Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Acid Reflux
- Apple Cider Vinegar Dosages
- Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects
- Black Skin
- Bladder Infection
- Dull Coat Issues
- Ear and Eye Infections
- General Feedback
- Multiple Cures
- Nursing Dogs
- Tear Stains
- Urinary Issues
- Where to Buy
[YEA] 09/21/2008: Pete from VeryRural, MN: "Day 1 of ACV & I like what I see. Please read the below.
My 8 yr old Springer Spaniel had a bladder infection about 6 months ago, it was soon after she'd come out of heat, it gave her the typical discomfort, whimpering, peeing indoors, multiple dry pees outdoors etc... I took her to the vet who did the standard test & diagnosis exam, antibiotics and out the door for $275, a few days later Kayla was on the mend.
Well here we are today, yesterday actually & Kaylas been out of heat for a week now when she suddenly developes the same symptoms, as it was Saturday all I could do was sympathise w/her & made sure to walk her often. Poor girl she was panting, whimpering, pacing & me knowing the vet was at least two days away. Late last night I came to this site & saw this Apple Cider Vinegar remedy forum and figured what the heck it couldn't hurt....... I got some fresh ACV at the general store this morning and gave her 1.5 Tbsp. mixed w/her kibble. One hour later she's sleeping comfortably for a change, no whining, no visible discomfort, in fact she's obviously feeling just fine 'n dandy all afternoon. I give her another 1.5 Tbsp with tonights supper feeding, still she's feeling well & really appearing to be back to her old self. I'm retired & I'm with my dogs 24/7 mostly so I'll be careful to watch Kayla & to try to be impartial in my continued assessment of ACV treatments for UTI or bladder infections. I'll update this every day or so with a few quick comments, sorry this was so long winded but it seemed only proper to give Kaylas known history."
[NAY] Anonymous from Los Angeles: "Apple cider vinegar didn't help my dog. However, I found that keeping his eyes clear of discharge by using a clean index or thumb finger pad as often as possible cured the issue. You must be very gentle! At first your dog may not particularly like this being done. However, if you are very gentle with the process, your dog will soon allow you to clear his/her eyes and will be forever grateful for this ritual."Replies
03/19/2013: Debbiefudge from Brighton, East Sussex Uk. replies: "Gently clean the eye area with some cotton wool and cooled boiled water. Not your fingers!!
A spoonfull of ACV onto the back of the dogs neck, twice a day. In about 3 days the infection will have gone. If you don't have a syringe to apply it. Just soak some cotton wool in the ACV and squeeze it onto your dogs neck. This works on cats also. I think it's systemic. Just use it like you would put flea drops on the back of the neck. Try to get it on the skin, rather than just on the fur. With a cat, you may need someone to help you!!"
Dull Coat Issues
[YEA] 09/28/2011: Pippa from Picton, New Zealand: "I use apple cider vinegar on top of my dogs food, diluted with water. I may add some olive oil or blackstrap molasses to hide the taste. My dogs coat shines within hours. It is lush and soft.
My chickens look shiny with a dash of ACV in their drinking water."
[YEA] 02/17/2007: FE from Laguna, Phillipines: "I've been giving my pets a dose of apple cider 3 x a week, and it reflects well on their coat!"
[YEA] 04/17/2006: Heather from Kathmandu, Nepal: "Our Tibetan Mastiff/German Shepard mix puppy had really itchy dandruff and a really dull coat. I started feeding her about 5ml of apple cider vinegar once or twice a day. She really doesn't like it, and when I add it to her food, then she doesn't want to eat her food. Instead I put it in a syringe and feed it to her that way. Her coat improved in about two days, and now it is thick and shiny and not much dandruff. She also had weepy eyes and now she doesn't. Other dogs from the same litter have thin hair and patches coming out. Our landlord was so impressed that they started using it themselves! They said that our dog looked like a different dog altogether."
