Apple Cider Vinegar for Good Dogs

Health

dog sitting beside apple cider vinegar bottles

Hi there, CEO Olivia here. Today I want to bark about the benefits of apple cider vinegar. There are humans that begin every day with it. Many swear it keeps them healthy. I was curious if it’s good for us dogs. Turns out it is.

On the pH scale, water is neutral at 7.0, tomato juice is acid at 4.1, distilled white vinegar is more acid at 2.4, and the pH of lemon juice is 2.2. Apple cider vinegar tends to be less acidic, with a pH between 4.25 & 5.

Some popular brands, such as Bragg, Spectrum, Eden Organics, Solana Gold Organics, & Dynamic Health, are made from organic apples that are crushed to make cider, then aged in wooden barrels.

Apple cider vinegar is raw & unfiltered, so it’s not clear like distilled vinegar. Instead, it contains a dark, cloudy substance that resembles dusty cobwebs. This substance is called the “mother” or “mother veil,” & consists of naturally occurring pectin & apple residues whose protein molecules are connected in strand-like chains. The presence of the mother shows that the vinegar contains active enzymes that processed vinegar doesn’t have due to over-processing & filtration.

Nearly all of apple cider vinegar’s human uses can be applied to good dogs. Many natural health experts prefer raw organic apple cider vinegar for topical applications, including muscle aches & bruises; sunburn, abrasions, insect bites, & stings.

It’s also very good for our coats & can be an effective treatment for hot spots.

After shampooing your dog, give a final rinse with 1 cup vinegar diluted in 2 to 4 cups water. Experiment with different dilutions for best results.

-Reduce your dog’s dander by massaging full-strength cider vinegar into the coat before shampooing.

Apple cider vinegar can help keep a dog’s ears clean & healthy too. Place a few drops on each ear & gently massage, or apply with a cotton swab. For a more medicinal ear drop, make or buy a cider vinegar tincture containing ear-friendly herbs like garlic or mullein blossoms.

So, is a daily dose of apple cider vinegar good for your dog? Unless your dog is allergic to apples, he or she isn’t likely to suffer a serious reaction, & within a month you should be able to tell whether it’s helping. You should see improvements in skin & coat condition, less itching & scratching, increased mobility in older dogs, reduced flea populations, & an improvement in overall vitality. A simple tablespoon of apple cider vinegar & raw honey a day could be enough to show marked improvements in the quality of your dog’s health.

Suzie Q & I both get a daily dose of Apple Cider Vinegar. HuMom says it makes our coats thick, soft & we smell really nice. Have you tried it for your good dog?

CEO Olivia ❤

Hot Spots

Health

scratching

I’ve had the occasional hot spot. It’s no fun believe me. Hot spots occur when a dog itches, scratches or licks him or herself excessively, eventually forming a wet scab on the fur. Hot spots can be caused by allergic reactions to the environment or food, insect or flea bites, poor grooming or underlying ear & skin infections. Sometimes constant licking & chewing is caused by stress or boredom.

Anything that irritates or breaks the skin can create the environment for bacterial contamination if the surface of the skin has a bit of moisture on it. A recent bath, swim, stroll in the rain, even a slightly oozing sore can provide enough moisture and/or nutrient for a bacterial infection to take hold. Once the dog begins to lick the sore, adding more moisture, it just gets worse.

A hot spot can appear very quickly & is always painful. It’s best to treat them right away.

How to treat a hot spot.

1. Trim the area around the hot spot with animal clippers. If the area is too big, shave it. Exposing it to air will dry out the moisture and help speed healing. Because hot spots are usually very painful, it may be best for a veterinarian to do this, as clipping or shaving can cause more trauma if not done correctly.

2. Gently clean the area with a mild water-based astringent or antiseptic spray, or specialized shampoo, & pat dry.

3. Apply hydrocortisone spray or hydrocortisone cream (with a veterinarian’s prescription) to stop the itching and help promote healing.

4. Prevent your dog from biting, licking or scratching the hot spot affected area. You may need to use the dreaded plastic/soft cone or soft pillow around the dog’s neck. I have used “Veterinary Formula Clinical Care Hot Spot & Itch Relief Spray” which contains hydrocortisone. It puts out the fire so to speak so I stop licking the area.  I purchased mine at my favourite store Critter Comforts and Clips but you should be able to find this pawsome product at your favourite pet supply store or at your Vet’s.

5. Keep an eye on the area to make sure it continues to heal. You don’t want a hot spot to flair up again.

Here is an informative video by Dr. Becker.

CEO Olivia