Treat Your Pets With Vinegar And Love
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If you are a pet-parent, who doesn’t just reach out to a Vet for every small illness of your fur-baby, and if you believe in natural and more holistic healing for your pet, then you’re at the right place.1 And by the time you finish reading this, that plain, ordinary-looking bottle of vinegar in your kitchen shelf will stop looking so ordinary. Read on to learn more.2
1. Fleas And Ticks – Be Gone!
Dealing with fleas and ticks can be one of the most annoying things for your pet, and for you as a pet-parent.
Fleas and ticks live on the pet’s skin and cause itching and other (sometimes serious) illnesses.
Feeding your pet some vinegar, as a part of his diet, makes him unattractive to ticks and fleas, and they just fall off your pet’s skin and fur. And this has to be in the ratio of 1 teaspoon vinegar for every 4 cups of water.3
An equal mix of vinegar and water can also be used as a spray on your pet’s fur, to repel ticks and fleas.
The same solution can be used to treat your pet’s hot spots as well, with careful application, as it may sting a little.
2. Vinegar For Digestion – No More Tummy Troubles
Vinegar, with its naturally low pH, is a great addition to your pet’s food. Adding vinegar to their chow helps them in digestion, by lowering the pH of the food, and encourages the growth of good bacteria in their gut. This is true, especially for pets that are on a cereal-based diet, and have a hard time digesting their food.
It may even be a good idea to mix vinegar in your pet’s drinking water, keeping in mind to add a teaspoon of vinegar per 4 cups of water. This will need to be tried first, to check if your pooch or kitty like the slightly different taste of the water.
3. A Natural Ear Cleaning Solution
Keeping your pet’s ears clean is very important. And it gets a little complicated when your pooch has floppy years.
Using an equal mixture of vinegar and water to clean your pet’s ear canal is a simple and effective remedy to treat and prevent ear infections. Vinegar helps lower the pH in the ear and arrests the growth of bacteria and yeast, which need a high pH to thrive there.
If the inside of your pet’s ears are a little raw or angry-looking from the infection, it helps to make the mixture a little more dilute, so that it doesn’t sting on application.
4. It Helps Treat Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract infections in pets aren’t uncommon and can have extremely alarming symptoms like your pet’s urine turning orange or red.
In the initial stages, vinegar can help arrest the symptoms of a urinary tract infection in dogs and cats. But before beginning treatment with vinegar, it is important to figure out the pH of the pet’s urine, which can be found with a simple test. And treatment with organic apple cider vinegar can be started if the pH happens to be higher than 7.
It’s also important to remember that while vinegar does help relieve the painful symptoms, it can sometimes be a little dangerous to wait too long, if the symptoms persist, as it takes very little for an infection in the bladder to reach the kidneys.
5. It’s A Natural Odor Remover
Having an animal at home doesn’t necessarily have to mean that you have the house smelling like a barn.
This is where vinegar comes in really handy.
Vinegar happens to be a great odor neutralizer. Spraying a thin layer of distilled white vinegar over the carpet and letting it evaporate helps immensely with getting rid of pet smells. If the smell still doesn’t go away, shampooing the carpet with vinegar (and not carpet cleaning soap), will definitely help.
A word of caution here. Vinegar may not be suitable for all forms of upholstery and it helps to check the label on the furniture before trying this remedy on it.
6. Vinegar – The All-Purpose Cleaner
Accidents can sometimes happen even with conscientious, potty-trained pets. And nothing cleans like vinegar when your pet has left a urine stain on the carpet. And what’s more, it is absolutely safe for your pets.
Care needs to be taken with some surfaces like wooden floors, marble or granite as the acid in the vinegar may damage the surfaces.
Vinegar can be used not just to freshen and clean your pet’s bed, but also to clean and disinfect their food and water bowls.
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Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.