10 Good Reasons to Give Your Pet Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an antibiotic, a natural deodorant, and an anti-fungal. It boosts the immune system and fights bacteria in all animals. It gives them beautiful coats, more vitality and helps them maintain a healthy weight level. Humans benefit from apple cider vinegar and its many cures and so should their pets.

  1. ACV contains vitamins, minerals, and enzymes important for keeping animals healthy.
  2. ACV neutralizes the acid in dogs and cats. Adding apple cider vinegar to their food will help keep those brown tear stains for forming under their eyes and eliminate the brown patches on your lawn by balancing your pet’s PH.
  3. A solution of half water and half ACV added to the skin after a bath will get rid of fleas. Let the fur air dry and, to be sure fleas don’t return add a table spoon of ACV to their drinking water. (4 to 5 cups of water) Adjust amount of vinegar for small animals.
  4. For itchy skin use a solution of half water and half ACV on your pet’s skin as well as adding it to their drinking water.
  5. For Ringworm, sponge affected areas twice a day with one third water and two thirds ACV.
  6. You can ease the pain of arthritis and stop hot spots by adding ACV to your pet’s drinking water.
  7. Spray your barn with Apple Cider Vinegar to keep flies away. Also, sprayed on farm animals to keep flies, and other pests away.
  8. A bit of vinegar in their food or drinking water will keep kidney stones from forming especially in cats.
  9. Spray ACV to horses hooves to dry up thrush.
  10. Spray your pet’s bed and bedding with ACV every few days to keep fleas from moving in and to keep it smelling nice.

Your pet depends on you for it’s well being so it is important to remember that small animals such as birds, cats, and small dogs need a lot less ACV than larger animals. Adjust the dose according to your pet’s size and work them up slowly to the recommended dose. If you are not sure how much ACV to use talk to your animal health professional.

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  1. Francie

    On June 19, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    Thank you for the helpful hints! I remember hearing that ACV is very good for a number of uses. My mom used to add a little to her many glasses of water a day. I wondered how she could drink anything that sounded so awful but she said it was really healthy to drink some as it cleansed and filtered the harmful things in the system. She was really into healthy habits, she read a lot and I was amazed at all she knew. I have a puppy and this is also great info. for her. Thanks for your article…

  2. lizzie2uk

    On June 20, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    I will certainly try this out on my dog externally, but he refuses to eat or drink anything with ACV in. He sniffs and ignores it, but he is very elderly and very contrary! (Naughty boy!)

  3. Lucy Lockett

    On June 20, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    I am going to have to get me some of this aren’t I.

  4. IcyCucky

    On October 28, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    Darlene,
    This article is wonderful, helpful, and so useful since we have a puppy. I must have read this at least 10 times already. Thank you for all the fantastic tips.

  5. basi

    On March 11, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    I have a new litter of pups….can acv be used for the flies/fleas and also be used for their drinking water and bath water when they become of age…..

    I have been using ACV for 5 years and it is a definite ingredient and a must on my shelf……my dogs are my family….and must be treated as a member…..with the best of Natural care…..and that involves the BRAGG ACV of course……basi

  6. LYNDA

    On June 17, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Are you talking about regular acv? Or organic acv to be put in their food and drinking water. Can you spray the cats and dogs with the regular apple cider vinegar?

  7. Darlene McFarlane

    On June 17, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Hi LYNDA,
    All apple cider vinegar is organic ACV. If you buy Heinz brand or other household brands from the grocery store read the fine print on the label. Chances are you are buying the clear processed white vinegar made from alcohol with no nutritional value. Only a few states and provinces carry organic ACV in grocery stores but the easiest and best place to find it is in health stores, and some drug stores. Some people have complained of bad reactions only to find out they bought the wrong vinegar so be sure the label says it is made from organic apples, that it is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and that the mother is included in the bottle.

    If you are intending to give your pet ACV in drinking water, remember to start with a very small amount in lots of water. A couple of drops is best to start then, take the dose up slowly over several weeks. Pets need very little ACV to be effective.

  8. Brenda

    On September 1, 2008 at 9:30 am

    I give vinegar my cat and two dogs 4 teaspoon to one gallon of water and it does wonders. They don’t even notice the vinegar is in the water.

  9. Darlene McFarlane

    On September 1, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Brenda, I am glad to hear that. I gave it to my two cats and to my lovebird. The bird used to love ACV. She would dance back and forth on her perch until I got her water dish into her cage and then take a long, long drink.

    Unfortunately they are all gone now. Even though it has been a couple of years, I still miss them very much.

    Darlene

  10. Josselyn

    On September 26, 2008 at 4:25 am

    hi i have a question am not familiar with apple cider vinegars so i wanna know the exact vinegar name to give my dogs, i dont wann get the wrong one please can u tell me i really really need to start with it cuz my poor dog doesnt even sleeps sometimes from itchiness
    thank u

  11. DHM

    On September 26, 2008 at 8:10 am

    I use Braggs but there are many reputable brands available depending where you live. As long as they have these specifications; made with organic apples, cold pressed, and unfiltered you have found the right stuff. Some people have bought Heinz ACV from the grocery..please don’t make this mistake. It is white vinegar that has been colored and made to taste like ACV for cooking purposes. White vinegar is made with alcohol and has no medicinal properties.

  12. candy

    On October 6, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    thank you to the person that told us what kind of apple vinegar to buy. I looked thru 4 websites and this is the only answer to this i could find

  13. Joyce

    On October 28, 2008 at 4:40 am

    My dog is prone to yeast infection can i feed her with ACV to cure it and lessen her itching?

  14. Janet

    On November 19, 2008 at 9:00 am

    Won’t the acv in their food and water be bad for the animal’s teeth?

  15. Claudia

    On December 1, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Hi, thanks for the enlightening info. My cat Moonie was diagnosed with FLUTD & the vet prescribed her Ammonil (urine acidifier) & ammoxacilin. Well, she was fine the first 2 days, the third & fourth she drooled at the mouth for hrs & threw up profusely! The poor thing didn’t eat for 2 days nor did she go to the bathroom. I stopped the medication. The next day I purchased Heinz All Natural Apple Cider Viniger w/5% acidity. I put a 1/2 teaspoon mixed with a cup of water & gave her some from the syringe directly to her mouth as well as added it to her wet food. I am happy to say she seems like she is close to being back to normal. Do you think the Heinz Brand is ok or should I go to Wholefoods & see if they carry Organic? Thanks so very much!!! Sincerely, Claudia & Moonie:)

  16. Darlene McFarlane

    On December 1, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Hi Claudia,
    Your poor Moonie, I do hope she is better soon.

    When I first read that you gave her Heinz ACV I was worried. Many people buy Heinz apple cider vinegar from the grocery story only too be fooled because they didn’t read the small print. Most Heinz ACV is made to look and taste like ACV strictly for cooking and salads purposes while all natural has been pasteurized. I always stress buying ACV from health stores because they are cold pressed, cold filtered, and made with organic apples. All ACV that is cold pressed/filtered and made with organic apples will say so on the label. If it has been pasteurized (filtered) many of the nutrients have been removed. The best ACV for Little Moonie should be bought from the Health Store.

    How did Moonie handle the ACV and water? I am thinking it would be a little strong for an animal so small and would giving her a lower dose.

    I hope this helps and please let me know how Moonie is doing.

    Take care,
    Darlene

  17. Claudia

    On December 4, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Thank you for your prompt response. I will definitely go buy her Organic & get rid of the Heinz! How much should I give her? I read on earthclinic.com either a 1/4 of a teaspoon acv mixed w/cup of water or 1/2 tsp of acv? I am not sure how much to give her.

    Moonie is doing better but still not 100%, her birthday is St.Patty’s Day:) & she will turn 11. She is 12lbs. She has big green eyes too! She never had problems urninating, 2 weeks ago she started going in & out of the litter box constantly, straining & no urine would come out, every now & then a little dot would come out with a little bit a blood. Vet said she wants to change her meds since she got sick from the previous meds, do you think I should get her more meds? Or try to see how the organic acv works out?

    Moonie is currently going to the bathroom about twice a day, her urine is coming out better, but, not like before when she was healthy and the good thing is she is not straining or going in & out every 20 minutes, I guess a little progress is better than none at all.

    I am so confused because my vet says she thinks Wellness Dry food (what I was feeding my cat) may have been a factor in her obtaining FLUTD because every patient that visits her w/FLUTD eats Wellness. She suggested I switch to Science Diet C/D for now, which I did. I give her very very little of this per day and I feed her wet canned food. Vet suggests Royal Canin, Fancy Feast or Science Diet, but, no fish whatsoever! She said fish is a factor as well. Also, that organic foods are not tested so therefore they can put what ever they want in the ingredients, for instance she stated Wellness adds a whole chicken as well as whitefish & this is not good for FLUTD. I asked her about Pet Prmomise food (Moonie loves Pet Promise-Dr. Weil promotes it, dr.weil.com & I trust him), but, vet states she didn’t know enough about it to comment on.

    So as you can see I am very confused because I believe in organic, natural foods for my cat, however, I also trust the knowlege of my vet VDM, I want to include both professional advice as well as holistic. I don’t know what to think because my vet suggests foods that have bi-products in them. Also, I really feel that natural pet foods such as pet promise is the way to go. I will try Royal Canin. Please help me as I am so confused. I just want what is best for my Moonie, she is my baby.