Ear and Eye Infections
[YEA] 11/02/2010: Shaun from Portsmouth Uk, Uk: "May 2009 I placed a thread concerning ACV. (Apple cider Vinegar, regarding my dog's ears. Without warning my dog's ears would start to get red and inflamed. After the first signs a day or two later they would be very bad. Red, sore, and in some cases bleeding. I then apply a solution of ACV (equal amount 50/50, Apple Cider Vinegar and water), twice a day, and this within 3 to 4 days would solve the problem. Before I tried a number of vets without any resolution. They would at great cost give me ear drops and other creams etc. They never worked just money down the drain.
I now apply ACV once a week to my dog's ears using a large cotton wool ball. I just wipe the inside of the ear and squeeze the AVC solution down the ear, I never push the cotton wool ball down the ear, just simply allow the solution to run down the ear channel. I believe the problem with my dog is down to his reaction to pollen, like rolling in cut grass. If it was not for ACV, I would not know what to do. Shaun Cunningham
10/23/2011: Dalon from Taunton, Ma replies: "What is the proper portions for mixing these ingredients?"
[YEA] 06/24/2009: Sean from Hawkeye, Iowa: "Simply Amazing. Our Dauchshound had bad eye gunk to the point he could not open his eyes. We were constantly using a warm wet wash cloth to clean them 5 plus times a day. Yesterday he just looked so depressed and was so tired. Found some spots he must have been biting at so we were concerned. We were going to call the vet again to make an emergency appointment in the morning. 2 Different vets have just given him eye medication previously but it never seemed to work. I found this site yesterday looking for what has worked for others. I ran straight out to the convienence store, bought some ACV and came back to the house. I put a half mixture of ACV and water in a spray bottle. I bathed him, then after his bath I spayed the mixture on him. I dipped his Pupperoni Stick that he loves so much in a 1/3 miture ACV to water and tried to feed it to him as his treat after his bath. He refused to eat it. I then dipped my fingers in the sollution and opened his mouth and driped a few drops into his mouth. Also BTW I did not dry him off after the bath i let him air dry in the ACV mixture.
The Very next morning he has NO EYE GUNK! His coat looks great, he is not itching, or biting anywhere! He is running around as happy as can be! And NO vet! As someone said before, sometimes a vet can't get your issue taken care of as we had found. It is not that we dont care enough to take them to the vet, BECAUSE WE HAVE, its because the Vets solution does not always work. If it did I would have never found this website. After 2 summers of seeing my dog suffer from allergies, I can finally say we found a solution and he is right as rain!"
09/02/2009: Kelsirish1974 from Seattle, Wa, USA replies: "Something a bit off topic, but that is so often overlooked, is diet. While I am a huge believer in ACV and its myriad of benefits, nutrition is extremely important for your dog's health, as well. Almost all Veterinarians know absolutely nothing about nutrition for your dog. Treats like pupperoni are like giving your kids McDonald's everyday. (I know it is so hard to not sneak them a snack they love now and then:) There are a lot of great foods emerging now, though. They are not very much more expensive and your dog will truly get proper nutrition. Dogs that are malnourished are always hungry, just like people! Dog foods are not regulated at all and many bad things go into the foods they market to our best friends. If dogs are nourished well they may not need a "cure" like ACV or a visit to the Vet! I found this all out the hard way....I had a dog with severe allergies. I changed his food to a great quality food. It is a great gift to give our dogs...GOOD HEALTH! Thank you for letting me ramble about this topic for a moment. It is very close to my heart!"
06/12/2013: Mullaghcleevaun from Yuba City, Ca replies: "Hi, ACV is the best... FORGET the Vet. I have been using ACV for 62years on my my dogs and the following is what I have been doing/giving to my present dogs which are...
Jindo 2years, Labrador 3years and a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon 18months.
Food, "Fromm" with one tablespoon of organic ACV (undiluted) and one tablespoon of Flaxseed oil twice a day.
One Tablespoon of ACV with every bowl of water.
