The following is excerpted from an 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.
I began using ACV as a supplement for my dogs in
1994. Some holistic health practitioners recommend that ACV be placed
in a dog’s drinking water. I recommend placing it in fresh food
because I believe that a dog’s drinking water should be free of
additives, with the exception of an electrolyte solution or a medicinal
product that is used on a short-term basis. The dosage I use is 1 tsp.
for small dogs and 1 tbs. for medium-large dogs. It can also be given
orally diluted in water under the guidance of a vet or holistic health
ACV can be useful to your dog’s health in
conjunction with feeding it a wide variety of foods, but should never
be looked upon as a panacea. Fresh food ingredients, such as raw meat
and bones, fruits, vegetables, grains and dairy products make up the
wholeness that will effectively help your dog to achieve optimum health.
Often times one looks for the magic ingredient that
will miraculously make their dog well. Whether it is an antibiotic,
grapefruit seed extract, Aloe vera or milk thistle... there will always
be a single popular or trendy supplement of the moment and this supplement
will be promoted as the great healing agent. But, if we focus on the
part rather than the whole we are not taking a holistic approach to
our dog’s health."
Excerpt from "Apple Cider Vinegar -- Miracle Health System" book:
"Fight Fleas, Ticks, & Mites: Flea collars & sprays are toxic. Instead use vinegar. Drop tsp Bragg ACV in water bowl, dab on skin, & swab ears if mites."