    It’s like there is always two sides, but I would like to incorporate both. Well, thanks for listening & sorry for such a long letter. I look forward to getting advice from you.
    Warm Regards,
    Claudia & Moonie, meow:)

  18. Darlene McFarlane

    On December 4, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Hi Claudia,
    I am not a vet but I have had cats who had UTI. I would suggest keeping her on the meds until her infection has cleared up then ACV can be used as a preventative measure. It’s like when we get a urinary infection. We take the meds to clear it and then drink cranberry juice to prevent it from coming back. Maybe the article on this web page will help you make an effective choice. http://searchwarp.com/swa26640.htm

    Good luck,
    Darlene

  19. Trinity Ford

    On December 9, 2008 at 6:31 am

  20. jasper's mom

    On December 30, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    I am very confused about whether to use ACV for my cat due to mixed messages and information I have been given and am reading online. I took him to the ER Christmas eve and they found crystals in his urine. It turns out he does not have an underlying infection. The ER vet told me my cat would need prescription diet for life, and NOTHING else. The regular vet, who saw Jasper in a follow up, feels uncomfortable with the prescription diet for life. If I am understanding correctly, the crystals are less likely to form when there is no magnesium or ash in the food, but on the other hand, without the magnesium the food is not a complete healthy diet for the cat. Is the issue a Ph issue? An acid issue? My second question is about ACV. I have read that ACD decreases the acid in the system, and also I have read it helps prevent crystals, but ALSO I have read that higher acid is a safer environment and crystals won’t form there.. I’m so confused!!!!! Can anyone help me sort through all the information? I want Jasper to eat a healthy diet without endangering him with crystal formation. Last thought, I have not read anyone talking seriously about the dangers of crystals and eurethral blockage… most mention it here as if it’s an annoying problem, when in fact, it is life-threatening and can cause kidney failure which is fatal. THank you for your help!

  21. Darlene McFarlane

    On December 30, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    to #20
    Hi Jasper’s mom,
    I am sorry to hear about Jasper’s problem. Unfortunately UTIs and urine crystals are more common among male cats. A good quality cat food with a low percent of magnesium should do fine for Jasper. I had to do a lot of comparisons between the cat food I was feeding my cat and other brands before I found one that worked well for him. I Don’t know if you have Global Pet stores or other pet food stores in your area but if you do, talk to the sales people. They are very knowledgeable and they helped me find what I was looking for without having to settle for the bland lamb and rice diet offered by the vets. If Jasper has crystals in his urine, he need only consume less magnesium. I gave my own cat one third teaspoon of ACV daily in his drinking water as well. Cats who eat canned food tend not to need as much water. If you are giving Jasper dry food, you can be sure he will get enough ACV to keep new crystals from forming. If he eats canned food maybe consider substituting some of his daily food with dry kibble.

    You are right, Jasper’s mom, it is a PH issue. A low magnesium diet and ACV in his drinking water should do the trick.

    A word of caution. Even after you put Jasper on his new diet. it is a good idea to watch him for a few weeks. If new crystals were forming before he began his diet, there is a slight possibility he could still have issues. This probably won’t happen but you can’t be too careful when it comes to Kitty’s health.

    Good luck and please let me know how Jasper is doing.

    Take care,
    Darlene

  22. Apple Cider Vinegar

    On January 26, 2009 at 4:58 am

    i am using apple cider vinegar daily with honey as a small drink it makes me feel amaizing. i only take the stuff with the mother in http://www.bobbys-healthy-shop.co.uk/shop/page/7?

  23. Justins mama

    On January 28, 2009 at 12:17 am

    hello all ,

    First let me say thank you very much for putting this page together I have visited it daily with every post I learn something new.My kitty has a little stuffy nose and I was thinking of giving him some ACV so I rushed out went to my supermarket thinking all ACV was created equally .and set it in my cabinet so today as I looked at it and it just felt so wrong and decided I was not going to put this into my baby ( Justin my 8 year old chubby orange tabby ) so I let it sit there and out of curiosity I looked at the ingredients and it read apple juice concentrate and water there was my ah ha! moment .I was so relived but still wanted to give the ACV a try luckily and scrolled down a little further today and I found a name lol Braggs so I will be going into whole foods and picking this up and giving it a shot .My question is I will be using a eye dropper to give it to him orally or we will use the oral syringe since that\’s the best way to give it to him and he takes it very well this way .I know someone mentioned to dilute it in a lot of water but I\’m not sure how much what do you guys recommend ? I was thinking a drop in a cup of water would that be too much water ?

    thank s a bunch!
    Justins Mamma

  24. BG English

    On February 26, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    My vet recommended ACV 1cc to 8oz of fresh water a day for our little English Parakeet….she is doing great. After reading all the fabulous comments I am now going to give the ACV to our 3 dogs….

  25. Laura

    On March 7, 2009 at 6:08 am

    My Cat was close to death (not knowing what was wrong with him, and unable to afford the vet)He had not eaten for 7 days, and all he was doing was sleeping. He could barely walk, and was nothing but skin and bones, so I decided to do some research on the internet. I found this site, and determined he must have a uti. (He didnt have any symtoms of feline leukemia, or any of the other cat diseases)
    As soon as I read about the Apple cider vinegar, and ran out to the store and bought some (Heinz ACV) And I asked the pharmacist for a small syringe.

    I administered 1/4 teaspoon with about 4 teaspoons of filtered water into his mouth. I also mixed some can cat food with the water (just the liquid) about 4 syringes full.

    by the next morning, he seemed to be feeling better. I administered the same dose again that morning, along with some more can food with the syringe. (twice that day)

    By the following morning my Cat was eating like a pig and obviously feeling much better. By the 3rd day is seems almost back to \”normal\”.

    For some reason he is now my shadow…Every where i go he follows me. I figure he must know that I healed him, and he seems so grateful to have me as his friend. (He was quite aloof before)and barely let me touch him. Now he cant get enough of me petting and scratching him.

    Thank you so much for helping me save my cats life! I am sure he would not have lasted another day without this intervention.

    Laura From Florida

  26. Confused..

    On April 7, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    *Wow Laura, that’s great news! And since you mention it was HEINZ ACV, you may have helped answer my question…

    Ok, so my cats and I drink the good Bragg’s stuff. I do see the wonderful benefits, but I’m struggling with a very light flea infestation. There always seems to be a few I can’t get rid of as much as I vacuum everything and bathe them.

    Would bathing my cats in the cheaper filtered ACV be as effective as the organic cloudy stuff? –I know about the fake ACV flavored distilled vinegar, but this other stuff I found actually says only apples and water in the ingredient list, but not organic and it’s obviously filtered.

    Feel free to comment on ingesting the processed ACV, but I don’t think I would drink it even after reading Laura’s story.

    I’m mostly interested in using it in baths (topically). I’m guessing maybe the enzymes or vitamins would have been compromised, but but it should still be malic acid, right?

  27. Rod

    On April 9, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Brazil produces hi quality ACV – 100% Natural/Organic.
    Check out this sites if you are in Brazil:
    http://www.senhorviccino.com.br/
    http://www.vinagreorganico.com.br/

    I recommend this product speccialy for English Bulldogs.

    Best Wishes

    Rod

  28. jen

    On May 10, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Does anyone no if and what is the best acv to clear thrush out of a horses hoof i give them all 2 caps full in there tea but no sure about the hooves thanks greatky appreciatedc

  29. Darlene McFarlane

    On May 10, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Hi Jen,
    I am not familiar with horse care and ACV but I did find the article below online. I am posting the link and the article as well because some times the links don’t copy properly from the comment area to the browser.

    Hope it helps,
    Darlene McFarlane

    http://www.apple-cider-vinegar-benefits.com/horse-care.html#ha

    Horse Care – Mild Cure for Skin Conditions

    Full strength apple cider vinegar can be rubbed directly into the horse’s skin around a ringworm infection.
    Ringworm is an infection of the skin and hair by several types of fungi (not worms).

    Rub in thoroughly two or three times a day for several consecutive days. This is especially useful for ringworm infections that are too close to the eyes to use a copper wash.

    Thrush and other foot fungus infections can be greatly reduced by a regular spray or soak application of apple cider vinegar to the sole and frog of your horse’s feet. By making the hoof area more acidic, fungus is no longer able to grow well there.

    A general horse hoof soaking solution can be prepared by adding 1/4 cup (60 ml) of apple cider vinegar to one gallon (3.8 liters) of water.

    The vinegar application will, at the same time, speed up the healing of any other foot infections or bruises your horse might have.

  30. Elle Cox

    On October 8, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Hi, I loved your article and just came home with a gallon of Ralph’s (chain store) apple cider vinegar. Then I noticed the question and your answer re: all apple cider vinegar is organic and chain store ACV is really white vinegar so I called Ralph’s Help Line on the label. The lady said, “Let me see if I can find info.” She flipped through some pages in a book, then read “Ralph’s ACV is made from apples then diluted with water to make it suitable for pickling.” So, is the grocery store brand okay? Thanks

  31. Darlene McFarlane

    On October 21, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Hi Elle Cox,
    Apple Cider Vinegar should be made with organic apples and cold pressed. Many ACV maker who make it for the purpose of pickling heat their Vinegar. By heating the apple render, they are killing the active minerals and enzymes.

  32. punk

    On January 8, 2010 at 3:58 am

    I have some questions regarding my male cat. He has spent 4 days in the hospital and has had a catheter while at the clinic. I brought him home with a catheter because the vet stated that his bladder is still been blocked by an infection in the urethra. He has cystitis which is a urinary tract infection. He had bled( I mean instead of urine he peed blood) on dec. 17, on the 23 and then on the 31. On the 17 and 23 he bled one day and then recovered. On the 31 episode I waited but took him to the clinic on Monday. He’s been on an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory, on a muscle relaxer and vitamins etc on an IV and has had the catheter since Monday. Can I start the ACV treatment now, he is still with a catheter and it won’t be taken out till Sat. He is not on Intravenous Fluids since he is home now. The options the vet has given me are glum, to do surgery. I need to know if others have also had the same experience. The vet recommends to cut of his penis and turn the urethra out to form a vagina. This is crazy, it is just a temporary solution to a problem. I have read all the posts but I still do not know how much of the apple cider vinegar to put with water so that I can place this mixture in his food. He eats only wet food. Can someone please help me please? This is very urgent.

  33. punk

    On January 10, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Hi,

    Again this question is really a matter of life and death. I posted my question but no one has answered it.In regards to my cat of over 11 years old, who has an obstructed bladder, he can’t pee. 1. How much acv do I give with water and how often in the day do I give this to the cat. Therealowner.com posts the benefits of acv for uti but it does not explain what ratio of acv to water we should give. 2.If the cat has already an obstruction of crystals in the bladder can this acv remedy work? Can acv remedy be given without stopping the vet medicine of antibiotics, and muscle relaxer? Can someone please answer my questions? thanks

  34. sisca

    On January 10, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    punk,normally….we would mix 1/2 a teaspoon of acv to a cup of water….give it with a syringe and put it in his wet food…once a day…but that’s for the general treatment..

