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Apple Cider Vinegar and Dogs

In yesterday’s post, I briefly mentioned that I give my dogs ACV every other day for overall health. I also mentioned that my next post would be dedicated to apple cider vinegar and the benefits It has for our dog friends. It wasn’t until recently when I asked a friend for advice On why my dogs weren’t pooing he told me I should give them. My friend mentioned apple cider vinegar (ACV) because It helps with any constipation the dog may have. And I admit my dogs had more cheese and people food (dog-friendly people food) than normal. I cut out cheese, held back on the treats per my friends’ advice and I gave my Pitbull 2 cap fulls and my Beabull 1 cap full of ACV and by the next morning, they were back to regular.

DISCLAIMER: I just want to mention what I do for my dogs doesn’t mean you have to do the same. We as dog parents know what’s best for our men/woman’s best friend. Over the last couple of years, I have researched all things related to dog health and how to help cure something naturally. My dogs go to the vet for their once a year check up sometimes more If I feel something Is seriously wrong and they are In good health. I am what you call an overprotective dog mom that Is one of those women who spends unnecessarily on things that my dogs don’t even like. Please don’t feel the need to do what I do for my dogs. What I do for my dogs have been researched and talked about with their vet and my friend who knows a thing or two about animals. If you want to add anything to your dogs’ diet you can do so at any age but ALWAYS and I can’t stress this enough ALWAYS TALK TO YOUR VET ABOUT CHANGING YOUR DOGS DIET! AND ALWAYS SPEAK UP TO THE VET YOUR VET WON’T KNOW HOW TO HELP YOUR DOG IF YOU DON’T TELL HIM/HER WHAT IS WRONG AND TALK ABOUT ANY CONCERNS YOU MAY HAVE BE THE ADVOCATE FOR YOUR DOG SINCE YOUR DOG CAN’T PHYSICALLY SPEAK!

Okay so ACV has been gaining popularity over the last few years. Mainly It was for why humans should take one shot of ACV each morning. The benefits of taking a shot of ACV Is one of those what do I have to lose type things. I love ACV over white vinegar so I always have a bottle In my home. Before I took my daily shot of ACV I did my research. And research showed me that It’s worthy to add to my daily morning routine. The same benefits It has for humans It has for dogs.

ACV Is also gaining popularity for dogs. ACV has been around for thousands of years and Is commonly used for home remedies. ACV Is cheap. The one I get Is by Bragg. Here Is a link to the one I use for myself and my dogs. I buy mine from Walmart for $6.00.

One thing Is to make sure that the ACV you get Is Unfiltered and Organic. The link I provided Is the company I get from Walmart here Is another link for ACV that you can also buy from Walmart I’ve used the Walmart brand before and It’s not bad I just like what I like.

It’s easy to see what people think ACV Is a “cure-all”. I admit before I started taking an ACV shot I felt bloated and kinda sluggish. Since taking one shot of ACV every day I started feeling less bloated and “regular” If I thought I was regular before well I was wrong. ACV has simple Ingredients that you don’t have to worry about any nasty Ingredients or additives.

If you are reading this and you made It this far then chances are If you look In your cabinet you will find ACV In your cabinet.

Apple cider vinegar is brewed using yeast and bacteria to turn the sugars in apple juice into alcohol, and then into acetic acid.

Acetic acid is the pungent sour taste we think of as “vinegary”.

Then manufacture goes in one of two directions: either the vinegar is filtered and pasteurized (this is the stuff we usually find in grocery stores), or it’s left raw: unfiltered and unpasteurized.

Raw cider vinegar is often advertised as still containing the “mother”.

Mother of vinegar is a cobweb-like substance formed of yeast and bacteria from the fermentation process, and small quantities of cellulose and proteins.

It gives vinegar a cloudy appearance, and according to manufacturers who promote apple cider vinegar as a health supplement, it’s the best bit.

  1. Ear Infections? I personally haven’t tried this on my dog but my friend did do this to me when I had an ear Infection last year. The Instructions I’m giving Is what he did to me and when I researched It Is also what you would do If your dog suffers from ear Infections.
  1. Make a mixture of equal parts distilled water and apple cider vinegar.
  2. Soak cotton balls in the mixture.
  3. Swab your ear(s) depending If you have an Infection In both ears. Going only as far as you can see, Until the cotton ball comes out clean
  4. Dry the ear with a clean cotton pad or cotton ball, as damp ears are associated with ear irritation and infections.
  5. Always check your dogs’ ears before using ACV to make sure your dogs’ ears aren’t raw. DO NOT DO IF YOUR DOGS EARS ARE RAW!

2. Does your dog suffer from Itchy skin? My Pitbull during his summer allergies always has Itchy skin and I started giving him what Is called an ACV rinse or wash. Here are the Instructions.

