The benefits of apple cider vinegar for your dog

Hi guys.

Today, little zoom on a product I started using on myself about 4 years  ago : apple cider vinegar.
I recently discovered that he was also very good for our doggies.

Here is a summary of what we can do to help our dogs with apple cider vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar is an excellent product that every dog owner must have. It helps to preserve the health, eliminate pests and contributes to the well-being of dogs. The apple cider vinegar is not expensive and is effective, making it a solution to try for any problems detailed in this article.

Apple cider vinegar is a product that is full of minerals and essential vitamins, including magnesium, potassium and iron.
Many people use it every day because these properties improve digestion, are useful in baking, make a good cleanser and are generally excellent for health.
The best cider vinegar is fermented but not filtered because it contains the “mother” (a filamentous deposit) which is the part that contains the most enzymes and minerals.

Do not worry about your dog not liking it. It certainly has a strong smell but you will not have to force your dog to swallow it because the instructions in this article advice adding it to water or food for your pet.

Apple cider vinegar helps to keep your dog healthy. Included regularly in your dog’s meal helps prevent rashes, irritations, cavities, infections and traces the flow of tears. The best way to administer the cider vinegar is well diluted in water or on the dog’s food and give it once the dog has already eaten (to avoid digestion problems). A tablespoonful of vinegar included in your dog’s meals 2 to 3 times per week should be enough as a preventive measure.

Use apple cider vinegar to help your dog’s digestion. Add a large spoonful of vinegar in a large bowl of water your dog drinks every day. This will increase the appetite of your pet and help balance its pH levels. This miracle product will also help calm diarrhea episodes and may even solve constipation problems, if used on regular basis.

Use it also to get rid of your dog’s fleas. To do this, give your dog a bath using a traditional dog shampoo. Then rinse with cider vinegar (cut with water if necessary). Apply it all over the body and massage so that it penetrates the hair.
Shampoo suffocating fleas and the vinegar will make the fleas jump away because they do not stand the smell or taste. (Be careful if you dog has little bobos, avoid applying the vinegar as it may hurt him).

Improve the quality of the skin and hair of your dog with the apple cider vinegar. Dry or irritated skin benefit from vinegar applied directly. Brush your dog for the vinegar to penetrate the hair, this will not only give luster to the fur of your pet but also act as a deodorant! To improve the condition of skin, add one tablespoon daily (or few times a week) in the water bowl of your pooch.

Clean your dog’s ears with cider vinegar. Its antibacterial properties make it ideal. Soak a small cotton ball or a piece of clean cloth with vinegar (or vinegar and water, if irritated ears) and wipe the inside of the ears as delicately as possible.

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When you buy some apple cider vinegar, try to get an organic one.

I hope you enjoyed this article and it will help you take care of your pet naturally.

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Alexandra Bovell

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Is the parsley safe for your dog?

Hi everyone,

I recently posted a small info on social media and here is the article with more details … only for you 🙂

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We know parsley because we often use in our human recipes but can we really give it to our dogs?

Yes but watch as there is few recommendations that I will present in this article.

First, why is parsley good for our 4-legged companions?

Parsley is a herb rich in Vitamin C (an antioxidant that protects against certain infections, accelerates healing and contributes to healthy bones, cartilage, teeth, gums), vitamin K (that play a role in blood clotting), iron  (that is essential for transporting oxygen in the formation of red blood cells, the production of new cells, hormones…) antioxidants as provitamin A, for example (that protects against certain diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers or diseases related to aging caused by free radicals).

How does it help my dog?

It helps to:

– Have a better breath, indeed it can capture some sulfur compounds formed in the mouth and in the intestines,
– Preventing kidney problems,
– Clean the organs (which reduces the risk of developing many canine diseases, cancers…),
– Worming worms…
– Treating urinary track infection and kidney stones,
– Relieve itching, hematoma ,indigestion, cystitis and even heart problems.
– It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help with arthritis and swelling.
– It cuts the lactation during nervous pregnancies.

Which parsley?

The organic curly fresh parsley is recommended but the other one is also fine.

Can the parsley become dangerous for my dog?

Yes it can become dangerous if your dog is pregnant ( can cause muscle contractions ) or breastfeeding ( it tend to cut lactation), if your pet has kidney problems (it can increase blood flow) or if you give too much ( it can become toxic for the liver, cause stomach upset, diarrhea. It can also act as a diuretic and cause dehydration ).