  35. Jan

    On January 11, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Hi Punk, One of my cats is also prone to having crystals. He is 4 years old. He has only had 2 major cases where he ran to the litter box every 5 minutes for nothing and cried. One time there was also blood in his urine. There have also been a few times where he would squat in the litter box funny enough to make me worry. ACV has always worked.

    The main thing to understand about ACV is that consuming a constant supply throughout the day is more important then how much ACV is actually being consumed.

    The mixture I can get my cats to drink is 1/4 teaspoon of ACV for every 2 cups of water. Any stronger, and my cats won’t go near it. My cats eat mostly dry food and they each drink about a whole cup of acv water every day. This means 1/8 teaspoon acv per day is enough to heal my cat. My friend is able to get her cat to drink 1 whole teaspoon of acv mixed in wet food given in meals throughout the day. I wouldn’t give a cat more than 1 teaspoon of it in a day.

    The AVC almost always works for my cat within a couple of hours. The times my cat showed signs of pain while urinating, I also gave him 1/6th of a capsule of Uva Ursi mixed in some wet food and, like clockwork, within 30 minutes he urinated a nice full stream.

    I keep the daily ACV treatment going for at least a month. For the past 6 months, I’ve been trying to fill his bowls with an acv mix whenever I have time to do it (usually at least 2-3 days a week) and he hasn’t had problems urinating since. I should just keep it up everyday, but it doesn’t seem to be necessary.

    To monitor his drinking habits, I keep 2 bowls of water out in plain sight. For example, one bowl is right on the coffee table in front of my couch where I and other family members spend a lot of time. The other bowl in the doorway to my bedroom where my cat cannot resist taking a sip whenever he walks past it. I don’t keep any water near their food because I’m never in that room.

    If your cat won’t lap up acv water like mine do, you can do sisca’s suggestion of 1/2 teaspoon per cup of water and administering a syringe full in its mouth or wet food, but you should do this at least 3 times per day to keep a somewhat constant supply in the cat’s system throughout the day.

    ACV will not interfere with antibiotics. I also recommend getting some acidophilus to replenish your cat’s gut with beneficial bacterial that the antibiotics are killing. This is important so that your cat won’t get sick if it comes into contact with any bad bacteria carried by people, other pets, insects, litter boxes, etc. Capsules are best since you can open them and sprinkle about a 1/4 the capsule on wet or dry food.

    Good luck!

  36. Soumya

    On March 9, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Thank you for the awesome tips..I was looking for something that would help my dog’s tear stains and I came across your article. I started used ACV for almost a week now and I already see positive results :-)

  37. Nanette

    On April 3, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Hi, I have a white boxer, Oscar, who was diagnosed with allergies. He is itchy and scratching all over, and chewing on his paws. The vet said yeast and bacteria was found on the inside of his paws. She prescribed a medicated shampoo for his paws (but I also used it to relieve his itchy body) and gave him the oral antibiotics which is a temporary fix. I’m planning on going to Whole Foods today to pick up some organic ACV. Would this be a good, natural long term solution to his allergic symptoms? It’s EXPENSIVE getting meds from the vet and I want to try natural healing methods that’s overall safer for my pet. Can I also spray the ACV on his skin, too? Please advise. Thank you!!!
    Oscar’s mommy

  38. Yiman

    On April 5, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    My cat has been throwing up every day in the night or morning. It’s mostly white foamy liquid. More recently, she also coughed at night. My vet said it is probably acid reflux, and put her on Pepcid AC. I’m concerned with the side effects. So I’m giving cat Pepcid AC, while mixing in ACV and slippery elm in her food. Is this a good strategy? My vet doesn’t recommend ACV at all. I wonder if it’s so good, why doesn’t he recommend it? Any help and suggestions are appreciated.

    Flo’s mommy

  39. Cheechie's mom

    On April 6, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    My 2 year old pekinese Cheechie has had a UTI for about 2 1/2 weeks. I first brought him in and his PH level was 8.5 and he had a fever. He was then given antibiotics, a probiotic and special Urinary food. Then when I brought him for the follow up about 1 1/2 weeks later, his PH was high, but no fever. I am NOW reading this about ACV. I DID give him a bit of OJ the other day and he liked it and we only had one accident.

    I would like to try the ACV however, should I stop the antibiotic or can I do both ????

  40. Cheechie's mom

    On April 6, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I forgot to mention he was given an different antibiotic at the follow up visit. He has been taking it for 4 days. Should I discontinue and try the ACV?

  41. CANELITA

    On April 12, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I have Heinz ACV and I will try it. In the label says “sourced from all natural apples”. Later I will buy organic ACV.

  42. Cindy Scott

    On April 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Wondering what is the better ACV to get for siberian huskey. Mac is 12 yrs old and arthritis is acting up. Weighs about 80 – 90 lbs. What would the ratio to water and ACV be? Would really appreciate and help you could give me. My parents dog.

    Thanks very much

  43. Darlene McFarlane

    On May 11, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Cindy, it should be safe at 8 parts water and 2 parts ACV. You might want to start Mac off at 9 to 1 for a week or so to let his system get used to it.

    My mom had a 10 year old German Shepherd who had arthritis in his hind quarters. She gave him mega amounts of alfalfa tablets ground into his food daily…it seemed to help too.

    Good luck

  44. Erin

    On June 6, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    hi! I have a small yard and a HUGE year and a half old great dane. yellow spots are a very big problem for me! is there a guide to distinguish the ratio for how much ACV i should add to his water to help from yellow spots? what about for a 35 pound dog? we have both and would like to get the yard under control!

    thank you!!

  45. Darlene McFarlane

    On June 7, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Ratio is usually 8 parts water to 1 part ACV. You may be able to add a little more ACV over time. Your pet will tell you if he does or doesn’t like it and you can adjust it according to his taste.

  46. Me

    On August 18, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I too am curious about using the Heinz ACV as an external spray. I understand it has no medicinal purpose, but will it still repel fleas, flies, work on itching, etc?

  47. Me

    On August 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Sorry, I meant I know it probably wont work on itching*, but I am curious about the flea, and fly repellant aspect of the question, as far as the Heinz ACV goes. Thanx

  48. Rutabaga

    On September 5, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Last year, an almost-dead kitty hobbled into our yard. She could barely stand, and was totally emaciated – really like bones with fur on, it was horrible and sad. I was sure she was going to die, she was blind in one eye, it was cloudy and gooey, and she was sneezing and occasionally shaking.

    I think she was a stray who was accidentally caught in a garage or shed for who knows how long.

    In any case, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try feeding her some super fatty wet kitten food. When looking up how to help her eye, I stumbled upon this very page. I heartily believe it saved her life.
    :)

    Every day, I mixed Eden brand ACV into her wet food, I think I started with half a capful each time and then worked up to 3/4 or even a full one. The quickness with which it changed her eye was amazing. I mean like absolutely stunning. The goo started clearing right away! Within a day. Were were grateful for that, and for her slow recovery to the land of the living. We named her “Wraith” because she was a smokey cat, and all skin and bones. Wraith is still with us, healthy and beautiful and loving.

    What’s even more interesting is that her cataract-y, cloudy eye, I mean like super cloudy blind eye, cleared. It’s clear and bright.

    Every once in a while, it seems to start coming back, and when that happens, I dose her food with ACV for a few days, and the cloudiness retreats for months. We have started just this week to treat the cats’ water with low level ACV, so perhaps it won’t come back at all. I’ll report back in a few months.
    :)

    In any case, I and my family thank everyone here who has posted, and Wraith thanks you too, I’m sure!

  49. Lani Steingraph

    On October 1, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Hi,

    My sweet 16 year old male Kitty, Angel, is at the vet right now all weekend with a catheter for the UTI- crystals blockage.(again) This is the 4th round in the vet’s office in 2 weeks. I want to pick him up Monday and try giving him Bragg’s ACV. The vet contends the Royal Canin SO is way better than ACV. I don’t honestly think we have time to “wait’ for the Royal Canin stuff to work. Should I combine the Royal Canin with the ACV? Or is that too much of the same type of stuff? I want to break down the crystals, but do now want to hurt him. Or just feed him some other canned cat food? What dosage of the AVC should I give him? I’m thinking I’ll syringe feed him for the first few days unless miraculously he wants to eat on his own. Help!! I cannot afford to go to the vet everyday to unblock him. And if he can’t pee on his own I can’t try to nourish him back to health and keep him hydrated. Any help is GREATLY appreciated!!!

  50. Human like the rest.

    On October 28, 2010 at 12:41 am

    A must read! (Just ONE of many, many must reads on the Internet.)

    http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.com/2008/04/houston-we-have-problem-apple-cider.html

    The biggest claim of proponents of Apple Cider Vinegar for animals is, basically… since ACV is so good for humans, shouldn’t pet owners give those benefits to their animal?

    Well, should they?

    Two, main things:
    1. There is no evidence of ACV doing anything for humans, except for maybe giving a placebo effect.
    2. Same for animals. The placebo effect is, of course, still a human ‘condition’.

    I would not want anyone to actually do this, but… next time your animal is dying from, say, UTI, and its bladder is about to explode, give it some ACV and wait… wait …wait for it to DIE! Because that is what will happen.

    Bare in mind, people that make claims about ACV for animals (more often than not) had their animal under the care of a veterinarian! For those few that did not, and the animal recovered, fortunately, the animal’s ’system’ was able to overcome its ‘illness’.

    For those claiming ACV as a preventative, you can bet your dollar to their nickle, that, if they took their animal off ACV, it would just be the same animal it already is. No worse or better.

    Recently, I had the not so great pleasure of getting ringworm from a rescue animal (cat). I have been rescuing animals (and some people) for just over 45 years. Somehow, the cats ailment just slipped by me, and I got infected. (Hey, no one is perfect. She had a small area of infection, and is a long hair.) Worse, than that, by the time I knew I had it, I infected some other rescues. To end this story, I can tell what DID NOT CURE THE RINGWORM… Apple Cider Vinegar.

