Apple cider vinegar for dogs can be used as a natural way to treat a canine’s itchy skin. Apply apple cider vinegar to dogs in a 50/50 water/apple cider vinegar solution to soothe itchy skin. You can also put the solution into a spray bottle and spritz it onto your dog regularly as part of your grooming routine, which may improve skin and coat quality. Apple cider vinegar can be used as a natural way to repel fleas, ticks and biting flies. Dog parents can include small amounts of apple cider vinegar diluted with water into a dog’s food or water. You can also bathe your dog with an apple cider vinegar solution or spritz apple cider vinegar on your dog before going on an outdoor adventure. Note: As with any flea/tick repellent, it’s important to regularly inspect your dog for signs of fleas or ticks, especially if they are prevalent in your area. Photography © Madeleine_Steinbach
Through years of Dr. Teri Sue's work, we have confirmed that a balanced and raw based diet is the most helpful for pets to receive all of the nutrients they need. We love our foundation of holistic health and a natural diet with raw food and it looks like we've made an impact in the corporate world!
Announcement from Petco
November 13, 2018:
"Since joining Petco as CEO earlier this year, I've seen first-hand just how special the bond between people and pets can be.
Here at Petco, pets are unquestionably part of our families. If you're reading this letter, chances are you agree. My 10-year-old lab, Yummy, is 75 pounds of pure love and I would do just about anything to keep him healthy, happy and by my side, tail wagging, for as long as possible.
That's why we're introducing new standards for nutrition at Petco.
Today, we're making a commitment to not sell dog and cat food and treats with artificial colors, flavors or preservatives—making us the first and only major retailer of pet food to take a stand against such ingredients. We'll start removing products that don't meet our new standards in January 2019, and complete the process by May.
We're raising the bar and stepping out ahead of the industry. Not because it's an easy thing to do, but because we believe it's the right thing to do."
recipe courtesy heathlypets.mercola.com
recipe courtesy healthypets.mercola.com
Hello from your friends and pet advocates at Balance Veterinary Care -
We welcome the Spring - warm weather and especially the sunshine, but certainly not fleas and allergies. Here are some nuggets to continue through the summer in good health!
We know healthy diets are the cornerstone to a high-quality life. We have been doing a little research and you may have too. Don’t forget, you can share information important to you on our Blog at BalanceVC.com or on Facebook.
Above all, hands down, we still recommend a raw diet. By eating food as nature intended and avoiding as much processed food as possible, our pets’ bodies are richly rewarded. While most raw commercial diets are better than any dry or canned processed pet food, not all raw brands are created the same. Some brands flash pasteurize for safety degrading proteins and other nutrients. Others balance their diet with laboratory synthesized vitamins and minerals, not whole food. We recommend brands with high quality raw ingredients, ideally, from sustainably sourced grass fed, antibiotic and hormone free, GMO free animals on small farms that have a high Global Animal Partnership grade. This is a 5-step grading scale to ensure meat is humanely raised. Visit their website for more information - globalanimalpartnership.org.
We are grateful to offer Answers – the commercial raw pet food that maintains this high level of integrity in their raw ingredients while being competitively priced. It is 100% completely raw. Our favorite part is this food is fermented – which means it’s incredibly safe. The fermentation process prevents the growth of unwanted, disease-causing bacteria. Even better, fermentation increases many important nutrients and aids in digestion / absorption. Being fermented, it may take a little adjustment, but is well worth the effort. If you have tried it unsuccessfully there may be more going on. Optimal health is more than just diet.
We have been looking at the processed (dry and canned) food in the pet food industry. Our long-time favorite Orijens and Acana are now being sourced through a new Kentucky plant and not from Canada. Several incidences of unwell pets eating this food brought our attention to this change.
We have been researching new brands – so far, we have found a couple that we recommend: Open Farm (sustainable ingredients) and Pulsar (red lentils and pea carbohydrate sources). Let us know your favorite kibble or canned food diet. All in all for cats, canned food is typically a better alternative than dry.
More than just diet –
Dis-ease is an imbalance of health, typically, from one or more of three major conditions: a deficiency of proper nutrients (vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes and a host of co-factors), a digestive imbalance so the body cannot properly absorb nutrients, or a build-up of toxins over time. Genetic inheritance, predisposition and emotional stress can also add to the disease process. Disease usually shows up as inflammation (the body’s response to one of the 3 above mentioned conditions) in an organ or tissue.
Toxins like lead, hydrocarbons, pesticides, vaccine adjuvants (mercury), chemicals from flea and heartworm products and many other environmental contaminants can build up in the body. Of course, the better the diet, the better these will be eliminated through the body’s natural detoxification systems, i.e. the liver and kidneys. We can help identify and support the body to rid these contaminants through natural auto-detoxification processes while strengthening imbalanced or weak organs.
Watch for the need to help provide organ support or further detox for your pet by monitoring signs of inflammation:
We look forward to supporting your pets’ health and longevity throughout 2017!
Best to you -
Dr. Teri Sue and BVC staff
Balance Veterinary Care is more than a health service for cats & dogs - it is a community.