March 7, 2011 § 10 Comments
We’ve all been told before that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. But, did you know that apple cider vinegar (ACV) is just as potent a remedy for all sorts of common ailments such as heartburn, indigestion, constipation, skin irritations, and sunburns. One year ago, my mom clued me in about the ACV craze—apparently she, herself, had gotten swept into the rage and was taking this natural tonic almost daily. A few weeks after our telephone conversation, I received a bottle of ACV in the post. It had arrived all the way from Canada. Thanks, Mom!
Although I have been rather forgetful in remembering to fill a glass of water with ACV for myself every day, I do make sure that Maple has her fair share of this magic elixir. After reading about the health benefits of ACV for dogs, I began incorporating ACV into Maple’s drinking water on alternate days. I had to introduce the very pungent ACV drop by drop into Maple’s water bowl so that she could get used to the scent and taste. Maple’s first lick of this magic elixir was a moment to remember—her expression, priceless!
Once Maple acquired the taste for ACV, I was able to increase the measurement to one teaspoon. Initially, I tried adding one teaspoon of ACV to Maple’s kibbles as that was the only way to ensure she would finish the entire dosage. Unfortunately, Maple’s tummy did not like this combination and she vomitted a few times. I then learnt it is best not to feed ACV to a dog who has an empty stomach, and so I now give Maple one teaspoon of ACV in ½ a cup of water following her meal (either after breakfast or after dinner).
[Note: When browsing the supermarket shelves for ACV, look out for these key words: *organic * raw * unfiltered/unpasteurized * with the ‘mother’ * In Singapore, you’ll be able to find Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar at any Fairprice Finest store.]
Maple has been lapping up ACV-flavoured water for about one month now and, so far, there appears to be some noticeable benefits:
1. Despite the fact that Maple had most of her hair shaved off her body, her new coat looks glossier and the texture feels softer. It may be too early to confirm the wonders of ACV in this respect, as I read that poodles entering adulthood will shed their puppy hair and grow a coarse wiry coat. Perhaps Maple is still young so we’ll just have to wait and see.
2. Maple used to tear quite badly, thus resulting in problematic tear stains. Maple still continues to tear, but I think ACV has helped to minimize the severity of the staining which makes it a bit more manageable whenever MM and I have to clean out the gunk from the inside corners of Maple’s eyes.
3. We have been been very fortunate that Maple has not picked up any fleas and/or ticks during our outings to the park (touch wood)! Although Maple is protected with the conventional spot-on flea/tick treatment (of which we apply minimally), I would like to think that ACV has played a role as a natural defense against these hardy critters.
All in all, I have been pleasantly surprised with the results of introducing ACV into Maple’s diet. But, I think it’s still too soon to be singing praises for this magic elixir—after all, we’ve only be trying it out for a little over a month. In the meantime, I ought to be having a go at ACV… excuse me while I make myself a cup!