection clears;
If you would like to understand more about eye infections…
- Typical Causes of an Eye Infection;
- Typical Signs that Your Dog’s or Cat’s Eye May Be Infected;
- Typical Signs of Pink Eye – Conjunctivitis
- Contagiousness of Eye Infections
- Treating and Curing Eye Infections
- Topical Treatments
- Ingested (Dietary) Remedies
- Duration of Treatment
- When To Get Your Dog or Cat to Your Veterinarian
- You can read this article.
Insect Repellent – Natural, Safe
CAUTION – Do not use this recipe on cats – see further below for cat appropriate recipes (and other recipes for dogs)
This treatment kills fleas as they will drown in the soapy water, the after shampoo rinse and spray acidifies the surface of skin and fur making it an inhospitable environment for fleas. Don’t over apply this recipe – this recipe includes tea tree oil. Tea tree oil should always be used with restraint. It is a potent substance which should never be over used on a dog and should not be used on cats at all…
- An 8 oz bottle;
- Tea Tree Oil (don’t use tee tree oil on cats);
- 100% Aloe Vera Juice;
- Fresh, clean water.
- Pour the shampoo into the 8 ounce bottle;
- Add 10 drops of tea tree oil;
- Add 1 tablespoon of aloa vera juice;
- Shake well.
- Shampoo Your Dog;
- Wait 6 to 10 minutes.
- Then rinse with ACV diluted in water – 1 tablespoon ACV for every pint of water.
- Allow your dog to shake the excess water off;
- Then follow-up with a spray of equal parts ACV to water;
- You can also add fresh squeezed lemon juice;
- Do not get the shampoo, rinse or spray in your dog’s eyes;
- The spray can be used on a daily basis and may be used several times a day.
- DIY Natural, Herbal, Homeopathic Flea, Tick, Mosquito Repellent Sprays, Rubs, Dips, Rinse for Dogs and Cats- read here.
- DIY Natural, Herbal, Homeopathic Flea, Tick, Mosquito Spot-On and Collar Drops for Dogs and Cats- read here
Body pH Balance – Restore, Maintain Good pH Balance
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. When ACV is taken with a meal, ACV slows the rise of blood sugar – this suggests that a reduced amount of insulin is required to process the food. The dosage of insulin you give your dog may have to be adjusted to account for lower blood-sugar levels.
Make sure you are purchasing ACV which is:
Organic ACV has more nutrients than non-organic ACV;
- Organic ACV does not have the high-levels of toxins (pesticides and herbicides) present in ACV made from non-organic apples;
- Unpasteurized – you should be able to see a little sediment floating at the bottom of the bottle.
1tbsp of organic un-pasterized ACV mixed with water can be:
- Consumed prior to meals to stave-off hunger, speed-up the metabolism and as, well provide all of the benefits noted above;
- Consumed after a meal to remedy:
- Heartburn problems;
- Acid reflex.
As ACV is very acidic it is much easier to ingest when it is mixed with another liquid. Mix your dosage of ACV with one of the following:
- 8 oz of water;
- 8 oz of cooled green tea;
- 8 oz of Rooibos tea.
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