Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is made from “apple cider that has undergone fermentation to form health-promoting probiotics and enzymes” (Dr. Axe).
Make sure you look for these 3 key words when buying ACV:
I prefer to use the brand, Bragg, because it meets this criteria. ACV needs to be a brown/orange color, not clear.
The Benefits of ACV are :
▪️Relieves inflammation such as hot spots, yeast infections, itchy skin, and other allergy symptoms
▪️Improves gut health (diarrhea, IBD)
▪️Helps remove tear stains
▪️Repels fleas when added topically
▪️Improves symptoms of diabetes
Feed: 1 teaspoon per 20 pounds of dog. Many dogs don’t like the taste (I don’t either). Therefore mix it in your pets food with water, bone broth, coconut oil, or freeze it into cubes with other supplements such as vegetables. “I don’t recommend adding vinegar to your pet’s water (bowl) because many dogs dislike the taste and consume less than adequate amounts of water” (Dr. Karen Becker) .
Mix 50% ACV and 50% water in a spray bottle or cotton ball when applying topically for cleaning a dog’s ears, tear stains, using it as a flea repellant, and for hot spots. Do not apply excessive amounts of ACV to open hot spots or around the dog’s eyes.
Note: There are endless benefits of ACV. I simply listed the ones that are the most researched.
Sources: Dr. Axe, Brad Dieter, PhD, Dr. Karen Becker