Apple Cider Vinegar, other wise known as ACV, is acidic it helps balance out pH levels and has antibacterial properties. ACV not only contains iron, potassium and magnesium but other essential minerals/nutrients.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (With Mother) 500ml
Apple cider Vinegar in it’s raw and unpasteurised form has a number of health benefits for dogs, cats, horses and many other animals.
What’s in it?
Apple Cider Vinegar, other wise known as ACV, is acidic it helps balance out pH levels and has antibacterial properties. ACV not only contains iron, potassium and magnesium but other essential vitamins and minerals.
Healthy animals generally have a pH of 6.5 to 7, something you can test through a urinalysis or with pH strips which can be found online.
If pH levels are too acidic or too alkaline, bacteria is more prone to thrive, potentially causing health issues down the line.
- Acidic pH: Below 6
- Healthy pH: 6.5 to 7
- Alkaline pH: Above 7
Although ACV typically has an acidic pH somewhere between 4.25 and 5, it can help balance pH levels.
-Plain apple cider vinegar or a vinegar-based herbal tincture can help keep a dog’s ears clean and healthy. Place a few drops in each ear and 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 chamomile and mullein blossoms.
The ‘Mother of Vinegar’ is a substance composed of a form of cellulose and acetic acid bacteria that develops during fermentation of the vinegar. It also contains friendly bacteria as well as other healthy minerals/nutrients.
“Commercially” produced vinegar, even one’s supplied by various ‘Health Shops,’ more often than not, has the Mother removed to make a clear, shiny and consistent product that basically looks pleasing to the eye whilst on the supermarket shelf.
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar :
When Taken Orally can help treat and prevent
- Arthritis – Added to 1 meal per day – in water, it can help break down calcium deposits found around the joints as dogs get older which cause stiffness and discomfort. Continued use will make joints noticeably more flexible and less painful.
- Flea repellent – fleas dislike intensely so it helps keep them away.
- Upset Stomach – add once a day to water if your dog has diarrhoea and repeat every day for a week to relieve constipation.
- Tooth decay – there is evidence that the acidity levels in ACV helps to breakdown plaque and tartar on teeth.
When Applied Topically can treat and prevent
Use a ratio of 1:1 ACV to water – add the same ratio mix to shampoo as well – to use ACV on all the conditions listed below.
- Itchy skin – USE ONLY ON UN-BROKEN SKIN as this will sting when applied, simply spray or wipe your dog down with the mix as and when required, and after a bath or being in the water.
- Ear cleaning – the antibacterial properties ACV provides, make’s it great as an ear cleaner. Add the mix to cotton wool, or bud and very carefully clean down inside the ears, PLEASE NOTE… ONLY CLEAN AS FAR AS YOU CAN SEE
- Tear staining – wipe away tear stains, use on a daily basis for tear stained fur or brown saliva stained fur (especially on paws) to bring the fur back to normal. Use daily.
- Deodorising – add it to any shampoo to help with flea control, you can also comb through damp fur afterwards to deodorise helping keeps fleas at away.
How much should I feed?
In water or food
Small to medium dogs – 5ml or 1 teaspoon
Medium to large dogs – 10ml or 1 dessert spoon in
All cats 1.25ml or 1/4 teaspoon in water or food – best measured with a small 2 or 5ml syringe as it’s such a tiny amount
For a healthy horse add 60ml to feed once a day. Mix 1:1 with water.