I first used apple cider vinegar on my dog when he got an odd bump at the end of his tail. After doing a bit of research I found out that it was a histiocytoma. A histiocytoma is a benign skin tumor sometimes found on young dogs. While these nasty looking bumps usually spontaneously regresses without treatment, they can be cause for concern as they can burst, bleed and become infected. Because my dog is so active and plays rough with his brother I knew it was a likely possibility that the histiocytoma would get bumped or scratched and be at a greater risk of infection.
Instead of a vet visit this time I reached for the apple cider vinegar. It took a while (nearly 3 weeks), but the bump slowly grew smaller and eventually disappeared, never to return again. My dog sported a less-than-fashionable Band-Aid on the end of his tail for quite a while, but it was worth it. I was able to treat him with an organic substance and save him an unpleasant biopsy and recovery.
A few months later my then puppy was having digestive issues. He wasn’t showing signs of discomfort or distress, but I noticed that he wasn’t completely digesting his meals. Because of the diet he is fed it was cause for concern. Again I grabbed the ACV and added a dash to his next meal. By morning his digestive system was back to normal and there was no longer any cause for concern.
This stuff is a cure-all. I swear by it and use it almost daily.
Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries and is claimed to lead to a wide variety of beneficial effects. Scientific studies support many of these claims and ACV is once again becoming a go-to for healing.
Why is ACV so powerful?
Apple cider vinegar is made from fermented apples that are further fermented by the addition of bacteria that turn them into acetic acid (the main compound of vinegar). Bragg’s apple cider vinegar has the added benefit of “mother” which is strands of enzymes, proteins and healthful bacteria.
The reason why ACV is so beneficial to the digestive system is because its main substance, acetic acid, kills bacteria and prevents it from multiplying and reaching harmful levels. In doing this it cleanses the digestive tract and encourages it to return to a healthful state.
Helping your pet lose weight is as easy as regulating their daily intake, but a dash of ACV with each meal can help with the process. While helping your pet digest fewer calories, apple cider vinegar can also help maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
As I’m sure you know, our pets are not immune to heart conditions such as heart disease. Though this can be avoided through a natural diet, you may need to help your pet recover from a less-than-healthy past and apple cider vinegar can help decrease the risks of cardiovascular disease.
Studies have also shown that ACV can help reduce the risk of cancer through its anti-cancer effects. It has not only shown to have the power to reduce cancer cells, there is strong evidence that it also has the power to shrink tumors.
Though not all of these claims can be 100% backed by scientific research, people continue to rave about apple cider vinegar’s powerful benefits. It’s always important to remember that the absence of proof doesn’t prove that something doesn’t work. It’s very likely that within time studies will support each of these benefits that are already well known and well documented within holistic communities. Here are more benefits listed below.
Apple Cider Vinegar
- Acts as a natural antibiotic.
- Clears urinary tract infections.
- Alleviates itchy skin.
- Clears the skin of bacterial and fungal infections.
- Helps prevent food poisoning by keeping the digestive tract healthy.
- Improves digestion.
- Improves the growth and condition fur, hair and skin.
- Repels insects.
- Reduces hock and elbow calluses.
- Reduces skin flaking and dander.
- Relieves muscle fatigue.
- Relieves and prevents arthritis.
How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar :
Topically: ACV can be applied directly to lumps and bumps, but don’t apply to open wounds as it will sting your pet. Contact your vet when a suspicious bump appears and before using a holistic remedy.
Internally: A dash of ACV in your pet’s food (or in their water if they tolerate it) is enough to not only regulate their system, but also improve everything from their coat to their energy levels.
Externally: Bathe your pet naturally by adding ACV to your pet’s bath water. Work the bath water into your pet’s fur and skin for a shiny coat. You can also clean with ACV just as you would with white distilled vinegar.