I put this here so many might see it. Again, my apple cider vinegar speech. keeping the ph of the blood alkaline is important. Organic apple cider vinegar (one tsp 2x day might help with this, as the article below will explain) is important for minerals and helps regulate the acidity of the blood and help the tearing. read below

Apple Cider Vinegar: It's Only Natural

by Wendy Volhard

An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away.

Is there any truth to this old wives' saying? The answer is an unequivocal "yes." Apples are nature's mineral gift and contain potassium, phosphorus, chlorine, sodium, magnesium, calcium, sulfur, iron, fluorine and silicon plus many trace minerals. When made into cider, the concentration of minerals is higher and the benefits increase.

A testimonial from another owner:

"My most memorable use of ACV came a number of years ago when I was on a show circuit in New England. One of the shows was held in a very sparsely covered meadow. After the first day, almost all the male dogs, both in conformation and obedience, could not walk! They had swollen testicles, and it was thought that either the grounds had been sprayed with chemicals to which the dogs were allergic, or there was some kind of mold that made the testicles swell. What a dilemma.

The veterinarian on duty was mystified, but offered steroid shots to all male dogs present. My male Newfoundland, Cato, was in Open and Utility and doing well. I decided to decline the cortisone shot; instead, I went to the local supermarket and bought some ACV. That evening, I saturated the inside of Cato's legs, testicles and every exposed area of skin with ACV. The next morning, everything was back to normal and we went on to compete and take a High in Trail. He was one of the very few males competing that day. I kept in touch with other owners, who informed me that it took three weeks for their dogs to return to normal. That's the power of Apple Cider Vinegar!"

Every dog home should have apple cider vinegar. It is one of those items that does almost everything. If your dog has itchy skin, the beginnings of a hot spot, incessantly washes its feet, has smelly ears, or is picky about his food, the application of ACV may change things around.

For poor appetite, use it in the food: 1 tablespoon, two times a day for a 50-pound dog. For itchy skin or beginning hot spots, put ACV into a spray bottle, part the hair and spray on. Any skin eruption will dry up in 24 hours and will save you having to shave the dog. If the skin is already broken, dilute ACV with an equal amount of water and spray on. Taken internally, ACV is credited with maintaining the acid/alkaline balance of the digestive tract. To check your dog's pH balance, pick up some pH strips at the drug store, and first thing in the morning test the dog's urine. If it reads anywhere from 6.2 - 6.5, your dog's system is exactly where it should be. If it is 7.5 or higher, the diet you are feeding is too alkaline, and ACV will re-establish the correct balance. If you have a dog that has clear, watery discharge from the eyes, a runny nose, or coughs with a liquid sound, use ACV in his or her food. One teaspoon twice a day for a 50-pound dog will do the job. After your weekly grooming sessions, use a few drops in his or her ears after cleaning them to avoid ear infections.

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