  1. Combine 2 to 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to 1 quart of water to make a post-bath rinse.
  2. Bathe your dog as usual and, after thoroughly rinsing the shampoo from your dog’s coat, pour the ACV mixture over your dog, carefully avoiding his eyes.
  3. Do not rinse; towel dry your dog until damp and then let dry naturally.
  4. Another option is misting diluted or undiluted ACV onto your dog’s fur immediately before brushing to help give his coat a beautiful, healthy shine.

3. Does your dog have Irritated paws? I don’t personally do this for my Pitbull because I currently use something else and once that’s done I’ll do this. If you are Interested In doing this for your dog here Is how to do It.

  1. Mix two parts water and one part apple cider vinegar in a large bowl or bathtub.
  2. Soak the irritated paws for up to five minutes each.
  3. Don’t rinse, but do ensure you thoroughly dry your dog’s paws after soaking

4. Treat hot spots with ACV. Hot spots are places that your dog licks and scratches excessively. My Pitbull suffers from hot spots during the spring and summer because he has sensitive skin. You can treat hot spots with ACV but first what I do Is I treat his hot spots with hot spot treatment here Is the link for what I use. I get mine from my local pet store for way more than I care to admit. So I found you the same thing I use just 1000 times cheaper.

After I start with the anti-lick I wait for his paws to heal up then I use ACV to help his paws along the rest of the way. Here Is what I do.

  1. Mix one part water to one part ACV in a medium bowl or container.
  2. Dip a sponge or cotton ball into the mixture, ensuring it’s fully saturated.
  3. Sponge or dab the mixture onto the affected area on your dog.
  4. Reapply daily as needed until the affected area has shown improvement.
  5. Never apply ACV to open wounds or extremely raw skin.

5. ACV can help with your dogs’ joints. I personally don’t give my dogs ACV for this particular reason but since I still give It to them It still benefits them. To keep my dogs’ joints young and youthful I give them CBD oil. If you want to give your dog an ACV compress here Is how you do it.

  1. Warm a small portion of undiluted ACV in the microwave.
  2. Soak a compress or folded washcloth in the mixture until saturated.
  3. Apply the compress directly to the dog’s joints.

ACV can also help If your dog suffers from arthritis. Like I mentioned before I add 1 cap full In my Beabulls water and 2 cap fulls for my Pitbull. I do this every other day or whenever I remember to grab It from the kitchen. So they get It at least 4-5 times a week. My dogs reacted well to It and they have no problem drinking their water with the ACV added In. If your dog doesn’t drink the water that you added ACV to It always have another bowl of plain water so that way your dog won’t get dehydrated.

6. This Is the main reason why I give my dogs ACV and It’s for digestion. I also mentioned this a few times already that my dogs suffered from constipation. My friend told me to add ACV and by the next morning, they were back to normal. I’ve mentioned this already but just Incase you missed It for my Beabull I add 1 cap full and for my Pitbull, I had 2 cap fulls every other day. You can add It to your dogs’ food. But I know my dogs and I know they wouldn’t eat their food If I added ACV so I add It To their water.

7. Help with your dogs’ dandruff. I honestly never thought of using ACV for dandruff. I always reach for the burts bees oatmeal shampoo I have for the dogs. If you’re Interested In doing this here Is how you do It.

  1. Bathe your dog, as usual, rinsing well.
  2. Pour undiluted ACV directly onto your dog’s fur.
  3. Thoroughly distribute ACV throughout the fur by massaging lightly with a dog grooming glove.
  4. Rinse well once again to remove all traces of ACV.

8. Helps with UTI.

  1. Mix the suggested portion of ACV into your dog’s food or water bowl daily.
  2. Suggested dosage for treating UTIs is:
    • 1 teaspoon for small dogs (under 30 lbs.)
    • 1 tablespoon for medium dogs (30 to 80 lbs.)
    • 2 tablespoons for large dogs (more than 80 lbs.)
  3. Add the ACV directly to your dog’s water dish or sprinkle over or mix with food.
  4. Provide an alternate water dish without ACV when mixing with water in case your dog drinks less due to the addition of ACV in the other dish.

There are TONS more benefits of adding ACV to your dogs routine. Please, no rude comments your comment will be deleted and you will be blocked. I only write about positivity and helpful Information. If you are curious how to get your dog(s) started with ACV to their diet feel free to comment or message me on any links that I provide and I will more than happy to help you.

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Hello, my name Is Amanda and I'm the woman behind AmandaExplainsIt. I'm a Free Spirit, coffee sipping blogger and I embrace all of the messy parts of life.I'm a mommy of two precious doggies and an advocate for food allergies, animals, and nutrition In real life. I've always loved writing and writing a blog fulfills that. I'm all about spirituality and going with the flow of things. I'm new to the beauty world and I'm excited to share what I learn along the way. Come back often because I post often and I post things related to but not limited to Beauty Reviews, Product Reviews, Spirituality, Nutrition and Food Allergies, and Gluten-Free Recipes. If you like what you read let's be friends. ~XOXO A.

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