Clean ears with 50/50 ACV once a week
Sponge bath the dogs with 50/50 ACV and let it sink into the skin (do not towel dry)
Start out with 1/2 a Teaspoon, Teaspoon and the Tablespoon... you will have a healthy dog for a long time.
07/06/2013: Sharon from Jacksonville, Fl replies: "Thanks for writing about your Dachshund. We've acquired a mini-wire and her eyes are doing the same thing. We're trying the vinegar and water. Hopefully it'll be good for her and make her more energetic. Is it still working for you, and are you on a raw food diet? We're going to try it."
[YEA] 06/21/2009: Georgina from Hobart, TAS Australia: "Apple Cider Vinegar for dog's eye infection
I noticed my 2 yo Labrador had some gunk in the corner of one eye 2 days ago. It looked like the normal eye-boogies he gets so I ignored it until later that day when it was clear he had an eye infection, as I could see drak green/grey gunk inside the eye itself. It was a Saturday morning so I called the vet to make an appt for later that day. I really didn't want to fork out $130-odd bucks (by the time you factor in the weekend consult plus anti-biotic prescription and then the follow-up visit), so I started searching for home remedies. I've used this site before for some opinions on extra virgin coconut oil (which I now use solely as my beauty routine and for any cuts/abrasions/infections) as well as Apple Cider Vinegar (which I use for digestive balancing).
I saw all the posts about dabbing ACV on the back of a pet's neck and thought, well if this many people swear by it I'll give it a try. I tried this as well as a weak solution (just enough to colour the water) to flush my dog's eye. After I washed the eye out I applied EVCO on a cotton ball to soothe the skin and hopefully help with the infection. I did this several times over the course of the day and it seemed to improve so I cancelled my vet appt, thinking at worst I could take him on the Monday. I thought the EVCO was doing the job so I continued with this as I figured it was also more comfortable for my dog. His eye got worse again in the afternoon and was quite yucky by evening. By this time it was too late for a vet visit and I felt like a terrible "mum"!
I tried the ACV on the back of the neck again, and this time I used at least a quarter of a cup undiluted, as he has SUPER thick hair and I really had to work it in to reach the skin. Most of it rubbed off or stayed in the outer coat I think. Anyway, enough must have got in this time because he started really quickly improving, so I did one more dose before bed. This morning I very tentatively checked on him thinking it would either be much better or totally disgusting. Luckily, it was much better and today after a couple of the same treatments it's looking really good. Still some eye-boogie but the reddening inside lower eyelid has really improved. I still used some EVCO for soothing the eye area, he seemed to like that.
So he stinks like high heaven and the house smells like "rotten feet" as my boyfriend tells me, but he's just as impressed as I am and I can't believe this actually WORKED. I don't know HOW this could work but the main thing is it does so without risk of harm. As any lab owner would know, they traditionally have pretty sensitive skin, but this doesn't appear to bother him. It saved us a wad of cash and it cleared his infection quicker than anti-biotics would have. I think he knows it's working too because he willingly leans his neck toward me when I put it on now. Cute little fella! :-)"Replies
02/25/2012: Littlebit from Berrien Springs, Mi, Usa replies: "I have a Boston Terrier who has dandruff and eye boogies with red eye close to the bottom lid. Vet says it's allergies. I just came across this website and would like to try the apple cider vinegar. What part of the neck do you apply the Apple Cider Vinegar to? What is EVCO? Thanks for the tips."
EC: EVCO -- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil!