    Yes, like sooo many others, I thought I would reach out for a ‘home remedy’. I did this because money was extremely tight. Thank goodness, and I already knew better, I came to my senses before it got completely out of hand. However, the delay caused by my hope of a ‘magical cure’, again, even though I actually knew better, caused me more problems. I wound up having to isolate and treat, medically, 22 cats. Obviously, I had to get medical treatment myself.

    But, of course, don’t believe me. (I am not really trying to be sarcastic in a mean way.) After all, it is ‘common knowledge’ that Apple Cider Vinegar cures ringworm, and a host of other ailments.

    (I am not trying to push religion on anyone.) God gave us a brain. It has helped us (well most of us) progress (and I am not poking at anyone here, I am sure everyone here loves their ‘family’). To sum it up, do not go back-wards in time. You have a sick animal? Get it to a veterinarian, pronto! Leave the ‘magical cure’ in Never-Never Land (which, BTW, does not really exist, either :) ).

  51. Human like the rest.

    On October 28, 2010 at 1:36 am

    I apologize for posting twice. However, I would like to give a couple of hints to help people.
    -
    Do extensive research about pet nutrition and food and ‘diets’. Like everything else, take all with a grain of salt, and use your brain.
    -
    Cats… one of the dumbest things I have ever seen on the Internet, and I am talking about one of the dumbest things, no matter what the subject mater, which covers a lot of things, is that cats do not have a ‘thirst mechanism’. They do not drink water like other animals, etc. Dumb, dumb, DUMB! Cats need and drink water, just like you and me, and other animals.
    -
    The biggest problem our pet family has is us! Most of us feed them food that, seriously, is slowly killing them. Slowly? Sometimes it’s not so slow.
    -
    The most important thing anyone can know about any animal is, be sure it is getting, daily, plenty of fresh water. Never let a water bowl sit there without proper cleaning and refilling. This should be a daily habit. Twice a day should really be the minimum.
    -
    Hand in hand with the immediate above… any animal being fed dry food, well, shouldn’t be. At the very least, soak the food in water before feeding. And do not be concerned about using too much water.
    -
    Dry food feeders, do a test. Take some of your pet’s food, soak it in water, and see how long it takes to get soft. You will also notice that the food will soak up its weight in water, and probably more, easily. BTW, 5 minutes it too long.
    -
    Water, water, water… quality food, dry or otherwaise… vet care.
    -
    Again, do the leg-work necessary to help your ‘family’ be healthy and happy.

  52. Jamie

    On November 12, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    @ Human like the rest…. I actually take ACV for MY urinary tract infections, its the ONLY thing that has ever worked so quickly and promptly, better than antibiotics, or cranberry juice.

    And it is completely possible that cats need less water than other animals; we may all be animals, but we arent all created with the same kidneys. Or the same nutritional needs. Some animals filter water out of their food better than we do, and I believe cats are one of them. So they drink less. But they still need some of course.

    Of course take everything in life with a grain of salt. But antibiotics only worked for a week with my cat, and his symptoms are coming back, so I started this morning giving him ACV. If it worked for me, maybe it’ll work for him too.

  53. Human like the rest.

    On November 22, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    @ Jamie… Hi. I am sorry you are having, or had (internal) problems, and I am sorry your cat is (or was) not well, also. I wish you both well, always.
    -
    You stated, “completely possible”, in regards to a cats water consumption. I am sorry, too, that those two words do not go together in the context in which you use them. And, please, please, do not be one of those people that passes around myths (on the Internet or anywhere else), that someone can see or hear, and accept as fact, or even a possibility, which could ultimately hurt (a person or) the health of their animal.
    -
    Honestly, what a person ‘believes’ should have no place in a discussion such as this. As a side note, though, every animal on earth (in their natural habitat) ‘filters’ water (and everything else) better than humans, because we eat and drink so much crap. Even those humans that try to eat healthy consume things that are not needed, or are consuming in excess (or smoke). And worse than us, killing ourselves, most of us feed our animals crap that is killing them, too. It’s tragic and devastating, and combining myths with that makes it all much worse! There is tons of info available about pet food, ACV, etc. Just separate fact from fiction.
    -
    Important also is to not take things out of text that are not there, or even implied. Where did I say, we are all created the same, and have the same nutritional needs? I did not say or imply that even about animals.
    -
    It is important for anyone reading to understand why it is very important to pay attention to diet in regards to health issues mentioned. This is in regards to humans or our beloved animals. Most problems people have with health for themselves and their animals is because of lack of knowledge, lack of desire or motivation for that knowledge, indifference, __________, __________, etc, well, just fill in the blanks. Unfortunately, money comes in to play, sometimes, also. But, I even know people who can afford better for their animal/s, but still feed them crap. That’s really sad. If a person takes good care of themselves and their animal/s, most problems regarding health will get resolved.
    -
    BTW, I am guessing most of us here are in the US. I am in America. It’s no secret Americans are the fattest people on earth, and we are just killing ourselves. But, please, really, please, don’t do that to your animals, too. Feed them a quality diet, and for the most part, these minor health problems will vanish, and the major one’s will be way less frequent. (And yes, animal killing pet food is sold all over the world. We Americans are not the only ones buying it and being suckered.
    -
    (ASIDE: The word ‘you’ refers to no one in particular.)
    -
    As tuff as this is for me to say, because I know how much I love animals (and people), and I know many others feel the same, if a person has an animal, or more than one, that cannot be properly taken care of because of finances, then that person should find another home for the animal/s. BUT, prevention really is the best cure, and goes hand in hand with finances. During the month, cut out a couple or more trips to the junk food place. Once in awhile drink out of the water fountain or tap instead of buying or drinking a coffee or soda. Eat a little less. Whatever! Do whatever it takes to get your animal on a better diet. If you are too lazy to feed raw, or semi-raw, at least supplement the diet with real (boiled chicken or turkey) meat. This is especially beneficial to cats. It does not take much effort. Remember, your animal does not complain when they are dying inside (or have a raging, pounding tooth ache). And by the time they do show signs that something is wrong, it may be too late, or, they may be saved, but it will cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, and even if saved, their quality of life may never be so good again. … Prevention through diet. … Love time, exercise and play, for humans and their pets. … All the previous goes along way.
    -
    At the very least, do not buy product from a company (or its supplier) that does testing on animals, whether it’s pet food or anything else. (I cannot even get into all the inhumane treatment and abuse animals endure at our expense, so we can get ‘a meal on the table’.)
    -
    NOTE: Tip about animal health in regards to shots, and especially rabies shots and vaccinations… if your vet does not have one, create a chart of your animals ‘outline’, from at least the left and right side. It does not have to be a work of art. Use this to show where your animal has been injected by needle, with date and reason. Then, use the chart to ‘rotate’, at the very least, inoculations. If your pet gets inoculated in the rear, left (drivers side, heh), then next time instruct the vet to inoculate on the rear, right (passenger side) the next time. The consensus among vets that are continuing to educate themselves in regards to animal cancer and tumors point to continued inoculation in one area as a reason for the formation of cancer and tumor/s in that area.

  54. Human like the rest.

    On November 22, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    @ Jamie… Hi. I am sorry you are having, or had (internal) problems, and I am sorry your cat is (or was) not well, also. I wish you both well, always.
    -
    You stated, “completely possible”, in regards to a cats water consumption. I am sorry, too, that those two words do not go together in the context in which you use them. And, please, please, do not be one of those people that passes around myths (on the Internet or anywhere else), that someone can see or hear, and accept as fact, or even a possibility, which could ultimately hurt (a person or) the health of their animal.
    -
    Honestly, what a person ‘believes’ should have no place in a discussion such as this. As a side note, though, every animal on earth (in their natural habitat) ‘filters’ water (and everything else) better than humans, because we eat and drink so much crap. Even those humans that try to eat healthy consume things that are not needed, or are consuming in excess (or smoke). And worse than us, killing ourselves, most of us feed our animals crap that is killing them, too. It’s tragic and devastating, and combining myths with that makes it all much worse! There is tons of info available about pet food, ACV, etc. Just separate fact from fiction.
    -
    Important also is to not take things out of text that are not there, or even implied. Where did I say, we are all created the same, and have the same nutritional needs? I did not say or imply that even about animals.
    -
    It is important for anyone reading to understand why it is very important to pay attention to diet in regards to health issues mentioned. This is in regards to humans or our beloved animals. Most problems people have with health for themselves and their animals is because of lack of knowledge, lack of desire or motivation for that knowledge, indifference, __________, __________, etc, well, just fill in the blanks. Unfortunately, money comes in to play, sometimes, also. But, I even know people who can afford better for their animal/s, but still feed them crap. That’s really sad. If a person takes good care of themselves and their animal/s, most problems regarding health will get resolved.
    -
    BTW, I am guessing most of us here are in the US. I am in America. It’s no secret Americans are the fattest people on earth, and we are just killing ourselves. But, please, really, please, don’t do that to your animals, too. Feed them a quality diet, and for the most part, these minor health problems will vanish, and the major one’s will be way less frequent. (And yes, animal killing pet food is sold all over the world. We Americans are not the only ones buying it and being suckered.
    -
    (ASIDE: The word ‘you’ refers to no one in particular.)
    -
    As tuff as this is for me to say, because I know how much I love animals (and people), and I know many others feel the same, if a person has an animal, or more than one, that cannot be properly taken care of because of finances, then that person should find another home for the animal/s. BUT, prevention really is the best cure, and goes hand in hand with finances. During the month, cut out a couple or more trips to the junk food place. Once in awhile drink out of the water fountain or tap instead of buying or drinking a coffee or soda. Eat a little less. Whatever! Do whatever it takes to get your animal on a better diet. If you are too lazy to feed raw, or semi-raw, at least supplement the diet with real (boiled chicken or turkey) meat. This is especially beneficial to cats. It does not take much effort. Remember, your animal does not complain when they are dying inside (or have a raging, pounding tooth ache). And by the time they do show signs that something is wrong, it may be too late, or, they may be saved, but it will cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, and even if saved, their quality of life may never be so good again. … Prevention through diet. … Love time, exercise and play, for humans and their pets. … All the previous goes along way.
    -
    At the very least, do not buy product from a company (or its supplier) that does testing on animals, whether it’s pet food or anything else. (I cannot even get into all the inhumane treatment and abuse animals endure at our expense, so we can get ‘a meal on the table’.)
    -
    NOTE: Tip about animal health in regards to shots, and especially rabies shots and vaccinations… if your vet does not have one, create a chart of your animals ‘outline’, from at least the left and right side. It does not have to be a work of art. Use this to show where your animal has been injected by needle, with date and reason. Then, use the chart to ‘rotate’, at the very least, inoculations. If your pet gets inoculated in the rear, left (drivers side, heh), then next time instruct the vet to inoculate on the rear, right (passenger side) the next time. The consensus among vets that are continuing to educate themselves in regards to animal cancer and tumors point to continued inoculation in one area as a reason for the formation of cancer and tumor/s in that area.
    -
    Take care, all. :-)

