Apple Cider Vinegar Remedies for Pets

For those already familiar with natural remedies, you most likely already know of the many virtues of pure apple cider vinegar.  However, not as many are aware of the many benefits apple cider vinegar can bring to the health and well-being of our beloved cats and dogs.  So, if your household family consists of one or more furry four-legged family members, then be sure to print out the following list of pet remedies using apple cider vinegar.

Ear Health – To both prevent and relieve a yeast infection in your dog or cat’s ears, swabbing their ears with pure apple cider vinegar helps to dry the inner ears out, as well as balance the pH level.  These are 2 things that make an environment impossible for yeast to live in.

Itchy Skin or ‘Hotspots’ – If your dog or cat is suffering from itchy skin, or has a particular ‘hotspot’ that is causing discomfort, using full-strength apple cider vinegar can bring rapid relief.  Fill a spray bottle with undiluted pure apple cider vinegar, and wherever there is an area of itchy skin or hotspot reaction, part the hair and liberally spray the area with the ACV (apple cider vinegar).  Do this 2-3 times the first day, and you and your pet should start to notice relief within 24 hours.  For areas with broken skin, dilute to a 50/50 ratio of apple cider vinegar 50% ACV – 50% water.

Improve Appetite and Digestion – When transitioning to healthier food options for your pet, it can take a while for your dog or cat to resume their normal eating habits.  To help make this transition smoother and quicker, add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar per 50 pounds of body weight, to their meals.  Stir in well, to coat their food and ensure that they will ingest the ACV.  This works best for dogs.  Cats are even pickier, so the best way to get them to ingest ACV, is to put a few drops on each of their front paws.  As they lick their paws during daily grooming, they will also be ingesting the apple cider vinegar.

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Respiratory Health – To help alleviate the symptoms of a mild upper respiratory infection and watery discharge from your pet’s eyes, add 1 teaspoon of ACV to their food daily for smaller dogs, and 1 tablespoon of ACV to the daily food of larger dogs.

Fleas, Ticks, Etc. – One of the easiest methods for repelling fleas, ticks, ringworm, external parasites, bacteria, fungus, mange, staphylococcus, streptococcus and pneumococcus, is by keeping your pet’s system in an alkaline balance, both inside and out.   For keeping your pet in alkaline balance externally, after bathing and water rinsing, spray a final ‘rinse’ of a 50-50 ratio of ACV-water mixture to their coat, and massage in.  To avoid picking up fleas and ticks during a camping trip, liberally spray your pet with ACV and allow them to air dry, before letting them romp in and around through the trees, weeds and grass.  This has also been proven effective at relieving ringworm in cats as well.  And, to help keep your pet’s internal pH balance within optimal alkaline range, just add 1 teaspoon of ACV to their food daily.

Bon Veggie Appetit!

Gina ‘The Veggie Goddess’ Matthews

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