Healthy Benefits of Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

25 Jun

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If your pet has arthritis, fleas, yeasty ears or general health issues, you may be able to help them without turning to pharmaceuticals. Nature provides several great all-purpose tonics, and one of them is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). In 400 BC, Hippocrates described ACV as “a naturally occurring antibiotic and antiseptic that fights germs and bacteria,” and it’s also mentioned in the Bible as an antiseptic and a healing agent. ACV is created when apple juice is fermented into cider and then fermented again to make vinegar. I use, and recommend, raw organic ACV such as Bragg’s, which has a cloudy brown color and contains fermentation sediment.

 

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Pets that have arthritis will benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties in ACV. I put a teaspoonful a day in my dog’s drinking water, and about 3 tablespoons in the horses’ water buckets. You can work up to the recommended dose of one teaspoon per 15 pounds of body weight. If other pets share the same water dish, you can instead add the ACV to a pet’s food.

ACV is also great for cleaning your pet’s ears and combatting yeast growth. Dab some onto a cotton ball, then wipe the ear thoroughly. Make sure you do not saturate the cotton ball, just use enough to clean the ear without it dripping into the ear canal.

Do you know your pet’s pH level? Low pH levels are unhealthy and can cause your pet to feel lethargic. You can test your pet by using paper pH strips to check their first morning urine. Between 6.2 – 6.5 is a healthy range, but higher than 7.5 means the pet’s diet is too alkaline. Add some ACV to your pet’s diet to re-establish the correct balance.

 

ACV repels fleas, too. Mix one part ACV with one part water, then saturate your pet’s coat with it. Make certain that you get every inch of the pet’s body, feet, underbelly, etc. For the face,         I   pour the mixture in my hands and then wipe around their eyes and ears. Don’t rinse your pet, just let them drip-dry outside. After the initial ‘dip’, you can fill a spray bottle with a mixture of ½ ACV and ½ water and use that a few times a week. You will not see fleas or ticks on your pet for weeks, and it leaves their coat nice and shiny, too!  dog-scratching-flea-tibetan-mastiff-30664061

 

Try a little apple cider vinegar the next time you need a safe, inexpensive and chemical-free remedy for a variety of pet health problems.

 

 

 

 

Written by:  Brenda M. Tobin-Flood, Cert. C.N.

 

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