Good from head to toe.
I love the possibilities apple cider vinegar (ACV) gives us. It’s a good non-toxic household cleaner and also an excellent addition to your pet's food.
ACV is made by fermenting apples. It can improve digestion, soothe joint pain, detox and boost immune system, fight tooth decay, treat kidney infections and UTIs, eliminate dog tear stains, and so many more amazing things.
I’ll talk about its use as a flea killer, but if you want to keep reading, I highly recommend you Puotinen article. She is an herbalist and holistic pet care expert that writes for The Whole Dog Journal.
One more thing before we get there. TAO Bone Broth is made with ACV, which makes it a wonder liquid for dogs with stiff joints. Just saying… : ) ⠀
Following, two different ways to use it as a natural flea killer.
Mix the following ingredients together in jar with cap and shake well before use.
For flea spray solution: add 1 part of ACV to 4 parts of water to spray on your pup.
For a rinse: you can use to restore skin pH, soothe itchy skin, calm rashes and welts, and to keep biting flies and fleas away. Mix ½ cup ACV, ½ Brewed Green Tea (cooled) and 1 cup Distilled Water. Apply after bathing with gentle massage. Rinse or allow the mix to air dry for the benefit of bug relief.
Both solutions can be pre-made and kept in a glass jar in the refrigerator for one or two weeks (discard if moldy).
Internal use note:
In her book The Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog, author Wendy Volhard recommends ACV for dogs which pH is higher than 7.5, in other words, in an alkaline diet. But, how do you know the pH? Easiest way is by using pH paper strips to check the dog’s first morning urine. “If it reads anywhere from 6.2 to 6.5, your dog’s system is exactly where it should be,” and no ACV is needed, she says.
Volhard recommends one teaspoon to one tablespoon twice daily for a 50-pound (22kg) dog.
Still don't know your dog's pH? Moderation is the key. Use safe dosage, which means less than a teaspoon daily for a 50-pound dog between 2-3 days a week. Always observe results before offering a high dose or increase the frequency.
If your dog has health issues , check with your veterinarian before starting any alternative therapies.
I am a Portuguese writer with certifications on Small Animal Nutrition.