  55. catie

    On April 20, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    HELP!!!! I am recently married to a wonderful man and inherited two German Shepherds. We live in a two bedroom townhouse. I am at my wits end with the their shedding. I have always been an animal lover, but these two are testing my love for animals period. One of the Shepherds has what I assume is a yeast infection. I am taking him to vet today, and am purchased the Braggs ACV. I am embarrassed to have anyone over due to the smell, and hair in the house. I vacuum everyday and sweep everyday. It is terrible when a dinner guest pulls a German Shepherd hair out of their mouth at the dinner table MORTIFYING!!!!! I love the dogs and my dear sweet husband…….. I can’t handle it anymore!!!!!! Any suggestions??????

  56. Chris

    On July 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I have to say I can be a bit skeptical when it comes to natural remedies. I was a vet tech for 13 years, and now a groomer for 9 years. I had a very sick feral kitty show up outside my house, she had nasal discharge, her eyes were runny, her coat was awful. If you care for feral kitties, you know you can’t just scoop them up and take them for medical treatment. I decided to give the ACV a shot on her , it was this page that helped in my decision. Well, it really did work, I mixed it in her wet food, twice daily, and within a few days, she was looking better, after a week, no nasal discharge, no runny eyes, it took a bit longer, but her coat cleaned up quite nicely also. And it does work as a rinse for itchy, stinky dogs. I must say I do not think it is fair for someone to post that if you can’t feed holistic, or BARF diet, in essence you are a bad owner, so should poor people who cannot afford expensive foods not be allowed to own a pet, I think not, but if they can add something to the diet that can make their pets healthier, what’s the problem? It is not a cure all, but it does work on some problems, I have seen that with my own skeptical eyes. Feed your pets the best you can, love them, and live!

  57. Evenflo09

    On August 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I’ve been searching the net for dosages for ACV for my 13 year old doxie Penny. This site has been a nice help to me. I think that it’s less cut and dried than if you don’t have the money to keep a dog in vet appointment’s,don’t buy/adopt it or give it up! Sounds like something a vet would say! I had money when I first adopted her, but have recently become disabled, so money is an issue!!! Even for my own doctor bills! I certainly wouldn’t turn myself over to the nearest rest home just beause they could furnish a doctor, nor will I my family, and my pet is part of my family! I don’t believe anyone here is saying that ACV is the cure all to end all cures, nor should it replace a vet’s advice and/or treatment, but let’s face it, there are many out there just to make a quick buck and move on to the next pet, just like human docs. Everytime I took Penny to the vet she got a shot of steroids, which wound up making her extremely ill, and guess what??? The shot did NOTHING for her ears, feet, and leg problems! The Benedryl doesn’t work either and she only lays around dull and listless(another vet recommendation). None of the vet’s I took her to even bothered to do a culture scrape of her skin. They all told me allergies, blah,blah,blah! A shot, some pills, go home, but not before wanting to convince me to get her this or question me about her shots in hopes of making more moolah off of me and my love for my pet! I think sometimes 1/2 of all pet problems are from innoculations and poisons that are pumped into our poor pals with the excuse of this is the best for her! HA! I think most pet owners who scour the net for homemade remedies are at the end of their tether with vets who can’t seem to diagnose what’s gone wrong 1/2 the time, and that these remedies ARE what they are doing because all else has failed!!! And what’s wrong with a home remedy if it works??? After all, that aspirin that you down so frequently for your aches and pains contains a little known ingredient from the WILLOW tree! When you love your family, you’ll try anything to help, and I will not be made to feel inferior or back woods for doing so! Boy, even in a pet column, BIG BROTHER is watching, listening, and knows it all! I will be trying this for Penny as we’ve tried all the regular avenues, and no relief in site! I will impart this little bit of wisdom that I learned as a child! If your taking care of your own business, you won’t have the time to nose into mine! Thanks to all the nice folks who posted with their pet’s problems, it helps us all when we can talk about our experiences and results. :)

  58. Evenflo09

    On August 8, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Oh, and one more thing! I’m certainly not too lazy to feed my pet a homemade diet. Aside from the fact that the economy has made it almost impossible for a normal family to buy meat for themselves, I’m DISABLED and can’t stand up to cook for my pet, much less myself anymore. The best I can do at this time and place is to buy a commercially prepared food for her with what my budget will allow! That goes double for my own dinners! It must be nice for some who evidently have the funds to place steak on the table every night, or wonderful organic veggies, but don’t dare look down your nose at me for having to get mine from a can! I guess this means I don’t need the love and companionship of a pet??? I have a college education and have worked hard all my life to provide for my family and home! Even though many people are abusive and don’t deserve their pets, most all people asking questions and wanting help here do the best we can with what we have! We wouldn’t be on here trying so hard to save our pets if we didn’t care!!! Where do these people come from? GEEZE!

  59. Human like the rest.

    On September 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I came across this page again while looking for a different spot, flea medication to use on my rescues.
    - – – – – – – – – -
    @catie… If you “recently” married a man with two dogs, then you knew what the situation was before you married. (You had to have visited his home before you got married, correct?) You should have talked to him before the marriage to make sure things were ‘worked out’ regarding the dogs. – If the dogs smell, bathe them. – Concerning their shedding, if they do not have a place of their own to sleep, get, or make, them a pet bed, and train them to sleep there. You can probably find a person, a friend of a friend, for example, to help with that. Or, maybe you can hire a professional trainer that will not charge too much. To some extent, that will help with hair being in places you would rather not have it. – Stop sweeping. Vacuum hard floors, also. If you have to buy a different vacuum cleaner that will do both, so be it. It does not have to be expensive. After getting the new vacuum cleaner, you can sell the old one to recoup some of the expense. NOTE: If you get another vacuum, get one that can disable the agitator when doing hard floors. – Diet can play a role in how much an animal sheds. Also, get the dogs on a regular grooming (brushing) schedule. – If you use ceiling fans, have the air flow going down, not up. Up will cause the hair (and dust of any kind) to be ‘distributed’ more, and set them to the lowest setting. The above is just a few things you can do.
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    @Chris… While it is more difficult to get a feral medical treatment, it surely is not hard. Trap it in a humane trap, and then take it to a vet that will treat ferals. (BTW, in my years of working with ferals, I have only come across one vet that would not treat them.) Will it cost more? More than likely, because in addition to the office visit charge, there will probably be a charge for having to gas the feral so it can be treated. Many vets give a discount, to some degree, to a person who brings in a feral. Most probably do not, though. (Usually, a trap can be obtained from the local animal control, or a shelter, for a returnable deposit, when the trap is returned.) (I just had four ferals altered, and ear clipped, rabies shots and vaccinated, and it cost me no more than ‘tame’ felines.)
    - – – – – – – – – -
    @Evenflo09… Of course, most vets do not want to give services that a client is not able to pay for. It costs a lot of money to run a vet clinic! Hence, if a vet did not do a skin scrape or skin culture on your animal, was it because you did not instruct them to, and/or you made it clear you were trying not to spend too much? When you go to a vet with your animal, you are the boss, within reason, of course. If you instruct a vet to do a scrape or culture, the vet will perform the procedure. Keep in mind, a scrape may not show anything, even though ’something’ is actually there. A culture is more definitive for fungus growth. – Have you bathed your dog with a medicated shampoo for dogs? – Have you given your dog sulfur dip treatments? – Try a 3 month treatment of Revolution topical flea treatment. It may have a mange mite that the treatment will cure. – Even mold in the house could be causing the dog to itch.
    -
    It could very well be an allergy, even if the dog has not had a problem in the past. Foods with ‘fillers’ and dyes can cause this, too. Or, even outdoor things, like pollen. She is old now, so these things could have developed recently because of her age. Age, which also can have something to do with the rest of her, like her legs. If she likes getting on things, like your bed, maybe you can get a sturdy (cardboard) box, or something, so she can get up and down easier. Try some (dog) antibiotic ointment for her eyes. You did not clarify regarding her ears, but maybe you just need to clean them and treat them for ear mites (even if they look clean)?
    -
    About vet treatment… the main thing to be wary of is any type of prolonged use of steroids. Two weeks can be considered prolonged for an older dog. Steroids can hurt more than they help, for instance, by weakening the animal’s immune system. Two week, multiple antibiotic treatments (shots) should be avoided, if possible, also. It’s rare, but some animals may have an allergic reaction to the medicine used in the shot.
    -
    ‘People’ on the Internet should not take things out of text that are not there.
    -
    Evenflo09, also, your attack to wards ’someone’ on the Internet is unjust, and uncalled for. No where did anyone say that poor people should not have pets. Nor did anyone say you were too lazy to supplement your pets diet. (How could THAT have happened? You were not even here yet!) Although, at least from my experience with people (here in the USA), yes, most pet owners are too lazy to do extra for their pet/s. But, you taking that as a direct insult is invalid, unless it describes you. Even then, though, if that is the case, your anger is misguided. It should be directed back at yourself, not anyone else.
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    Yes, anyone that has a pet that needs help that the person can not give it should find the help. Help, yes, actual help. The vinegar myth has been around for centuries. Obviously, it is not going anywhere. ‘I’ even fell for it not that long ago (out of desperation). (BTW, Evenflo09, you’re welcome, since I am one of the folks that mentioned their problem and experience.) In the USA, the Food and Drug Administration requires, BY LAW, to list ingredients on a product. Check your ‘legal’ bottle of ACV and see if there are any antibiotics, minerals, enzymes, anti-fungals, etc.. The truth is, it takes money to take care of animals. It’s not always available. But, enough has to be available to keep an animal healthy, most importantly by diet. If not, then yes, the person involved, for the sake and well being of the animal, IF, that person truly loves the animal, should more than just ‘consider’ finding another home for it. Sometimes, situations do not have to be permanent. I have ‘housed’ multiple animals for people until their situation improved. – I will reiterate… cut out junk food, bottled water (unless that is the only thing available), movies, whatever, to save money, so that there is more money available for the truly important things. (BTW, I live pretty much on bologna and bread, so that I will have more money to help an animal when need be. No steak here.)
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    If anyone reading does not know how to read ingredient labeling on pet food, please, for the sake of your animal, and you, learn, and learn what the ingredients are, and there quantity levels by ingredient order! For instance, corn as the first ingredient, you might as well just throw your money in the trash, because it is just coming out of your pets rear end. ‘Legally’, 50% of the food can be CORN! – Also, there is not a single place in here where ’someone’ said, “if you can’t feed holistic, or BARF diet, in essence you are a bad owner”. Again, ‘people’ on the Internet should not take things out of text that are not there.
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    So, anyway, Evenflo09, “Where do these people come from?” … How about from over 50 years of caring for (cows, horses), dogs, cats, birds, squirrels, possums, etc., 24/7/365. That’s where at least ‘ONE’ (maybe more) of these people have come from.

