Apple Cider Vinegar for Good Dogs

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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 ❤

Raw Honey for Good Dogs

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I think everyone loves honey, it’s so sweet & delicious. But it’s also very good for dogs. Suzie Q & I get a teaspoon of raw honey every day. To be clear, I’m talking only about raw, unpasteurized honey & not the processed honey you usually would find at the supermarket.

Raw honey is rich in vitamins A, B-complex, C, D, E, & K. It also contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese & copper. In addition, honey contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants.

Raw honey is good both for external & internal use. Honey’s acidity or pH is low enough to hinder or even prevent the growth of many types of bacteria. Also, an enzyme in honey produces hydrogen peroxide which is antibacterial. Honey can also reduce inflammation & can sooth the pain of a wound or burn.

If your good dog suffers from seasonal allergies like I do, feeding him a tablespoon of local honey twice a day can help. (This works for humans too). The minute amount of local pollen in the honey desensitizes the body so that the immune system will not over-react to the pollen when exposed to larger amounts.

Raw honey can also help with digestion & tummy issues. It’s antibacterial properties can prevent the overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the gut.

A final note of caution, if your good dog is diabetic you should consult with your vet before giving him or her raw honey.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to Svengali my huMom into giving me some raw honey. BOL!

CEO Olivia

Raw Honey

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It has been said that having a grand mal seizure is like running a twenty mile marathon in a minute. When I have an epileptic event I’m exhausted afterwards. My huMom has started giving me raw honey right after an attack from the epi-monster to boost my energy. But we have learned that raw honey also has many health benefits.

Two things I should mention quickly. We are using raw, unpasteurized honey, not the processed honey you usually would see in the supermarket. Second, there is some controversy about whether honey is of any help.

Raw honey contains two predominant natural sugars (Fructose & Glucose) 11 enzymes, 14 minerals, 21 amino acids, all the vitamins that nutritionists consider necessary for health A, D, K, Rutin, Nicotinic acid, B vitamins, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Pyridoxine & Biotin as well as Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C). It is rich in potassium, iron & copper as well.

As honey is a pre-digested food (a process done by the bees) it enters the blood stream directly producing energy quickly, unlike refined sugar which has to be digested. This is the main reason I’m being given raw honey after a seizure. I need energy & I need it right away.

Some people give raw honey to their dog if they believe a seizure is imminent. Although I’ll need to do more sniffing about, it is believed raw honey can stop or lessen the intensity of a seizure. Do you give your good dog raw honey before or after an epileptic event? If so, we would like to hear your thoughts & experiences.

CEO Olivia