What are the doses you should not exceed?

Fresh parsley:

Organic fresh parsley is recommended because it is richer.

Add 1 teaspoon of chopped parsley for a dog weighing 5 kg/ 11lbs (2 for a dog of 10 kilos/22 lbs…) and this 1-2 times a week.

Dried parsley:

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You can give 1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley (in your kitchen spices) 2-3 times a day (Dried spices are less concentrated than fresh parsley but works good as well).

In your treats:

If you do home treats, you can add a few pinches in the recipe.

If your dog has worms:

You can achieve this recipe very easy.
– Boil 1/4 liter of water
– Take a bunch of fresh parsley and add to the boiling water.
– Boil 1 to 2 minutes and let cool.
– Use a teaspoon (for a 5 kg/ 11 lbs dog) on his/her food once a day for a week.
You can freeze the juice to you use it later.

To calm skin irritations and bruises, put a few fresh leaves on the area to treat. Perfect timing for a massage/petting to prevent your dog to move in all directions and repeat several times a day.

If you want to grow some at home(garden or pot) go to the closest organic store 🙂

I think I’ve been around the parsley and hope my article taught you many things for the wellness of your pet and yours.

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Should I raise my dog’s bowls? (video)

Hi everyone,

The other day I was watching a dog for my husband’s friend.

He is a wheaten terrier, which is not a small size dog.

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While I was feeding him with a regular bowl on the floor,  I realized his posture was not ideal for him, his legs were spreading… and directly I thought about what I could do to make it better for him.

In this case, I used a shoe box to elevate the bowl and even if it was not high enough, it make a big difference in his posture which i was really happy with 🙂

For  along term situation, there is a lot of stand in stores, online…

You can also create your own by recycling old furniture. Here are few ideas:
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After a great time with him, I realized that they is probably a lot of dogs in his situation. Owners/parents cannot think about everything so I decided to create a short video to spread the words 🙂

NOTE: If your dog is subject to bloating, raising the bowls may increase this issue. Monitor and avoid if this is the case.

I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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Alexandra Bovell

Are apples good for your dog? (Video)

Hello guys,

Some time ago, someone asked me this question:

” My puppy loves apples, can I give him some from time to time? Thank you “

I just created a quick video on the topic for you to check it out 🙂

I did not want to make it too long so here are some more details about apples 🙂

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Apples are a good source of vitamins C, K , dietary fiber and low in saturated fat and sodium . Apples also contain fatty acids (omega 3 and 6) , which contribute to a shiny and healthy coat and help control skin allergies.

Note: It is good to know that the digestion of the dog being fast, the benefits of apples will not be ingested by your dog to their maximum .

CAUTION Despite its benefits, some apple elements may poison your dog: The seeds and stem.

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Indeed, they contain amygdalin, a form of cyanide. So remember to remove them before giving a piece of apple to your dog.

If your dog steal an apple and eat it, do not panic, it takes a certain amount to really cause problems.

In addition, the toxic elements are located inside the seed and if it does not break it will emerge, as it came in, in the stool.

Also avoid giving too many apples as they could upset stomachs, cause diarrhea… and do not forget that apples contain sugar, natural sugar but certainly the same, which could lead to a weight gain if too much of.

And finally, I would advise you to remove the skin on your apples especially if you do not buy organic because pesticides during cultivation gather in the skin, which is not ideal for your pet, even for you.

Here are different ways to give apples to your dog:

As rewards:

In pieces of fresh apples (not too big nor too small)

In frozen pieces (great for summer)

In the Kong

If your dog loves it:

Grated over his food,

Diced into homemade treats

Concerning dehydrated apples, they have the same benefits but containing no water which can make it more difficult to digest’ swallow.

Conclusion:

Basically, a dog does not « need » to eat apples but if you want to give him a piece from time to time, make sure to remove the seeds, stem and cut into pieces easily to chew.

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Alexandra Bovell

Carcinogenic antioxidants in your flea protection and your kibbles?

Hello everybody,

As you probably know, I read a lot to learn as much as possible about our canine and their well-being.

I recently discovered that some traditional flea protections and kibble brands contain two antioxidants (preservatives) that are carcinogenic to our dogs.

I created a document to share a maximum to spread this information all around and avoid canine health concerns (and cat).

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Personally, Viky’s food does not contain these products and for his flea protection, we go natural.

And you?

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Alexandra Bovell

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