I bet that if you looked in your cupboard right now, you would find a bottle of vinegar that you have stored there. Vinegar is not just for cooking anymore! Many dog and cat owners are increasingly using this inexpensive staple in a bunch of ways to improve their pet’s health. Vinegar can be used for treating common health issues that affect your dog’s health.
The vinegar that I prefer and use for my dogs is Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with “mother”. “Mother” is the stuff that makes it cloudy. It also contains beneficial proteins, enzymes and good bacteria that is extremely beneficial
You may also add vinegar to your dog’s food. It improves digestion and it lowers pH and it allows the good bacteria to thrive in his body. By adding it to your dog’s drinking water you can be assured that he will not get a sour or bad taste because at this dilution it is hardly noticeable to your dog. Add one teaspoon of vinegar for each quart of water – this will be will be enough for your dog.
Helpful In Repelling Fleas & Ticks
Did you know that vinegar can also help to repel fleas and ticks? They hate it! If you mix one part vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle you can mist it on your dog before your dog goes outside to help repel fleas and ticks
Skin & Ear Help
If your pooch has hotspots, vinegar can also be used on them. By mixing it with an equal amount of water you can put it in a spray bottle and use it as a spray for those hotspots. They will clear them up much faster using vinegar.
My French bulldog has “yeasty” skin and prior to her bi-weekly baths, I dilute some organic apple cider vinegar in a small bowl with an equal amount of water. I then use a tampon – yes – a tampon pushed about 1/3 of the way out of the holder as a paint brush. I dip it in and swab it on all her spots that are issues like arm pits, groin and top of shoulders by her throat area and up to her chin. I then let it sit for a couple of minutes before shampooing her. The very first time I tried it, I noticed that when I wet her prior to applying the shampoo, her problem spots did not feel slimey like they normally did. I realized that is because the apple cider vinegar killed the yeast!
It also makes an awesome cleaner when used to clean your dog’s ears. Mix it as a 50-50 mixture of water and vinegar and apply it using a clean cotton ball – cleaning only as far in and down as you can see. If your dog is getting ear infections it’s because the pH in his ears is too high. Bacteria and yeast thrive in a high pH environment, so by cleaning his ears with the vinegar mixture, you will not only clean his ears, but will change the pH in his ears and as a result, make it undesirable and uninhabitable for the bacteria and yeast that cause the infections to thrive in.
Urinary tract infections are also caused because your dog’s urine pH is too high. By adding vinegar to his water bowl, it will help to realign his pH. Of course, I would recommend having your vet check the pH by taking a sample of his urine in a sterile container to your vet you can have it tested. If the pH is above seven, then you should give him the one teaspoon of vinegar per quart of water. It allows any crystals present in the bladder to dissolve and the bacteria present to die off and go away – and along with it, the infection will clear up too.
My Final Thoughts
Organic apple cider vinegar is NOT a cure all or miracle. But it IS another tool in your arsenal in helping to keep your dog healthy and happy. Certainly, if the problem you are addressing worsens, I would recommend seeking veterinary care in case you are missing something.
I would love to hear your comments, feedback stories and ideas.
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