I was just reading an article last night how that acv helps so many different things. Fleas, allergies, ticks fungas. It said taken internally that it will balance the digestive tract. Suppose to help with the matting in the eyes. If Tina sleeps in our bedroom at night one of her little eyes is always matted the next morning. It said to put just alittle mixed in their food and it will stop the matting. Think I am going to try it and just see. If it helps, great, and if not I haven't really lost anything by trying.
When we were kids we would go to the cider mill and get apple cider. My cousin and I would always buy an extra 1/2 gallon and put it under the porch for a couple of weeks. We would then drink it when it turned to vinager, or was that hard cider, anyway it worked on anything that ailed you or we thought so at the time.
I too heard that it is good for humans and their digestive tracts - tried taking it for a few days but the taste got to me so I stopped. Don't think it could hurt to give it a try on the dogs. Let us know if it helps.
It lowers blood sugar. I'm diabetic and I know for sure, two tablespoons will lower mine 20-30 points, so stay away from it if you have a little bitty dog. I tried it because I heard about it on a diabetic site.
I don't know about digestion, it makes me sick. Disguisting stuff.
I've had a Pamplet book called The Vinegar Book that has been around for years and I use it for all sorts of things. I couldnt live with out ACV.
Old timey houndsmen have used ACV to wash out infected dog ears for years and it works.Ohio St. University even did a study on its beneficial results with middle ear infections. It contains bacteria thats unfriendly to infectious microorganisms.
It helps your body absorb Calcuim too so if eat a pickle with you dose of calcium it helps absorb more!
Ive used apple cider vinegar for years - daily for each dog.
Heres a clip from one article by Dr. Alicia McWatters, Ph.D., C.N.C.:
"Many vitamins, minerals and other nutrients and substances are available in ACV to improve the health of your dog. ACV can provide them with enzymes and important minerals, such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, chlorine, phosphorus, iron, silicon and other trace minerals. The vitamins contained in ACV are bioflavonoids (vitamin P), beta-carotene (precursor to vitamin A), vitamin C, E, B1, B2, and B6. Tannins from the crushed cell walls of fresh apples as well as malic acid, tartaric acid, propionic acid, acetic acid and pectin (fiber) are also contained in ACV. Be sure to purchase organic unfiltered, unpasteurized, naturally fermented ACV for its medicinal features. ACV ranges in color from a light golden to orange. You’ll know you’ve found the right stuff if you see sediment, referred to as the "mother of vinegar" on the bottom of the bottle. Do NOT buy white distilled vinegar, as it has none of the beneficial elements listed above."
This is NOT the best article about the benefits, but supposedly, it contains 17 different nutrients and supplements that are actually needed by the dog daily and are very hard to provide from other sources.
I agree Layla, it is disgusting to take. I think I could maybe eat it on a salad more so than just taking a teaspoon full by itself. ugh!!! Tina is small, but, I thought it might help her eye to mix a very small amount in her food.(if she would eat it) Interesting that it loweres blood sugar. Didn't know that. My husband and I both are diabetics. Then of course we have our little Max that is too. Its hard enough as it is to get him to eat sometimes let alone with the vinegar in it. I thought I might try it on Mandy too, for allergies. Rinse her in it when she is bathed. Can hurt to try I guess.
Ok, get this, My mother takes Apple Cider Vinegar everyday (for as long as I can remember). My neice is 6 years old and asks for hers everyday. She gets a stomach ache, and asks for a cupfull of Vinegar.S hes grown up drinking the stuff. I tried it, I thought I was going to die.
I don't think it will stop matting by the eyes. Best thing is trim the hair around the eyes. If he-she has alot of staining, try giving about a teaspoon of nonfat yogurt in his meal morning or night. Try it for a few weeks. It has helped my poodle tremendously with tearing. I've heard many things about vinegar, even weight loss help. My dogs did not want it in their water either.