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The benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for dogs!

Posted by Lexi on

    So I have this problem called allergies and as you can see by the picture above it really effects my PAWS. We are 100% sure what I am allergic too but what we do know is that I chew on my paws like a man eating chicken wings durning a football game.. LOL ;) My Hooman came across this article and we are going to give this a try. Mom has started this week putting apple cider on my paws to help… Only time will tell but based on what this article said its worth a try! 

Apple cider vinegar for dogs is quickly becoming a popular supplement in the holistic pet care universe, taking the spotlight to showcase its many amazing benefits. After having huge success with a wide variety of ailments in people, we are now getting a better understanding of the benefits apple cider vinegar has for dogs.

Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is made from apples and should contain what is known as the "mother". The "mother" is the cloudy substance found in the vinegar, consisting of pectin and other particles from the apples that signify its high quality. Apple cider vinegar should be orange or brown in color and can range from light to dark.

Despite popular belief, the USDA claims that apple cider vinegar doesn't actually have a lot of nutritional value. The benefits, however, are found in the various properties of apple cider vinegar that can be used to treat certain ailments. Apple cider vinegar does contain enzymes, tannins and potassium and acts first and foremost as an excellent digestive aid for people and pets alike.The most common way of using apple cider vinegar is adding it to your pet's water or applying it topically. For dogs that won't touch water with anything added to it, you can also mix it in some yoghurt or cottage cheese and offer as a snack or food topper!

Apple cider vinegar is now being used to treat skin conditions in dogs, and many pet owners are finding a lot of success with this all natural product. When it comes to the treatment of hotspots, you can fill a spray bottle with ACV, part the fur and spray directly on to the hot spot. Doing this early on could save you from needing to shave the fur. If the hot spot is raw with broken skin, dilute the ACV with one equal part water to soothe the skin during application.

For allergies, Apple cider vinegar can be applied directly to the coat via spray bottle. After bathing your dog with a hypoallergenic or skin sensitivity shampoo, spray the apple cider vinegar on the coat while it is damp and allow it to air dry. If your dog is notorious for chewing and licking their paws, you can also soak each paw in ACV for a moment or two to relieve itchiness.

For general skin and coat health, add one tablespoon to food or water every day. Apple cider vinegar has proven to be extremely beneficial to the skin and fur! Apple cider vinegar also acts as a deodorizer when applied topically to the coat.

Apple cider vinegar has also been shown to be effective in warding off fleas and ticks. Add one tablespoon per two cups of drinking water to help keep your dog free of fleas! When you need to kill fleas already on your pet, spray your dog with ACV while it is damp after you've finished bathing them. Work the ACV into the coat and let it air dry.

ACV can also be used as an ear cleaner. Simply apply it to a cotton ball and gently clean your dog's ears; This will also act as a deodorizer for dogs with stinky ears.

Apple cider vinegar is proving to be another must have for dog homes everywhere. People have used it for hundreds of years and now our pets can enjoy the benefits too! Try it out, give it a month, and see the results with your own eyes.If you enjoy K9 Instinct's articles, you will love getting our weekly Newsletter! It's totally free, and you will get lots of great exclusive content delivered directly to your inbox! You won't want to miss out on all the free advice and recipes!

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