[YEA] 01/25/2009: Patty from Oshkosh, Wi: "Our Itallin Mastiff has allergies & constant ear infections. After trying antibiotics and drops for a month the yeast infections come back. Our Vet said to use 2 parts apple cider vinegar to equal parts water & 1 part 99% rubbing alcohol. (NOT 70% you get in the drug store) He said the 90-99% doesn't burn. Then to flush out his ears 2-3 times a week for the 1st week then cut back to 1 time per week. I went further to add healing herb extracts & have been rinsing him with the ACV mix for his allergies for a year now. I also make him all-natural soap. His coat has come back and we are down to 2 ear infections this last year instead of every month. I am going to have all-natural herbal dog soap, ear wash & more for sale next month. somethintohowlabout.com"Replies
01/03/2012: Blklabchow10yr from Port Charlotte, Florida, United States replies: "My lab has an itchy irritated back for a long time.. I've tried so many methods, and at this point inthe game, I have to wonder if some of the methods which most have said "works". I have to wonder if they didn't make it worse in some way.
I just got back from the store & have my bottle of apple cider vinegar & trying to convince myself to dab a bit on his back for the first time. I also picked up some greek plain yogurt, can't find any that doesn't have at least 8 grams of sugar in it, but otherwise it says it's natural & no flavoring. I let him lick a dab off my finger just to start small and see how he likes it & if it agrees with him, in a very small amount............ If this Vinegar helps relieve or even clear up his rashy back....... I will be FLOORED & will ... Do something to celebrate, because this has been HALF the stress in my life for a long time. It's heartbreaking literally to not be able to help him knowing it itches that bad. Vet did nothing but LOOK at it, talk a bit, ask questions & charge me 185.00 and gave me some pills which, after reading possible side effects, which the worst was Death, I was too scared to give him a pill , so............... vet trip was just about worthless.
WISH ME LUCK lol I pray the ACV at least HELPS, I hope."
02/24/2012: Anneinny from Putnam Valley, Ny/usa replies: "I'm SO grateful to have found this site as my lab often has sore ears! I'm going to try this today!
Someone mentioned YOGURT and that it almost always has sugar in it. It's very easy to make yogurt, the cost is about 1/2 the store price, it tastes BETTER and you can do it 1 hour before bed and awaken to fresh yogurt in the morning.
Set your oven to about 90 degrees C. Put 1/2 gallon whole milk in a steel or ceramic lined saucepan (not aluminum) and heat on the stovetop til it comes to the boil (or 82 degrees C if you have a candy thermometer). When the milk starts to boil, remove pan from the hot burner. Turn off the oven & keep oven door closed.
When milk has cooled to finger-warmth (or 40 degree C), add 1/2 cup PLAIN yogurt with ACTIVE CULTURES (easy to find at the grocer). Mix VERY well. Cover the pan with a tight lid, wrap in a large towel and place inside the warmish oven for about 8 hours. Go to bed. In the morning you'll awaken to homemade yogurt that tastes heavenly and has the texture of pudding. Put in covered containers in the frig. It makes about a liter.
If you want thicker, Greek-style yogurt, just strain it. Place a colander (strainer) lined with cheesecloth, multiple paper towels, a cotton kitchen towel or even a clean pillow case, above a bowl (I do this in the sink; it can be messy if you have poor aim). Spoon the yogurt into the lined collander so the excess liquid goes into the bowl beneath the strainer/collander. Optional: tie up the ends of the towel with a rubber band or string and suspend above the pan with a chopstick or kitchen spoon. After a few hours the yogurt will be adequately strained. Don't toss the liquid (whey)! You can put it in your dog's food (they love it) or even use when cooking your own food as a replacement for water or milk.
I give my dogs 1 soft egg and 1/2 cup yogurt every morning and it does seem to help their coats and digestive system.
Thanks for such a wonderful site! I so prefer natural solutions to chemicals and yes, our vet also charges about $130 just to walk in the door!! I appreciate the option to at least try something at home first!
[YEA] 09/21/2007: Debra from Morganton, North Carolina: "Mandy and I just moved into an area where pets are allowed, which in itself is a rarity. Fleas are an issue. Mandy is my only (baby) still at home and she's a 14 yr old schnauzer. She depends on me for everything as it should be. I depend on her for "lovin' and cuddlin'" and she's very good at it. Anyway, I've only recently discovered (lemon) flea killer, however, after using this half and half mixture leaves me to wonder. Did I do this right because this smell is almost unbareable it really smells like wet dirty dog, but not on Mandy only where she's been ie under coffee table, her bed' etc... Can anyone tell me how I messed this up because I don't see how??
