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Pet Care - Daily Health Tonic
The minerals, enzymes and acids in unpasteurized apple cider vinegar can supplement
your pet's existing diet. It can be added either directly to the dog's food or drinking
Besides being a good source of easily absorbable
apple cider vinegar aids
digestion, inhibits the growth of unfriendly bacteria and helps maintain the proper
acid/alkaline balance of the digestive tract.
Many holistic Vets recommend a daily dosage of:
1 tsp (5 ml) for cats and small dogs (up to 14 lb)
2 tsp (10 ml) for medium dogs (15 to 34 lb)
1 tbsp (15 ml) for large dogs (35 to 84 lb)
Note: Do not feed ACV to dogs that have irritation of the intestinal tract lining.
If you plan to use it for your pets and yourself regularly, an excellent raw organic apple cider vinegar can be ordered online in 0.5 gallon or 1.0 gallon containers at a very reasonable price, using the links below:
Unfortunately a large percentage of dog and cat visits to the veterinarian are for ear problems, but the
good news is, you can help reduce these visits by cleaning your pet's ears on a regular
An inexpensive way to do this is to dip a soft cotton ball into a solution of equal parts
apple cider vinegar and water, and use it to swab the inside of his or her ear.
For an infected ear, use 5 ml of the 50:50 vinegar water solution per 20 lbs (9 kg) of body weight, applying the solution with a syringe obtained from your local pharmacy. Gently rub in the solution then wipe the inside of the ear with a soft cotton ball. This should be done daily for 5 days.
The vinegar helps to control the growth of unfriendly bacteria and other microorganisms
that are a common cause of ear infections, and as a result, this will help keep your pets
from scratching their ears.
Rather than use commercial sprays, powders, pills or collars that use very toxic chemicals
to kill fleas and ticks, many people prefer to take a more natural holistic approach.
According to Martin Goldstein, DVM, some of these products could also be harmful to
As an alternative, Roger DeHaan, DVM, suggests using a homemade shampoo and rinse
that kills fleas and at the same time soothes irritated skin:
Add to an 8-ounce bottle of your favorite pet shampoo, 10 drops of tea tree oil and one
tablespoon (15 ml) of aloe vera and shake well.
Shampoo your pet as you would normally then wait for 6-10 minutes.
Rinse with apple cider vinegar diluted in water. (1 tablespoon ACV to 1 pint of water)
For minor flea infestations, another recommendation involves washing your pet with a
gentle shampoo, followed by a thorough rinse then spraying on apple cider vinegar
diluted with an equal amount of warm water. Allow the pet to drip or shake dry.
The fleas will drown in the soapy shampoo water and the vinegar rinse will acidify your
pet's skin making it very unattractive to other fleas and ticks.
A good way to check and see if your pet has fleas can be viewed in the following video:
Apply unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with the aid of a soft cotton ball, directly to
burns or skin acne to soothe and promote healing.
For dry itchy skin, hot spots, or skin infections you can bathe your pet in warm water then
rinse him or her with a solution of 1 part ACV to 3 parts water. This vinegar rinse will
also leave their coats soft and shiny.
Bathing your dog or cat in tomato juice is the most widely used method to remove the
sharp smell of skunk from any pet that has had an unfortunate run in with a skunk.
If you are caught without a supply of tomato juice, don't fret, vinegar can be used as well.
Many authorities recommend you sponge undiluted vinegar into his coat and skin. Be
careful not to get the solution in your pet's eyes, allow it to dry and then follow with a
mild pet shampoo and warm water rinse.
For those dogs and cats that need to lose weight, Robert S. Goldstein V.M.D., and Susan
J. Goldstein have written an excellent article on how to help your pet lose those unwanted
pounds and become happier and healthier along the way.
They include a slimming supplement that you can make at home that is made from kelp,
lecithin, vitamin B6 and organic apple cider vinegar. Full preparation details can found in their comprehensive book called "The Goldsteins' Wellness & Longevity Program" along with a multitude of tips for naturally prolonging your dog or cats health.
To examine or purchase this book online, use the link below:
Dr. D. C. Jarvis, in his popular book Folk Medicine, recounts the story of a dentist friend
of his who was having problems breeding boxer dogs. He had five females in his kennels
and only one litter had been born in the last year.
Dr. Jarvis, thinking that this was due to a lack of potassium and other minerals, suggested
that the ration of each dog be reinforced daily with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
During the following year all five female boxers produced litters and the puppies were
born strong and vigorous.
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