Natural Dog Care
Stop puppies from chewing by applying some Vicks VapoRub on items (like furniture legs). They stay away because of the smell.
Natural Apple Cider Vinegar (not the pasteurized version from the grocery store) is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, and deodorant; helps digestion and to remove tooth tartar; prevents tooth decay and hair loss (even mange), prevents and heals gum disease and skin problems; and will discourage fleas. (Read about how natural apple cider vinegar helps
humans at The Wonder Drug of Yesterday and Today).
Feeding one teaspoon to one tablespoon (depending on the size of the dog) of Natural Apple Cider Vinegar along with regular food can ease the pains of arthritis, help prevent skin allergies, and help clear up hot spots.
Does your dog really have doggy odor? That is, even after a bath? What is causing the strong odor just might be an infection in his ears. Clean the ears with a mixture of one part alcohol, one part Natural Apple Cider Vinegar, and one part water.
Pour the mixture into a bottle with a skinny tip, or apply with an eyedropper. Put 8 to 10 drops in each ear while the dog is lying on its side. Keep him down for a minute, turn him over, and do the other ear. Move the ear around some to allow the mixture to get in deep. While on this second side, the first ear has been able to drain. Turn him over again to let the other ear drain. Wipe each ear out with tissue. Then add a few drops of natural apple cider vinegar once a week to prevent future problems.
For a dog with skin problems or pests, use Natural Apple Cider Vinegar. After a bath, rinse him with a mixture of half warm water and half natural apple cider vinegar. Let him air dry. The vinegar mixture helps the skin, makes the coat shiny, and repels fleas and flies.
Before taking your dog to the park or to see a friend's dog, spray him with a mixture of half warm water and half Natural Apple Cider Vinegar. The vinegar will keep the fleas away.
To keep fleas out of the doghouse, wash it with salty water. Spread cedar shavings under the dog's bed. Rubbing cornstarch into your dog's coat prior to brushing or combing, will allow tangles or mats to be removed easier. See "Brushing Your Dog" on our Dog site.
Dogs can leave yellow spots in the lawn. A dose of one teaspoon to one tablespoon of Natural Apple Cider Vinegar (depending on the size of the dog) per day will correct the pH imbalance and should solve the problem. The apple cider vinegar can be added to the dog's water or put directly on his food. Adding apple cider vinegar to your dog's diet has many other health benefits.