Also, I have used the vinegar solution (one (1) part vinegar to two (2) part water) for a yeast build-up in Mandys ears and as of this day I'll swear by how well it works three (3) or four (4) days in a row then weekly treatment, amazing, and no vet bill nor chemicals which is a bonus for us as well as the world. THUMBS UP!!!"Replies
01/25/2011: Tinkonthebrink from Asheville, Nc, Us replies: "mandy - if you have carpets, sprinkle borax on them and brush in, don't vacuum too soon. But fleas are one of the areas where I don't rely on natural solutions. Dogs in our area need heartworm prevention and revolution resolves a myriad of problems, including fleas. One note: according to pfizer, it's 100% effective at 2 month intervals and almost 100% at 4 months (this is published in a government pda file, you can easily find the info). The people here who don't totally trust their vet's advice are correct to be suspicious and to do their own research. I dose every two months in warm weather and after the first hard freeze I do one last dose and then stop until 8 weeks after I start seeing any spring insects. We have six dogs, no fleas."
[YEA] Carolyn from Gallon Jug, Belize: "I use a few drops of ACV solution (1 part ACV, 1 part water, 1 part rubbing alcohol) applied with an eyedropper in my dog's ears after a bath. It cleared up her dark ear discharge completely. We use it on ourselves as well since ear fungus is common in this humid part of the world."
[YEA] Anna from Ottowa, Canada: "Our 13-month old female Black Lab-Rotty mix dog Maya has been suffering from recurrent eye and ear infections for the last 7 months. When we first took her to the vet 7 months ago, the diagnosis was ear mites. We treated her with Revolution - twice. The infection seemed to get better at first, but then returned quickly. I then treated her ears with Yellow Dock for a few months, it seemed to keep the infection under control, but had not cleared it. Last month, Maya got a very severe ear infection and we took her to emergency - the test showed NO MITES - YEAST infection! It meant that I have been treating her all this time for the wrong cause - thanks to the vet who did not perform any tests the first time around and simply "guessed" that Maya had ear mites. To cut the long story short, the emergency vet gave us some antibiotic cream, which helped at bit at first, but then we saw no improvement, especially around the eyes, so I found this website and decided to treat Maya with an organic ACV (half and half with water). I sponged her back (she had a few lesions there as well) and her ears twice a day, I let her shake and then wiped her ears dry. I sponged her eyes gently as well. Her eyes were circled by an elephant-like skin with no hair, and it seemed that like would never go away! Within 2 days we noticed a great improvement. I continued the treatment for a few days twice a day, and her conditioned improved 99%. I've read that it takes 3-6 weeks for it to clear up completely and that it is suffice to do it three times a week.
I measured her pH balance and noticed that it was too alkaline (around 8). This helps yeast to grow, so we started adding a bit of vinegar to her food to stabilie her ph balance. We've also implemented other dietary restrictions that are typical with yest
Overall, we've definitely found success with ACV, and I hope that other dog owners would be able to learn from us to help their furry kids."Replies
04/28/2009: Winston1127 from New Paris, OHIO replies: "I have a 3 year old cocker spaniel. I just found this site a few days ago and love it. He is always having ear infections. I read the part about putting the ACV drops in his ears. my question is: do you have to dilute the ACV with equal parts of water or do you just put the drops in with out diluting them. any help would be a big help. he cuttently has an ear infection now and would like to try this to see if it will help. I have also tried putting the ACV in his food and water, but when I put it in his water he doesn't drink it and the same for his food, he doesn't eat it. I read where another person had the same problem and they just squirted it in their dogs mouth, but they did not say wheater they diluted it or did it straight. that is my question. When you put it in the mouth do you have to dilute it or not. please help."