  60. Kayla

    On October 3, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Hi :)
    Today My Mom Found Your Website And Imediatly Went Out And Bought Some ACV For Maggie, Our English Mastiff Pup, And We Got The Brand Called Kurtz And I Was Just Wondering If That Was A Good Kind???
    Thanks :)

  61. Just a guy

    On October 11, 2011 at 6:06 am

    @ Human like the rest

    Why did you have to come in here and rain on everyones parade…seriously FUCK YOU you pretenious snob. I just want to let you know that your ludicrous presumtions lend margin to the all too obvious fact that you head’s so far up your own ass you probably need a see through stomach just to navigate without injuring yourself.

    I Stumbled across this site because recently both of my cats have been displaying various symptoms widely associated with FLUTI (one we had to take the vets a few months ago after he was peeing outside of his litter box/straining etc.) and am concerned for my pets like the rest of us here (excluding you of course, you seemingly came here just to give your unrequested opinion…)

    ANYWAYS I beleive this article and subsequent comments above have been very useful in my making of a decision as to what would be the best route to take in helping my cats get back to their prime. I would also like to thank you all (excluding the ignoramus) for your insight while at the same time offering my condolences to those that lost their pets.

    I’m going to try the ACV (as a preventative measure of course) and will post an update in a bit just to try and corroborate this theory as it seems infinitley more desirable to my family and I’s cats than to take them to the vet…again…

  62. Human like the rest.

    On October 18, 2011 at 9:18 am

    @ Just a guy
    -
    An ‘Internet tuff guy’ comes into a forum and makes an obscene, stupid post, with no useful content… nothing new there. Your post was poor, and with your obscene, ridiculous ‘mouth’, you are a poor excuse for a human. Grow a brain, and some manners. At least, I try and help others. Since your reading comprehension is so bad, I will tell you, I came in here asking questions, to get people to think about what they were reading, from me, or anyone else. I never ‘commanded’ that anyone had to accept what ‘I’ typed. … Also, you know absolutely nothing of ACV, yet, you call me an ignoramus. Heh. If you had half a brain, you would still be 3/4’s short!
    - – - – - – - – - -
    Why did I come in here? … Because of my love for animals (and people)! Sometimes, I may challenge a myth that I know can ultimately hurt an animal, and its human companion.
    -
    Let’s just take Braggs ACV, which is popular among ACV proponents, and was mentioned earlier. Here, read the ingredient label.
    http://www.bragg.com/products/bragg-organic-apple-cider-vinegar.html
    Do you see any, “vitamins, minerals, and enzymes important for keeping animals healthy”? No, you do not. You know why? Because there are not any. It’s a MYTH! More appropriately, because we are not in the ‘dark ages’, it should be called a LIE! There is also no fiber, antibiotics, or anything else of any ‘value’, except…
    -
    per the Braggs label, you do see 11Mg’s of potassium per tablespoon. Do you know how much that really is, regarding, say, a human daily dietary need? … A recommended folk remedy is about a teaspoon full of ACV in about 12 onces of water or juice (or whatever). Do the math. The 11Mg’s has just been cut into a third. Let’s just call it 4Mg’s now. … Depending on where you research, the daily recommended dose of potassium for a human is 2000-3000Mg’s. So, even if you drink that folk remedy three times a day, guess what, you are still short your daily dietary need of potassium by about 2000%!
    -
    About acid neutralizing acid, PH balance, etc., do the research. There are things regarding chemistry and physiology of a human and animal that just cannot happen as is claimed. … Yes, there are things a person HAS to know, to be able to truly understand how ridiculous some claims are regarding many home remedies. To not know and understand science does not make a myth a fact.
    -
    ASIDE: Among other ‘things’, there are also two folk remedies out there with ACV for (human) weight and diet. One states to use ACV to lose weight. One states to use ACV as an appetite stimulant. … Huh? … It cannot go both ways! But, guess what? Neither remedy is scientifically valid.
    -
    A long time ago, everyone thought the earth was flat. Is it? … People that knew Thomas Edison wanted to lock him up and throw away the key, because they thought he was crazy. What if that had actually happened? … No one knew that the L7 atom could change and react like the L6 atom, under certain circumstances, until it happened (and subsequently, there was a tragic radioactive fallout). … Point being, it’s about science, not myth!
    -
    Certain circumstances do not make a myth a fact, either. For instance, someone that starts feeding a feral a regular diet of food and giving it fresh water, and adding ACV, and it gets better, does not mean that the ACV made it better. Common sense would dictate that it got better because, hey, its been on a steady diet of food and getting fresh water. Pretty simple, really. It’s not starving to death and dehydrating anymore. … On another note, that is very irresponsible. The responsible thing should have been for that person to trap it, get it medical attention, check its blood, get it a fecal exam, (if healthy and survivable), treat it for fleas and parasites, get it altered and clip its ear, give it a rabies shot and vaccinate it, recuperate it, THEN release it and let it feed out doors. Then it would not be a (possibly diseased) feline out making kittens (and possibly causing more pain and suffering for the animal AND human world).
    -
    Concerning dogs and cats, about feeding, generally:
    Free-feeding dry food is bad, especially for felines, and even more so for male felines. Using cheap food makes matters even worse! If you do this, you should seriously reconsider how you feed them. Even if you do not free-feed, if the animal is already having trouble, give it nothing but canned food, at least until it is well. If you catch it early, and treat it immediately, you may not need a vet visit. A urinary tract infection can get bad, quick. Don’t procrastinate.
    HINT: The best advice regarding feeding dry food is, to not feed dry food! This is especially true for male felines. Even if your pet is on a quality, premium dry food, add almost the equivalent amount of water to the food. (If free-feeding, just be sure your animal is drinking plenty of water on its own, again, especially for male felines.)
    -
    A quality diet for your animal. If you have to sacrifice, sacrifice! If you truly love your pet, that should not be a problem. … I know this for a fact! … I work, but my income is below the poverty level. I’m not in perfect health. I currently have 22 rescue felines. I boil chicken for my rescues to supplement their diet. (If I could not, I would find someone that would.) My rescues get needed medical help. I maintain a feral colony of 12 (with the help of two other people). I volunteer time to another organization that helps dogs. I do not tend to farm animals any more, but I take in the occasional dove/bird or squirrel, etc., that falls into my lap. AND, I still manage to help other people and their animals. Regarding animals, I speak from 50 years of experience, trial and error, research, conferring with other experienced people and veterinarians, and darned hard work. … So, some punk coming in here and acting like a fool affects me not even one inkling of an iota. … If anyone here can use any of the advice I have given, I am glad I could help. If not, that’s fine, too. If ‘you’ have better advice, I’m all ears.
    -
    Anyone here, or anywhere else, that wants to believe what they want to believe, so be it. Hopefully, the ‘belief’ will not cause any other human, or an animal, any undeserved suffering.
    -
    Bottom line… I know all about how hard it can be to care for a pet! I know how hard it can be to care for your self, AND a pet! I also know that believing in myths can only make things worse!
    - – - – - – - – - -
    The world is messed up enough as it is. If people did not challenge myths, bigotry, gender bias, government, etc., how much more messed up would it be? Of course, people have to try and help one another, too! … Adaequatio intellectus et rei!

