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Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for PONS
According to scientific studies, apple cider vinegar is known to offer a wide range of benefits to canine health. The presence of a natural array of acids and minerals contributes to maintaining acid balance and mineral metabolism and it contains a balance of 19 minerals, including potassium, chlorine, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, sulphur, iron, fluorine and silicon, and 93 components that can regulate body function. Vitamins found in apple cider vinegar include Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Provitamin beta-carotene.
Apple cider vinegar contains rich sources of malic acid and citric acid. These are believed to be important in the metabolic cycle and helps to remove toxic substances that may cause painful joints and muscular pain. It is believed to relieve symptoms of arthritis and muscular pains and in fact ACV is traditionally used as a treatment for rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis, as well as other conditions. It helps breaks down calcium deposits in the joints while remineralizing the bones and has proven to be beneficial to dogs with joint problems caused by age and genetic conditions.
These are just a few of many canine health conditions which have been documented to be helped by ACV:
Symptoms include licking paws, genital area, itchy feet and skin, bacteria infections of ears and bladder. Raw ACV added to food/drinking water (2 teaspoons per day) under the guidance of your vet, will help yeast infections. ACV found in supermarkets will not offer these benefits unless containers clearly state that it is raw and contains the "mother". Visit local health food stores, farms or order online.
ACV is known to be a deterrent for fleas, mange, ringworm and other skin parasites. Owners have even used it to successfully stop the itching caused by mange and other health conditions.
In summary, ACV is beneficial for arthritis and rheumatism,
internal/external parasites, skin ailments, scours/diarrhea, improved
growth rates, loss of appetite, improved coat condition, fertility,
acetonaemia, improved milk yields, improved digestion, etc., etc., and
is full of vitamins and minerals.
The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care (Revised Edition), CJ Puotinen,
Keats Publishing, ISBN 0-658-00996-6