10/27/2011: Joanna from Augusta, Me replies: "This is to all the people who go see a vet. Maybe some of these people have and the vet hasn't helped the problem cause I have seen a vet multiple times about my dog and costs me hundreds and still hasn't helped at all.
My dog is a boxer and he has had a severe itching and chewing on himself raw, but the vets just say allergies give some predisone for a couple of weeks. Once med is gone he's back at it and sometimes worse tried everything under the sun with the vets nothing. Sometimes I don't think the vets know what they are doing especially if they can't seem to help fix the problem.
So I came across this apple cider vinegar idea from this site. Gave him a bath with it a few hours ago hasn't chewed or itched. Put a tsp. in his drinking water and hes been drinking it right up.
So think again before you say take advice from every tom, dick and harry cause it may just help. Doesn't hurt to try. A lot of vets don't really know what thay are talking about all they want is our money."
06/08/2012: Mollie from Baltimore, Md replies: "How do I make this remidy?? I have a 7 month old pitbull pup who has had a ear infection that wont go away. The vet just tells me its from his mother cleaning him but I dont agree so I want to try this and need some help with it."
09/15/2012: Natural-only from Issaquah, Wa replies: "Ok, the real deal is stop giving DRUGS! Frontline-any topicals, no matter how natural, cook or go RAW! , no more vaccines, no heat worm, its all a lie~ I sonet over $35,000 on my 2 of 1 Papillon's, she has IBD, Vaccinoisous, allergies, digestive issues, I can keep going. I'ts under control, but now, Im tring Dr Plechner's protocol, but Homeopathically. NO DRUGS! My friend who 1 dog had such servere ear issues, blood, goo, mucus was coming out of his ear, for years, she did everything, she fed her dogs raw, and now, finally, after getting the Iga-Thyroid and hormone's checked, his protocol saved thousands. Vets dont want to know about it, they'll lose money-GO buy Pets at Risk on Amazon-read up-it will click. Becasue at his point, you are spending and wasting your money--Allopathic-conventional medicine is a silent killer.. I learned the hard way. And then I researched, for a solid 4 years, every waking moment was research, and Im getting my almost healthy Papillon healthy.. READ, RESEARCH!! ACV may be way too stong for your already compromised dogs stomach-dsigestive track... Please, research, for your babies sakes!!!"
03/19/2013: Debbiefudge from Brighton, East Sussex, UK replies: "If the problem with your dog is yeast. Then a change of diet is essential. Feed Raw. There is so much in even the so called 'best' dog food. That will feed the yeast. And for ear cleaning. Use white vinegar instead of ACV. Half white vinegar/half water. Try and use a dropper or a syringe and flood he ear. Keep hold of your dogs head and gently massage under the ear by the ear canal. And then let the dog shake it's head. Repeat daily untill the ear is better. Also use some cotton wool soaked in the same solution to gently wipe any muck away that you can see. The reason I use white vinegar instead of ACV is apples = sugar. Sugar feeds yeast. My vet almost killed my shihtzu pumping him full of steroids and antibiotics. After much reearch I discovered they 'feed' the yeast. Which is why he got worse and not better. I also give him a plain yogurt every couple of days. And half a clove of garlic every day for 3 weeks then have a week off. This also prevents any fleas. I will not put chemicals on my dogs. (I now have 3). They are all raw fed and very healthy!! If, antibiotics are needed for anyhing, I use colloidal silver. And, definately, NO booster vaccinations."
10/05/2012: Shaun from Portsmouth, England: "Update Interesting observation which may help Have for sometime used apple cider vinegar on my pet ears. Luke seems to have bouts of infection/soreness in his ears, always round the entrance to his ears and the problem comes and goes, but have noticed is more of a problem when there is pollen about and when he rolls in the grass. Have always used a good quality brand, here in the UK I use Aspalls Cyder Vinegar and make up a solution of 1 part ACV to 2 parts water.