  63. Human like the rest.

    On October 18, 2011 at 9:40 am

    @ Just a guy
    -
    An ‘Internet tuff guy’ comes into a forum and makes an obscene, stupid post, with no useful content… nothing new there. Your post was poor, and with your obscene, ridiculous ‘mouth’, you are a poor excuse for a human. Grow a brain, and some manners. At least, I try and help others. Since your reading comprehension is so bad, I will tell you, I came in here asking questions, to get people to think about what they were reading, from me, or anyone else. I never ‘commanded’ that anyone had to accept what ‘I’ typed. … Also, you know absolutely nothing of ACV, yet, you call me an ignoramus. Heh. If you had half a brain, you would still be 3/4’s short!
    - – - – - – - – - -
    Why did I come in here? … Because of my love for animals (and people)! Sometimes, I may challenge a myth that I know can ultimately hurt an animal, and its human companion.
    -
    Let’s just take Braggs ACV, which is popular among ACV proponents, and was mentioned earlier. Here, read the ingredient label.
    http://www.bragg.com/products/bragg-organic-apple-cider-vinegar.html
    Do you see any, “vitamins, minerals, and enzymes important for keeping animals healthy”? No, you do not. You know why? Because there are not any. It’s a MYTH! More appropriately, because we are not in the ‘dark ages’, it should be called a LIE! There is also no fiber, antibiotics, or anything else of any ‘value’, except…
    -
    per the Braggs label, you do see 11Mg’s of potassium per tablespoon. Do you know how much that really is, regarding, say, a human daily dietary need? … A recommended folk remedy is about a teaspoon full of ACV in about 12 onces of water or juice (or whatever). Do the math. The 11Mg’s has just been cut into a third. Let’s just call it 4Mg’s now. … Depending on where you research, the daily recommended dose of potassium for a human is 2000-3000Mg’s. So, even if you drink that folk remedy three times a day, guess what, you are still short your daily dietary need of potassium by about 2000%!
    -
    About acid neutralizing acid, PH balance, etc., do the research. There are things regarding chemistry and physiology of a human and animal that just cannot happen as is claimed. … Yes, there are things a person HAS to know, to be able to truly understand how ridiculous some claims are regarding many home remedies. To not know and understand science does not make a myth a fact.
    -
    ASIDE: Among other ‘things’, there are also two folk remedies out there with ACV for (human) weight and diet. One states to use ACV to lose weight. One states to use ACV as an appetite stimulant. … Huh? … It cannot go both ways! But, guess what? Neither remedy is scientifically valid.
    -
    A long time ago, everyone thought the earth was flat. Is it? … People that knew Thomas Edison wanted to lock him up and throw away the key, because they thought he was crazy. What if that had actually happened? … No one knew that the L7 atom could change and react like the L6 atom, under certain circumstances, until it happened (and subsequently, there was a tragic radioactive fallout). … Point being, it’s about science, not myth!
    -
    Certain circumstances do not make a myth a fact, either. For instance, someone that starts feeding a feral a regular diet of food and giving it fresh water, and adding ACV, and it gets better, does not mean that the ACV made it better. Common sense would dictate that it got better because, hey, its been on a steady diet of food and getting fresh water. Pretty simple, really. It’s not starving to death and dehydrating anymore. … On another note, that is very irresponsible. The responsible thing should have been for that person to trap it, get it medical attention, check its blood, get it a fecal exam, (if healthy and survivable), treat it for fleas and parasites, get it altered and clip its ear, give it a rabies shot and vaccinate it, recuperate it, THEN release it and let it feed out doors. Then it would not be a (possibly diseased) feline out making kittens (and possibly causing more pain and suffering for the animal AND human world).
    -
    Concerning dogs and cats, about feeding, generally:
    Free-feeding dry food is bad, especially for felines, and even more so for male felines. Using cheap food makes matters even worse! If you do this, you should seriously reconsider how you feed them. Even if you do not free-feed, if the animal is already having trouble, give it nothing but canned food, at least until it is well. If you catch it early, and treat it immediately, you may not need a vet visit. A urinary tract infection can get bad, quick. Don’t procrastinate.
    HINT: The best advice regarding feeding dry food is, to not feed dry food! This is especially true for male felines. Even if your pet is on a quality, premium dry food, add almost the equivalent amount of water to the food. (If free-feeding, just be sure your animal is drinking plenty of water on its own, again, especially for male felines.)
    -
    A quality diet for your animal. If you have to sacrifice, sacrifice! If you truly love your pet, that should not be a problem. … I know this for a fact! … I work, but my income is below the poverty level. I’m not in perfect health. I currently have 22 rescue felines. I boil chicken for my rescues to supplement their diet. (If I could not, I would find someone that would.) My rescues get needed medical help. I maintain a feral colony of 12 (with the help of two other people). I volunteer time to another organization that helps dogs. I do not tend to farm animals any more, but I take in the occasional dove/bird or squirrel, etc., that falls into my lap. AND, I still manage to help other people and their animals. Regarding animals, I speak from 50 years of experience, trial and error, research, conferring with other experienced people and veterinarians, and darned hard work. … So, some punk coming in here and acting like a fool affects me not even one inkling of an iota. … If anyone here can use any of the advice I have given, I am glad I could help. If not, that’s fine, too. If ‘you’ have better advice, I’m all ears.
    -
    Anyone here, or anywhere else, that wants to believe what they want to believe, so be it. Hopefully, the ‘belief’ will not cause any other human, or an animal, undeserved suffering.
    -
    Bottom line… I know all about how hard it can be to care for a pet! I know how hard it can be to care for your self, AND a pet! I also know that believing in myths can only make things worse! Spray ACV on pet bedding? OK. Although, it would be better to just dust it and wash it. Give ACV to an animal with UTI instead of taking it to a competent vet? Well, I hope the animal’s system can overcome its illness, or it is going to suffer, and possibly die. Etc.
    - – - – - – - – - -
    The world is messed up enough as it is. If people did not challenge myths, bigotry, gender bias, government, etc., how much more messed up would it be? Of course, people have to try and help one another, too!

  64. Human like the rest.

    On October 18, 2011 at 9:48 am

    @ Just a guy
    -
    An \’Internet tuff guy\’ comes into a forum and makes an obscene, stupid post, with no useful content… nothing new there. Your post was poor, and with your obscene, ridiculous \’mouth\’, you are a poor excuse for a human. Grow a brain, and some manners. At least, I try and help others. Since your reading comprehension is so bad, I will tell you, I came in here asking questions, to get people to think about what they were reading, from me, or anyone else. I never \’commanded\’ that anyone had to accept what \’I\’ typed. … Also, you know absolutely nothing of ACV, yet, you call me an ignoramus. Heh. If you had half a brain, you would still be 3/4\’s short!
    - – - – - – - – - -
    Why did I come in here? … Because of my love for animals (and people)! Sometimes, I may challenge a myth that I know can ultimately hurt an animal, and its human companion.
    -
    Let\’s just take Braggs ACV, which is popular among ACV proponents, and was mentioned earlier. Here, read the ingredient label.
    http://www.bragg.com/products/bragg-organic-apple-cider-vinegar.html
    Do you see any, \”vitamins, minerals, and enzymes important for keeping animals healthy\”? No, you do not. You know why? Because there are not any. It\’s a MYTH! More appropriately, because we are not in the \’dark ages\’, it should be called a LIE! There is also no fiber, antibiotics, or anything else of any \’value\’, except…
    -
    per the Braggs label, you do see 11Mg\’s of potassium per tablespoon. Do you know how much that really is, regarding, say, a human daily dietary need? … A recommended folk remedy is about a teaspoon full of ACV in about 12 onces of water or juice (or whatever). Do the math. The 11Mg\’s has just been cut into a third. Let\’s just call it 4Mg\’s now. … Depending on where you research, the daily recommended dose of potassium for a human is 2000-3000Mg\’s. So, even if you drink that folk remedy three times a day, guess what, you are still short your daily dietary need of potassium by about 2000%!
    -
    About acid neutralizing acid, PH balance, etc., do the research. There are things regarding chemistry and physiology of a human and animal that just cannot happen as is claimed. … Yes, there are things a person HAS to know, to be able to truly understand how ridiculous some claims are regarding many home remedies. To not know and understand science does not make a myth a fact.
    -
    ASIDE: Among other \’things\’, there are also two folk remedies out there with ACV for (human) weight and diet. One states to use ACV to lose weight. One states to use ACV as an appetite stimulant. … Huh? … It cannot go both ways! But, guess what? Neither remedy is scientifically valid.
    -
    A long time ago, everyone thought the earth was flat. Is it? … People that knew Thomas Edison wanted to lock him up and throw away the key, because they thought he was crazy. What if that had actually happened? … No one knew that the L7 atom could change and react like the L6 atom, under certain circumstances, until it happened (and subsequently, there was a tragic radioactive fallout). … Point being, it\’s about science, not myth!
    -
    Certain circumstances do not make a myth a fact, either. For instance, someone that starts feeding a feral a regular diet of food and giving it fresh water, and adding ACV, and it gets better, does not mean that the ACV made it better. Common sense would dictate that it got better because, hey, its been on a steady diet of food and getting fresh water. Pretty simple, really. It\’s not starving to death and dehydrating anymore. … On another note, that is very irresponsible. The responsible thing should have been for that person to trap it, get it medical attention, check its blood, get it a fecal exam, (if healthy and survivable), treat it for fleas and parasites, get it altered and clip its ear, give it a rabies shot and vaccinate it, recuperate it, THEN release it and let it feed out doors. Then it would not be a (possibly diseased) feline out making kittens (and possibly causing more pain and suffering for the animal AND human world).
    -
    Concerning dogs and cats, about feeding, generally:
    Free-feeding dry food is bad, especially for felines, and even more so for male felines. Using cheap food makes matters even worse! If you do this, you should seriously reconsider how you feed them. Even if you do not free-feed, if the animal is already having trouble, give it nothing but canned food, at least until it is well. If you catch it early, and treat it immediately, you may not need a vet visit. A urinary tract infection can get bad, quick. Don\’t procrastinate.
    HINT: The best advice regarding feeding dry food is, to not feed dry food! This is especially true for male felines. Even if your pet is on a quality, premium dry food, add almost the equivalent amount of water to the food. (If free-feeding, just be sure your animal is drinking plenty of water on its own, again, especially for male felines.)
    -
    A quality diet for your animal. If you have to sacrifice, sacrifice! If you truly love your pet, that should not be a problem. … I know this for a fact! … I work, but my income is below the poverty level. I\’m not in perfect health. I currently have 22 rescue felines. I boil chicken for my rescues to supplement their diet. (If I could not, I would find someone that would.) My rescues get needed medical help. I maintain a feral colony of 12 (with the help of two other people). I volunteer time to another organization that helps dogs. I do not tend to farm animals any more, but I take in the occasional dove/bird or squirrel, etc., that falls into my lap. AND, I still manage to help other people and their animals. Regarding animals, I speak from 50 years of experience, trial and error, research, conferring with other experienced people and veterinarians, and darned hard work. … So, some punk coming in here and acting like a fool affects me not even one inkling of an iota. … If anyone here can use any of the advice I have given, I am glad I could help. If not, that\’s fine, too. If \’you\’ have better advice, I\’m all ears.
    -
    Anyone here, or anywhere else, that wants to believe what they want to believe, so be it. Hopefully, the \’belief\’ will not cause any other human, or an animal, undeserved suffering.
    -
    Bottom line… I know all about how hard it can be to care for a pet! I know how hard it can be to care for your self, AND a pet! I also know that believing in myths can only make things worse! Spray ACV on pet bedding? OK. Although, it would be better to just dust it and wash it. Give ACV to an animal with UTI instead of taking it to a competent vet? Well, I hope the animal\’s system can overcome its illness, or it is going to suffer, and possibly die. Etc.
    - – - – - – - – - -
    The world is messed up enough as it is. If people did not challenge myths, bigotry, gender bias, government, etc., how much more messed up would it be? Of course, people have to try and help one another, too!