Some months ago I needed to restock and saw my supermarket had their own brand of ACV, cheaper and a larger bottle, so being wise I changed over to the supermarket brand. This month Luke had a real problem with his ears so followed my usual patten applying my ACV solution and although it seems to curtail the soreness it's never completely went when usually after applying my ACV solution the problem is resolved quickly. I couldn't understand this, so I thought I go back to the Quality Brand. Wow what a difference, in 24 hours the soreness is drying up and one can see the healing process taken place, the ear is turning from a read colour to a pink colour. I am not into science therefore can't explain why this should be, is there a difference between cheap ACV compared to the more costly one , well £1.35 is not expensive. The more expensive brand is unpasteurised and free from preservatives. I will most certainly keep to my quality brand from now on and finally would say the best make up for Apple Cyder Vinegar is I part ACV to 2 parts water and to those who doubt ACV and even recommend against its use, I say this, I have spent a small fortune with vets and all the inflammatory drugs and antibiotics have never worked and I have had to watch Luke at times in a lot of pain waiting for this treatment from the vets to work which it never does and watched having finished the antibiotics the problem come straight back even worse. Please remember one can decrease say 1Part ACV to 4 parts water if there is a lot of soreness and then when the redness starts to fade increase the solution to 3 parts water. I now clean Luke's ears once a week with ACV, spay the solution onto a cotton wool pad or ball and just clean the ear. I do this 3 times a day if I see any problems."Replies
10/05/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Shaun, Yes, the difference in the two ACVs is pasteurization vs. Non-pasteurization. The non contains all the good bacteria in it which is what makes it so effective. Thus, why so many people see changes when they use ACV with "the mother". Hope this gives you an explanation. Lisa"
10/05/2012: Shaun from Portsmouth, England replies: "Lisa---Thanks for the reply. So there you have it everyone for the best results cheap is not always the best.
Update--Now 2 days since I started using the up market ACV again and the result are just unbelieveable . Please remember 1 part ACV to 2 parts water or even 1 part ACV to 3 Parts water if there is bad soreness or open wounds. Thanks Lisa"
[YEA] 07/19/2012: Atvchick95 from Muncie, Indiana : "I came across your blog looking up ways to get rid of fleas naturally, I see a lot of talk on AVC, including giving it to cats/dogs in their water. I am a hobby bird breeder and use AVC with my parrots, SO I wanted to chime in, I do not know if it'll do the same to cats/dogs but I'd assume it would. AVC is a product that contains Acid, There are 2 types of bacteria in the gut (of birds at least) Good Bacteria they should have and bad Bacteria they shouldn't have, when giving AVC in the birds drinking water the AVC actually destroys BOTH the good and the bad Bacteria so we have to also give them Probiotics to get the good gut bacteria back. Also we never give this to birds long term, I give them just a little "Shot" depending on the water bowl size. With my birds I use 5, 10 and 20 oz bowls, so a 5 oz bowl would have 1 drop, 10 oz 2 drops, 20 oz 2 drops of AVC I give it twice a week for about a month, Then stop for 1-2 months, Then repeat as necessary, I actually had a bird with a Tumor and the AVC treatment made the tumor disapear and never come back :) But I think people may want to speak to their vets about giving AVC in the drinking water, Because it is important not to ruin the good gut bacteria the animals need, and it shouldn't be given long term and not a lot. My dog is a 26 pound beagle I'd give her no more than 1 Tablspoon mixed in with her water - and I'm just estimating that compared to what I give my birds, none of my birds weigh more than 1 to 2 pounds though. But it should always be done anyway, talk to the vet before trying anything!"
11/12/2011: Etelle from Morningside, Md: "How do I get my schitzu to drink his water when I put the apple cider vinegar in it. I have been doing this since the summer and he will ignore the water. Then in a couple of days he will drink it. Should I put it in his food instead? I give him dry food only. Beneful"