  65. Human like the rest.

    On October 18, 2011 at 9:52 am

    @ Just a guy
    -
    An Internet tuff guy comes into a forum and makes an obscene, stupid post, with no useful content… nothing new there. Your post was poor, and with your obscene, ridiculous mouth, you are a poor excuse for a human. Grow a brain, and some manners. At least, I try and help others. Since your reading comprehension is so bad, I will tell you, I came in here asking questions, to get people to think about what they were reading, from me, or anyone else. I never commanded that anyone had to accept what I typed. … Also, you know absolutely nothing of ACV, yet, you call me an ignoramus. Heh. If you had half a brain, you would still be 3/4’s short!
    - – - – - – - – - -
    Why did I come in here? … Because of my love for animals (and people)! Sometimes, I may challenge a myth that I know can ultimately hurt an animal, and its human companion.
    -
    Let’s just take Braggs ACV, which is popular among ACV proponents, and was mentioned earlier. Here, read the ingredient label.
    http://www.bragg.com/products/bragg-organic-apple-cider-vinegar.html
    Do you see any, “vitamins, minerals, and enzymes important for keeping animals healthy”? No, you do not. You know why? Because there are not any. It’s a MYTH! More appropriately, because we are not in the ‘dark ages’, it should be called a LIE! There is also no fiber, antibiotics, or anything else of any ‘value’, except…
    -
    per the Braggs label, you do see 11Mg’s of potassium per tablespoon. Do you know how much that really is, regarding, say, a human daily dietary need? … A recommended folk remedy is about a teaspoon full of ACV in about 12 onces of water or juice (or whatever). Do the math. The 11Mg’s has just been cut into a third. Let’s just call it 4Mg’s now. … Depending on where you research, the daily recommended dose of potassium for a human is 2000-3000Mg’s. So, even if you drink that folk remedy three times a day, guess what, you are still short your daily dietary need of potassium by about 2000%!
    -
    About acid neutralizing acid, PH balance, etc., do the research. There are things regarding chemistry and physiology of a human and animal that just cannot happen as is claimed. … Yes, there are things a person HAS to know, to be able to truly understand how ridiculous some claims are regarding many home remedies. To not know and understand science does not make a myth a fact.
    -
    ASIDE: Among other ‘things’, there are also two folk remedies out there with ACV for (human) weight and diet. One states to use ACV to lose weight. One states to use ACV as an appetite stimulant. … Huh? … It cannot go both ways! But, guess what? Neither remedy is scientifically valid.
    -
    A long time ago, everyone thought the earth was flat. Is it? … People that knew Thomas Edison wanted to lock him up and throw away the key, because they thought he was crazy. What if that had actually happened? … No one knew that the L7 atom could change and react like the L6 atom, under certain circumstances, until it happened (and subsequently, there was a tragic radioactive fallout). … Point being, it’s about science, not myth!
    -
    Certain circumstances do not make a myth a fact, either. For instance, someone that starts feeding a feral a regular diet of food and giving it fresh water, and adding ACV, and it gets better, does not mean that the ACV made it better. Common sense would dictate that it got better because, hey, its been on a steady diet of food and getting fresh water. Pretty simple, really. It’s not starving to death and dehydrating anymore. … On another note, that is very irresponsible. The responsible thing should have been for that person to trap it, get it medical attention, check its blood, get it a fecal exam, (if healthy and survivable), treat it for fleas and parasites, get it altered and clip its ear, give it a rabies shot and vaccinate it, recuperate it, THEN release it and let it feed out doors. Then it would not be a (possibly diseased) feline out making kittens (and possibly causing more pain and suffering for the animal AND human world).
    -
    Concerning dogs and cats, about feeding, generally:
    Free-feeding dry food is bad, especially for felines, and even more so for male felines. Using cheap food makes matters even worse! If you do this, you should seriously reconsider how you feed them. Even if you do not free-feed, if the animal is already having trouble, give it nothing but canned food, at least until it is well. If you catch it early, and treat it immediately, you may not need a vet visit. A urinary tract infection can get bad, quick. Don’t procrastinate.
    HINT: The best advice regarding feeding dry food is, to not feed dry food! This is especially true for male felines. Even if your pet is on a quality, premium dry food, add almost the equivalent amount of water to the food. (If free-feeding, just be sure your animal is drinking plenty of water on its own, again, especially for male felines.)
    -
    A quality diet for your animal. If you have to sacrifice, sacrifice! If you truly love your pet, that should not be a problem. … I know this for a fact! … I work, but my income is below the poverty level. I’m not in perfect health. I currently have 22 rescue felines. I boil chicken for my rescues to supplement their diet. (If I could not, I would find someone that would.) My rescues get needed medical help. I maintain a feral colony of 12 (with the help of two other people). I volunteer time to another organization that helps dogs. I do not tend to farm animals any more, but I take in the occasional dove/bird or squirrel, etc., that falls into my lap. AND, I still manage to help other people and their animals. Regarding animals, I speak from 50 years of experience, trial and error, research, conferring with other experienced people and veterinarians, and darned hard work. … So, some punk coming in here and acting like a fool affects me not even one inkling of an iota. … If anyone here can use any of the advice I have given, I am glad I could help. If not, that’s fine, too. If ‘you’ have better advice, I’m all ears.
    -
    Anyone here, or anywhere else, that wants to believe what they want to believe, so be it. Hopefully, the ‘belief’ will not cause any other human, or an animal, undeserved suffering.
    -
    Bottom line… I know all about how hard it can be to care for a pet! I know how hard it can be to care for your self, AND a pet! I also know that believing in myths can only make things worse! Spray ACV on pet bedding? OK. Although, it would be better to just dust it and wash it. Give ACV to an animal with UTI instead of taking it to a competent vet? Well, I hope the animal’s system can overcome its illness, or it is going to suffer, and possibly die. Etc.
    - – - – - – - – - -
    The world is messed up enough as it is. If people did not challenge myths, bigotry, gender bias, government, etc., how much more messed up would it be? Of course, people have to try and help one another, too!

  66. Human like the rest.

    On October 18, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Sheeesh. The ‘forum’ kept giving me a message there was an error, and to repost. I kept refreshing, to make sure the post was not there, then I would repost. I am glad I stopped. From my last try, as per the forum message, the reply still was ‘posted’. Oh, well. I did not write the forum software.

  67. fre3st

    On October 29, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    so if you’ve got half a brain and taken three shots of ACV then reposted three times are you three sheets to the wind or just a few bricks short of a stack, if you really want beef get off the internet and go to the butcher shop

  68. Ivy

    On January 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    O have an 8week old puppy, whats the appropiate age for using acv for a flea bath?

  69. Joanne Grabowski

    On February 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    FYI….Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar is made from apples. I just read the label and it’s ultra filtered also. Anyway, I’m going to give my dog a bath now and I’ll get back later.

  70. jacksonn

    On February 18, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Whether we are treating a beloved pet or an animal from the Austin Zoo, you can count on the highest standards of service and compassion, administered with cutting-edge technology. Urinary infections in cats

  71. Ash

    On March 12, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    so im confused does heinz ACV for animals or the organic

  72. Deanie

    On May 23, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Make sure its RAW apple cider vinegar. The other is useless.

  73. Tina

    On June 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    ADMIN PLEASE EDIT AND DELETE unnessecary and abusive post on your page. It is crutial the you monitor and cencor these people. Thanks

  74. Just so tired

    On August 5, 2012 at 2:16 am

    If these suggestions work for your situation; screw all of the nay-sayers and be thankful. Penicillin may work for one person’s infection; and have no affect whatsoever for the next with the same malady. PLEASE do your homework and be grateful for any of the advice that works for you.

  75. steve

    On August 12, 2012 at 2:22 am

    bragg’s acv is excellent for cats! i use a spray bottle with 50/50 acv/water to spray a bit on my cat’s paws every few days, and it has improved her health in many, many ways: improved her labored breathing (i smoke); got rid of some mange on her front paws; helps to keep her ‘regular’. i recommend it highly. it just seems to improve her health in every way.

    ACV saved my cat’s life!

  76. Gurjit Kaur

    On October 30, 2012 at 4:07 am

    is raw apple cider vinegar and apple cider vinegar th same?

  77. Carol Raikes

    On October 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Can apple cider vinegar help with my cats teeth? He has a bad infection and meds don’t help.

  78. Carol Raikes

    On October 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Can apple cider vinegar help with my cats teeth? He has a bad infection and meds don’t help.

  79. Carol Raikes

    On October 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Can apple cider vinegar help with my cats teeth? He has a bad infection and meds don’t help.

  80. FalaffleLaffle

    On December 15, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    I have a three month old kitten who was abandoned out front of a PetSmart along with his littermates. His eyes were still blue, and he could barely walk. So I got a call from one of the volunteers there, and my fiance and I picked him up. He was too young to be properly weaned from his mother, so I bottle fed him KMR and slowly weaned him to wet food after he stopped taking milk from the dropper. However, ever since we got him the poor fella has been bothered by fleas. Today I gave him a warm bath with Dawn dishsoap and rubbed some diluted ACV into his fur and skin. You would not BELIEVE the way the fleas jumped off! So, to Human Like The Rest, I really think you ought to try something before you speak so condescendingly.

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